The Media School

Finding a right way to protect children in school is urgent after mass shootings

April 19th, 2018

Beth Buggenhagen, mother of two children who study at Templeton Elementary School, said her biggest concern after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was that schools build more security systems for children, which may have negative effects.

“Schools are creating more security and building themselves more like prisons, instead of thinking about reforming gun laws,” she said.

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Fairview Elementary teacher Martha Chamberlain uses humor to help children focus

March 29th, 2018

Martha Chamberlain takes a piece of wet tissue from her shelf and wipes off words like “rat”, “sat”, and “fat” on the table. Instead of writing on the board, she prefers writing upside down on the round table where children sit, so they can recognize those words from their perspectives and be more engaged.

Chamberlain, the 59-year-old Title One reading teacher at Fairview Elementary School, is from Mississippi. She has dedicated more than 30 years to children’s education. She not only has a passion to teach children how to read fluently, but also to have a positive influence on them.

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Having a good plan is necessary to interview person on the street

March 27th, 2018

The experience of person on the street interview is memorable and practical. Having interviews with strangers is difficult for me.

I was afraid that people would refuse me even though I knew it was normal. And I was worried that my English was not good enough and I would not understand what people said. But after I started talking with people, I found I was thinking too much.

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Bloomington parents don’t think homework takes up children’s playtime

March 1st, 2018

Local after-school care programs are good, and some parents don’t think test prep and homework take up children’s time to play, according to four interviews at Bryan Park and College Mall in Bloomington on Feb. 11, 2018.

“It [homework] is just right amount of time,” Pete Horn, a 37-year-old father from Iwakuni, Japan, said while playing with his children at Bryan Park.

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On the Beat – Civic Life

February 15th, 2018


Jan. 29, 2018

Perri Klass, The New York Times

NYU research shows kids develop learning skill through playing. But playing can be threatening if adults are careless or the goal of playing is too straightforward. NYU says test prep takes up too much of kids’ play time and leaves less time for parenting.

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Bio: Zihan Zhang

Zihan Zhang
Zihan Zhang is a senior studying for media advertising degree in Indiana University. She also has a minor in marketing and specialization in graphic communication. She loves experiencing different cultures in different countries. She moved from Beijing, China, to Saint John, Canada, four years ago, and now lives in Bloomington, Indiana. She then realized that interviewing with people is one of the best ways to learn about their culture and lives. After graduating from college, she will continue studying advertising in graduate school. She found her passion in advertisement after she had an internship at Ogilvy & Mather last summer.