About The Mash
We are a teen-focused publication and website powered by teens! The newspaper is distributed for free each Thursday to Chicago-area high schools, libraries and teen centers during the school year.
What we do
The Mash is the paid student journalism program of the Chicago Tribune, and aims to empower local teenagers, train future journalists, and promote literacy and stronger news consumption among young Chicagoans.
How the Mash works
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The Mash’s Impact
175 Chicago Public Schools
62 suburban high schools
18 teen centers, libraries
10 private high schools
265 locations where you can find The Mash
75,000 copies of the free paper are distributed every week
360 Mashers who’ve participated in our program since fall 2008
128 schools represented by student journalists
4,200 teen bylines produced
2,766+ pages worth of youth-produced content
Business Manager: Annie Ryan
Managing Editor: Morgan Olsen
Digital and Design Editor: Michelle G. Lopez
Community Coordinator: Lauren Chval
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How to get involved
Want to get The Mash at your high school? It’s easy. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is absolutely no cost to partnering with The Mash and we provide the newspaper racks to display the editions.
Want to check out our digital edition?
Chicago Tribune – The Mash
435 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611