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Facts Not Opinions: The Temptations of Multi-level Marketing (and why to Resist Them)

Written in mid-2020 for factsnotopinions.com, this article quickly explains many of the issues with multi-level marketing, including why it is not usually profitable and how multi-level marketing recruiting tactics can often be morally dubious. It demonstrates my ability to work outside the traditional journalistic style, relying on trustworthy online research instead of interviews. ...

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College Days: Community in the Time of Coronavirus

This article was the result of my having the strange privilege of being one of the last students on the Ripon College campus before it was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A handful of other students and I, most of us were from out of state or overseas, had decided to stay on campus for spring break. It was during that stay that I decided to interview the school's new Director of Multicultural Affairs, who had set up a food bank for the students. I spoke to Maria Mendoza-Bautista on a Tuesday and learned on Wednesday that students would not be returning to campus after the break. It was the last in person interview I got to conduct as part of the College Days. Acting simultaneously as news-piece on the food bank and as a profile of Mendoza-Bautista herself, I feel that this ...

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College Days: Controversy Surrounds Meeting Between YAF and Administrators

Originally published in the College Days in early September of 2018, this article covers a campus controversy which eventually gained the attention of national news outlets. It is the result of a full weekend of interviewing, emailing, writing, and editing during what I had hoped would be a peaceful start to a new school year. This article won the 3rd place 2018 Wisconsin Newspaper Association Better Collegiate Newspaper Award for breaking news reporting. It is reflective of my ability to create an accurate, balanced, and engaging article in a short amount of time. ...

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College Days: Change Comes to the Quads, Slowly

Written in late 2019 for College Days, this article provides an in-depth look at conditions in the Ripon College Quad Dormitories as well as student desires and administrator plans for the buildings. It won the 3rd Place 2019 Wisconsin Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Award for In Depth Reporting and, at almost 1,000 words in length, highlights my research and writing abilities for longer pieces. ...

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