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So You Want to Be an Editor?

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2 weeks 4 days ago - 2 weeks 4 days ago #1 by Justin Kerr


Our friends at the Chicago Independent Media Alliance (CIMA) provide all kinds of help to Chicago's journalism community. For writers and others in the media who want to make the jump to editing, CIMA offers the So You Want to Be an Editor? learning session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at City Bureau , 3619 S. State St., Chicago.

In addition to CIMA, the event is hosted by City Bureau and the Chicago Reader . Co-Hosts include the McKinley Park News , Chicago Defender , Cicero Independiente , The Daily Line , Gozamos , Harvey World Herald , Polish Daily News - Dziennik Zwiazkowy , Street Level , Mildsauce.org and Windy City Times .

This free workshop will convene talented editors from throughout Chicago to discuss their careers and offer advice on how to make the transition into editing. It will include two 45-minute panels, covering print, digital, and multimedia editing, as well as ample time to network with the panelists and other journalists. This event will be hosted in-person at the City Bureau office, with an option to live-stream. Food and drinks will be provided by City Bureau. Agenda:
6 to 6:45 - Print & Digital Panel
6:45 to 7:15 - Networking/Break
7:15 to 8:00 - Multimedia & Digital Panel



Print & Digital Panel - 6 to 6:45

Moderator: Bettina Chang, City Bureau, Co-Executive Director
Bettina is the co-founder and co-executive director at City Bureau, where she oversees all Chicago programming to inform, equip and engage Chicago residents to create change in their communities. City Bureau takes an equity approach to local news, which means we work with folks who are most directly impacted by the issues we cover (housing, labor, education, policing, environment, etc.) to shape and produce our coverage. Bettina has previously directed editorial teams and edited all over the industry, from local digital news, to national magazines, to trade publications — including a brief stint in charge of a holiday decorating vertical. Bettina lives in North Kenwood with her partner Darryl and large-headed dog, Wolly. She loves musicals and hates sea cucumbers.

Dawn Rhodes, Block Club Chicago, Senior Editor
Dawn is Senior Editor at Block Club Chicago . She helps oversee a team of 14 journalists covering hyperlocal news out of Chicago's neighborhoods, spanning everything from local politics, business and economy, housing, crime, art and culture, community events and anything that affects the daily lives of our neighbors.

Before joining Block Club, she spent almost 10 years at the Chicago Tribune , most recently as the higher education reporter and editor on the Metro desk. She wrote extensively on the financial impacts of the state budget crisis, enrollment trends and leadership changes at the state’s public and private universities. She also worked as a general assignment reporter and covered local government in Chicago's west suburbs.

Originally from Denver, she earned her master’s in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s in French from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Jackie Serrato, South Side Weekly, Editor-in-Chief
Jackie is a “barrio journalist” and Editor-in-Chief at South Side Weekly newspaper. She also manages Spanish translation at the Chicago Sun-Times . Her work has appeared in Hoy/Tribune, WTTW , BlockClub, and WBEZ , among others. She was born and raised in the Little Village neighborhood and currently lives in South Shore. Follow her on twitter at @HechaEnChicago.

Salem Collo-Julin, Chicago Reader, Managing Editor
Salem has been on the editorial staff of the Chicago Reader since 2019 and currently serves as the publication's managing editor. From 1999-2014, Salem was a member of the midwestern art group Temporary Services, and co-edited the book Prisoners’ Inventions (Whitewalls, 2003). She also co-founded Temporary Services’s publishing imprint, Half Letter Press. She has written for Windy City Times, the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest , Lumpen , AREA Chicago, the book Organize Your Own (ed. Anthony Romero, Soberscove Press, 2016) and other publications. Salem was born at Illinois Masonic Hospital on a clear autumn day in the same decade that the Reader was founded and currently lives on the South Side.



Multimedia Panel - 7:15 to 8 pm

Moderator: Alden Loury, WBEZ, Senior Editor – Race, Class and Communities
Alden leads the race, class and communities desk at WBEZ-FM, Chicago’s NPR member station. The desk’s reporters cover matters of race, inequality, housing, immigration, employment and demographics. Documenting segregation and racial inequality in housing, education, employment, the criminal justice system, economic development and politics have been a focus of Alden’s work for more than 20 years in a variety of roles including reporter, editor, publisher, research director and policy analyst.

Jenny Casas, The New York Times, Producer
Jenny came to The Times from her post as a reporter for WNYC’s radio show and podcast “The United States of Anxiety.” She’s reported and produced stories that center Black and Latinx histories (like this story about a decades-long fight to close the last coal plant in Chicago), the intricacies and failings of government systems (like this one she produced for Reveal about a child kept in U.S. immigration custody for six years), and the uncategorizable things that pique her curiosity (like this piece about 45 questions to ask while waiting).

Jenny has three love languages: (1) good questions, (2) generative reporting practices, (3) reframing around abundance. She brings with her the full weight of the lessons learned reporting for WNYC, City Bureau, USA Today’s first investigative podcast “The City,” St. Louis Public Radio and KQED.

Jillian Melero, Borderless Magazine, Managing Editor
Jillian is a multimedia journalist and the managing editor of Borderless Magazine NFP. Most recently, she was the associate digital editor for WTTW News, including “Chicago Tonight.” She is the vice president of the Chicago Journalists Association , a board member of the Chicago Headline Club , and a mentor with the Latinas in Journalism Mentorship project.

She has worked as a science researcher and energy reporter with the digital nonprofit independent science and news organization Climate Central. As a journalism student, Jillian’s reported on infrastructure, energy technology, and policy in Chicago, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Germany since 2016. She earned her master’s in editorial journalism specializing in health, environment, and science reporting from Northwestern University in 2019.

Jillian led in student media as news editor for her university paper and broadcast producer for the university’s weekly news radio show. At the same time, she also worked professionally as the associate editor with an independent LGBT publisher. Her work received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2016 and the Florida Press Club in 2017.
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