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Becoming a Modern Day Journalist

Learning to Be a Well-Rounded Journalist 

Over winter break this past year, I had the pleasure of meeting with a long-time WGN broadcaster, Dave Eanet. Eanet has been a broadcaster for Northwestern athletes and the Chicago Cubs for a little under 20 years. One piece of advice that really stuck with me was that to be a successful modern day journalist you can’t just have one set of skills. He said you can’t only be a good writer, or only know how to video edit. With all the multimedia today, you need to have knowledge on how to edit, write, produce, etc. your segments. The goal of this course was similar to what he said. Coming into this class I was a bit nervous because I had a very limited knowledge on how to use my camera, edit, or write a well-scripted package. Thanks to our last eight assignments and instruction over the past few months that nervousness has gone away.

WGN Broadcaster Dave Eanet gave similar advice as Professor Collins on how to be a successful journalist in today's culture.

WGN Broadcaster Dave Eanet gave similar advice as Professor Collins on how to be a successful journalist in today’s culture.










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Taking the Polar Plunge

Courtesy of Special Olympic Website

Courtesy of Special Olympic Website


Thanks to the dedication and generosity of over 7,300 participants, The Polar Plunge 2014 fundraiser was a huge success. With 20 events being held at lakes across Illinois, participants were about to raise over 2 million dollars for the Illinois Special Olympics.

What is the Polar Plunge? People ask family and friends to sponsor them and in return they must take the “plunge” and dive into a lake with it’s freezing winter temperatures. Many people who take the plunge come back annually, since it benefits such a great cause. It is fun too: many people dress up in costumes which proves to be very entertaining.

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Raising Cold Cash for a Good Cause

I had never heard of the Polar Plunge before, but by the end of this assignment I was pleasantly surprised by how cool of an event this is. It seems like it would be a lot of fun and a great cause. I kind of want to go out and shoot the next one that comes to town now!


Polar Plungers get very creative with their costumes, it’s just more fun that way!

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Polar Plunge : An Icy Dip


Jimmy Fallon takes a Plunge in style
Photo Credit: The Associated Press

Every year, thousands of people take the Polar Plunge. Each plunge serves as a benefit. TheIllinois Polar Plunge helps raise money for the Illinois Special Olympics. The Plunge is very popular among community members, celebrities, and local officials.

Jimmy Fallon tweeted to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel that he would be plunging into Lake Michigan.

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Taking a Plunge into Icy Waters

A Unique Way to Support Special Olympic Athletes

For the past 15 years, tens of thousands of people have been taking a plunge into icy waters to raise money for Special Olympic athletes. 10.2 million dollars has been raised through this event. Participants of the must raise at least 75 dollars from family, friends, and co-workers to be eligible to run into the frigid water.

Participants of the Polar Plunge running into the frigid water (Courtesy of Special Olympics Illinois Website)

Participants of the Polar Plunge running into the frigid water (Courtesy of Special Olympics Illinois Website)

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Plunging for a special cause: Annual Polar Plunge raises $2 million for Special Olympics Illinois


Polar Plungers make a splash in Illinois in 2013.
Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Illinois.

In the usual wintry months of February and March, thousands of people are seen diving and splashing into the deep freezing waters. But they aren’t facing the bitter temperatures just for fun. They’re plunging for a special cause – the Polar Plunge, which raises money for the Special Olympics athletes.

This year, there were 20 different locations in Illinois for the annual Polar Plunge event, and over $2 million was raised for the Special Olympics Illinois athletes by more than 7,000 participants.  In the last 15 years, the event has raised $10.2 million with more 40,000 people taking the plunge.

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Dressed for the Plunge: Polar Plunge Participants Wear Costumes While Raising Money for Special Olympics

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Polar Plunge participants race into the water.
Photo from Special Olympics Illinois

Polar Plunge participants wore a variety of costumes to this year’s event, ranging from Vikings to a witch to penguins. The freezing fun raises money for the Special Olympics.

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The Illinois Polar Plunge

How Chilled Civilians Can Help the Special Olympics


People running through the chilly lakes of Illinois, and also raising money for a great cause!
Photo Credit: Special Olympics Illinois website

Illinois civilians have been freezin’ for a reason at the 15th annual Polar Plunge.

From February 21st through March 23rd, people gathered together to help raise money for Special Olympics Illinois. Participants were required to raise at least $75 in order to participate in the Polar Plunge, which involved running through a lot of chilly Illinois lakes. (20 lakes were included this year!)

Throughout the last 15 years, approximately $10.2 million have been raised by the Illinois PolarPlunge. This money goes to support Special Olympics Illinois, who work to provide an athletic outlet for people with intellectual disabilities.

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