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Medill Media Teens

Medill Media Teens partners with Urban Broadcast Media to train high school youth from Chicago’s under-resourced neighborhoods to become confident, tech-savvy multimedia journalists. The program provides students from schools such Gary Comer College Prep, Urban Prep Academies and Back of the Yards College Prep with a pathway for publishing and airing their stories.

Medill students coach teens on Saturdays during the school year. As a Media Teen, you experiment with video, audio, photography and website production at UBM’s South Side facility, Medill’s downtown Chicago newsroom and on the streets of Chicago. You report, write and publish multimedia stories, learning about multimedia journalism from mentors and professionals.
 
Medill undergraduates serve as mentors, who often remain friends with their teens long enough to watch them become the first in their families to attend college.

Medill Media Teens interview person on the street in Chicago

Medill Media Teens interview person on the street in Chicago

Even if you decide not to study journalism in college, you will graduate from the program with the confidence you will need to be successful.
 
With the support of private donors and the McCormick Foundation, teenagers who successfully complete the program receive iPads—often the first in their households—at the end of their second year.

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