By: Keegan Hartman

Often times, I find myself flipping through my music playlists when I am: working out, traveling, and/or doing homework. Music is truly the ONLY form of media that helps me to focus on the tasks that I need to achieve.

In this week’s lecture/slides, we evaluated terms such as “selective exposure” and “mood management”. In particular, I was interested in HOW the media we choose helps us everyday tasks. Enter, “Mood Homeostasis”. Mood homeostasis is the process by which we selectively choose our media to keep us optimal when it comes to achieving tasks. …


By: Keegan Hartman

“Why did you want to chase a career in journalism?”

If I had a dime for every time that I’ve been asked that question, never again would I be burdened with having to pay off my student debt (which, lets just say, it will take a good amount of time for me to fully pay off after my college career at Mizzou).

In all seriousness, though, I knew that I had wanted to [originally] pursue a career in journalism, specifically sports journalism, after taking annual field trips to a local newspaper during my high school career.

A…


By: Keegan Hartman

I never realized how significant your social media presence/personality was until I arrived at the University of Missouri. However, one of the earliest lessons that drove me to act more mature, specifically on social media, came during my senior of high school. Not getting into specifics on the details, but I was immature towards someone who had not necessarily been on my good side prior. After tweeting what I tweeted, a couple of my older peers and mentors talked some sense into me, advising me that I should be more weary of what I say, especially since…


By: Keegan Hartman

Prologue

“I wanted to extend unto you an opportunity to join the Immune Deficiency Foundation Teen Advocacy Board… would you be interested in joining?”

In the Summer of 2017, I had the opportunity to travel with the Immune Deficiency Foundation’s Teen Council to West Harrison, New York. There, I got to serve as leadership, meeting various new individuals within the PI community, from pharmaceutical representatives, to patients, and even doctors in the medical field. [Pictured Above] was the entire Teen Council Advisory Board in attendance for this particular IDF-hosted event, which was the second of two annual “Teen Escape” events. (Photo Courtesy of the Immune Deficiency Foundation)

Dan Antilla, the, then, [youth] Program Manager for the Immune Deficiency Foundation, finally extended unto me- fifteen year old me- what would be a four-year membership into a program in which I had always envisioned myself doing… IDF Teen Council.

Background/ “What is a PI? Who suffers from it”

“First and foremost, for those who do not know, my name is Keegan Hartman. I am currently in my junior year here at the…


By: Keegan Hartman

In its own respect, radio has become one of the most storied mediums in American history. From days like December 7th, 1941, when American households tuned into their radios for updates surrounding the attacks on Pearl Harbor. To days like November 22, 1963, when the United States learned of the tragic news that 35th US President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated while parading through a crowd of spectators in Dallas, Texas (AUDIO CLIP BELOW).

(LINK: ABC’s/ABC Radio’s Walter Cronkite addresses and updates the American people as details continue unfold surrounding the assassination of 35th US President…

Complex Magazine- although a popular spot for ALL things pop-culture and young adult/teen- is one of the many outlets that cannot seem to shake their biases when reporting on anything politics. So why are outlets, such as Complex, “toxic” platforms for those who are easily influenced by social media.

Complex Magazine posts an “Among Us”-themed character, whose depicted to replicate America’s 45th President, Donald Trump. Along with the Trump-themed Among Us character, a caption that reads, “Orange is sus, vote him out.” (Courtesy of Complex Magazine’s Instagram)

By: Keegan Hartman

Complex Magazine (“@Complex” on Instagram), during the November elections, went from a common resource that I, like many younger adults, utilized to look at pop-culture news. I would commonly peruse their Instagram and Twitter accounts to find some cool reads on hip-hop (my favorite music genre), fashion (sneakers)…


By Keegan Hartman

I want it to be known, before I even dive into my analysis of/from this week’s lectures, that I come from a religious household. I have always been under the impression that we are all brothers and sisters through Jesus Christ. The only thing that differentiates us apart is our life’s purpose. Otherwise, we were all created by God above and sent to this very planet to serve some sort of purpose. To me, race is just a quality that all humans possess. We all belong to some sort of race/ethnic group (or “groups”) and that is…


By: Keegan Hartman

It was a summer that none of us will forget for as long as we live, at least I will never forget it. It was the only time in my life that my family had randomly decided to take a vacation because of many of the things that were happening in our nation.

(Disclaimer: we decided to travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a week back in July of 2020, but abided by strict COVID-19 protocol in the process of our brief getaway).

Obviously, the pandemic was at one of its peak times in the Summer…


By: Keegan Hartman

I wrote a little about this day previously (in last week’s discussion) but I have been reminded numerous times of the day that “sports stopped” so many times since it happened, which was on the night of March 10th, 2020. When the National Basketball Association (the NBA) decided to officially suspend their season, I could recall being in Nashville, Tennessee, having dinner with my friend Ben, as we were just under 24 hours away from calling the Missouri Tigers first game in the 2020 Men’s SEC Basketball Tournament. …


By: Keegan Hartman

I’m not sure if I have ever witnessed a year quite like 2020. Hell, I’m not sure ANY of us have experienced a year quite like 2020. We went a solid 26 days of good news (if you want to call it that) and then it seemingly felt like the world was coming to an abrupt end.

I don’t think there are many sports fans quite like myself. It’s something that I eat, sleep, breathe, and now, I cover for a living. In my three years here at the University of Missouri, I have been privileged with…

Keegan L. Hartman

Aspiring Sports Journalist // MU' Communications Grad 2022 // Co-Host of Radio Show Breakfast of Champions on KCOU 88.1 FM

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