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Demi Lawrence


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My name is Demi Lawrence and I am a senior journalism major at Ball State University. I have a passion for telling stories in both a written and visual way, and dedication to the truth.
I worked as Opinion Editor for The Ball State Daily News for two years, and have also written news and feature stories for The Daily News for three years. I have freelanced with Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, and I am working this summer with Anderson Herald Bulletin as an Hoosier State Press Association Pulliam Intern doing news and feature reporting.
Questions or comments? Email me at [email protected] or connect with me on my social media below.


Anderson Herald Bulletin

Herald Bulletin
Fireworks sales spike; more people buying for at-home shows

ANDERSON - Indiana is ninth in the country for most firework spending per capita, according to U.S. trade census data, and sales are sizzling this year. Firework shops across Madison County have reported a spike in sales. Carol Cox, owner of BC FIreworks in Chesterfield, thinks her sales have shot up for a multitude of reasons, some involving the coronavirus and some not.

Herald Bulletin
Anderson Symphony Orchestra executive director Stone resigns

ANDERSON - Dana Stone, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra's executive director since 2010, has resigned. Stone is leaving the local symphony to become executive director of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, she said Tuesday. The orchestra's previous director recently retired. The Anderson symphony's music director, Richard Sowers, said Stone helped solidify the symphony's donor base.

Herald Bulletin
Hands-free driving law goes into effect Wednesday

ANDERSON - Starting Wednesday, drivers in Indiana will be banned from using handheld cell phones while driving. The Hands Free Law was signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb to combat distracted driving, making Indiana the 22nd state to prohibit drivers from using a cell phone while operating a moving vehicle.

Herald Bulletin
Pro-police demonstration allows for conversation

ANDERSON - Around 50 people gathered in front of the Anderson Police Department on Monday night to show their peaceful support for the local police. Organizer John Skinner said he wanted to show APD that its community supported it in wake of the criticism he felt police in general were receiving in the last several weeks.

Herald Bulletin
Juneteenth celebration helps register people to vote

ANDERSON - In honor of Juneteenth, the day enslaved African Americans in the United States were informed of their freedom in 1865, a celebration was held at Jackson Park. Friday evening's event came about when William Orr contacted Tamie Dixon-Tatum after a protest last week in downtown Anderson.

Herald Bulletin
Young leaders emphasize political action in Anderson protest march

ANDERSON - Several stacked cases of water bottles threatened to topple, while chips, granola and other snacks nearly overflowed a wagon pulled by an organizer. One attendee of the Friday protest march from Anderson's west side to downtown offered sunblock to anyone who needed it, while another attendee posed for a photo with a sign that read "Racism: America's original sin."

Herald Bulletin
Peaceful protest planned for Juneteenth in Anderson

ANDERSON - In honor of Juneteenth, the day enslaved African Americans in the United States gained freedom in 1865, a celebration and peaceful protest will be conducted at Jackson Park, 22nd Street and Raible Avenue, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Anderson City Councilman Ollie Dixon is an organizer of this event, along with Tamie Dixon-Tatum and William Orr.

Herald Bulletin
Hoosier Park reopens to 50% capacity, offers masks

ANDERSON - Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino reopened its casino doors this week, and there was already a line of people outside waiting to enter by 11 a.m. Monday. The casino, which had been closed because of coronavirus concerns, reopened at 6 a.m. Monday.

Herald Bulletin
Anderson Museum of Art reopens with 'Through Harvey's Eyes'

ANDERSON - The work of local photographer Harvey Riedel will be on display for two months in an Anderson Museum of Art exhibit titled "Through Harvey's Eyes." This exhibit is the museum's first since reopening on Tuesday. The museum, 32 W.

Herald Bulletin
Westside Community Church opens licensed day care in former Urban League building

ANDERSON - The five co-owners of the former Madison County Urban League building bought the space in March 2018 because they did not want the rich history of the building to go to waste. "Urban League serviced the community, and there's a lot of history with this building," Jerome Sloss, pastor of Westside Community Church, said.

Herald Bulletin
Latest ALICE report shows rise in cost of living, stagnant wages

ANDERSON - An annual report issued by the United Way cites a rise in the cost of living and stagnant wages as significant issues facing struggling Madison County families. The report examines ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained Employment) residents, those who don't fall below the federal poverty level, but still struggle to make ends meet.

Herald Bulletin
Local businesses differ in opening dates

ANDERSON - According to the Back on Track Indiana plan, restaurants and bars were able to open to 50% capacity on May 11, a week after the beginning of Stage 2 of the plan. Though many places were eager to open up, some places took a slower approach to the reopening process.

Herald Bulletin
'A really good man': Family grieves man's death in tree trimming accident

ANDERSON -Two-year-old Emma pulled a tissue from the box next to Virginia Lusher and handed it to her. Virginia smiled at her daughter and dabbed the skin under her eyes. "He was just that person that was just so different from everybody else, and just so charming and charismatic," Virginia Lusher said of her husband, Michael.

Herald Bulletin
Coronavirus a concern for some voters, not for others

ANDERSON - Workers across precincts in Anderson noted surprisingly large turnouts, but the coronavirus is a concern to some voters like Carla Bingham. Bingham was disappointed to see some workers not wearing masks at the National Guard precinct, but inspector Lloyd Brown said that masks were optional for workers.

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

For Wayne Journal Gazette
Her sensory products help people with dementia

What started as an extra class in eighth grade blossomed into a home-based crochet business for Fort Wayne resident Janet Robinson, who will find herself in the national spotlight come spring. Robinson's business, A and J Crochet - named after her daughters Annie and Jill - will be featured in the May issue of Creative Forecasting, a nationally distributed magazine.

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Global peace group taps Manchester student

Chris François, a Manchester University student, can't exactly recall when or why the interest in peace studies began. That interest, though, has led to François gaining a pretty big platform.

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Women's advocate gets her voice heard

Anyone who knows her will refer to Anne Marie Labenberg as a social justice warrior, which is why she jumped at the chance to get involved with a national organization. In 2017, Labenberg traveled to Columbus, Ohio, for a one-day Galvanize Program, a conference of the United State of Women.

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Preventing suicides job for all, expert says

Alice Jordan-Miles suffers from depression day in, day out. "Being full-blooded Latina, we don't even acknowledge mental health," Jordan-Miles said. "Our community looks at it as 'You've sinned against God, and God is now punishing you.'" In an interview just before Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Jordan-Miles said she wanted people to know they don't have to suffer in silence.

Ball State Daily News

The Daily News
On the clock: Ball State Rec Fit dance instructor prepares for career by performing, teaching

Editor's note: "On the clock" is a Ball State Daily News series profiling Ball State students and their on-campus jobs. If you have any suggestions as to who we should feature next, send an email to Kamryn Tomlinson, The Daily News' assistant features editor, and Taylor Smith, a Daily News reporter, are students in Immanuel Simon's Rec Fit class.

The Daily News
Feminist author, activist visits Ball State to discuss new book

Born in 1934 and raised in Ohio, Gloria Steinem said she doesn't recall much feminist inspiration when she was younger. "It was pretty awful [in the 1950s] because it was a time in which the country was trying to put back women into the home because they've been working in factories, and trying to put back black men who served in the military," Steinem said.

The Daily News
Charting her own course

Three days a week, the sound of trumpets honking, drums clashing and color flags whipping through the air echoes through campus from the lawn outside Worthen Arena as Ball State's Pride of Mid-America Marching Band practices. At the head of it all is Caroline Hand.

Ball State Daily News
Unspoken: The other white meat

Getting your protein from animals is just so 2000s nowadays, and Burger King is keeping up with this trend. On August 8, the fast food chain announced it would start serving a meatless, plant-based patty called the Impossible Whopper for a limited time at more than 7,000 locations across America.I decided to try this new plant-based patty out.

Ball State Daily News
Unspoken: Homophobia in the archdiocese

On June 23 a letter posted to the Cathedral High School website by the school's Board Chairman Matt Cohoat and President Rob Bridges explained that after 22 months of discussion with Archbishop Charles C. Thompson, it would be no longer employing a teacher in an open, same-sex marriage.

Ball State Daily News
Muncie Origins: Crossfit White River builds fitness, community

The 9 a.m. sunshine beat down on several Crossfitters running from the corner of Dicks and North Streets to University and Dicks Streets for their first of three warm up sets. It was already over 70 degrees in the Village, but the Crossfitters ran outside then returned indoors to do their scaled push presses with a smile, fist bumping each other during their rests between each set.

Ball State Daily News
Ball State's 1969 baseball team to reunite after 50 years

With Apollo 11 landing on the moon, the original Woodstock taking place, the Stonewall riots breaking out in New York City - 1969 paid witness to many events of significance in American history. At Ball State, the year saw one of the most successful baseball teams in the university's history.

Ball State Daily News
Ball State CAP's art installation in downtown Muncie symbolizes city's diversity

Is it a cube? Is it a sheep? Does it appear different depending on how one looks at it? Is it a "cubist version of Dino from 'The Flintstones'?" According to James Kerestes, assistant professor of architecture, Muncie's newest art installation "Flock" represents Muncie as a community - diverse and more than just the whole.

Ball State Daily News
MCS elementary librarian does more than reshelve books

At 5:30 every morning, two hours and 40 minutes before the tardy bell rings, Mike Lewis gets to North View Elementary. He goes into the library of the 330-student elementary school to laminate or cut papers for various teachers.

Ball State Daily News
Unspoken: Again, Roncalli?

Roncalli High School has once again made a fool of itself, and has given the whole country, even the whole world, a reason to believe it is not getting better, but worse, for LGBT+ people like myself.

Ball State Daily News
Unspoken: More to consider

I came into this controversial topic with the intent to back up my uneducated opinion of forgiveness.

Ball State Daily News
Muncie community members fill walk-on roles in 'NOËL'

Two weeks after submitting their audition videos, Sammy Bredar and Ella Pittman were accepted as walk-ons to perform in " NOËL The Musical " with VenuWorks Theatricals. The cast and crew will only have short period to rehearse together before bringing the Christmas tale to life in the one-night performance 7:30 p.m.

Ball State Daily News
Unspoken: Too Little, Too Late

On Aug. 3, Ball State University's Board of Trustees released a statement regarding alumni John Schnatter's - more popularly known as Papa John - use of the N-word during a meeting.

Ball State Daily News
Demi's Diems: Of Monsters and War

I hadn't talked to you much that day, and I won't lie, I was a little worried. You had been sending me very troubling text messages about how you "couldn't cope anymore", and when I reminded you of all the beautiful things in the world, you said it still wasn't enough to not make you want to die.

Ball State Daily News
Demi's Diems: The Glory Days

The fence is 200 feet away, grass green and dirt a grayish brown from the rain that came down earlier. A man on a riding lawn mower does his work on the baseball field behind me. I'm sure he's wondering what a girl is doing sitting in an empty dugout of a recreation softball field on a Monday afternoon.

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