Journalism, Ohio University, Photography

November in Athens

The Huddle

If there’s one thing I’ve written this year that I’d love some feedback on, it’s this story I wrote about the hardships some Ohio University students face while trying to simultaneously raise children and get an education.

I reported the story over the course of about a month, and Post photographer He Fang and design editor Kelsey Bell did a great job making it visually appealing. 

We have also published a good bunch of editorials that I am quite proud of this month.

Here’s one about our Student Senate not considering itself a public body under Ohio Revised Code. We also discussed a raise given to our university president in two editorials and the abrupt dismissal of Ohio’s longtime swimming coach.

One of the coolest projects I’ve been a part of during my tenure with The Post has been production of “The Huddle” — our special sports section that appears in print before big games. We cranked out three editions, four pages apiece, on each of the first three Fridays of the Ohio men’s basketball season. The most recent edition was especially keen, I thought. The front page design for the Nov. 15 edition, to me, was one of the most eye-catching The Post has produced in my three years in Athens.

Like I posted about in October, we unveiled the second installment of “Athens Sessions”, a music video series similar to NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts”, this month. This session featured punk rock band Silent Lions, which was fresh off an international tour opening for Tenacious D. Silent Lions’ music is much different than that of our previous subject, The Corbin Marsh Band, and I’m really proud of the work we did to make the recording process fairly seamless for the band.

I also continued hosting The Post’s radio show, “The Green & White Review”. Listen in on our final episode of the semester. And I also continued producing our first semester of “PostCasts” about pop culture and music. I learn something every time I sit down to record a show with our resident media aficionados.

I was fortunate enough to continue covering country music, scoring an assignment to write about Gretchen Wilson’s Nov. 14 show at OU. I penned a preview of her concert and was also able to take photos and write about the show.

Wilson is a great performer — it’s obvious that she hasn’t lost a step since the mid-2000s — and makes it clear that she doesn’t take herself too seriously at this stage of her career. She even joked around with the sparse crowd of photographers assembled for the show, posing for us during her second song — a 1970s rock cover.

Country music singer Gretchen Wilson sings during a performance at Ohio University's Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

Country music singer Gretchen Wilson sings during a performance at Ohio University’s Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

And of course, we’ve still been cranking out what I think are some darn funny cartoons.

Cartoon I

Cartoon2As always, thanks for reading. Happy holidays!



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My name is Jim Ryan, and I'm a breaking news reporter for The Oregonian and OregonLive in Portland. I'm an Ohio University graduate from Gaylord, Michigan.

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