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Looking for an employee? Post your open positions at or email info to Your job listing will appear online and in the Indiana Publisher's job listing. Free training webinars available to Indiana newspapers: HSPA member newspapers have access to a full catalog of online training through the Online Media Campus. Courses cover editorial, advertising, digital and management topics. For more information, visit all-volunteer-led foundation with a small budget," Key adds. "We hope this national recognition will give Hoosiers and others another reason to come and visit what we believe is a gem of a museum. And with the generosity of the Helt Township Trustee and Advisory Board, the museum is offering free admission this year to the birthplace and adjoining exhib- its in the two Quonset huts on the site." The last time I was near Dana, I didn't turn north off U.S. 36 to see Pyle's birthplace; instead I headed south and saw little but cultivated black soil and young green corn. It reminded me of something Pyle wrote a few years before he left for the war. "To me the summer wind in the Midwest is one of the most melancholy things in all life. It comes from so far and blows so gently and yet so relentlessly; it rustles the leaves and the branches of the maple trees in a sort of symphony of sadness, and it doesn't pass on and leave them still. It just keeps coming, like the infinite flow of Old Man River." • To learn more about Pyle's life, columnist Mike Lunsford suggests Ray Boomhower's short biography, "The Soldier's Friend: The Life of Ernie Pyle" and Owen Johnson's "At Home with Ernie Pyle." The best collection of Pyle's travel writing can be found in "Home Country," by Ernie Pyle (1947). • A fine collection of Pyle's wartime columns can be found at on the Indiana University Media School's site at https:// • For more on the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum and Pyle's birthplace, visit https:// Pyle Continued from Page 3 Page 10 October 2021 appeared in local newspapers from the 1930s forward. As a young dancer in 1936, she was billed as performing in a live amateur night show at one of Muncie's then-landmark down- town theaters, the Wysor. (Also on the bill: Walter Zumpke, described as a "crooner from Daleville," and Vesta Bennett, described as a "hill-billy.") A 1941 newspaper article noted that Chin had won a badge in photography from the local Girl Scouts organization, a sign of her lifelong hobby and vocation. The Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame article stated that Chin's father had loaned his camera to her, for a Girl Scout project, when she was 8. "He wouldn't give me money for candy," Chin recalled for the profile article. "But if I wanted new camera equipment, he always got it for me." Although she was well- known locally, Chin made her mark in photography and photo- journalism in wider circles. In November 1963, just a few days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the installation of Lyndon Baines Johnson as president, an article in The Muncie Evening Press included a picture of new First Lady Lady Bird Johnson with Chin, who, the article noted, had met her a year ear- lier during a Theta Sigma Phi convention in Dallas. Chin was among those who attended a brunch at the Johnson ranch. Chin later sent the Johnsons a photo she had made of their home, which prompted a thank you note, in which Lady Bird said Chin's photo was "one of the very best pictures ever taken of the Ranch house." Chin majored in art and minored in English at MacMurray College for Women in Jackson, Illinois, the profile said, adding that her photogra- phy skills led her to become the first female photographer for Muncie newspapers in 1946. She was the first female pho- tographer to cover the Indiana high school basketball cham- pionship at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, carrying 55 pounds of camera equipment. The profile noted that she worked for the newspapers until 1954, when she opened her Muncie photo studio, but she eventually wrote the photog- raphy column for The Muncie Star. In the 1960s, Chin was cited by the U.S. State Department for a feature in a magazine circulated in China depicting the lifestyle of a successful Chinese-American business owner, according to the profile. Chin Continued from Page 5

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