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Apply HERE for Columbia Links Fall/Winter 2016 Special Reporting and Commentary Academy. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016, at 5PM.

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Columbia Links is part of the Chicago Youth Voices Network, a collaborative of 13 Chicago youth media organizations.

R-Wurd and special reports

A white paper by the 2015 teen investigative team.


A white paper by the 2014 teen investigative team.


A white paper by the fall teen investigative team.


Teens' letters and essays to city leaders about violence.


R_WURD: Chicago's new teen magazine; Written for us, by us.


Click HERE for R_WURD archive.


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Columbia Links is a journalism skills and leadership program for Chicago teens and teachers, housed at Columbia College Chicago. Through workshops, mentoring, and the creation of youth-produced publications, Links works to build expertise, relationships, skills and opportunities that connect students, teachers and volunteers through journalism, in the process revitalizing youth media in Chicago. Click HERE to read more.

Columbia Links Town Hall

The Links’ investigative team (I-Team) of five Chicago high school students have been reporting on the topic of stereotypes and gender roles since the summer. A panel of adult thought leaders will join the discussion. Audience members will be able to submit questions to our panel. Click HERE to RSVP.

Featured on Barbershop Show

Teens Kinnedy Broughton and Messiah Young talk about their experiences writing for in this installment of the Barber Shop Show with Richard Steele. Listen HERE.

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Columbia Links has again teamed with Ebert Digital and the Chicago Urban League to give young film critics a voice. Their voice grew as they were interviewed by NBC 5’s LeeAnn Trotter.

Read the Columbia Links student reviews that qualified to be posted on, the preeminent movie review site. For past reviews, click HERE .

Report on Teens and Mental Illness

Teens on the Columbia Links investigative team presented their findings at a town hall meeting, “Undiagnosed and Untreated: Teens and Mental Illness, on Nov. 5, moderated by WBEZ South Side Bureau Reporter Natalie Moore.

For more info, click HERE.

Report on Human Trafficking

Teens on the Columbia Links investigative team presented their findings at a town hall meeting, “Human Trafficking: Teens Caught in the Shadows,” on Nov. 6, moderated by investigative reporter Renee Ferguson.

For more info, click HERE.

Lost Boys Black & Brown Town Hall Meeting

Why is the incarceration rate so high for young African-American and Latino men? Teens in Columbia Links, a journalism and news literacy program for Chicago high school students, investigated this “cradle-to-prison pipeline” question and discussed their findings in a town hall meeting titled "Lost Boys Black and Brown: The Plight and the Promise" on Nov. 12, 2013.

Click HERE to learn more.


Chicago teens in the Columbia Links journalism and news literacy program presented their findings on violence as a public health epidemic and joined a panel of professional experts to discuss how communities such as Chatham, Roseland and Beverly deal with violence.

The presentations took place during a town hall meeting titled "Don’t Shoot, I MUST Grow Up" on Nov. 15, 2012.

Click HERE to learn more.

R_Wurd magazine launch speakers. . .

Natalie Moore, WBEZ reporter and moderator of the 2013 Columbia Links Town Hall meeting "Lost Boys Black & Brown"

Click HERE to read about past speakers.


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