Graduating founders reflect on student-run ‘Hoosier Network’

It started as a simple idea among four young reporters — to do the sort of journalism they wanted.

And now, it’s a multimedia platform with 16 contributors and more than 4,500 Twitter followers.

The Hoosier Network, an online reporting platform created by IU Bloomington students Eddie Cotton, Teddy Bailey, Josh Eastern, and Zayn Pyarali, has established quite a legacy after its October 2017 founding and January 2018 launch.

It’s something the four student founders can stick in their pocket as graduation approaches, showing the professional media market that each are ready to be primetime players. All the while, the publication is helping current IU sports media students find the roots and reporting experience they need to excel, be it video interviews, beat reporting, or specialized shows covering IU’s 24 varsity sports teams.

“We only have one rule,” Cotton said. “If it’s good, we’ll post it.”

Read more from Laurel Demkovich on the Media School website.