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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: RedEye’s Curt Wagner

Curt Wagner or RedEye Photo

Curt Wagner of RedEye
(Photo Courtesy
of the Chicago Tribune)

If you want to know what channel to watch or what TV show to DVR, Curt Wagner is not shy about telling you. And he does so across multiple media platforms.

A print journalist for much of his 20-year career, Wagner writes the Show Patrol TV column for the RedEye, the Chicago Tribune’s sibling publication. Wagner also writes a blog by the same name and interacts with viewers over his Twitter account.

ChicagoStorytelling’s Tina Yeo asked Wagner about the changes he has seen in the industry over the past two decades and how he incorporates social media into his reporting.