The Media School

Sunday alcohol sales bring positive change to Bloomington

April 19th, 2018

Leana McFarland, a 21-year-old IU student, said the recently passed law allowing for Sunday carryout alcohol sales was a long time coming. But It will not change her habits.

“Bars aren’t my thing,” she said. “I would rather go get a bottle of wine from a liquor store on a Sunday and spend the day with my cat.”

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Javad Noori and Sahara Mart- Bloomington staples

March 29th, 2018

Javad Noori leans casually against the edge of check-out stand, clad in crisply-pleated khakis. His red, cross-patterned dress shirt rests comfortably against his slim figure. The clothes he wears are well-kept. He takes pride in appearances, and this carries over into his business.

The countertop of the cashier stand is worn from many years of use. The doors are plastered with postings and advertisements. Despite the store’s age, it is clear Noori takes pride in his work and independence.

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Talking to strangers out on the street

March 27th, 2018

For my person on the street assignment, I decided to cover a topic that is not only relevant, but also interests me: locally sourced foods. Bloomington has plenty of places that sell local foods, but I wanted to see what the residents here think about them. I decided on a list of questions regarding various local food concerns — availability, pricing, and quality being the most relevant. Through these questions, I got to know and interact with a handful of people I normally would not have given a second glance.

Before heading out on the street, I came up with a handful of questions, as dictated by the assignment. The questions I asked reared some good responses from my interviewees, but I do think they could have been refined further. One of the questions in-particular yielded some redundant answers, but overall the questions were useful in getting good replies.

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Bloomington residents prefer locally grown foods

March 1st, 2018

Bloomington residents prefer small, local farmers over the big grocery chains when they can, locals and an IU student said in random interviews on Feb. 14 and 16 on Kirkwood Avenue and Indiana University’s campus.

“With the local farmers, you can build a rapport with them,” said 66-year-old Gary Kelley, a Bloomington resident.

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On the Beat – Community & Culture

February 15th, 2018


Jan. 12, 2018

Florence Fabricant, New York Times

The celebrity butcher known as Salt Bae became an internet sensation in 2017 after showing off his dramatic salting technique. “In Turkey, butchering was a low-class, degrading job,” he said. Now the internet celebrity owns one restaurant in New York and wants to open another.

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Bio: Caitlin Seitz

Caitlin Seitz
Caitlin Seitz is a media advertising major at Indiana University’s Media School who has spent the last four years growing and refining her skills to become a competitive asset in the business world. She has worked with small business executives to learn what drives conversation and successful negotiating. As a future business professional, she is determined to continue learning and growing her skills to shape a successful career. She enjoys graphic design projects, writing, and dabbles in photography on the side. Lexy, her Tibetan Terrier, is her favorite roommate.