Green in the City

Throughout this journalism program, I have learned that the world is indeed larger than one's own private bubble of selfishness. When reporters in my class visited some of the toxic sites of Chicago, they often complained of the smell or the appearance of our location. What about the thousands of people who live and cope in these same areas everyday? How do they feel living in that same stench or sewage that you so vehemently condemn? Complaining doesn't help anything. Watching in pity doesn't help anything. What's most important is to act and to act for the right reasons. This program has opened my eyes to the plight of humanity and has convinced me that the title of journalist is definitely the right one for me. I wish to give the silent a voice and in doing so, free my own.

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Bushra Kabir, Northside College Prep

Bri'anna Moore, Waukegan High School


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Brenda Becerra, Curie High School

Amairani Galvan, Farragut Career Academy


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Jasmine Johnson, Homewood-Flossmoor High School

Kimani Smith, Noble Street College Prep


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Morgan Selvage, King College Prep


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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


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Nancy Traver, professor and writing coach, Columbia College

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