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Students document historic churches

Our student journalists comb the neighborhoods of Chicago to write stories about some of these churches, and take photographs.

Phil Ponce to host forum assessing Obama

Phil Ponce

Chicago Tonight anchor Phil Ponce and a panel of distinguished journalists and commentators will discuss media coverage of President Barack Obama at Promises Kept/Promises Broken: The Media’s Midterm Assessment of Barack Obama, an upcoming forum at Loyola University Chicago. The free event, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 14, will feature:

Mary [...]

Old dog learns new tricks

By John Slania

I’m an old school journalism professor.

I insist that my students conduct interviews either face-to-face or by telephone.

A voice conversation allows for much richer interviews, as the questions and answers are spontaneous and usually more enlightening.

But recently, one of my students used the new social media tools to score a scoop.

In my Reporting and [...]

School of Communication offers awards, scholarships

By John Slania

Students in Loyola University Chicago’s  School of Communication are eligible to receive awards and scholarships as part of the SOC’s annual Awards Ceremony.

Faculty can nominate students, or students can nominate themselves. 

Nominations forms are available at the reception desk on the second floor of the School of Communication, 51 E. Pearson Street, Chicago, Il. [...]

The latest in communication coursework

By John T. Slania

Journalism Program Director

As Loyola’s School of Communication continually explores possible new educational programs, The New York Times recently published a list of innovative new majors being taught at other universities.  In an article titled, “The Interactive Entrepreneur,” reporter Brian Stelter details some of the cutting-edge coursework being taught at other schools:

Birmingham City [...]

Videos blur line between news and fantasy

By John T. Slania, Journalism Program Director

The line between reality and virtual reality just got a little fuzzier now that a Hong Kong-based media company is producing animated video simulating – and surmising about – news events.

The New York Times reports that Next Media, a Hong Kong company [...]

SOC student-athlete gains national attention

By John T. Slania, Journalism Program Director

Lauren Ditscheit, a star setter on Loyola’s Women’s Volleyball team, is gaining national attention for her valiant recovery from a debilitating disease that almost derailed her athletic career. But Ditscheit also is a star in the classroom as a student [...]

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