To find out what ideas influence Chicago’s new news ecosystem, Community Media Workshop interviewed a cross-section of 2010 New News survey respondents.

Brad Flora | Justin Kaufmann | Mandy Burrell Both | Suzanne McBride | Teresa Puente | Tracy Schmidt | Who’s a Journalist… Now?

Brad Flora, Windy Citizen

Social Media and the News Founder, Brad Flora, discusses how social media is enabling people to define how they consume news. Read the rest of this entry »

Justin Kaufmann, Vocalo

It’s All About the Talent

Justin Kaufmann, WBEZ’s senior content manager, talks about the key ingredient to Vocalo’s content. Read the rest of this entry »

Mandy Burrell Booth, Metropolitan Planning Council

Who’s Responsible for Getting the Story Out?

Mandy Burrell Booth, an assistant communications director at Metropolitan Planning Council talks about who’s responsible for getting the word out about nonprofit’s stories and issues. Read the rest of this entry »

Suzanne McBride, AustinTalks & ChicagoTalks

Hyper-Local News

Suzanne McBride (Part One)Suzanne McBride, associate chair and coordinator of and discusses collaboration between niche and traditional media. Read the rest of this entry »

Teresa Puente, “Chicanísima” blog

Inclusion in Mainstream Media

Teresa Puente, author of “Chicanísima” blog on the ChicagoNow network, founder of “Latina” and a veteran journalist discusses the benefits of inclusion in mainstream media. Read the rest of this entry »

Tracy Schmidt, ChicagoNow

The Changing Landscape of Journalism

Tracy Schmidt, editor director of ChicagoNow, discusses journalism in the digital age. Read the rest of this entry »

Who’s a Journalist… Now?

From mainstream to multimedia, Ray Hanania works “both sides of the wall”

Growing up on the Southside of Chicago prepared journalist Ray Hanania to wear many labels. His schoolyard detractors wouldn’t take “I’m American” for an answer. So, Hanania sought out his father’s advice.

“Well, geesh, you know, don’t tell them your Palestinian. Tell ‘em you’re Syrian or Lebanese,” said his father. Imagine a time when it was okay to be Syrian or Lebanese, says Hanania.

Hanania returned to school, fearful of being beat up by taunting classmates, and offered the bullies this answer:

“Well, my dad said I’m cereal. But I think my mother is lesbian. I don’t know.”

Closing out this year’s Making Media Connections 2010, Hanania admitted he’s technically not a journalist, but he is “the face of the future.” As an award-winning freelance journalist who writes for 18 blogs, pens a column for several Arab news outlets, hosts a radio show, does comedy, and serves as the spokesperson for Cicero, Hanania said he has no desire to go back to working in mainstream media. Read the rest of this entry »

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