by Mercy Quaye
Nashville, Tenn.__For her it wasn’t the pull of southern hospitality. It wasn’t the warm weather, the country music or the barbecue. It was the violins.
She labored for just a year, repairing, constructing and playing stringed instruments at Minnesota State College before she was recruited to work in Nashville. To the recruiters, Sarah Bystrom, [...]
by Mercy Quaye
by Anthony Cave
Sarah Bystrom repairs violins. She fixes the hairs of bows, the regular maintenance essential to the instrument’s sound.
But Bystrom, 19, says she has lost a bit of her own rhythm since she moved from Wisconsin to Nashville, Tenn., six months ago to work at Williams Fine Violins on Music Row.
“It’s always a little [...]
by Shirin Ghaffary
NASHVILLE, Tenn.__Walk into the Pangaea clothing and jewelry store at 21st and Wedgewood avenues and you’ll be transported from the city’s Hillsboro Village neighborhood to the warm open-air markets of South America.
The boutique has been selling clothing, trinkets and jewelry from exotic locales such as Peru, Haiti, India and Mexico for 26 years [...]
by Uriel Garcia
NASHVILLE, Tenn.__A three-inch figure wearing a white and silver mask and cape is among the knickknacks that stand out when you walk into Pangaea, a store in the city’s Hillsboro Village neighborhood. The knickknack, made in Peru, is a Mexican wrestler known as El Santo, an icon in Latin American pop culture.
The figurine [...]
by Esteban L. Hernandez
NASHVILLE, Tenn.__The books kept piling up in Larry Woods’ home, like cobwebs on antique furniture. The books were so numerous that something had to be done. Woods’ wife, Saralee, decided that some of them had to go.
But there was no reason they had to go for free. The couple found a solution [...]
by Noelle Haro-Gomez
The smell of old books captivates you and pulls you into BookManBookWoman, an independent bookstore in Nashville, Tenn.
You realize you are not in a giant chain bookstore, neat, organized, museum-like. Instead, books and the unknown treasures they hold overflow the shelves and are stacked into piles on the floor. Eclectic statues decorate the [...]
From repairing bicycles to making violins, the Spring 2014 class of Chips Quinn Scholars captured snippets of daily life in Nashville, Tenn., as part of their multimedia training in January. Working in pairs, the mobile journalists reported their stories using new tools and old: apps and smartphones and pen and paper. Their work appears below.
This feature is meant for alums of the Chips Quinn Scholars program to periodically post updates, especially as our alum base grows and our Scholars scatter across the globe.
Chipster Alexandria Valdez (Summer 2013) and retired University of Montana journalism professor Clem Work pose with an elephant near the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, located in the Chandrapur [...]
Please write about three or more lessons learned from mentors, role models, teachers, relatives or others that you strive to apply in your personal and professional lives.
Esteban L. Hernandez
I love words. Sometimes I love them too much and let them take over my writing. I had a professor who made sure to instill in [...]
Write about one thing you learned during the multimedia training that will change what you do, or are expecting to do, at your internship or job.
I learned from Val Hoeppner, CQS multimedia coach, the importance of being able to shoot mobile video and upload it from the field. It [...]