Journalism students launch Reno news site for college community

Journalism students launch Reno news site for college community

RENO, Nev.– Students at the Reynolds School of Journalism have created an all-inclusive blog which hosts a variety of news, from events going on in Reno to some great places to grab a bite to eat.

The blog, Biggest Little City Buzz, or BLC Buzz, launched November 17 and includes articles about Reno written by students in the introductory journalism course taught by RSJ professor Donica Mensing.

The site was pitched, designed, produced and published by budding journalists to showcase original curated news about Reno, utilizing social media, interviews and local news sources.

“It’s a student-designed, student-run website,” says Carrie Farley, one of the students involved with the project. There are many local blogs, but BLCBuzz provides fact-checked content about culture, health, food, careers, local events, and news stories all in one place.

BLC Buzz is also a frequently used hashtag on Twitter. Simply by clicking on the hashtag“#BLCBuzz” you will find tons of students who have been to great places or events that they could not resist sharing. The website is updated weekly, however the tweets are live everyday.

The semester-long project has resulted in a website that features posts varying from entertainment to volunteer opportunities in Reno. The goal of the website is to get more people aware of and involved in Reno’s friendly community.

Some of the articles include ways to find the cheapest cup of coffee or special restaurant deals for college students.

“We’re all really excited,” says Daniel Putney, 18. “Everyone has been working really hard to find everything they can about Reno.” Putney has written several articles for the FoodBuzz page of the site.

“BLC Buzz is a great way to showcase our work, and learn more about journalism at the same time,” says Valari Esposito, another student in journalism 107.

Jordan Ryder, also a student in the journalism course, calls BLC Buzz “a great way to stay in the loop of everything that’s going on.”

The site can be found at http://blcbuzz.journalism.unr.edu/.

For more information, contact Donica Mensing, associate professor and academic chair in the Reynolds School at dmensing@unr.edu.

This press release was written by Journalism 107 students Caroline Ackerman, Christina Clack, Valari Esposito, Shannon Kelly, Krysta Scripter, Sierra Taylor-Cline and Natalie Van Hoozer.

 

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