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“All voices, regardless of economic means, educational level, political leanings, gender, race or any other defining characteristic, must be invited to participate in the global conversation

Christine Houston, Co-Founder

Who We Are

The St. Agatha NEWS School (SANS) started in the summer of 2016. This is primarily a journalism program for teens and young adults (ages 15-24) that takes motivated youth from the community and teaches them reading, writing, and reporting skills that are vital to most workplaces, and increases their opportunity to secure living wage jobs.

Students learn to write leads, news reports, and press releases, as well as conduct investigative research, and even create social media and marketing content. Students are taught how to use Adobe tools, such as Photoshop Illustrator, and InDesign as well as website development through the use of WordPress. They are also taught the ethics and fundamentals of journalism. The class publishes a weekly newsletter, daily articles, as well as a print and digital magazine at the end of the 8 or 12 week class and intern session.

The program serves a total of 50 students in two class sessions per year. Generally, students are in class 15 to 30 hours per week for 8 – 12 weeks. Summer sessions, thru One Summer Chicago can usually serve up to 24 students and last for 6 weeks.

At the end of the session, students that pass a comprehensive media exam are each awarded a citizen journalism certificate, a press pass, and are promoted to the title of cub reporter as they have established themselves as published news writers. Additionally, students are enrolled into the National Association of Black Journalists or The National Association of Hispanic Journalists depending on their nationality!

TNS’ storytelling and content marketing approach resembles the ancient art and yet is has never been as hot as it is today. The approach brings content to the consumer and makes them the hero of the story. In adopting this technique, TNS positions its interns to immediately make an impact to marketing that recruit them.

Who We Are

The program has also expanded to include broadcast journalism. The goal is to record stories by the students about their community that can then be broadcast on either CANTV or the News School website.

At the end of the program, students are assisted in seeking job opportunities in journalism and IT positions as The News School program has expanded into acquiring paid work to create social media marketing content using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram for companies so that students learn as they work on actual projects for paying clients.

The long-term goal of the program is for graduates to become self-sustainable through paid journalism and marketing work. St. Agatha’s NEWS School, therefore, employs two strategic approaches to help graduates find work.

First, administrators have cultivated relationships with a number of media outlets and technology companies that frequently offer entry level jobs to qualified candidates. In this effort, SANS has identified the necessary skills graduates need to possess in order to gain employment with these companies. The school’s relationship with these businesses essentially gives graduates the extra advantage of securing a number of job interviews after completing the News School’s first 8 – 12 weeks of training.

St. Agatha’s second strategic approach simply provides Chicago businesses access to IT services at below market pricing. This approach allows the school’s high achievers the opportunity to gain temporary employment at the News School. Also, this business model allows some graduating students to remain in the program so that they can expand their knowledge of the business component.For more information about The News School and its’ programming contact James Cannon at 312/218-6781.