Students cover Punkin Chunkin from all angles

Punkin Chunkin reporting
Students, wearing hard hats at the Punkin Chunkin World Championship, set up cameras in the field. View more photos.


Journalism students in JOUR 215: Multimedia Reporting spent the Fall 2019 semester covering the Punkin Chunkin world championships, through print, audio, and video stories. They were selected to present their work at the 2020 University of Illinois Undergraduate Research Symposium. Below is an excerpt from the students' application, as well as some of the videos and audio stories that they produced. Learn more about this class, taught by Associate Professor Charles “Stretch” Ledford.

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—Madelyn Foster and Acacia Hernandez

Watch the overview video

Learn about the history of catapults

Learn about the physics of centrifuge

Audio Stories

Growing a Champion​​​​​​
(Produced by Gretchen Macklin)

Rantoul Village Administrator Predicts Growth of Punkin Chunkin
(Produced by Charrice Jones)

Technology Meets Agriculture
(Produced by Daria Makhneva)

Former Chunker Won’t Travel to Illinois for Competition
(Produced by Emily Stutts)

Chunk Like a Girl
(Produced by Gabby Hajduk)

Chunkin for Education
(Produced by Isaiah Baba)

Spreading Chunkin Fever
(Produced by JJ Kim)

Chunkin Generations
(Produced by Madelyn Foster)

Engineers vs. Farmers
(Produced by Patrick Catezone)