Teens and mentors/2019-2020

DeMarcus Anderson, a sophomore at Gary Comer College Prep, hopes to become a sportscaster. He says being a a part of the Medill Media Teens has been the first step in developing his potential.

Dionne Edwards, a sophomore at Gary Comer College Prep, has a YouTube channel for which she create videos. Dionne says that she expects to learn what it takes to becomes a journalist.

Michelle Gongora, a  senior at Back of the Yards College Prep, aspires  to be a “true journalist.” Michelle, who works on her school’s newspaper, believes being a reporter is not just about informing and entertaining, but with the right words, she says, writing can impact people’s lives.

 

Trinity Graves, a sophomore at Global Citizenship Lab School, says she understand that journalists have the power to “tell people’s stories” She joined Medill Media Teens because she wants to tell untold stories.   Trinity’ favorite authors are Zora Neal Hurston and Toni Morrison.

Darita Higareda, a junior at Back of the Yards College Prep, hopes that Media Media Teens will jumpstart toward a career in media. Understanding that importance of accurate reporting, Darita says she wants to learn how to write effectively to help others understand complex global issues.

Ronald Jackson, a junior at Gary Comer College Prep, wants to expand his knowledge and gain experience in front and behind the camera with the guidance of a mentor. Ronald aspires to become a scriptwriter and a producer.

Nakiya’h Longstreet, a sophomore at Global Citizenship Experience Lab School, is a writer, artist and athlete, who wants to gain knowledge in the fundamentals of journalism and multimedia.  Nakiya’h hopes the program will expose him to the various opportunities in the area of multimedia.

 

Fares Marzouk, a junior at Oak Lawn Community High School, says Frontline documentaries, investigative journalism and filmmaking have interest him for quite sometime. Fares is an active member of his high school’s newscast and newspaper club. He sees Media Teens as an opportunity to sharpen his journalistic and filmmaking skills.

Ariana McEntee, a senior at  Gary Comer College Prep, says she joined Medill Media Teens so she could learn how to write and produce meaningful stories that have impact on others, which she took the first step in doing last year.

Angeles Munoz, a senior at Back of the Yards College Prep, works as a photographer on the school’s newspaper.  Angeles believes Media Teens will provide an opportunity to sharpen her journalistic skills and to expand her circle of friends.

Ruth Orozco, a senior at Back of the Yards College Prep, sees the power of multimedia as a way to adding a much-needed perspective to her community issues–and creating positive change.  She serves on the staff of the school’s newspaper.

 

Aaliyah Stottlemyer, a junior of Back of the Yards College Prep, who has worked on her high school newspaper since her freshman year, says she loves photography, film, as well as digital media. Aaliyah wants to gain more knowledge about these topics and expand her horizon in different types of journalism through the program.

MENTORS, MEDILL SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM

Jason Asenso is from San Francisco and originally studied earth science at Northwestern. He transferred to Medill after he took an intro class with professor Deas last winter and has been enjoying the journalism program ever since.  Currently he’s doing a Medill program in his hometown where he’s learning more about data journalism, and he’ll be back starting in the spring.

Andrew Cao is a senior at Northwestern studying journalism and minoring in cognitive science and philosophy. Andrew, who joined Medill Media Teens in 2017, says he has enjoyed the experience of working with high schoolers. In terms of extracurriculars, Andrew is the editor-in-chief for the Northwestern Undergraduate Research Journal, combining his interests in research and journalism. Outside of school, he enjoys running, reading and doing CrossFit.

Daisy Conant is a Medill sophomore studying journalism and political science with a concentration in peace & conflict studies. She is a Chicago native and will do anything for a breakfast sandwich/cold brew combo. At Northwestern, Daisy is a political reporter for The Daily Northwestern, NU’s student-run newspaper. She also holds a fellowship in the Deportation Research Clinic and is an executive board member of the Global Engagement Summit. Daisy is incredibly excited to get to know Chicago’s next generation of young reporters!

Sylvia Goodman is a sophomore at Northwestern University studying journalism. She is the Features Editor for the newsmagazine North by Northwestern where she writes and edits long-form stories. Sylvia has a passion for print journalism as well as video production and photography. She has loved writing and designing since she started at her high school’s magazine as a sophomore.

 

Tina Huang is a Medill freshman studying journalism and economics. She is from Jacksonville, Florida, like her favorite character from The Good Place, Jason Mendoza. She is currently a reporter for Northwestern News Network and North by Northwestern. She’s excited to share her passion for journalism with Chicago’s students!

Lucas Kaplan is a sophomore at Northwestern currently majoring in Journalism with minor  concentrations in Political Science and African American Studies. Although Lucas is unsure what path he is going to pursue with journalism, he is looking forward to both having fun and teaching valuable skills while being a mentor. In his free time, Lucas is passionate about playing sports (especially basketball) and listening to music, and wants to combine his interests with his academic career.

Michelle Kim is a sophomore at Northwestern University, studying journalism and international studies. She attributes her love for storytelling to the support she received from the student leaders of her high school video club. Michelle hopes to serve as a mentor for other young, aspiring journalists so that they might find their passions too.

Jayna Kurlender is a freshman journalism student double majoring in history. Her interests include American history and entertainment journalism. She writes for North by Northwestern and creates graphics for online articles. She is looking to pursue either magazine journalism or a path in education in the future. Outside of academics, Jayna loves to bake and make niche references to obscure comedy shows.

Delaney Nelson is a Medill freshman majoring in journalism and political science with a minor in Spanish. Her love for journalism began her junior year of high school when she joined her high school newspaper. While most of her experience is in written form, she loves taking photos, is fascinated by the multi-media facets of the field, and is ready to learn from the students around her. She is especially interested in social justice and immigration. In her free time, she likes to run, jam out, and bake. 

 

 

Ata Shaheen, a sophomore majoring in Journalism, sees Medill Media Teens as a great way to teach and thus learn from teaching under-resourced youth and connecting with local communities. He comes from a family of teachers and have always found fulfillment and joy in teacher-like settings.

Saira Singh is currently a reporter and the digital producer for Northwestern News Network. Saira also worked  on the video production team as a Medill Journalism Cherub. As a high school sophomore, Saira says the editor-in-chief fueled her passion for journalism. When she became editor-in-chief, she tried to inspire her staff in the same manner. During her stint at the paper, she redesigned the website and created social media accounts. 

 

 

  

 

 

Thea Showalter is a Medill sophomore majoring in political science and journalism. She  is interested in writing and investigative reporting, and she loves working with Medill Media Teens on their awesome projects!  She reports for The Daily Northwestern on events and issues at Northwestern and in Evanston.

 

Aaron Wang is an international student from Shanghai, China, and became interested in nonfiction writings during high school. Aaron, who currently writes for The Daily Northwestern, initiated a student media group that shared stories of people like janitors, librarians, security guards and students with unconventional passions. Aaron interned at a media company last summer and wrote a story of a teenager from an ethnic minority group working in Shanghai to earn his college tuition.

 

Cassidy Wang found mentoring and teaching eager, younger journalists as one of the most rewarding aspects of her job as editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper. She enjoyed creating lesson plans on the basics of finding stories, writing leads, creating podcasts, etc. Serving as a mentor for Medill Media Teens allows Cassidy to continue her passion for teaching younger journalists. Cassidy, who writes for The Daily Northwestern, wants to stimulate the high schoolers’ interest in storytelling.

Alex Wong is a sophomore journalism major, also interested in sociology and creative writing. In high school, he worked as his school paper’s editor-in-chief, with a focus on improving outreach to underrepresented groups, and has worked for The Daily Northwestern. Beyond journalism, he loves rock climbing, backpacking or a good book. He’s psyched to be helping Chicago teens with journalism this year!

 

Stephanie Zhu is a sophomore majoring in journalism and minoring in computer science. She is from the San Francisco Bay Area so she constantly complains about the cold. At school, Stephanie is the creative director for North by Northwestern and a writer for Northwestern Business Review. She is super excited to be a mentor and help teens pursue their interests.

Teens and mentors/2018-2019

Emely Basora,  a junior at Gary Comer College Prep, wants to gain greater insight into how media outlets produce  accurate and informative content for today’s audience.

Tajania Berry, a junior at Gary Comer College Prep, wants to explore  photography, video and audio as well as website production.  Tajania says she hopes to re-create her YouTube channel.

Cameron Eskridge, a junior at South Shore High School, is back for  his second year with the Medill Media Teens program in which he demonstrated a sharp learning curve and the ability to think fast on his feet while doing newscasts.

 

Michelle Gongora, a junior at Back of the Yards College Prep, aspires  to be a “true journalist.” Michelle believes being a reporter is not just about informing and entertaining, but with the right words, she says, writing can impact people’s lives.

 

Austin Honeycutt, a senior at Gary Comer College  Prep, where he plays third base on the baseball team.   Austin is in his second year of the program, building on what he learned and applied last year. He hopes to attend UCLA after graduation.

Ariana McEntee, a junior at  Gary Comer College Prep, says she joined Medill Media Teens so she could learn how to write and produce meaningful stories that have impact on others.

Angeles Munoz, a junior at Back of the Yards College Prep, works as a photographer on the school’s newspaper.  Angeles believes Media Teens will provide an opportunity to sharpen her journalistic skills and to expand her circle of friends.

Ruth Orozco, a junior at Back of the Yards College Prep, sees the power of multimedia as a way to adding a much-needed perspective to her community’s issues– and creating positive change.

Diana Tassy,  a senior at King College Prep  High School, returned to her second year of Media Teens.  In addition to bing involved with extracurriculars at King, Diana also works for Free Spirit Media, producing multimedia content.  Diana also wants to pursue nursing as her contribution to the community.

Brianna Taylor, a senior at Gary Comer College Prep and second-year Medill teen,  seeks to master the multimedia skills that she learned in the program last year.

 

MENTORS, MEDILL SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM

Andrew Cao is a junior at Northwestern studying journalism and minoring in cognitive science and philosophy. Last year was his first year with the Medill Media Teens, and he said he “loved it so much,” he returned this year. In terms of extracurriculars, Andrew is the editor-in-chief for the Northwestern Undergraduate Research Journal, combining his interests in research and journalism. Outside of school, he enjoys running, reading and doing CrossFit.

Joshua Irvine, a freshman, Medill School of Journalism, wants to make people’s lives better. He desires to share the solid journalism skills that he learned as a former co-editor of his high school paper and as a member of Illinois’ All State Journalism Team. He enjoys sharing his pearls of wisdom and training people who have the same passion.  Joshua, who reports and writes for The Daily Northwestern,  signed up to be a mentor because he wanted to do something that matters.

Susanna Kemp is a freshman and journalism major from the Boston area. She was the editor in chief of her high school newspaper, The Sagamore. At Northwestern, she is an anchor for WNUR News. When she’s not in class, Susanna likes eating peanut butter by the spoonful, trying to convince people that cats are cooler than dogs, and going on runs with friends.

Adam Mahoney is a third-year Posse Foundation Scholar currently majoring in journalism and sociology at Northwestern University. Although he doesn’t know if he wants to pursue a traditional career in journalism, he knows his future will be on the intersection of social justice and the development of a more equitable, global world. He hopes to serve as a role model for the mentees in the Medill Media Teens program, while advocating for more diversity and representation in our current media sphere.

Joey Safchik (she/her/hers) is a sophomore at Northwestern University, where she majors in journalism, with minors in international studies and theatre. She is a Los Angeles native and avocado toast is her favorite food. At Northwestern, Joey is the executive producer, anchor and political reporter for Northwestern News Network, NU’s student-run broadcast news station. She is also on the Medill Undergraduate Student Advisory Council, participates in the student theatre scene and is a peer adviser. Joey could not be more excited to be a mentor this year!

 

Saira Singh is currently a reporter and the digital producer for Northwestern News Network. Saira also worked  on the video production team as a Medill Journalism Cherub. As a high school sophomore, Saira says the editor-in-chief fueled her passion for journalism. When she became editor-in-chief, she tried to inspire her staff in the same manner. During her stint at the paper, she redesigned the website and created social media accounts. 

 

 

  

 

 

Heena Srivastava is a second-year mentor with Medill Media Teens and is majoring in journalism and political science. She’s from the suburbs right outside Chicago and grew up with great loyalty to the city. Heena  spends her time writing for the school newspaper, performing with her Indian dance team, and working with various social justice organizations.  For Heena,  Medill Media Teens is about sharing the excitement of journalism with driven high school students. This year, she is most excited to see the teens grow in both their skillsets and their enthusiasm for the craft.

Aaron Wang is an international student from Shanghai, China, and became interested in nonfiction writings during high school. Aaron, who currently writes for The Daily Northwestern, initiated a student media group that shared stories of people like janitors, librarians, security guards and students with unconventional passions. Aaron interned at a media company last summer and wrote a story of a teenager from an ethnic minority group working in Shanghai to earn his college tuition.

 

Cassidy Wang found mentoring and teaching eager, younger journalists as one of the most rewarding aspects of her job as editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper. She enjoyed creating lesson plans on the basics of finding stories, writing leads, creating podcasts, etc. Serving as a mentor for Medill Media Teens allows Cassidy to continue her passion for teaching younger journalists. Cassidy, who writes for The Daily Northwestern, wants to stimulate the high schoolers’ interest in storytelling.

Alex Wong is a freshman journalism major, also interested in sociology and creative writing. In high school, he worked as his school paper’s editor-in-chief, with a focus on improving outreach to underrepresented groups, and has worked for The Daily Northwestern. Beyond journalism, he loves rock climbing, backpacking or a good book. He’s psyched to be helping Chicago teens with journalism this year!

 

Megan Yee, a Medill senior, has been a mentor for the Media Teens program for the past three years, teaching and coaching high schoolers on the finer points of multimedia storytelling.

 

Michael A. Deas, director, m-deas@northwestern.edu

Marjorie Geraci, program assistant, Pre-Collegiate Programs, marjorie.geraci@northwestern.edu  

Alexandria Jacobson, former interim director/ former mentor

Sarahmaria Gomez, former director