The Westside Writing Project


Westside Writing Project

WWP partnered with Loyola University Chicago (LUC) to host a digital media workshop for area West Side students. The workshop was held downtown at LUC’s School of Communications (SoC). We had a total of 14 students in attendance representing various schools across the city.

LUC’s Beta Rho students developed a day of activities that included touring a newsroom while also allowing students to gain exposure in interviewing techniques, social media strategies, and utilizing studio equipment.

Students were also familiarized with standard industry terms like Lead, B-roll, VO, and Nat. sound. As well as recording and interviewing tips that help to make sound media projects.WWP studnets were very engaged and seemed to really enjoy working in a college newsroom!!

Karael Eubanks, a junior at Phoenix Military Academy, described it as a “great experience to bring back to our journalism class to share with others from our school.”

Students will build on this experience by putting the concepts and theories discussed today into use when producing their own short videos about selected topics.

Check out the short video of our trip to LUC below:

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About westsidewriting

The Westside Writing Project (WWP) is a youth enrichment program that works to expand the realm of opportunities for area students by providing exposure, guidance and support in areas of digital media and journalism. At a time when texting is the most common form of writing for many young people, and the dominant image of urban youth in the city of Chicago is one of being “at risk” for violence, drugs and educational failure, the Westside Writing Project (WWP), stands out as a powerful model for reaching and teaching our next generation of thinkers and doers. WWP was launched in 2007 on Chicago’s West Side as an after-school program by founding Executive Director Frank Latin. The mission of this largely volunteer initiative is to provide positive youth development by using writing, digital media and journalism as tools for civic engagement, as well as individual and community transformation. Ultimately, our organization gives urban youth from underserved neighborhoods—neighborhoods often dismissed in mainstream media as rife with only drugs, crime, and violence—a distinct voice. We are subtly shifting the lens of media and the look of typical media reporters to demonstrate that youth from at-risk neighborhoods facing critical social and economic challenges have unique perspectives and can deliver those perspectives to broader audiences.

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