About The Mash

We are a teen-focused publication and website powered by teens! The newspaper is distributed for free every other Thursday to Chicago-area high schools, libraries and teen centers during the school year.

What we do

The Mash is the paid student journalism 070-414 exam 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

Adult staff

Business Manager: Annie Ryan
Editor: Lauren Chval
Senior Digital and Design Editor: Michelle G. Lopez

Want to join the Mash staff?

The Mash Staff Application
The Mash Promoter Program Application

How to get involved

Want to get The Mash at your high school? It’s easy. Email us at themash@chicagotribune.com. 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?

Read full print editions of The Mash here.

Contact us


Chicago Tribune – The Mash
435 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

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