Grades, friends, competition: They stress our high schoolers more than you might think

This was originally published on the Iowa Watch website. It also ran in The Gazette on Monday April 20, front page below the fold, and was posted on The Gazette website and Des Moines Register website. I co-wrote it with Jesse Hausknecht-Brown, Marta Leira, Alex Carlon and Kailey Gee. Our work was edited by LyleContinue reading “Grades, friends, competition: They stress our high schoolers more than you might think”

Competing for so many reasons in high school, not all of them good

This was originally published on the Iowa Watch website. I co-wrote it with Jesse Hausknecht-Brown and our work was edited by Lyle Muller. High school sophomores and juniors around the country check what they received when preliminary scholastic aptitude test scores — better known as PSAT scores — are posted in December.  The “what did you get?”Continue reading “Competing for so many reasons in high school, not all of them good”

My day at Iowa Public Radio

As I wrote in an earlier blog post, I recently had the change to meet Charity Nebbe, host of Talk of Iowa on IPR. I contacted Nebbe after she visited the West Side Story newsroom about coming in to the Iowa City office for a job shadow. Nebbe was so kind to allow me intoContinue reading “My day at Iowa Public Radio”

Take aways from Charity Nebbe

Host of Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe, recently visited both the online and newspaper sections of the West Side Story. As busy and accomplished as she is, I was thrilled she was willing to take time to speak with blossoming journalists at West. I wanted to share some take aways from herContinue reading “Take aways from Charity Nebbe”

Half naked neighbor allegedly attempted to enter woman’s home

This article was written as an exercise at the University of Iowa Journalism camp on July 23, 2019. This was my first time witnessing a trial.  A black tee shirt. A tan jacket. That’s how witnesses described Neal Johnson’s attire when they were asked to identify the defendant in the Linn County courtroom. A hat. A gold and greenContinue reading “Half naked neighbor allegedly attempted to enter woman’s home”

I was featured on “The Source” podcast

The Quill and Scroll Honor Society is creating an eight podcast series called “The Source“. Each episode focuses on a journalism principal. For the second podcast Jeffery Brown, Executive Director at Quill and Scroll and Adjunct Professor at the University of Iowa, asked Maya Durham, Co-Executive Editor for the Little Hawk, and me to comeContinue reading “I was featured on “The Source” podcast”