Latest Issue of Vision 411 Released

March 14, 2012 | Chicago, IL

Despite the freezing temperatures outside, the lobby of the School of Communication at Loyola University’s Water Tower campus was full of warmth and energy the evening of January 19, as teens from Erie’s Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) Visionaries program, along with their families, friends and supporters, gathered to celebrate the release of latest issue of their magazine, Vision 411.

Visionaries, a multimedia apprenticeship supported through After School Matters, is an intensive 10-week program for teens 14-18 to learn different aspects of multimedia and journalism while also receiving a small stipend. Past projects have included documentary shorts, photography, the first issue of Vision 411 and poster/t-shirt design.

This fall, as they embarked on production of the second issue of Vision 411, Visionaries teens benefited from the expertise of Professor Jessica Brown and the support of the Loyola School of Communication and the McCormick Foundation through a youth journalism partnership.

The result, released and celebrated on the 19th, was a professional looking magazine, with quality writing, photography and design that impressed all who picked up a copy. Journalism professor Ralph Braseth was thrilled not only with the publication, but also with the partnership that has developed between Erie and Loyola. “This is what Loyola should be doing,” he said. “This is what a Jesuit university is all about.”

The spring Visionaries program begins February 7 and will focus on documentary video.



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