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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.

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.

Interview: Windy Citizen’s Brad Flora

Brad Flora Photo

Brad Flora
(Courtesy 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 …

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.