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Hi there!

I'm a photo editor at the Chicago Tribune. I assign photographers to stories, choose photos and plan photo coverage of events for different feature sections in the Chicago Tribune.

As a mentor for Green in the City, I'm happy to be a part of this cool project.

A long time ago, when I was a photographer for a newspaper on the Southeast side of Chicago, I saw first hand the impact of industrial pollution and contamination of the air, water and land that made life difficult for residents. But I also saw people rise up and speak out with some effect to the government and companies that conspired to concentrate hazardous materials in this area.

Green in the City is a chance for students to make a real impact on their environment by learning about the issues and relating them in stories pictures and video.

Stay tuned to Green in the City for some exciting work!

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At 11:16pm on July 10, 2009, Jasmine Johnson said…
hi, I enjoyed my trip to the museum. It was very informative.

I am interested in doing the photo essay. I've taken some pictures and I am going to take more. I would like to start putting it together soon, and add the pictures as I go along. I would really appreciate your help.






Bushra Kabir, Northside College Prep

Bri'anna Moore, Waukegan High School

Managing editors

Brenda Becerra, Curie High School

Amairani Galvan, Farragut Career Academy

Photo editors

Jasmine Johnson, Homewood-Flossmoor High School

Kimani Smith, Noble Street College Prep

Multimedia editors

LeJohn Montgomery, Hales Franciscan High School

Morgan Selvage, King College Prep

Contributing reporters

Carissa A. Eclarin, Schurz High School

Vivianna Galvan, Farragut Career Academy

Daniela Jurado, Farragut Career Academy

Safiya Merchant, Lane Tech High School

Demetria Taylor, Lindblom Math and Science Academy

Chad Wilson, Lindblom Math and Science Academy

Professional staff
Nancy Day, chair, Journalism Department, Columbia College

Workshop director:
Brenda Butler, media specialist and former Chicago Tribune senior features editor

Rui Kaneya, managing editor, The Chicago Reporter

Maudlyne Ihejirika, assistant city editor, Chicago Sun-Times

Charlie Meyerson, former Chicago Tribune online editor, now WGN-AM news director

Billy Montgomery, reporter, photographer, professor, Columbia College

Lynn Norment, former Ebony Magazine managing editor, now media relations specialist, Carol H. Williams Agency

Antonio Olivo, immigration reporter, Chicago Tribune

Nancy Traver, professor and writing coach, Columbia College

Avis Weathersbee, former Chicago Sun-Times assistant managing editor, now blogger and writer/editor

Cassandra West, former Womanews editor, Chicago Tribune, now writer and photographer

Mike Zajakowski, picture editor, Chicago Tribune

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