Profile: Chris Barker

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By Josh Compton, News Net Nebraska

Chris Barker, 23, a news-editorial major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, feels an almost therapeutic comfort when listening to music.

“When I was younger, I would always have music pounded into my brain by my parents and I learned about it by going through different musical phases,” says Chris.

Since he moved from his hometown of Ralston, Neb. to live and attend UNL, Chris has listened to music and has aspirations of writing for a music magazine or working in Denver, Colo.  Chris’ experiences in Denver’s music community have led him to believe it has higher focus on the arts.

He hopes his love of music will translate into a job where he can cover the industry while also being a photojournalist. Chris hasn’t found a news writing style that suits him yet, but prefers abstract and narrative stories to hard news pieces.

Chris has taken a few photography classes since coming to UNL and found that taking pictures developed into a passion.

When Chris isn’t listening to music or taking pictures, he rides his bike. Commuting from his apartment to campus, Chris tries to avoid driving his car whenever possible. He says the cost of gas and parking passes, as well as not wanting to be “hot and sweaty,” are legitimate reasons to be a cyclist.

“I’m actually getting really excited for winter,” says Barker, who looks forward to testing out his pride and joy; a 1987 Trek road bike that was bought for him through a bike co-op in Boulder, Colo.

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