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Chicago River won’t reverse course with low lake levels

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Photo by Lyndsey Gilpin

Medill graduate students Lyndsey Gilpin and Kate Van Winkle countered rumors about the possibility of the Chicago River naturally reversing its flow in this story for the Medill Reports Chicago website. The story was their first published piece out Medill’s downtown Chicago newsroom. 

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Flashing back to the Past

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Jackie Loos, a columnist for the Cape Argus , writes a column entitled “The Way We Were” where she reflects on South Africa’s past. Cape Town resident, Mymona Galant has collected the columns into scrapbooks as a way of preserving the city’s history. The two met this spring and provided a snapshot into Cape Town’s history for Medill senior Lauren Manning during her journalism residency at the Argus. 

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Stories From Cape Town: Saving Princess Vlei

Lauren Manning (BSJ13) wrote about the “people’s plan” to save Princess Vlei, a wetland area rich in biodiversity, culture and history outside of Cape Town, South Africa. It has been proposed that the land will be sold to developers for a shopping mall, but the public responded in protest and has been working to save the area for months. Back in June, Manning spoke with community members and conservationists who had met for a rally against the development of the area. 

The story was also featured online on the front page of the Cape Argus website following its publication in the paper’s print edition. 

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Five members of the class of 2013 spent their journalism residencies in Cape Town, South Africa this past spring. The group took a weekend trip along South Africa’s Garden Route. The students took a break from the daily news production cycle to explore the country’s coastline for a weekend of animal encounters, bungee jumping and a visit to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. 

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RNC: Day One

My name is Elizabeth Bunn. I’m a grad student at Medill, and I just finished Q4 in D.C. I’m covering the RNC this week for the Associated Press (and trying to stay dry!). I’m working mostly in print, but I’m also shooting short videos. For updates throughout the day, follow me on twitter @elizabethmbunn. 

Action shot: Hard at work in the AP newsroom. 

Today is the first official day of the convention, and it’s busy. I’ve been running around since 9am, catching press conferences, talking to delegates, and drinking LOTS of coffee. 

Here are pictures of some of the delegates I interviewed this afternoon:  

Don Robart and his wife Cecilia (Cuyahoga Falls, Michigan). Fun fact: Don is the mayor of Cuyahoga Falls. 

Delegates from American Samoa. Dr. Victor Tofaeono (second from left) is the chair for the Republican party of American Samoa. 

And here are some pictures from the last few days: 

RNC Welcome Party at Tropicana Field. 

Balloons in the forum!

Stay tuned for more updates, photos and videos from the rest of the Medill crew in Tampa!

#GOP2012 #Election2012 

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Taking on the Business Beat

Along with her regular posting with the news department at the Cape Argus, Lauren Manning had the opportunity to report for the paper’s business section as well. For a number of pieces, she explored the country’s growing technology industry. The way that the country is embracing innovation and technology is an important and underreported example of the type of development happening within South Africa. 

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An Introduction to South Africa

The Global Journalism Residency Program in South Africa has been sending students to work at news outlets in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa for the last 10 years.

Before beginning work at some of the country’s premier print and broadcast outlets, the students participate in a weeklong orientation where they learn about the state of the media in the country as well as experience tourist sites and presentations that highlight the rich history of South Africa and provide a snapshot into cultural and daily life.

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Printing presses at The Star in Johannesburg. 

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At Nelson Mandela’s house, which is now a museum, in the Soweto township outside of Johannesburg. 

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Students visited Robben Island, a place where prisoners such as Nelson Mandela and Jacob Zuma, the current president of South Africa, as well as others were held for their political activism during the apartheid era.

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At Pretoria’s Freedom Park, a monument dedicated to those that have been part of South Africa’s liberation struggle, international revolutionary leaders and those killed during participation in wars throughout the country’s history. 

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A view of the Cape Town city bowl and central business district from Table Mountain.

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Some members of the group.

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In this news release, Elise Butler writes about Chicago Blackhawks forwards Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane, who were all selected to play in the 59th annual NHL All-Star Game.