Madison Karas is an award-winning journalist from Minneapolis, Minnesota based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She enjoys spending time outside, riding her motorcycle and meeting new people. Madison is a senior at Temple University studying journalism and economics. She is a fellow at Resolve Philly and an Editorial Fellow at News Catalyst. Recently, she interned at the Star Tribune as a features reporter and was the 2020-2021 Editor-in-Chief of The Temple News, Temple’s independent student newspaper, and 14th Street Magazine, Temple’s student culture magazine. Madison's reported local small business COVID-19 and arts and entertainment stories, her favorite being ones that capture peoples’ day-to-day lives. Her work has won and been finalists for first-place Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards and Pennsylvania Newsmedia Association’s Keystone Student Media Awards.

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Can student journalists and local media collaborations work together? Here’s what we learned

Collaborative reporting doesn’t always feel instinctive. Especially in a university environment where the student media organizations are isolated in different buildings across campus with little history of working together. But, working together can push journalists to pool their individual strengths and create more informative and multidimensional storytelling. In tandem with Resolve Philadelphia, a Philadelphia media resource nonprofit leading the Broke in Philly news collaborative, four st
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4 Minnesota front-line workers on pandemic: 'There's still a little healing to do'

Sabrina Collins' hair is back. The 46-year-old nursing home assistant cut her hair last April, after the stress of her job in a senior care center caused it to thin. Her hair had been down to her shoulders before she chopped it to 3 inches. Now, she can tie it back into a small pigtail. "When I can pull it all back and put it in a binder, that's like, 'Hey, that's progress,' " Collins said. Progress is something that's difficult to gauge in the lives of many of Minnesota's essential workers.
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Home care industry strained by pandemic

Ray Wall would have preferred to wait things out a bit before getting the COVID-19 vaccine. He wanted to see how others reacted to the shot before getting it himself. But as a nurse, the 47-year-old Philadelphian felt a professional responsibility to get it as soon as possible. So when he was notified that there was a slot for him, he took it. “I did it against my own beliefs and my own interests of wanting to wait,” Wall said on Jan. 29, a few hours after his first dose. “So I did go in there
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