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Columbia Chronicle Again Brings Home Journalism Honors
The Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) named The Columbia Chronicle the best college newspaper in the state, and presented the paper with 18 other awards for various work in photographic, graphic, editorial and advertising content. The Chronicle also won first place for its 2013 Sex Issue in the Special Supplement category.

Alumni Spotlight: Katie Kather

Like many students in Columbia's journalism department, Katie Kather completed more than one internship while in school. She was at the Chicago Reader, then at WBEZ Chicago Public Radio for six months, and now works for Minnesota Public Radio.

Kather said that ever since she decided to pursue a career in journalism, she wanted to work in radio, and dreamed of being at WBEZ in some capacity.
 
“I like the culture of public radio,” she said. “I like using sound to enhance stories.”
 
Hear a sample of her work here.

Recent Work by Columbia Students, Faculty, Alumni

    Grads Getting Great Jobs -- in Journalism and Beyond
    Employers say Columbia's hands-on training and the variety of internships available in this news-rich city combine to produce graduates ready to be productive employees. And hiring in the industry is picking up. Examples of this include recent journalism grad Tony Merevick, who is a national reporter for Buzzfeed based in New York City, and several recent graduates working at the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.

    Unique Courses Broaden Student Experience
    During J-term 2014, students explored everywhere from Peru to Marin County, California to Chicago's neighborhoods. Summer will take fashion journalism students to Italy. This fall, meanwhile, students will have the chance to dig deeper into the entertainment beat by studying at Semester in LA: Journalism, based at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles.

    Students, Alums Honored
    Columbia students, faculty and alumni have been busy picking up journalism awards and nominations for their excellent work. Most recently, the Journalism department's live show, Newsbeat, was nominated for three prizes by the organization that awards Emmy prizes. Newsbeat's Boston Marathon bombing show was nominated for best student journalism show, and students Vincent Catino Jr. and Sue Jo both were nominated for best student sports reporting.

    Students Earn Hefty Scholarships
    The journalism department awarded $77,000 in Fischetti scholarships this year to students within the department. Journalism students were awarded thousands more dollars in scholarships for particular achievements and qualities.

    Adjunct to Head Global News Design Group
    Jonathon Berlin, graphics editor at the Chicago Tribune and an adjunct faculty member of Columbia's Journalism Department, where he teaches Visual Journalism, has been elected president of the global organization Society for News Design.

    Students Land Prestigious, Paid Internships
    Two Columbia journalism students were selected for prestigious, nationally competitive paid internships in New York City -- including one at O, The Oprah Magazine.

    Chronicle Once Again Named Among Top College Newspapers in State
    For the fourth year in a row, The Columbia Chronicle was named the state’s top student newspaper among non-daily college papers with a circulation above 4,000 at this year's Illinois College Press Association convention.

    News Site Featuring Columbia Students' Work Garners Grant
    The AustinTalks online news outlet, founded by a Columbia journalism faculty member and featuring reporting by many Columbia journalism students and alumni, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from The Chicago Community Trust. AustinTalks has given students a chance to do multimedia reporting -- and gain published work -- about a neighborhood rich with news but often lacking in resources.

    Investigative Reporting Nets National Recognition for Columbia Students
    Students' scrutiny of taxpayer-funded scholarships shines spotlight on secretive program, which Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said he wants to end.

    International Opportunities Abound for Students, Faculty
    Students have the opportunity to roam the globe as part of Columbia's travel-writing and other journalism courses.

    Columbia Journalism Faculty Awarded Grants to Develop New Media Projects
    Columbia College Chicago has received a $45,000 grant from The Chicago Community Trust to develop a web site for and by the residents of the Westside Chicago neighborhood of Austin...

    Two Broadcast Journalism Students Pick Up Prestigious Media Scholarships
    Broadcast Journalism students, Junior Wendy Tricia Osborne  and Senior Rosanna LaPorta, have been awarded significant scholarships...

    Journalism Prof's 'Eye-Opening' Web Course Helps Students Launch Own Sites
    An innovative course taught by Journalism Professor Dan Sinker is designed to teach students skills needed to compete in 21st century entrepreneurial journalism...