About Us

The Chicago Beat is an intensive Young Chicago Authors program that builds upon the study of journalism by incorporating formats and platforms that resonate with teens and young adults, including the intersection of hip-hop, poetry, and investigative reporting. Attendees learn story finding, editing, and interviewing skills, with the intention to engage in a critical analysis of Chicago’s art, culture, and music scenes. The workshop is designed to educate and empower the next generation of journalists.

Past guest speakers include musicians Saba, Taylor Bennett, Supa Bwe, Cam O’bi, and Jamila Woods; journalists Leor Galil, David Drake, Eve Ewing, and Britt Julious; and artist Emma McKee, among others.

email: ycachicagobeat@gmail.com

Chicago rapper Saba and Redbull TV visit the summer 2016 workshop