Welcome to my website!

My name is Natalie Dunlap and here you can find the journalistic work I’ve done. Most of it is from the West Side Story, the student newspaper for West High School. I am most passionate about news and feature articles, but I also have some podcasts and videos. Additionally I will be posting about fashion, music, bullet journaling and more in the lifestyle section. Under the ‘other experiences’ I will have briefs about journalism experiences I’ve had.

If you have any questions, comments or story ideas, please email me at nataliemdunlap@icloud.com

WSS travels to Chicago for national journalism convention

View the original post that I wrote with Sophie Stephens here

Twenty-one WSS staffers traveled with Little Hawk reporters to Chicago for the 2018 National Scholastic Press Association Convention (NSPA) on Wednesday, Oct. 31. After their arrival, staffers went on a ghost tour around haunted spots in the city before starting convention activities Thursday, Nov. 1.

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Joy at West

Read original West Side Story post here.

Zheyi Li ’20 is walking through the same halls, going to the same classes and talking to the same teachers as many West students. While the day to day life in the Iowa City Community School District has become mundane for most of her peers, this is a new experience for Li, one that will end when she returns to China in November.

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Tackling procrastination

One hour and forty-eight minutes. Last time I checked that was the average time I spent a day on Instagram in the past week. I knew I had wasted time absentmindedly scrolling through the Instagram explore page, a quicksand pit that has consistently swallowed up my time, but seeing the actual number with a graph to back it up was a humiliating wake up call.

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Songs of October 2018

Below are the songs I played on repeat this October with two words to sum it up.

“The Only Exception” by Paramore: sad love

“Land of the Living” by Roo Panes: happy nostalgia

“Scare Away The Dark” by Passenger: optimistic anthem

“Dearly Departed” by Shakey Graves: alternative bop

“Hero” by Family of the Year: simple & sweet

“Don’t Settle” by Ben Kyle: soft & sad

“Oh My God” by Ida Maria: screaming emo

“Magic in the Hamptons” by Social House: pool party

“when the party’s over” by Billie Eilish: black tears

I also found a Youtube live that is always playing relaxing study music without lyrics. Here is the link to that.

Bonding over the bonfire

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Pumpkins, paint supplies, marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate occupied the tables under the pavilion at Willow Creek Park. On Wednesday, Oct. 24 English Language Learner (ELL) students and teachers gathered at  the park to bond over roasting marshmallows and painting pumpkins. Victor, a black lab service dog, joined in on the fun as he romped around the field, playing fetch with any student that would pick up his slobbery tennis ball.

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West Side Radio: How well do you know ‘The Office?’

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Lots of people have seen the NBC mockumentary “The Office.” In this episode of the West Side Radio, Makenna Hendrickson ’19 joins hosts Jessica Doyle, Natalie Dunlap and Sophie Stephens to put their paper company knowledge to the test. Listen to the podcast below to find out if you’re an “Office” expert.\

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Cynical alternatives to homecoming

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For some students, West’s homecoming is one of the most exciting nights of the year, yet others would like to be as far away from the event as possible. If you fall into the latter party, and would rather listen to “Never Gonna Give You Up”` on a loop for two hours than attend the dance, here are 10 alternative ways to spend the night.

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