Category Archives: Spring 2015-j215

Telling My Story:

A Reflection on Multimedia Reporting

My staff photo with The Daily Illini

My 2014-2015 staff photo with The Daily Illini.

From the moment I walked into Journalism 215, I could tell that this course was unique. Multimedia Reporting with Dr. Collins was an experience unlike any other, and definitely one that makes me gracious of my time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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A Different Type Of Boat-How To Make A Banana Boat Dessert


ingredients to a banana boat

Don’t Ditch Dessert

With spring break right around the corner and summer break following shortly after, people are looking for all the tips and tricks to stay healthy. But who wants to miss out on indulging in their favorite treats!? People are starting to take dieting to a whole new level. We no longer allow ourselves that little cheat or sweet after a nice meal…and we should!

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Cutting down the food pyramid

The best ways to obey the popular gluten-free diet

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Margarita marinade chicken grilling on the open George Foreman Grill.

Gluten-free diets have become the new fad in the United States, which means people need to start eating with caution — even at home.

According to an article published in the Nov. 3 issue of The New Yorker, nearly “20 million people contend that they regularly experience distress after eating products that contain gluten” in 2014.

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Take Me out To the Ballgame- How To Throw Different Pitches


Me showing the grip for a 4 seam fastball, and looking like a bad-a**



“Ah shoot,” I muttered to myself as my tripod toppled to the ground.

You see, I grew up my entire life playing baseball, more specifically as a pitcher, so I’ve been around the block a few times. However, it has been about a year since I’ve thrown a baseball, and, well… my tripod got to feel the full blunt of my rustiness after my fastball took out one of its legs, and now it’s more of a dipod so to speak… Continue reading

A quick, cheap meal for a college student


A box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese

Making dinner on a budget

College students, no matter the time of the month nor their financial situation always seem to be skimping on food. Cutting back on daily nutrients isn’t good for any reason so instead of missing meals, college students should eat smaller, less expensive items, like macaroni and cheese, supplemented with bigger meals throughout the day.

While I won’t say that the quick and easy meal of macaroni and cheese will save all the problems of what to eat while in college, I will say that mac ‘n cheese is a cheap way to replenish the calories that easily escape your body.

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Releasing Your Own Music

Musicians are utilizing the Internet to self-publish their own work

Sean Neumann

Photo of Eli Tracy listening to music he published


The dawn of the Internet changed a lot of things in our lives, but the music industry was completely spun around with this new tool for artistry.

Musicians used to have to “make it” and sign a record deal before actually getting the chance to record and release their own music, but now with the advantages of the Internet, anyone with a microphone and some time on their hands can put out an album all by themselves.

First came, allowing musicians to create networks of fans and friends, and getting their music out into the world for free. But in 2008, changed the way do-it-yourself musicians were able to promote their music throughout this online community that was created.

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Study: Processed foods may be expanding, hurting your gut

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A recent study has linked food additives to chronic inflammatory diseases. Choosing a smoothie for breakfast instead of a bowl of cereal or granola bar will minimize the amount of additives you consume.

Researchers find link between additives
and chronic inflammatory diseases

By Klaudia Dukala

Despite the guilty feelings that come with them, sugary, processed breakfast foods like cereals and granola bars usually top the list of most people’s morning must-haves. But those guilty feelings are about to get a whole lot worse because with those types of breakfast foods come additives, and with additives may come various chronic inflammatory diseases, including those associated with obesity, according to research published last month in the journal Nature.

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