The Media School Report: Second Semester

My last semester reporting for IU’s Media School went by so quickly I couldn’t believe it! It began with the filming of The Good Catholic, a movie that was written and produced by IU alumni. It was filmed on the Bloomington campus for two weeks from the end of January to early February. Our whole team was responsible for covering it.

Just like last semester, I reported on events that occurred at the Media School while also working on a long feature throughout the semester. Below you can read what I worked on during the spring 2016 semester!

Students collaborate at Hoosier Games pitch night: Hoosier Games is one of the biggest clubs at the Media School. Students pitch game ideas, team up, and create a video game throughout the semester. I reported on the pitch night, where more than 10 students presented their ideas to the club.

Ganguly wins Scripps Regional Spelling Bee: Students from all over the country compete in spelling bees to hopefully make it to the National Spelling Bee. I reported on the regional spelling bee for the southern Indiana counties of Brown, Greene, Monroe, Morgan and Owen.

Students intern on the set of Good Catholic: With so much to cover, our whole team was responsible for reporting on the filming of The Good Catholic. My peer Emma and I interviewed four students total, and wrote about how the film came to be.

PRSSA sponsors Greek Media Training: IU’s Public Relations Students Society of America (PRSSA) puts on a training for all chapters of Greek Life at IU to prepare them for any media situation.

Fox outlines duties of of sports producer at Sports Media Alumni Day: Bart Fox, and independent sports producer who produces events like NBA games, spoke and gave advice to students at IU Media School’s first ever Sports Media Alumni day.

Design pros discuss work, offer advice: The Graphic Design Club at IU held an event at the end of the semester that featured professionals in the graphic design world from three different fields of work.

IU alumni offer advice on sports journalism industry: This was my big feature that I worked on from the beginning of November to the end of school in May. I interviewed over 12 IU sports alumni about what they do and what advice they can give to sports media hopefuls.

The Media School Report: First Semester

Last semester, I accepted a reporting job for Indiana University’s Media School Website, The Media School Report. At MSR, I work alongside reporters, photographers and videographers who are all students of our media school. We cover all of the events that occur at the media school: the speaker series, noteworthy teachers and students, guest lecturers, etc. Each staff member works on a feature throughout the semester as well. Through my assignments, I was able to meet a Pulitzer Prize winner, a game design professor, and IU alums.

Below are all of the pieces I worked on during the fall 2015 semester. Take a look!

Pulitzer-winner Lane DeGregory shares expertise: Tampa Bay Times narrative writer Lane DeGregory visited IU in October to share her experience and advice with students. DeGregory’s latest work was just published and it’s absolutely amazing, I highly recommend it!

Coleman talks on aging workforce at Themester event: IU media school professor Joe Coleman spoke on the aging workforce and retirement around the world.

Journalism alumni join Luminaries at discussion panel: Two journalism alumni, along with three other alumni from the College of Arts and Sciences, participated in a panel to share their experiences and advice for students.

Team designing game to teach water usage, management: Professor of game design Mike Sellers teamed up with School of Public and Environmental Affairs professor Shahzeen Attari and four students to create a game that educates users on water usage in America.

What a Treat!

One assignment I was given during my internship at KIWI magazine this past summer was to write the pet column for the October/November issue. It was my first print piece, and I was so excited when I saw it on page 38 of the magazine!

This piece is about healthy treats for your pets. I interviewed two holistic veterinarians on advice and their favorite pet treat recipes. Enjoy!

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5 Fun Activities to Reinforce Your Child’s Math Skills

For my last piece with KIWI magazine (so sad!), I was fortunate enough to interview the co-founder and executive director, Cindy Lawrence, of the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City. Lawrence talked about the importance of math in people’s lives, especially for children. She also gave some fun activities that parents can do with their children to incorporate math in everyday life. Take a look!Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 6.37.42 PM

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15 Low-Key Things About Studying Abroad

Though I was studying abroad in London for the spring 2015 semester, I decided to take this amazing opportunity and blog about it for HerCampus. My first post was about the ins-and-outs of living in London. This post here is my reflection of a semester abroad, pointing out 15 things that might not come to mind when you hear ‘study abroad.’

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With this weekend marking only a month left of studying abroad, I’ve been reflecting on my experience. Thinking back to my acceptance and preparation for the best four months of my life, it was actually really stressful! Not only are you packing your life away, you have to register for the right classes and meet new people. Ironically, abroad is a lot like being a freshman again. (Especially when you’re living in a dorm…shoutout to Nido.)

The most stressful thing about packing is making sure you have clothes that are versatile for the different types of weather you’ll experience. You have to make sure you get the right converters so you can charge your phone and not blow up your curling iron (true study, it actually happened.) Stock up on your make up and cleansers because chances are you won’t be able to find it, or it’ll be too expensive.

Then there’s the pressures of being abroad, like seeing everything in the city you’re studying in and traveling to as many countries as possible all while trying not to get homesick from your friends’ Instagrams and SnapStories. I’m already mentally preparing for Quals and Little 500.

So for you people studying abroad, have studied, planning on it or just want some insight, here is a list of 15 underrated things about studying abroad:

1. You’re always tired, hungry and dehydrated

2. WIFI = LIFE

3. You can find a good panini anywhere in Europe

4. If you didn’t Instagram your travels, did it really happen?

5. St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin = an IU day-drink, swapping in green for the cream and crimson

6. If it has a TripAdvisor sticker in the window, it’s a go

7. You always put your travels/experiences over schoolwork: you’re here to see new cities and cultures, not get a 4.0

8. You will wear the same clothes over and over and over again, so much so you will throw them out at the end of your time abroad

9. Eating/drinking your way through Europe is the only way to do abroad right

10. Getting a new stamp on your Passport is actually the best feeling in the world

11. Hola is the reason you’re up-to-date on your American TV shows and can watch Friends on Netflix

12. Your flights to other countries will only be at the most awkward times ever. Thank you Ryanair and EasyJet for giving us cheap flights at the worst possible times.

13. Remember your best friend from high school’s boyfriend’s teammate’s camp friend? You will run into he/she at a pub crawl. Or Abroadfest #Opium

14. Abroad is a bunch of weekend vacations within a semester-long vacation

15. It’s sappy, it’s cliche, but it’s true: you really do grow as a person

Then suddenly you only have a month left and you’re sitting in your room with your roommate depressed, reliving the last three months like it happened years ago. Because whether you’re nailing your British accent in London, eating your way through Florence, partying it up in Barcelona, getting super tan in Tel Aviv, enjoying summer in Australia or freezing your butt off in Prague, these low-key things only partially make up a semester we’ll never forget.

P.S. A HUGE shoutout to parents everywhere: the real MVPs.