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A Million Dollar Dream is Fulfilled

Every morning I wake up to NPR. One morning last week a Morning Edition story really caught my attention because it brought one of my own stories full circle.

Women’s boxing had made it into the 2012 Olympics and one of the women being interviewed happened to be the subject of a 2005 article I wrote for the Nashville Scene. The story,┬átitled Million Dollar Dream, was about the newly opened Boxing Resource Center in Nashville, Tenn., and it’s owner Christy Halbert.

But the story was more than a profile about the new boxing gym. At its core was Halbert’s dream to see women’s boxing be accepted into the Olympics. Now, here in 2012 was an NPR story about that dream coming true. Too cool.

According to a Nashville City Paper story, Halbert spent years lobbying for the cause and her persistence paid off in 2009 when the International Olympic Committee voted to include women’s boxing in the 2012 Olympics.

Congrats to Christy!

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Hark! INstride lives!

INstride_coverSome shameless self-promotion is in order today as news broke that INstride, a new monthly health and fitness magazine for central Indiana, was officially launched this month along with its Web site, www.myINstride.com. I know–all two of you reading this blog–please contain your excitement.

Now, why in the world do I care that central Indiana has a new health magazine for the over-40 set? I don’t live there and I’m certainly (!) not over 40. I care because my fellow j-school classmates and I poured our very unpaid souls into researching, developing and pitching this new magazine to Schurz Communications. Our consulting project, called the media management project, involved hours of walking the Hoosier streets in Bloomington, Martinsville and Bedford and asking people about their health and fitness interests.You name them, and we bothered them in the name of market research: seniors at the YMCA, firefighters, homeless folks, families at the park and many more. Then there were hours more on the phones and in front of our computers back in Chicago, preparing for the big pitch.

The finished product no doubt looks different than the product we pitched (see the presentation here), but it looks like they incorporated some of our ideas and I wish them success.

You can read about the launch here, where we Medillians get a shout out. Good to know that our hard work paid off. Now just waiting for the check.

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Medill alum charged with spying in Iran

roxanaThe news about a fellow Medill alum, Roxana Saberi, is getting worse. News reports say she has been charged with espionage in Iran. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is calling for her release. Read the Washington Post report here.

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