The Media School

Bloomington economy slowly recovering from COVID-19

April 21st, 2021

Wes Allen, a bartender at Social Cantina and senior at IU, is feeling optimistic about the Bloomington economy picking up as the end of the pandemic draws nearer. Establishments like Social Cantina have yet to see the amount of business they were getting prior to the pandemic but as the weather gets nicer and students start to get vaccines, all of that is slowly changing.

“The last three weeks have been really great for business at Social,” he said. “Since they made the announcement that everyone 16 plus could get the vaccine, we’ve been pretty much packed to the capacity we can legally hold every night.”

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Alex Crowley’s unique path landed him the role of Director of Economic and Sustainable Development

April 1st, 2021

After being sent out to Bloomington from New York by Insight Communications to do field work, Alex Crowley, the current Director of Economic and Sustainable Development in Bloomington, was finally enjoying his work. At 37 he got the call to come back to New York but was able to convince corporate to let him stay in Bloomington, a place that he would end up calling home. After another 12 years of remote work in Bloomington, Crowley ended up working with the city.

“There were a couple times where I picked location over job,” he said. “I made the decision early on that as long as the people were interesting it didn’t really matter what I was doing.”

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Reporting during COVID-19 pandemic is flat out hard

March 25th, 2021

Reporting during a pandemic has been a challenging and unrewarding experience. My time reporting during COVID-19 has proved to be beyond difficult and incredibly frustrating.

Once COVID-19 hit last March, there was an onslaught of negativity brought into the news, not only on what was being reported on but on a growing distrust boiled over between those working in the media and its viewers.

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Concern building about graduating and finding work for IU students

March 11th, 2021

A growing concern is building among IU students, about entering a world where the labor economy is so uncertain and finding work has never been more difficult, that were interviewed at the Showalter Fountain on Feb. 25th.

Why it matters: COVID-19 has meant consistent uncertainty and future IU graduates are wary of the potential consequences of not being able to find the full-time employment they’d desire.  

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On the Beat – Labor & Economy

February 25th, 2021


 Feb. 11, 2021  

Ben White, Politico   

Climbing gas prices and financial markets are linked to a recent surge in consumer spending but there are underlying issues. Vaccinations could take longer than expected and could push a fall into the market. 

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Bio: Jacques de Carbonnieres

Jacques de Carbonnieres
Jacques de Carbonnieres is a senior at Indiana University studying journalism, with a concentration in news reporting. He’s focused on a career path in journalism, specifically news reporting and travel writing. In Jacques’ spare time he enjoys watching hockey, spending time in nature, traveling, and meeting new people. After school, de Carbonnieres plans on traveling around the world, before settling down and finding a reporting job.