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Christa Smith is a graduate student in Columbia College Chicago's journalism program. She has a background in film, journalism, graphic design and web design. Smith received a BA from DePaul University in Digital Cinema and a MS, also from DePaul University, in Cinema Production.
Illinois 7th House District Rep. has a Clear Ticket Back to Springfield

Illinois 7th House District Rep. has a Clear Ticket Back to Springfield

During the heated debates in the Illinois General Assembly, about the marriage equality bill, there were several speeches given in favor of the law. But for many spectators there was one that stood out the most. Randy Hannig, director of public policy at Equality Illinois, said he distinctly remembers State Rep. Emanuel Welch (D-Westchester). “He […]

Illinois Charter School Commission Might Be Disbanded

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Illinois Charter School Commission Might Be Disbanded

A bill was sent through to the Illinois House of Representatives on March 5 to disband the Illinois Charter School Commission. The commission was created in 2011 through an amendment to the Charter Law of 1997. Its purpose is to make known the best practices of charter schools, resolve all appeals, supervise charter schools authorized […]

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A Tale of Two Courts

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A Tale of Two Courts

By using Creatavist.com I was able work out a full-featured depiction of this story. I could integrate photos, videos, and maps into my story in a way that flows. A Tale of Two Courts is the story of inner-city young men who are taken by their mentor, to play basketball in a suburban park district. […]

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German Market Lights Up Chicago’s Daley Center

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A look at an afternoon at the Christkindle market in downtown Chicago through a collection of Vine and Instagram videos captured by journalism students @CCCJournalism.

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Quality, Not Quantity: Conference Speakers Discuss Content in Journalism

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Quality, Not Quantity: Conference Speakers Discuss Content in Journalism

The eighth floor of Columbia College Chicago’s 1104 S. Wabash building was buzzing with the chatter from freelance writers last Thursday morning as they waited on the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ Content Connections conference to begin. “Content is truly our king, and we are it’s loyal servants,” said keynote speaker Ron Smith, assistant […]

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Magnetic Swipe Cards Stay

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Magnetic Swipe Cards Stay

Customers can still use their old magnetic swipe fare cards on Chicago public transportation until officials resolve problems with the new Ventra card system. The old cards were scheduled to be phased out on Monday. But, in response to customer complaints, the Chicago Transit Authority postponed the transition Wednesday. “It was not executed as smoothly as […]

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Rally Brings Attention to Large Scope of Government Shutdown

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Rally Brings Attention to Large Scope of Government Shutdown

Gail Moran, a retired federal employee, remembers having to expedite her move to New Orleans at the end of 1995, the last time the U.S. government shut down. Moran said she rushed to New Orleans, but when she arrived at her new post, she wasn’t allowed to work as a manager at the National Labor […]

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