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Digital Storytelling - Northwestern University's Medill Gradute School

Using a variety of tools, students are taught to become journalists in the modern newsroom - or wherever the story is happening. The tools of the trade being taught:

  • WordPress - the CMS
  • DreamHost - the Web host
  • uMapper - a beta site for Web mapping across platforms with rich media possibilities
  • SoundSlides - an app for creating audio slideshows
  • Vuvox - used for creating multimedia-rich slideshows
  • YouTube and Vimeo - for video upload and embedding in stdent sites
  • Dipity - a multimedia timeline creation app
  • Timetoast - another timeline app
  • Mystudiyo - a quiz creation tool
  • Polldaddy - a site for creating polls and surveys in embeddable Javascript format


Top 10 Twitter outlet in Chicago

We're No. 1!

We're consistently a top-rated account on Twittergrader's list of elites in Chicago, which is the third-ranked top Twittering city in the world. A few weeks after turning off our automatic feed, 


We've grown a following for @suntimes by doing more than just posting links. Through casual conversation, taking interest in our followers lives, asking for input and help on stories, and holding Tweet ups, we're growing a true community of people who think of the Sun-Times brand as more than just a media company. 

Live video chat production

Live video chat production

I created and served as the executive producer of a series of live Web chats with Sun-Times columnists and reporters covering topics from sports to consumer affairs to news and commentary. These moderated forums ran live from the Sun-Times newsroom.


James Smith

Page One Editor Chicago Sun-Times 312.321.2915

James is responsible for the creation of the daily Page One, including choosing content and display.

Jim Kirk

Editor in Chief Sun-Times Media 312-321-2577

Jim is the vice president and editor for all editorial operations for the company.

Zach Finken

Executive News Editor Chicago Sun-Times 312.321.2581

Zach has final approval over all copy, headlines, layouts and news decisions for the print editions.

Kate Gardiner

digital media strategist Writebug, Inc. 312-805-0115