The Media School

Meals on Wheels helps seniors who cannot cook food at home

April 19th, 2018

A brown house is located on the west side of first street in Bloomington. There is a big sign that says “Meals on Wheels,” which is a nonprofit service that was helped people since 1973 throughout the city.

“Our mission is to serve those who cannot cook for themselves due to illness,” said Kathy Romy, the first and only paid executive director of the Meals on Wheels. “Or disabilities, either permanent, or temporary.”

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International student Jack Liu struggles with depression

March 29th, 2018

Jack Liu opens the apartment door while his left hand holds an iPad and smiles for one moment. He wears a grey IU T-shirt, a black short and a pair of white old leather slippers. His messy black hair makes it seem like he does not take shower.

He invites people to sit on the sofa in the disheveled living room. The lights are too dark, but he still tries to look at videos on his phone carefully. Many cigarette and empty wines bottles are on the tables.

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Building confidence when interviewing strangers on the street

March 27th, 2018

This is my first time to interview local people in Bloomington about my project. I held the camera and recorder wandering on the third street. It was a sunny Sunday that many people were walking on the street.

Unfortunately, I wrote this story twice. Because firstly I only focused on the college students of the depression. it was not belongs to the local community. The second time I tried to find out local citizens to enrich my project.

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Bloomington residents say many reasons lead to depression

March 1st, 2018

The environment, social contact and family situations are the main reasons that lead to depression during five informal interviews at Starbucks on Feb. 18, 2018.

Although they expressed different views of depression, they all agreed with finding a correct therapy and supporting from friends are the better ways to deal with depression.

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On the Beat- Health & Fitness

February 15th, 2018

WE KNOW JUNK FOOD MAKES US SICK, ARE ‘JUNK VALUE’ MAKING US DEPRESSED?
Junk foods have negative effects on humans bodies and are unnecessary. They do not support mental needs such as knowledge and books. Social scientist Tim Kasser says junk food distracts people from what is really good about life.AMAZON

ACQUIRES WHOLE FOOS MARKET, LOWERS PRICES
Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market in 2017. A flowing families to can eat healthier because of the lower prices. CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer Jeff Wilke said everybody should be able to eat Whole Foods quality. Amazon will lower prices but keep Whole Foods high standards.

NEW FDA RULING ON MDMA IS JUST ONE STEP IN A LONG JOURNEY FOR VETERANS WITH PTSD
Chris Creel, Bloomington resident, is a veteran who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder in Bloomington. He has taken the drug MDMA which made positive changes in his life. Mary Elftman, veterans services officer for Monroe County Office, said PTSD comes with anxiety and hyper-vigilism.

EAT OUT, EAT HEALTHIER: LENNIE’S, VILLAGE DELI LEAD THE WAY
The Village Deli and Lennie’s offer tasty “Smart Meals,” which include whole grains, beans or low calories. The project manager for the Village Deli said citizens are going to be surprised by what qualifies as a Smart Meal.

COLLEGE DEPRESSION
Nineteen-year-old college student Madison Holleran committed by suicide because of depression. Madison’s father said the “higher-achiever ultimately couldn’t cope with the expectations she’d set for herself.” Colleges students should focus more on their mental health.

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Bio: Xinyu Zhao

Xinyu Zhao
Xinyu Zhao is a senior at Indiana University Bloomington. She is majoring in Journalism from Media School. She has experiences in local TV station in Tangshan, China. She is good at writing articles about some popular topics in society. She is always surfing online and familiar with many social media. She loves to talk about cultural diversity in college, because she is an international student. She thinks ethical and compelling stories can attack many reads’ attention. Her interests include fashion, art, broadcasting, and advertising. She may apply for a job, which is in feature of advertising and writing in a fashion magazine company.