WWP students have produced well over 60 podcasts covering a wide range of topics. Check out a couple of the videos below to get a sense of the issues covered by our news team!! Then check out our YouTube channel for more stories.
The mission of WWP is to provide positive youth development by using digital media and journalism as tools for civic engagement, as well as individual and community transformation. Through its programs and activities WWP students collectively develop a student voice on issues affecting their community.
CAHS – No Stereotype
The Brunson News Team
History of the Austin Community
Melody STEM – ‘Ball is Life’
WWP partners with Loyola Univ.
Cather – Places to visit
* WWP strengthens partnerships for 2015-2016. WWP is set to begin the new school year by providing digital media/arts sessions for 8th graders at both Melody STEM and Willa Cather Elementary Schools.
In addition, WWP will also continue to facilitate digital media workshops at Amundsen Park as part of Chicago Park District’s Arts Partners in Residence program.
These six week, hands-on sessions will provide students with exposure, guidance and support in areas of digital media, journalism and technology.
* WWP recently completed the 4th year of its summer Broadcast News program at CAN-TV where students researched, produced and hosted their own weekly news show discussing current events and other relevant items from a youth perspective. Students discussed topics ranging from the deaths of unarmed African-Americans Sandra Bland in Texas and Jonathan Sanders in Mississippi to the current CPS budget crisis, to the escape of Mexican cartel boss El-Chapo Guzman. The program provides students with added exposure and hands-on experience to being a part of a broadcast news show. WWP also wrapped up its summer programming at Amundsen Park where 35 students gained exposure in operating video cameras, public speaking, including interviewing
* WWP founder and Executive Director Frank Latin featured in 2015 edition of Loyola University’s Mosaic Magazine
* WWP partners with The Westside Source – The project involves a team of university journalism students, WWP students and neighborhood residents working in a collegial environment to identify, discuss and report on, events and people who impact life on the city’s West Side. It also provides an opportunity for journalism students to gain real world experience practicing their craft while learning about the history and the dynamics of one of the city’s most neglected areas. In addition to the site, www.westsidesource.com, stories will also appear in various community newspapers that cover the West Side providing students with even greater exposure.
WWP partners with local universities to involve college students who serve as mentors to help out to lend their advice and expertise in media while sharing their experiences with WWP students.
WWP programs promote college and career readiness by providing students with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in working with digital media and technology. In addition, WWP connects students with industry professionals and college interns who help promote pathways to higher education and new careers.
WWP students have been featured in various media outlets including:
- WBEZ’s ‘Afternoon Shift’
- Chicago Tribune
- The Mash
- Vocolo Radio’s ‘The Barber Shop Show’
- CAN-TV’s – ‘Hotline Series’
WWP is in residency at Amundsen Park, located at 6200 W. Bloomingdale, as part of the Arts Partners in Residence program that unites artists and communities in Chicago’s parks.
In 2014 WWP launched its Sports Reporting program in conjunction with Amundsen Park’s Youth Development sports league, providing exposure and new opportunities to area youth. (Check out our calendar for upcoming sessions).
WWP programs provide opportunities for students to develop new interests and skills. Contact us about establishing a new school partnership
WWP partners with area schools to:
- Facilitate ongoing digital media programs on school campus
- Bring much needed resources and new technology into the classroom
- Provide exposure to various media-related occupations
- Connect students with other enrichment opportunities
WWP offers a variety of media-related programs at its youth media and technology center in the Austin community. (Check out our calendar for upcoming sessions). Our on-site programs include sessions in:
- Digital Storytelling
- Video Editing
- News Reporting