Author Archives: Michaela Gilmer

About Michaela Gilmer

I am a full-time student majoring in Journalism at the University of Oregon. I am passionate about working in either sports or music. For my entire life, I have wanted to develop my career around helping others and I plan on doing just that through reporting journalism. I believe journalism is a literary art form, but is also rooted in social action because journalists create ideas and stories that generate numerous responses and actions. For example, if I write a story about a low-budget high school where men’s basketball could no longer be offered, anyone who reads my story could take action on the issue I presented. Individuals may contact the school board and demand a meeting about the budget and the severity of cutting men’s basketball. I want to cover this aspect of journalism because I want to expose these issues in order to lead to action in changing them. I want to work in sports because there are many complexities with both amateur and professional sports. I want to write about ethics and politics within sports, specifically baseball, basketball and football. There needs to more research about NBA/NFL/MLB fines and how these fines are not the answer to fixing problems. Ultimately, my goal is to write and work for ESPN the Magazine. I am seeking work and internship opportunities in writing, reporting, branding, digital media, marketing, business journalism and event planning/organizing.

Bringing Community Together: The 2014 Great Whiteaker Cleanup

By Michaela Gilmer EUGENE, Ore.—It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon at Scobert Part in the Whiteaker neighborhood. There in the middle of the park stood Wonder Woman. With a trash grabber tool in one hand and a bright pink … Continue reading

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Q&A with Sports Illustrated Writer Robert Klemko

By: Michaela Gilmer Robert Klemko is a pro football writer at Sports Illustrated (SI). Klemko also writes for an online publication covering the NFL, Monday Morning Quarter Back (MMQB). Klemko’s coverage does not focus on following teams and individual games … Continue reading

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Whiteaker’s Eugene GlassRoots Owner

By: Michaela Gilmer EUGENE, Ore.- Carefully handling each individual piece of glass as she transfers the pieces from one glass shelve to another, it is impossible to ignore the beauty of each glass piece as the sun shines through the … Continue reading

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Whiteaker Embraces the Good and the Bad

Homelessness is a leading problem in the Whiteaker neighborhood but friends and residents say it’s not just the neighborhood’s problem but rather the entire city. By: Michaela Gilmer EUGENE, Ore.– Homelessness may appear as a problem to some throughout the … Continue reading

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Sports in Society: Why Is This So Good?

By: Michaela Gilmer The circulating story and investigation about Donald Sterling, owner of NBA team the Los Angeles Clippers, unbelievable and hurtful racist comments about all minorities continues to generate frustration and anger from sport fans, critics, athletes and the general … Continue reading

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Wandering Coffee (and beer) Drinkers

By Michaela Gilmer   EUGENE, Ore.-As you enter the shop, it is difficult to miss the abstract art that fills the olive green walls as the smell of fresh coffee and sounds of glass cups clinking together fill the air. … Continue reading

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Sports in Society: The People Who Aren’t Afraid To Speak Up

Understanding the complexities around and within sports requires researching numerous types of views and opinions of athletes, veterans, critics, reporters, lawyers, the list goes on. The equalities and rights of athletes and coaches goes beyond the playing field. The following … Continue reading

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Whiteaker: More Than Just a Neighborhood

By: Michaela Gilmer EUGENE, Ore.- While walking through the Whiteaker neighborhood, it is evident that it is not just a regular neighborhood, but rather of a flourishing community. “People are always walking around and our neighbors actually talk to each … Continue reading

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Sports in Society-More Than Just A Game

By Michaela Gilmer Growing up, I remember my dad taking me to see the University of Oregon’s women’s basketball games. Unlike my two older sisters, I was fascinated by the game and tagged along with my dad and my brothers to … Continue reading

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My Journey to Whiteaker

EUGENE, Ore.– As I walked with my group exploring the streets of the Whiteaker neighborhood, there was not one boring or dull moment. We started our journey at the newest edition to the neighborhood; the outdoor skate park located under … Continue reading

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