Audio Project: LGBTQ & Notre Dame

The relationship between the Catholic Church and the LGBTQ community has been capturing headlines around the world. In light of recent events, most notably Pope Francis’ recent remarks that many took to be an important first step in mending a historically arduous relationship, I decided to cover the growing LGBTQ presence at Notre Dame and explore how students are responding. After decades of fighting for official recognition, the university finally approved PrismND in 2013, Notre Dame’s first gay-straight alliance. On October 11, the new organization celebrated National Coming Out Day around campus, which proved to be a day full of optimism and appreciation for the progress that has been–and continues to be–made at the world’s most prominent Catholic university.

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“Double Standards: A Spooky Reality”

Check out my most recent column (and the growing number of comments!) published in The Observer on 11.5.13 on gender inequality at Notre Dame.

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Photography Project: Local Flavor of South Bend – A morning at Jeannie’s House Diner

While South Dining Hall’s omelets are glorious in their own right, I knew that a wonderful breakfast had to exist somewhere outside the “Notre Dame Bubble” as well. With this in mind, I took to the internet and the expertise of Notre Dame employees from the area and quickly discovered that Jeannie’s House Diner was the place I needed to be. As my research suggested, this appeared to be exactly the type of establishment I was looking for: an important part of the community, where locals and visitors come to enjoy quality food in a comfortable environment conducive to great conversation, old friendships, and local pride. With this in mind, I set out on a stormy fall morning with the hope that Jeannie’s was, in fact, such a place.

Jeannie's House Diner, located on the busy corner of W Mishawaka Ave and Twyckenham Dr, caters to both faithful regulars and South Bend visitors alike.

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Paper to Pixels: the Future of News

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What is the current state of the newspaper and our larger media? How is the public responding to the increasing changes to the traditional ways of receiving information? My Storify assignment for Future of News begins to answer such questions in a multimedia essay–a format that could not be more fitting for the topic. Check it out for an analysis of today’s media, as well as evidence in the form of photos, tweets, news articles, and video.

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Welcome to the family, iPad.

My first days with the iPad, while entertaining and enjoyable, have not revolutionized my relationship with news quite yet. Perhaps the most surprising revelation to come about hitherto has been how I must continue to remind myself about its presence and to actually use it. This is probably due to a combination of an insanely busy weekend and my strong habitual tendencies, but I do not fear that it will soon enough weave its way into my life with little turbulence.

As a proudly self proclaimed “Mac person,” I had no trouble diving right into the iPad’s beautiful interface and equipping it with apps galore. In addition to the old favorites that I have grown to love, I have appreciated the opportunity to explore other realms of the App Store that would have eluded me if not for this class. The past few days have been filled with treks deep into the App Store. Thirty, maybe forty-five minutes will have passed before I realize that I have been swiping, scrolling, and searching, each discovery proving more exciting than the last. And, although the App Store is notorious for breaking your heart with brilliant looking apps that turn out to be mediocre at best, my travels through its continuum have unearthed some great ones. I quickly stocked the shelves of my Newsstand with the obvious candidates: New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, San Francisco Chronicle, and the New Yorker. Afterwards, I loaded up on the “Journalism Essentials” including Flipboard, Twitter, NPR News, Evernote, and Buzzfeed. Most of these finds are content driven, but I look forward to experimenting with more tool and production based apps in the weeks to come.

While I cannot say if my level of connection, engagement, or informedness has increased over the past five days, I can definitively say that the potential excites me. I figure that I have started from a fairly high level of engagement already, as my iPhone is constantly delivering headlines to my pocket. I am quite sure that the iPad will enhance and increase these experiences, and moreover, give me new skills that my other tech standbys cannot. Welcome to my Mac family, iPad. We’re glad to have you.

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Hello reader[s]. Welcome to my blog! As a fledgling blogger, I ask that you bear with me as I learn the ins and outs of this new art-form. At the moment, homegrown daydreams exists primarily for my Future of News class, but who knows where blogging will take me. Expect to see posts that explore the topics of journalism, new media, popular culture, Notre Dame, politics, current events, music, film, and whatever else grabs my attention on any given day. Thank you for stopping by!