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City’s Newspaper Hawkers Try to Make Ends Meet

By Kim Dunbar, PJ Randhawa and Randell Golman

“Good morning, good morning, Chicago Tribune, 75 cents!”

Keisha Coolidge repeats that phrase as people pass her on their way to work. She is peddling the Chicago Tribune from her spot on the corner of Van Buren and Michigan Avenues.

Coolidge is one of many Chicagoans who sell newspapers on the street in order to make a living. According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago, street peddling is in fact part of the city’s legacy, and has provided an important service to Chicago residents and continues to operate as an economic option for entrepreneurs.

From hot dog vendors to impromptu performances, people can find many things on Chicago streets. But for those who hawk newspapers to pay the bills, their reliance on selling what some experts say is a dying industry and product is a growing concern.

Coolidge, 23, is prepared for the worst.

“I’m looking for another job right now,” she said.

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

Esther Cepeda

Esther Cepeda blogs and uses social media tools
such as Twitter to write about issues in Chicago.
(Courtesy Photo)

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.

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.

Interview: Time Out Chicago’s Jessica Herman

Jessica Herman

Jessica Herman
(Courtesy Photo)

Jessica Herman is a staff writer for The Get section of Time Out Chicago magazine, where she writes two to three stories and one to two blog entries per week.

Herman recently talked with ChicagoStorytelling’s Emily Torem, a former Time Out Chicago intern, about how she uses social media and other technology in her job.

Q&A: Kirsten Miller of FOX Chicago

Kirsten Miller

Kirsten Miller (Courtesy Photo)

Kirsten Miller of FOX Chicago News sees the future of online journalism as a fusion between a computer monitor and TV screen.

“People are going to start using their TVs as a computer monitor,” she said, “so they can browse the Internet while they watch TV.”

Miller, an interactive manager and senior web producer at FOX, teaches online journalism part-time at DePaul’s College of Communications.

She sat down with ChicagoStorytelling’s Alexis Pelayo to talk about backpack journalism, what skills today’s journalists need and the future of the industry.