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Members of Com 285 during the fall 2015 semester are: Front from left: Kelsey Farrell, Ave Rio, Ema Sasic, Susanna Doehler, Taylor Leddin and Roshuanda Coleman. Second row: Shara Bull and Josh Tolentino. Third row: Matt Jiles, Casey Chan and Jason Klaer. Back, Brendon Krantz.

Members of Com 285 during the fall 2015 semester are: Front from left: Kelsey Farrell, Ave Rio, Ema Sasic, Susanna Doehler, Taylor Leddin and Roshuanda Coleman. Second row: Shara Bull and Josh Tolentino. Third row: Matt Jiles, Casey Chan and Jason Klaer. Back, Brendon Krantz.

Welcome to J-News, Com 285

This is a training site and news outlet run by journalism students at the School of Communication, Illinois State University.

Members of Com 258 News and Features Online for the fall 2015 semester are Shara Bull, Casey Chan, Roshuanda Coleman,  Susanna Doehler, Kelsey Farrell, Taylor Leddin,  Matt Jiles, Jason Klaer, Brendon Krantz, Ave Rio, Ema Sasic and Josh Tolentino.

The class is taught by John Plevka, who also serves as the general manager at The Vidette.

Students in the class will sharpen basic reporting, writing, editing skills and aggressively layer those skills into a digital (web and social media) environment. Students will gain basic web content management skills. Students will also strengthen their individual digital “brand.”

Students will generate and manage content in a real-time web and social media environment.

Each student has his/her own WordPress blog site dedicated to a topic the student is passionate about. As the semester progresses, the sites will be populated with content generated by the student as well as content aggregated from other sources.

The blogs sites are:

Bull: Welcome to the New Normal

Chan: Hungrey for Hoops

Coleman: The Campus Canvas

Doehler: A World of Food

Farrell: Talking Theatre

Jiles: Chicago Local Music Showcase

Klaer: Illinois State Athletics

Krantz: College Chuckle

Leddin: Lights, Camera, Leddin

Rio: A Travel Blog

Sasic: Small Town Travels

Tolentino: Timeout with Tolentino

 

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Check out Com 285

com285_screen grabTake a look at the nice work students in Com 285 are doing during the Fall 2015 semester. Their final projects will be posted soon, but check out their blog sites in the meantime.

 

A Painter’s Path to a High Price

22-year old Cory Hamic, holding a painting he offered  for sale at a festival in Michigan in June 2014

22-year old Cory Hamic, holding a painting he offered
for sale at a festival in Michigan in June 2014

Walking along the perimeter of the tables on the inside of his garage, Cory Hamic can’t help but smile as he shows off his miniature market of newly sprayed paintings, each ready to be shipped to the next anxious Chuck with a buck. Only the smile he has on seems more like a grin.

22-year-old art enthusiast Cory Hamic recently realized that one of his favorite hobbies had potential to not only draw a smile on his friends’ faces, but also put money in his pocket. He just didn’t realize how much money he was about to run into.

It was almost two years ago, in the summer of 2013, that Cory began to use stencil art, accompanied by mixes of spray paint and a little creativity, to make colorfully customized posters. He was looking to decorate the walls of his Macomb apartment with posters of musicians and other artists that he enjoyed. After making a few posters that he calls “space paintings,” and receiving a lot of positive feedback after showing them on his social media accounts, he recognized his potential. Continue reading

Illinois State Women’s Basketball Unable to Snag First Win

The ISU women’s basketball team fell short once again on Sunday in a 60-36 loss to the Indiana State Sycamores at Redbird Arena. The defeat brings the Redbird’s to an 0-16 start on the season.
The ‘Birds started off solid, but their defense became sloppy in the second half. Illinois State got in some foul trouble throughout the game. Heading into the half trailing 18-16, the ‘Birds showed small signs of hope in getting their first victory.
The Sycamore’s lead began to grow as the game continued. ISU committed 21 turnovers by the end of the game. Although they had 13 steals, the Redbirds were unable to turn most of those turnovers into points. Continue reading

Hockey players shave ice, not beards

Article by: Michael, John and Jon

Fans of Bloomington’s USHL hockey team, the Bloomington Thunder, may find that some of their favorite players may look a little different.

Things were getting hairy on the ice as the team took part in Movember, a campaign designed to spread awareness of various men’s health issues.  Participants (referred to as Mo Bros), are encouraged to grow a mustache during the month of November.

Vince Pedrie defenseman for the Bloomington Thunder, one of many participants on the team.

Vince Pedrie defenseman for the Bloomington Thunder, one of many participants on the team.

Twelve players and two staff members of the Bloomington Thunder have profiles on Movember.com, a website in which people can donate money that goes towards men’s health organizations such as the Prostate Cancer and Livestrong foundations. They are raising money to fund research and utilities for programs related to prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and other men’s health issues.

Many students here at ISU have also jumped at the opportunity to cut loose this November for a good cause.

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It’s a small world after all: Up Late at State brings culture to ISU

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Pack your carry-on bags and grab your passport! Students at ISU are being offered a Trip Around the World without setting a foot off campus.

On November 14, 2014, Up Late at State and Diversity Advocacy brings the campus a trailblazing event. They will be giving students a cultural experience that allows them to visit nine different countries while staying in the Brown Ballroom.

Stations representing nations from around the globe will be set up in the ballroom. Each country has two activities and one food and drink t each station, all of which is native to that country. Activities will include calligraphy, karaoke, and henna tattoos done by students. Continue reading