Ian Coon: For Education

By Katie Kreis

Ian Coon, a third-year from Des Moines studying public relations and journalism, sat down with me to chat more in-depth about how his passions connect to this documentary.

KATIE: What do you want to be when you grow up?
IAN: When I was a kid, I wanted to be the ginger guy with reflective glasses from CSI: Miami, but now I just want to be in PR. [Laughing]

Coon’s first-ever selfie.

Coon’s first-ever selfie.

What are you passionate about?
A lot of things — everything. Education is the root of everything I’m passionate about. If you want to see change in anything, that all starts with education, and the people who are directly effected by anything know best how to enact that. Every movement starts with young people; in education that trend is not seen as often as it should be for as many young people as are effected by it. Colleges and universities are a place where research and innovation happen, but all of that can happen earlier in high school or even middle school. You shouldn’t have to wait until you’re 24 to come up with the next life-saving idea. So I guess when I grow up I want to intersect communications with social activism through the power of education.

Coon believes education is the root of change.

Coon believes education is the root of change.

What part of journalism and communication is most interesting to you?
Understanding how people think and consume the advertising and media we create in our field. Knowing how that consumer influences us and how we must change our thinking to impact our goals. It’s almost how to manipulate our audience, but that’s not a good word for it.

What is your role for this documentary?
Producer… question mark? [Shrugs]

What part of this documentary are you excited for?
Getting to hear from all of the people we are interviewing about how great the man was and how that will help us put together a story that inspires others in the future. I’m excited to see that outcome of what true journalism and storytelling is, because that might be different from what we know journalism in our lifetime to be. Government and media are two things that ebb and flow. Things can get very divided, but they always come back together. We’re on this outward, wide stretch and now we’re hopefully coming back together. Grant Price seems like he was there for the news and the story, and was the constant through it all.