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Congrats to new Student Media leaders

In Arbutus, IDS, Pub Board on March 30, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Friday was the spring meeting of the IU Student Media Publications Board. I sure am glad that the board decided to keep up the tradition of Texan editors. Congratulations to the new leaders of IU Student Media. Bios below are from a School of Journalism web report.


Heyleigh Elmore, 2014 Arbutus editor

Hayleigh Elmore, junior from Irving, Texas, has been appointed editor of the 2014 Arbutus yearbook. Elmore has worked as an Arbutus design and calendar editor for two semesters.Among her goals is to shape the image of the book by modernizing the graphic design. “I love yearbooking. I’m addicted,” Elmore said.





Max McCombs, summer 2013 IDS editor

Maxwell McCombs, senior from Austin, Texas, has been named the editor-in-chief of the summer 2013 IDS. McCombs has worked for the IDS for nine semesters and has held a variety of positions, including sports editor and managing editor. He said he plans to develop a Web-based mentality this summer with a goal to increase live-tweeting to supplement and improve print content.

McCombs said that becoming editor-in-chief is his last challenge at the IDS. He graduates in August.




Mark Kiereleber, fall 2013 editor

Mark Keierleber, senior from Newcastle, Wyo., will follow McCombs as the fall 2013 of the IDS.

Keierleber has worked for the IDS for four semesters, but also served as editor-in-chief of Northwest Trail, the student paper of Northwest College in Powell, Wyo. Keierleber said he is most excited to be able to work with a top collegiate newspaper staff. He said he wants to focus on improving multimedia content and promotion, such as more frequent posting of podcasts online.

Congrats to the new editors, and best of luck to them in the following weeks as they begin to build their staffs.



“On the podium above him, there was a can of Foster’s beer.”

In Design, IDS, Photography on March 26, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I remember every interaction I’ve had with IUPD Chief Keith Cash. He was a good friend to IU Student Media. In fact, in 2011 he was awarded the Trevor R. Brown Award, given each year to honor “a news source in the community who has been exceptionally supportive of IU Student Media.”

When he died Wednesday, I came into the newsroom and it was quiet, but reporter Hannah Smith was already on the phone with administration officials. After almost a week of some really intense, first-time reporting from the campus editor, the IDS gave it’s respects to the chief.




An urn bearing the IU emblem rested on a table below the auditorium stage. Between the American and Indiana flags was the police chief’s official department photoOn the podium above him, there was a can of Foster’s beer.

At 4 p.m., police officers filed in to the sound of a bagpipe. They were dressed in their formal uniforms, distinctive to their rank and department. Some wore black uniforms with flat caps, and others wore brown sheriff’s attire or navy dress pants with short-sleeved shirts.

They walked down the aisle and in front of the stage, filing into the rows, while the audience behind them stood, watching silently.

The officers stopped behind their seats as the rest filed in. They stood with their backs to the stage. In the overhead lights, their different badges twinkled on their chests.

Taped across their badges were strips of black cloth, matte against the gleaming gold or silver.

All had entered and the bagpipe stopped, replaced by ringing silence.

No one so much as coughed or moved. Then came the sound of whispered counting.

A group of officers filed past. The first held an American flag, folded into a triangle. The second carried the urn, embossed with the red-and-white IU emblem. Four officers followed behind them, one keeping time.

As they walked past, the hundreds of standing officers saluted.

In the back row, one officer removed his hat and bowed his head. His face crumpled as he began to cry.

This service was the final time they would salute IU Police Department Chief Keith Cash.

The IDS sent a team of three photographers (Chet Strange, Clayton Moore and Anna Teeter) to the memorial service and subsequent police procession. They came back with striking and emotional images. Freshman design chief Lacey Hoopengardner put it all on the page tastefully and with great class.

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Hannah’s story was full of emotional details about a man who was beloved in this community that absolutely hit you in the gut.

On Wednesday, Keith didn’t come to work. He wasn’t feeling well.

Coworkers said the absence was unusual for him.

Flint, a short officer with blonde hair in a ponytail, grew up in IUPD with Keith. Keith had been there 29 years, and she’s been there for 31. They started as cadets in the student cadet program and worked their way up.

For Keith and most IUPD officers, work is a 24/7 job. Friends said Keith was always working, even when doing other things. Minger said coworkers would get emails from Keith time-stamped at three in the morning because he worked so much.

“We had a staff meeting scheduled at 2:30, and he did not show up for the staff meeting,” Flint said.

For several weeks, Keith had been feeling as if he had the flu. During the staff meeting, he called Lee.

“He had called me in the meeting and said, ‘Hey, when you’re done with the staff meeting, can you give me a call?’” Lee said. “My wife’s a nurse practitioner, and he wasn’t established with a family doctor, so he said, ‘Do you think she could see me today?’”

Lee said she could, so he picked Keith up and drove him to the Internal Medicine Associates. On the drive over, Lee said Keith was joking and in good spirits.

“In there he was joking with the staff, and he was joking until they decided that he needed to be transported to the emergency department,” Lee said.

Lee asked him then, “Do you want me to go with you?”

Keith said no and said he had been feeling dehydrated. He said he expected they’d give him some fluids and release him.

However, he did ask Lee to do one thing.

“He actually called me from the hospital, to tell me he’d left his coat,” Lee said, shaking his head. “He asked me if I’d get it for him, and I said I would.”

While Lee went to get Keith’s coat, Minger headed to the hospital to be with Keith so that Keith would know someone was there with him.

Before Lee could bring Keith his coat, he got a call.

“The director called me from the hospital,” Lee said. “Then he called me back and said he’d passed.”

He had died of a heart defect he’d had his whole life but that had only now surfaced…

…The line of cars, stretching for several blocks, drove to Indiana Avenue and then up to 17th Street. At 17th and Woodlawn Avenue, the cars streamed beneath an American flag stretched between two fire trucks.

When they reached IUPD, dispatch sent out the final call over the radio for all officers to hear.

“This is dispatch,” the officer said, “and he’s gone home for the final time.”

When that came over the scanner in the newsroom, man oh man. What a fitting tribute.

Congrats, folks. You sure gave the chief a good send-off.


Hearst update: Sports Writing

In Awards, Hearst, IDS on March 3, 2013 at 4:04 pm

It’s a damn exciting week for Hoosier journalists.

Claire Wiseman won 1st place for her story, “The story behind the score.” That earns her a trip to San Francisco for the Hearst finals in June. From the story:


The outrage sparked by the game made those who were there reluctant to speak.

Arlington’s players appeared on television only once, on CNN’s “Starting Point” with Soledad O’Brien. They smiled into the camera as their coach said they were shocked by how decisively the Bloomington South players trounced them.

“They’d played longer than most of us,” one player told O’Brien, “and they worked very hard, and we just haven’t played before, and it was probably really hard for all of us.”

Arlington officials responded carefully as well. Though media attention was largely sympathetic to their team, the officials became wary of the impact further coverage would have on students. When asked what their team learned from the loss, Coach Jackson said perseverance.

“No matter what it is,” Jackson said, “you just gotta finish it.”

The parents of the Bloomington South players agreed together not to speak to reporters. School officials treated the game like ancient history.

“Everybody’s moved on,” said J.R. Holmes, Bloomington South’s athletic director. “It’s out of the news, and we don’t even discuss it anymore.”

The extreme loss touched a nerve. It raised questions. What do players learn from losing so badly? Can a defeat like this one really be considered a victory?

Wonderful stuff.

I (Charlie) also won 6th place for my story on Bob Knight’s troubled legacy. From that story:


One of the most revered and most infamous coaches in history, Bob Knight decided last fall to clean house, putting pieces of his legacy up for sale. Hundreds of items were to be auctioned online through a sports memorabilia firm.

Knight told the Associated Press he was selling the rings and the other artifacts to raise money for his grandchildren’s college fund. But here in Indiana, it was hard not to wonder. After a lifetime as a coach and an analyst for ESPN, it seemed unlikely that he was strapped for cash. Was it a coincidence that the auction would begin as the Hoosiers entered the season ranked No. 1 for the first time since he left?

The coach’s messy departure from IU — the firing, the lawsuits, the riot — was almost as legendary as his winning record. Since then, the university had repeatedly tried to reach out to him, inviting him to be honored at public rituals of commemoration. But the answer was always no.

Now, when the Hoosiers were back on top, Knight was selling off emblems of collective memory, even the ring symbolizing the unmatched perfection of 1976.

Was he just being a good granddad? Or was he telling IU that all those years together meant nothing?

These wins put IU further in 1st in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition. We are now 44 points ahead of Penn State, in 2nd place. Behind Penn State is Northwestern, Florida, Kansas, Nebraska-Lincoln, Arizona State, Mizzou, UNC-Chapel Hill and Syracuse.

The profile deadline is March 6. The final competition is breaking news, due April 2.


Some talented freshmen

In IDS on March 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Two great stories came out of the IDS this week, from two very talented freshmen.


Photographs of the student and her girlfriend, siblings and friends line her crowded fireplace mantle.

Mom and dad are missing.

The student spent the past six months reaching out to her parents through phone calls. Her attempts led to an occasional phone conversation and visits home for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The holidays were the first time she saw her parents since they cut her off at the beginning of summer.

“The real heartfelt conversations between us are left for someone else now,” she said.

She said she hopes that someday they’ll be able to talk to her parents like that again.

“For a while, it was really hard to admit that they weren’t going to help me or be a part of my life,” she said.

Her parents’ attitude has improved since she achieved complete financial independence from them. She said their communication no longer revolves around her

“Since I’m independent, I can call when I want, tell them what I want, and if they act a certain way to me, I don’t speak to them,” she said. “It’s a healthier relationship.”

Tacked on the wall of her living room are the words “never give up.”

“The community here is really supporting,” she said. “If you have questions or fears, go to the office and talk to someone.”

She said she wants to be an advocate for children everywhere.

“I want to step in and be the person to help victims of domestic violence or other tragedies,” she said.

It’s her way of giving back to the people at IU that saved her.

“I’ve never been happier than now,” she said. “It’s experiences like this when you find out who really cares about you.”

I usually post the lede or nut graph of a story, but this time around I decided to go with the kicker. This is great, and I only wish this would have been higher. That detail, “Mom and dad are missing,” would have made a brilliant lede. What an excellent observation from a rookie reporter. Mr. Bloom is part of a very talented group.


Undocumented students like Chuy, students who were already enrolled in an Indiana college in 2011, might be given a second chance this fall.

If a new state senate bill, Senate Bill 207, is passed today, it could mean about 200 Indiana students would have their resident tuition reinstated, said Angela Adams, an immigration attorney for Indianapolis-based firm Lewis & Kappes.

Adams, one of the primary driving forces behind SB 207, said she is fairly optimistic about the success of the bill, thanks to the federal passing of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in June 2012.

DACA allowed any undocumented individuals who were brought to the U.S. at a young age and had resided in the country for at least five years, without a criminal record, to apply for deferred action status. These immigrants are now eligible to receive a renewable work permit for two years, a social security number and an Indiana driver’s license.

“It’s a whole group of kids who are now lawfully present in the U.S.,” Adams said. “That’s a totally different situation than we had last year.”

The Vidaurri-Rodriguez brothers no longer have to fear deportation and can get jobs to help make ends meet for the family, Chuy said. It has provided the family with some relief, but still does not guarantee them access to an affordable education, he said.

For Chuy, SB 207 means more than just regaining his own in-state tuition, he said. It could mean there would be enough money left over for a college education for his three younger siblings.

This year, Chuy’s younger brother, Lalo, is a freshman at IU. The brothers are currently splitting the private funding from the family’s sponsor.

Sam shows what strong reporting chops she has in this one. She did some great digging to find students who hadn’t been talked to by other media yet. Like I said, this class knows where its at.