The Chicago Beat program is designed to educate and empower the next generation of journalists.

The Beat lives at the intersection of hip-hop, poetry, and investigative reporting, teaching young people the tools of truth-seeking and traditional journalism as well as encouraging the use of fresher media forms and platforms. Students conduct interviews, write reviews, and report on the hottest new Chicago musical, literary, fine arts, and other cultural offerings, developing the skills and perspective to become responsible consumers and producers of news media and ultimately publishing their writing on a blog and LTAB Radio podcast.

Chicago Beat gives young journalists the means to cover stories that others are not telling, a crucial first step in democratizing American news media.

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