An entrepreneur helps Nashville hikers connect online

by Andrea Beasley

Kelly Stewart joined, a social app and website that allows people to “self-organize” into groups based on interests and hobbies, as a way to get over his divorce in 2007.
The Tennessee native, who joined and now leads the Nashville hiking “meet-up” group, has since learned how to turn the largest network of [...]

Gone hiking: Music City residents use the Internet for outdoor activity

by Valerie Smith

More than 6,000 people in Nashville, Tenn., are connecting with each other in the outdoors through a non-nature facilitator – a website focused on bringing people together who have similar interests. is a social media app and website aimed at individuals who are seeking to meet others with the hope of building camaraderie, [...]

2014 Summer Mobile Media Storytelling

In this space, we showcase the multimedia projects created during orientation by the 17 Scholars in the Summer 2014 class. Most worked in pairs; their stories are appearing in nine installments.

Samantha Clark: Nashville’s meat-and-three tradition at Wendell Smith’s
Christiana Cobb: Wendell Smith’s hooks ’em with Southern-food traditions

Alex Corey: Historic instruments awaiting [...]

Craft coffee: Taking a cup of joe to the next level

by Jordan Gonzalez

Tom Valentine, head roaster at Bongo Java Roasting Company in Nashville, Tennessee, never used to like coffee.
He hated the smell, taste and atmosphere of coffee shops, and he didn’t even walk into a Starbucks until he was 17.
Then Valentine started dating the coffee-loving woman who would become his wife and he had to [...]

Bongo Java aims for high-quality roasts with organic coffee beans

by Monica Herndon

Nashville, Tennessee – Tucked away in an old warehouse district is the coffee-scented home of the city’s only certified organic coffee company, Bongo Java Roasting Co. The freshly roasted beans make a popping sound, almost like popcorn, as they cool before being packed.
At a time when the demand for locally grown and made [...]

Q&A with Dave Martinez, advocate of diversity

by Adrian D. Garcia

Dave Martinez has been fostering my love of journalism and helping me to advance in the industry since my freshman orientation at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2010. Dave’s official title for CU Boulder’s journalism and mass communication program is administrative assistant, but the many students he has taken under his [...]

Committed to peeling back the layers of a place

by Brittny Mejia

In a city ranked in Forbes magazine’s list of the top 10 most dangerous, I found my home and what it means to be a journalist.
Forbes’ description of Oakland, Calif., states that its “high levels of poverty and proximity to drug corridors combine to generate lots of violence.” It says that the city [...]

Focusing on the story

by James Tensuan

Anybody who knows me knows that I love a good silhouette – and that I can be hardheaded when it comes to photographs.
I like my photos as dark as my coffee. And my highlights? I like to call those mid tones. One editor had to remind me that we’re printing on toilet paper, [...]

Chipsters land promotions, new jobs

Adam Kealoha Causey (Spring 2006) is an assistant city editor at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where he started a year ago as an enterprise and investigative reporter. He writes, “I’ll be the primary editor for our crime and courts coverage. I’ll also oversee a group of year-round interns who are University of Nevada, Las Vegas, [...]

2014 Summer Orientation Photo Gallery

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