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Editor's notes archive for Jan. 1, 2014


Reporters specialize in Ukraine coverage

As the world follows the daily developments in Ukraine and Crimea, scores of international journalists continue to track the breaking news. The Poynter Institute, a respected journalism think tank and training hub, put together a list of reporters you can follow via Twitter. In many…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 28, 2014

The 2014 Bloomsday poster

Bloomsday officials unveiled the new poster yesterday. It was conceived, designed and illustrated by Steve Merryman. The annual run is scheduled for Sunday, May 4. Race officials are expecting 50,000 participants. For the first time in Bloomsday history, photos taken at the top of Doomsday…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 27, 2014

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, 2014

Atlantic magazine examines fraternity culture

The March issue of Atlantic magazine features a cover story on what it calls "the dark power of fraternities." The lengthy report by Contributing Editor Caitlin Flanagan includes extensive detail on serious incidents at Washington State University and the University of Idaho, among other colleges.…

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MONDAY, FEB. 24, 2014

The Ball State team gathered for a group photo as we prepared to leave our temporary home on the cruise ship Louise Olympia. We were headed to the Sochi airport for our flight to Moscow. Special note: it was about 3:30 a.m. when this shot was taken.

A final look at Sochi coverage

Yes, the Sochi Olympics are closed, but there are a few stories by the Ball State At The Games team that are still worth reading after the fact. This group shot was taken about 3:30 a.m. as we prepared to leave our temporary home on…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 23, 2014

A view from a bridge in Sochi, Russia.

Away from the Olympic site

Several members of the Ball State At the Games team took the 45-minute train ride from Adler to Sochi to explore and report on Sochi, the city by the Black Sea. Taylor Irby took this photo along the riverwalk.

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The scenic Caucasus Mountains

All out of the outdoor Olympic events were held in what was called the mountain cluster site. I had incorrectly identified the mountains the Ural mountains, but they are actually the Caucasus mountains. Ball State photographer Taylor Irby made this photo when she took the…

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Stray dogs of Sochi

Reporters and photographers on the Ball State At The Games team saw stray dogs practically every place we went, except around the official Olympic sites and venues. I saw very few cats. Photographer Marcey Burton saw this homeless dog after it had been given something…

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The long lines in Sochi

I know I used a photo several days ago showing a long line in Sochi for the Olympics. I can't help myself. Here's an even better shot that demonstrates how chaotic it seemed on several days. Photo by Ball State photographer Rebekah Floyd, a member…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 21, 2014

The sun sets behind the Olympic Flame in Sochi, Russia February 11, 2014. BSU at the Games/ Taylor Irby

Sights and scenes of Sochi, Part I

I've been promising to post more photos from our experience at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, so here we go. This first shot of a performer dressed in the traditional Kazak uniform at Olympic Park was taken by veteran photographer Ryan Sparrow, a Ball State…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 20, 2014

Back in the USA

I've actually been back from Russia since Saturday, but a sore throat has knocked out most of my week. However, the team has been working hard to polish the many stories and photos they have been working on. The student journalists struggled a bit…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 13, 2014

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12, 2014

Yes, there are Americans here 

SOCHI - I tagged along with Ball State reporter Jeremy Ervin and photographer Taylor Irby in pursuit of an interesting story about all the Olympic paraphernalia being sold this week. We met four Americans from the Bay Area who arrived via Istanbul today, as well…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 11, 2014

A ruddy-cheeked Russian

SOCHI - The guy holding the Russia banner was either having a wonderful time, basking in the glow of a vodka high, or a natural showman. In any event, he was obliging every camera-happy spectator heading into Olympic Park for Monday night's activities.

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