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IU student to intern with newspaper

IU student to intern with newspaper
IU student to intern with newspaper
Joey Bowling

Protests. Dormitory fires. A giant sloth. Rising IU junior Joey Bowling has seen a lot, but he said he still has much to learn before he tackles one of the biggest challenges of all: moving into another apartment for school.

A Kentuckiana native, Bowling grew up in the suburbs of Sellersburg and graduated from Floyd Central High School. He studies Spanish and journalism at the Blomington campus.

He fell in love with telling people’s stories when he was a junior in high school and went to report on a local art gallery.

Bowling is spending 10 weeks with The Corydon Democrat, where he’s the catch-all intern, whose job is to help out in any way possible. He was matched with the newspapaer through the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation’s Eugene S. Pulliam Internship Program.

“When it comes to my career, it doesn’t matter where I end up,” he said. “I just want to be able to help people tell their stories.”

Bowling has been a part of IU’s student paper, the Indiana Daily Student, since before he stepped on campus. He credits it for where he developed as a journalist, and the paper exposed him to different parts of the newsroom. He’s worked as a social media editor and reported breaking news and politics as well as serving a brief stint as a news editor. His favorite story he’s written in the last year was an obituary for a community pillar, a chemistry professor who taught thousands of students during his decades of teaching.

Now that summer break is here, Bowling is once again in a student’s role as he interns at The Corydon Democrat. He’s excited to work for a newspaper that’s serving its community, and he hopes to bring ideas to it that helps the paper grow its readership.

“I’m going to learn how to be a better reporter, and I can help them engage more with readers,” Bowling said.

When he’s not at work, Bowling likes to paint and listen to podcasts. His current favorite is a Dungeons and Dragons-inspired podcast called “The Adventure Zone,” starring three brothers and their father.

“It seems silly, but I think growing as a storyteller means you’re constantly consuming stories,” Bowling said. “Plus, who doesn’t love a good podcast?”