News Reporting & Writing and the Uptown Exchange student newspaper at Truman College welcome you to chat with professional journalists on a variety of topics, including how to pursue stories for publication and broadcast.
On-line columnist and marketing specialist Esther J. Cepeda (above) speaks on October 6 about new media communications.

Discussions take place at Truman College (1145 W. Wilson, Uptown, Chicago), 11:30am, Room #2961.

MON. 9/15 — Former feature writer and editor of the Wilmington Morning Star in North Carolina, CLIFTON TRUMAN DANIEL directs Public Relations and writes web stories that represent Truman College to the world. Daniel will speak on his journalism experiences and the differences between news writing and PR. He will also talk about specific approaches to on-line reporting and writing.
MON. 10/6 — Born and raised on the North Side of Chicago, ESTHER J. CEPEDA studied Integrated Marketing Communications at the Medill School of Journalism and has worked as a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and as a high-school bilingual teacher. With diverse experiences in the media and business worlds, she now self-syndicates the “600 Words” column and serves as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. She’ll talk about new media communications.
MON. 10/13 — Since 1990, GREG KOT has been the music critic at the Chicago Tribune, where he has comprehensively covered popular music and reported on music-related social, political, and business issues. In addition to radio-show and book projects, Kot has article credits in Rolling Stone, Details, Vibe, and many other publications. He will talk about A&E writing, blogging, and broadcasting.
MON. 10/20 — Staff writer for the Chicago Reader, BEN JORAVSKY has written about neighborhood news for years and currently pens a column called “The Works” every week about Chicago politics. Author of four books, including Hoop Dreams, Joravsky will talk about writing for an alternative weekly and covering the city.
MON. 10/27 — A seasoned, award-winning writer with numerous credits at local publications, LINDA LUTTON will share experiences at her new job with local public-radio affiliate WBEZ as their education reporter.
WED. 10/29 — ANTONIO ROSAS-LANDA visits from HOY newspaper, Chicago’s Spanish-language daily, where he works as Senior Editor of the Editorial Page. He’ll talk about the significance of opinion pages for Chicago Latino journalism, and heÂ’ll discuss recent events in the 2008 Presidential campaign.
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WED. 11/12 — Truman Communications faculty ROBERT HUGHES has had a distinguished teaching career notable also for his publishing of a book-length memoir and regular contributions to the Chicago Tribune, WBEZ’s “848,” and the “My Turn” section of Newsweek. Hughes will talk about how he started writing and how he now teaches students to become perspective writers.
MON. 12/1 — Publisher of Gay Chicago Magazine, CRAIG GERNHARDT speaks about the biz and new media of journalism, including his work as an on-the-ground neighborhood journalist-blogger in Rogers Park.
WED. 12/3 — Award-winning journalist and Medill graduate ROXANE ASSAF works at Truman as Director of Teaching and Learning Programs, in addition to having been a television producer, disc jockey, documentary filmmaker, essayist, and performance artist. Her work in Bethlehem and Jerusalem won a 2002 National Arab Journalists Association’s Excellence in Journalism Award.
MON. 12/8 — Investigative reporter and Medill School of Journalism graduate JEFF KELLY LOWENSTEIN writes as a staffer for the Chicago Reporter and will talk to students about developing the instincts of an investigative reporter.

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