Elkhart Truth | September 2014

I've been at The Elkhart Truth for a month now and have routinely covered high school sports. In fact, it's been about 90 percent of my assignments. The first week featured a lightning-delayed football game which would have been my warm up to shooting my first college football game, Notre Dame versus Michigan. I know, it was a big one. Trial by fire is what I called it in a blog post I wrote for the Truth's photo blog, Behind the Lens. The post can be read here. September's lesson: How to adapt to a shifting assignment and to a new environment.

This move to northern Indiana is my first time living away from the West Coast and it's different to say the least. But different is what I was looking for. As with most college grads, I'm looking to travel, but I want to explore the United States and hopefully understand its diversity before embarking on international adventures. My first stop in Elkhart and at the Truth is exactly where I wanted to be – a complete and utter surprise with a lively newsroom who look to push the boundaries of newspaper digital storytelling. Jen, Tyler, Sarah, patio, editors alike – thank you for the warm welcome. 

Also, isn't "The Truth" the greatest name for a newspaper?

Elkhart Memorial girls cross country team warm up before taking on Elkhart Central and Westview at home on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. 

Elkhart Memorial girls cross country team warm up before taking on Elkhart Central and Westview at home on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. 

Seven Goshen players wait on the sideline waiting to be substituted in as a silhouetted NorthWood player raises his hand takes, signaling to his teammates that he's about to take a free kick on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Goshen. Goshen beat NorthWood 4-0.

Seven Goshen players wait on the sideline waiting to be substituted in as a silhouetted NorthWood player raises his hand takes, signaling to his teammates that he's about to take a free kick on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Goshen. Goshen beat NorthWood 4-0.

Fans, parents and fields fill the stands at the Concord Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Concord Community High School  

Fans, parents and fields fill the stands at the Concord Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Concord Community High School

 

A Memorial cross country runner, left, pats a Central runner on the back after he collapsed after a race on Sept. 4, 2014, at Memorial.

A Memorial cross country runner, left, pats a Central runner on the back after he collapsed after a race on Sept. 4, 2014, at Memorial.

Elkhart Central junior Ian Jenks (left), junior Eddie Tyler (center), senior Kody Martin (right) kneel in the locker room waiting for their coaching staff's pre-game pep talk before taking on Penn on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Central. Due to lightning, the game was postponed until Saturday.

Elkhart Central junior Ian Jenks (left), junior Eddie Tyler (center), senior Kody Martin (right) kneel in the locker room waiting for their coaching staff's pre-game pep talk before taking on Penn on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Central. Due to lightning, the game was postponed until Saturday.

Notre Dame takes the field just before facing off against Michigan for their final game, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. The Fighting Irish won 31-0.

Notre Dame takes the field just before facing off against Michigan for their final game, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. The Fighting Irish won 31-0.

Notre Dame’s William Fuller (7) catches a touchdown pass over Michigan’s Blake Countess (2) at the end of the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium. The Fighting Irish won 31-0.

Notre Dame’s William Fuller (7) catches a touchdown pass over Michigan’s Blake Countess (2) at the end of the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium. The Fighting Irish won 31-0.

Notre Dame trounced Michigan 31-0 in their series finale on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium. The Fighting Irish won 31-0.  

Notre Dame trounced Michigan 31-0 in their series finale on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium. The Fighting Irish won 31-0.

 

Central senior golfer Libby Tully and teammates joke around before taking on Memorial during senior day on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Christiana Creek Country Club in Elkhart. Central beat Memorial 206-237.

Central senior golfer Libby Tully and teammates joke around before taking on Memorial during senior day on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Christiana Creek Country Club in Elkhart. Central beat Memorial 206-237.

Marsha King nuzzles with her daughter Reyna King, 10,  before a middle school soccer game on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Bethany Christian School in Goshen. The Kings decided to send their children to private school because the class sizes are smaller, more individual attention, and it re-enforces their Christian values, Said Tony King, Marsha husband. 

Marsha King nuzzles with her daughter Reyna King, 10,  before a middle school soccer game on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Bethany Christian School in Goshen. The Kings decided to send their children to private school because the class sizes are smaller, more individual attention, and it re-enforces their Christian values, Said Tony King, Marsha husband. 

Elkhart Central football players peak their heads outside to check the weather an hour after their game against Penn got delayed due to lightning on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Central. The game got postponed until Saturday.

Elkhart Central football players peak their heads outside to check the weather an hour after their game against Penn got delayed due to lightning on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Central. The game got postponed until Saturday.

Memorial senior Chloe Klein struggles to climb a small hill on the fourth hole during a game against Central during senior day on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Christiana Creek Country Club in Elkhart. Central beat Memorial 206-237.

Memorial senior Chloe Klein struggles to climb a small hill on the fourth hole during a game against Central during senior day on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Christiana Creek Country Club in Elkhart. Central beat Memorial 206-237.

Memorial senior Jamie Brodnick reacts to a missed put on the fourth hole during a game against Central on senior day, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Christiana Creek Country Club in Elkhart. Central beat Memorial 206-237.

Memorial senior Jamie Brodnick reacts to a missed put on the fourth hole during a game against Central on senior day, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Christiana Creek Country Club in Elkhart. Central beat Memorial 206-237.

Northridge freshman Rowen Hatfield squeezes water from a wet rag just after finishing a cross country race against Memorial on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Bonneyville Mill Park.

Northridge freshman Rowen Hatfield squeezes water from a wet rag just after finishing a cross country race against Memorial on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Bonneyville Mill Park.

Central senior Aubrey Castleman sports santa socks during a warm September day, as Central hosts Memorial's girls golf team on senior day, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Christiana Creek Country Club in Elkhart. Central beat Memorial 206-237.

Central senior Aubrey Castleman sports santa socks during a warm September day, as Central hosts Memorial's girls golf team on senior day, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Christiana Creek Country Club in Elkhart. Central beat Memorial 206-237.

Fairfield junior Hannah Siegel (32) celebrates after a point with her teammates, senior Lauren Streit (15), and senior Kelsey Schiffli (27), right, on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Goshen. Fairfield beat Goshen 25-23, 25-21, 25-16.

Fairfield junior Hannah Siegel (32) celebrates after a point with her teammates, senior Lauren Streit (15), and senior Kelsey Schiffli (27), right, on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Goshen. Fairfield beat Goshen 25-23, 25-21, 25-16.

Central sophomore Devin Jones (97), top, helps bring down Riley senior Reggie Edmerson (20) in the first quarter on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Rice Field.

Central sophomore Devin Jones (97), top, helps bring down Riley senior Reggie Edmerson (20) in the first quarter on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Rice Field.

Elkhart Central coach Jeremy Hren talks with senior Joe Phillips before taking on Penn on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Central. Due to a lightning delay, the game will restart at Saturday.

Elkhart Central coach Jeremy Hren talks with senior Joe Phillips before taking on Penn on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Central. Due to a lightning delay, the game will restart at Saturday.

Elkhart Central senior Jackson Fann goes crazy after getting a box of pop corn in the Central locker room during a lightning delay against their game against Penn on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014,  at Central. The will restart Saturday.

Elkhart Central senior Jackson Fann goes crazy after getting a box of pop corn in the Central locker room during a lightning delay against their game against Penn on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014,  at Central. The will restart Saturday.

Memorial junior Steven Mittadam lays on the ground after finishing a cross country race against Memorial on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Bonneyville Mill Park.

Memorial junior Steven Mittadam lays on the ground after finishing a cross country race against Memorial on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Bonneyville Mill Park.

Northridge junior Kaitlyn Kennedy (14), right, and senior Carlee Christner (6) dive for a dig but could not get it to a teammate on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at Northridge in Middlebury. NorthWood beat Northridge 3-1.

Northridge junior Kaitlyn Kennedy (14), right, and senior Carlee Christner (6) dive for a dig but could not get it to a teammate on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at Northridge in Middlebury. NorthWood beat Northridge 3-1.

Marian's volleyball team warms up before taking on Jimtown on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at Jimtown. Marian won 3-0.

Marian's volleyball team warms up before taking on Jimtown on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at Jimtown. Marian won 3-0.

A Fairfield drum major quietly waits for a performance to begin at the Concord Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Concord Community High School.

A Fairfield drum major quietly waits for a performance to begin at the Concord Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Concord Community High School.

Memorial senior Dustin Ellsworth, 17, gives a strong extended handshake to offensive line coach Dan Loth after practice on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Memorial. Dustin, who has autism, started his football career with the Crimson Chargers as a student manager his freshman year and has played on the team for the last three.

Memorial senior Dustin Ellsworth, 17, gives a strong extended handshake to offensive line coach Dan Loth after practice on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Memorial. Dustin, who has autism, started his football career with the Crimson Chargers as a student manager his freshman year and has played on the team for the last three.

Memorial senior Dustin Ellsworth breaks through the offensive line during drill in practice on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Memorial. Dustin plays defensive end.

Memorial senior Dustin Ellsworth breaks through the offensive line during drill in practice on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Memorial. Dustin plays defensive end.

Memorial senior Dustin Ellsworth leads prayer before digging into a pasta dinner with his teammates, a night before a football game, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Memorial.

Memorial senior Dustin Ellsworth leads prayer before digging into a pasta dinner with his teammates, a night before a football game, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Memorial.

Memorial senior Dustin Ellsworth smiles as he walks off the field in between drills at practice on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Memorial. Dustin said during his year as a student manager, head coach Bill Roggeman inspired him to want to play.

Memorial senior Dustin Ellsworth smiles as he walks off the field in between drills at practice on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Memorial. Dustin said during his year as a student manager, head coach Bill Roggeman inspired him to want to play.

Memorial senior Dustin Ellsworth (68), left, listens to head coach Bill Roggeman speech about getting excited for a game the next day, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Memorial.

Memorial senior Dustin Ellsworth (68), left, listens to head coach Bill Roggeman speech about getting excited for a game the next day, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Memorial.

Memorial senior Dustin Ellsworth, center in red, energetically sings "Charge Your Fight" song with his teammates, as he paces the locker room at the end of practice on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Memorial.

Memorial senior Dustin Ellsworth, center in red, energetically sings "Charge Your Fight" song with his teammates, as he paces the locker room at the end of practice on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Memorial.

Memorial senior Dustin Ellsworth's helmet and letter jacket is seen hanging in his locker on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in the Memorial locker room.

Memorial senior Dustin Ellsworth's helmet and letter jacket is seen hanging in his locker on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in the Memorial locker room.

Memorial senior Dustin Ellsworth, right, and senior Eric Holt raise their helmets during a kickoff drill at practice on Thursday, Sept. 2014, at Memorial. Holt said Ellsworth is the heart of the team. "Through out the years, he's picked us up when we're down and whenever he's down, we pick him up," Holt said." Without him on the team, it wouldn't Elkhart Memorial football."

Memorial senior Dustin Ellsworth, right, and senior Eric Holt raise their helmets during a kickoff drill at practice on Thursday, Sept. 2014, at Memorial. Holt said Ellsworth is the heart of the team. "Through out the years, he's picked us up when we're down and whenever he's down, we pick him up," Holt said." Without him on the team, it wouldn't Elkhart Memorial football."

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- Nicktern