An Earn-to-Learn Opportunity for South Side Residents ages 15-18.

Are you always on social media? Do your friends turn to you to stay informed? Have you dreamed of building a following? Then the Sisters in Cinema Newsroom is the program for you!

Officially launched in Nov. 2020, and covered by Chicago’s own Block Club Chicago and WGN-TV, the Sisters in Cinema Newsroom is a six-week intensive program for six to ten high school students ages 15 through 18, who live on Chicago’s South Side. While the application is open to all, priority will be given to residents of South Shore. In the program, participants are paid to learn the basic fundamentals in journalism, mass communications, & media making that could be the foundation for a career in social media management, reporting, or documentary filmmaking. 

Taught by Natalie Frazier, a filmmaker, writer, and community member from the West Side of Chicago. Frazier’s curriculum focuses on the basic but necessary reporting skills needed to embark on a career in journalism or any form of media making. 

By the end of the six weeks, participants will become adaptable communicators who can transition fluidly from one medium to the next. Here are a few of the skills the participants will master:

  1. The basic foundations of journalism
  2. How to write and report for different platforms such as social media, websites, newspapers, magazines, etc.
  3. How to create a multimedia package
  4. How to overall use social media to enhance their reporting, build their personal brand, and drive traffic to their stories.

The program uses a broad-based approach, including theory and practical experience, and meets via Zoom Tuesdays and Thursday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. A stipend of $250 is paid to participants upon successful completion of all twelve sessions.

Applications for the spring are closed. Follow our social media outlets for the latest Newsroom Updates.

Meet Our Spring 2021 Newsroom Cohort