INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING AND PODCASTING

SUMMER AT COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL IMMERSION - JULY 8-27, 2019

WORK WITH Pulitzer Prize-WINNING FACULTY AND MEDIA PROFESSIONALS

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These three weeks have had such a profound influence on me. I apply the skills I obtained on a daily basis.
— Maia J. (2017 student)

learn reporting, research, production and writing skills

In this program, you will learn reporting, research, production and writing skills through hands-on, real-world training in the heart of the nation's third-largest city. Investigative Reporting and Podcasting high schoolers will spend time in newsrooms throughout Chicago, learn from industry-active reporters and broadcasters, and earn college credit that can be used toward your degree.

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AS A SUMMER AT COLUMBIA STUDENT, YOU WILL

  • Participate in a program uniquely designed for high school students by our award-winning faculty and staff

  • Learn directly from leaders in the creative industries

  • Meet and collaborate with like-minded peers and graduate mentors from around the world

  • Participate in various industry-specific enrichment activities while exploring the City of Chicago

  • Gain hands-on classroom experience, while earning college credit that can be used towards your major should you attend Columbia College Chicago in the future

  • Have the opportunity to live on campus in the vibrant South Loop neighborhood of Chicago.

HANDS-ON INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune reporter Sam Roe will teach the basics of investigative reporting, helping students learn how to expose injustice and wrongdoing. Veteran newspaper editor Suzanne McBride will show participants how to produce impactful journalism on deadline by conducting interviews, using social media and covering events alongside professional journalists. WCRX radio station manager Matt Cunningham will share the aesthetics of audio and give students a chance to make their own original podcast.

It absolutely changed my life...I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me because of this experience.
— Mya F. (2018 Summer at Columbia Student)
My son had an amazing experience at Columbia!
— Erendira R. (2017 Summer at Columbia parent)

(VIDEO) Check out the short documentary our 2017 Summer at Columbia Filmmaking students made about their experience with us.

YOUR freshman level COMMUNICATION COURSE

During your three weeks in the Summer at Columbia program, you’ll achieve the learning outcomes and credits for the Introduction to Journalism course in our Communication Department. Here, you’ll explore the changing media landscape, and gain an introduction to reporting and writing skills through hands-on in-class and out-of-class assignments.

This is a fully accredited, three-credit hour course, and is a requirement of all Journalism students at Columbia College Chicago. Summer at Columbia student who pass this course and matriculate to Columbia are not required to take Introduction to Journalism as undergraduates.


About YOUR Faculty MentorS

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SUZANNE McBRIDE

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM AND PODCASTING

Suzanne McBride has worked in the media industry for more than three decades, serving as a top newspaper editor and reporter before joining Columbia’s faculty in 2005.

Besides teaching journalism courses, Suzanne serves as chair of the Communication Department at Columbia College Chicago and also works as an editor for the Chicago Sun-Times. She’s looking forward to exploring the world of social media this summer with high school students participating in the college’s Summer at Columbia high school immersion program.

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MATTHEW CUNNINGHAM

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING AND PODCASTING

Matt Cunningham is an Associate Professor of Instruction in the Communication Department of Columbia College Chicago and faculty advisor for the student run radio station WCRX.

He has over 20 years experience as a multimedia producer and educator in the Chicago market. His awards include 2 Lisagor Awards, a GLAAD Award, an Associated Press Award and a James Beard Award for Best Podcast. Besides his work at Columbia, he is the editor of podcasts, Not Suitable for Work and The Feed Podcast and edits the monthly lecture series at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.

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SAM ROE

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING AND PODCASTING

Sam Roe is an investigative reporter at The Chicago Tribune.

A Pulitzer Prize winner and three-time Pulitzer finalist, he most recently collaborated with data scientists at Columbia University Medical Center to uncover prescription drug combinations that are linked to a serious heart condition.


communications Alumni

Columbia College Chicago’s Communications Department has produced many successful alumni. These alumni find work in the industry right out of college, and some have won awards and accolades around the world. Here is a small sample of Columbia College Chicago Communications alumni success stories:

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  • Mary Mitchell ’91
    Journalist. Advocate. Legend.
    Award-winning journalist Mary Mitchell fearlessly advocates for the voiceless at the Chicago Sun-Times. READ MORE

  • John Hellerman ’95
    Marketer. Professional. Connector.
    John Hellerman has become a titan of marketing by specializing in strategic communications for vital professional services like law and financial firms. READ MORE

  • Tony Merevick ’12
    Journalist. Editor. Executive.
    Journalist Tony Merevick builds on a long background in LGBT news coverage at his New York writing jobs. READ MORE

  • Lee Bey ’88
    Journalist. Critic. Torchbearer.
    Lee Bey’s journalism background prepared him for a wild career ride as an influential architecture critic, Chicago’s chief design adviser and thoughtful civic engagement leader. READ MORE

  • Jordan Dinwiddie ’13
    Advertiser. Copywriter. Creator.
    Jordan Dinwiddie’s first ad campaign involved LeBron James, the Cavaliers—and the entire city of Cleveland. READ MORE

  • Ricky Johanet ’12
    Copywriter. Marketer. Comedian.
    Ricky Johanet turned an ambitious collection of in-school internships into real industry success. READ MORE

  • Katie Baker ’08
    Producer. Manager. Award-winner. 
    Podcasts aren’t just Katie Baker’s work: They’re her passion. READ MORE