Category Archives: media

True Star Program Gives Chicago Youth a Chance

True Star

The True Star Foundation program gives Chicago students hands-on experience in the media arts, including magazines and radio.

Since the Fall of 2004, the True Star Foundation has been working with Chicago youth to teach them skills in journalism, marketing and publishing. The nonprofit organization that provides a creative outlet in the form of literary and professional development programs for youth.

ChicagoStorytelling’s Stephanie Williams, Cicely Teal and Essence McDowell spent time with the students, True Star’s founders and others to see how the program is making a difference in the kids’ lives.

Q&A: Chicagoist’s Marcus Gilmer

Marcus Gilmer Photo Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Q&A-format features on how Chicago-based, national and international journalists and other professionals incorporate current technology into their jobs.

Marcus Gilmer earned a master’s degree in creative writing at the University of New Orleans.

But as editor-in-chief of Chicagoist, Gilmer finds clever ways to tell stories about the Windy City through a journalistic approach. Chicagoist, part of the Gothamist chain of Web sites, covers news, food and events throughout the city.

Through the world of evolving online journalism, Glimer has found a balance between writing what he knows and writing what he thinks.

Gilmer talked with ChicagoStorytelling’s Caitlin Hacker, Katie Nelson and Cheryl Waity about his site, his career path and the future of online storytelling.

Hacker’s interview and audio.

Nelson’s interview and audio.

Waity’s Q&A.

Interview: Chicago Sun-Times Columnist and Huffington Post Blogger Esther Cepeda

Esther Cepeda

As a part-time columnist with the Chicago Sun-Times and author of her own blog, Esther Cepeda writes about second-generation Hispanics and Latinos whose stories might not be told in mainstream media.

Cepeda, who also writes for The Huffington Post, talked with ChicagoStorytelling’s Forrest Davis about how she uses social media in her coverage.

Interview: Windy Citizen’s Brad Flora

Brad Flora Photo Brad Flora’s Twitter account describes him as a “journalist-turned-hacker.”

Flora does plenty of both as the creator of WindyCitizen. Like Digg.com, this social media-driven Chicago news site allows its users to “bump” stories up or down based on votes and popularity. It creates a hyperlocal, interactive experience for its readers.

Flora spoke with ChicagoStorytelling’s Stephanie Bork about his site, convergence reporting and the article he’s most proud of.

His answer to the latter may surprise you …

Q&A: Laura Washington of the Chicago Sun-Times

Laura Washington Photo

Laura Washington (Courtesy Photo)

In her journalism career that has spanned three decades, Laura Washington has reported across multiple platforms. She has written for newspapers, appeared on broadcast news programs and oversaw the launch of Web content as editor-in-chief of the The Chicago Reporter in the 1990s.

ChicagoStorytelling’s Kevin Dempsey talked with Washington about her column in the Chicago Sun-Times, how she once resisted the move to blogging, and how reporting fundamentals must still drive good journalism, regardless of the platform.

Q&A: Lindsey Schneider of FLYPmedia

Lindsey Schneider FLYPmedia.com has a small staff, but the New York City-based site has made a big impact on the way media are using interactive storytelling techniques.

The site bills itself as “more than a magazine” and has attracted some top media talent, including former Time magazine journalist Jim Gaines, who serves as FLYP’s editor-in-chief.

Lindsey Schneider works as a copy editor at FLYP. But she tells ChicagoStorytelling’s Jessica Ernst that she does so much more with this innovative site: She also writes, films, manages projects and codes hypertext markup language.

Interview: Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com

Jeff Dickerson

Jeff Dickerson of Chicago's ESPN 1000-AM (Courtesy Photo)

Jeff Dickerson has been a Chicago Bears beat reporter for ESPN 1000-AM since 2004, with a Bears blog at ESPNChicago.com since April. He also hosts a weeknight Chicago radio show on ESPN 1000 and helps with Bears coverage for ABC-7 “The Chicago Huddle” show.

ChicagoStorytelling’s Sam Kraft talked with Dickerson about reporting on the Bears in a football-crazed city and how he incorporates social media into his daily coverage.

Audio: Dickerson offers advice for aspiring sports journalists.

Audio: Dickerson talks about what it takes to do his job.