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Historic City News Bureau of Chicago Returns as
Loyola University Chicago Communication Course
CHICAGO, August 12, 2009 – Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication (SOC) is reviving Chicago journalism history, as it re-opens the City News Bureau of Chicago as a journalism course this fall. In addition, the University has partnered with Chi-TownDailyNews.com, a public online news outlet, to publish stories written by the Bureau’s students.
Organized in 1890 by several newspaper publishers, and led by Victor Lawson of the Daily News, the City News Bureau operated out of Chicago for more than 100 years before closing in 2005. The Bureau was known for its rigorous training of young, inexperienced reporters, sending them out to cover the hard news stories of Chicago’s police and fire departments, city hall, the county building, the courts, elections, and civic life. The Bureau taught many well-known individuals, including Seymour Hersh, Mike Royko, and Herb Block.
Paul Zimbrakos, former managing editor and bureau chief at the City News Bureau, will lead the new course at Loyola. Zimbrakos, who worked at the Bureau for 48 years, will be joined by City News Bureau veteran Jack Smith, who also worked as a reporter at the Chicago Daily News, as a CBS News bureau chief in Chicago and Washington, and as an executive producer covering politics at CNN. Smith has lectured on politics and the press in Loyola’s political science department since 2000.
Smith and Zimbrakos are remarkable journalists and are both legends in Chicago news, says School of Communication dean Don Heider. The students will be learning from the best, and I look forward to building up this program as time goes on.
On bringing the City News Bureau to Loyola’s School of Communication, Zimbrakos says, I’m excited to return to doing what I did for nearly 50 years, training new reporters and news writers. Zimbrakos added that the course would stress the strict standards of the Bureau regarding accuracy, fairness, and objectivity, noting that the Bureau’s motto was, If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”
The students will concentrate their reporting on Chicago’s neighborhoods, including coverage of the police, politicians, community organizations, local issues, and breaking news. We also intend to give city hall some coverage, Smith added.
The course, called City News Bureau of Chicago: Covering Government and Politics in Chicago and Cook County, will be taught at Loyola’s School of Communication, which is located on the University’s Water Tower Campus at 51 E. Pearson.
About the School of Communication
Located in Chicago, one of the world’s great communication centers, Loyola’s new School of Communication provides an ideal setting for integrating study with practical application in the expanding field of communication. Students benefit from a distinguished scholarly faculty and working with experienced professionals in the areas of advertising, public relations, journalism, media studies, documentary film production, cultural communication, and public advocacy. The School, which resides on the University’s Water Tower Campus at 51 E. Pearson, offers on-site production facilities and proximity to Chicago’s vast production community; a 24-hour FM radio station, an award-winning student newspaper, and an extensive internship program. For more information, visit LUC.edu/soc.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,600 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in their 2009 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.