Behind the Scenes of “Hollywood Jerome”

April 15th, 2009

The number of Chicago Public School students gunned down this year tops 30. As the number rises, we should look at the issues young people face growing up in urban environments.

Teen Pregnancy, Gang Violence, Single-Parent Households, Racial Stereotyping – these hinder the lives of many urban youth.

But awareness of these issues is not enough. There needs to be a dialogue not only about teens, but one that includes them as well. But how do you get young people interested in social issues? How do you reach them?
Mah-leek Yusef is a Chicago-based spoken-word artist who wrote the poem “Hollywood Jerome.” The poem tells the tragic story of a South Side black teenager caught up in the gangster lifestyle. Local film producer, Frey Hoffman adapted the poem into a short film. He is currently working on a documentary about gang life in Chicago.

On this episode of Community, Media and You we are joined by Mah-leek Yusef and Frey Hoffman. We’ll talk about their film and how they hope its unique approach will reach teens and inspire an inclusive dialogue.

A journalism degree? Why bother?

April 15th, 2009

Graduation is right around the corner. This right of passage is typically accompanied with parties, celebrations – and if you’re lucky, plenty of job offers. But today’s sagging economy and limited job opportunities have many grads nervous about the future.

And for journalism students, the future may be more uncertain. Amidst Chicago’s newspaper giants going bankrupt, and other changes in the news industry, students are still pursing – and graduating – with advanced degrees in journalism.

So why are students still interested in journalism? Why choose a career whose future is transitioning? And what does the future hold for graduates?

On this episode of Community, Media & You, we’ll talk with three grad students from Columbia College’s journalism program. Here with me is Jennifer Lacey, Erica Christoffer and Dimitri Kalantzis.

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