Environmental Journalism Program Image Gallery

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For the past few weeks, Chicago youth involved in the Eco Youth Reporters program, funded by the McCormick Foundation, have explored global environmental issues on a local level. They interviewed local experts on topics ranging from coal plants to the dangers of invasive fish species. Under the guidance of award-winning reporter Kari Lydersen and Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, these journalists are learning to effectively cover the larger environmental issues and spread awareness within the Chicago community through print stories, photography and video documentation.

Tyreshia Black snags invasive zebra mussels. (Photo by Kari Lydersen)

Cornelius Jordan catches a yellow perch. (Photo by Kari Lydersen)

Tyreshia Black gets fishing tips from instructor Quintana Woodridge. (Photo by Kari Lydersen)

Carlos Jordan catches an invasive round goby, after learning from a Shedd Aquarium scientist how the round gobies got into the Great Lakes through ballast water. (Photo by Kari Lydersen)

Cornelius Jordan catches a rock bass in Lake Michigan. (Photo by Kari Lydersen)

Carlos Jordan, Cornelius Jordan, instructor Quintana Woodridge and Tyreshia Black interview senior aquarist Kurt Hettiger about invasive species and work at the Shedd Aquarium. (Photo by Kari Lydersen)

Carlos Jordan and the other students view the Great Lakes exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium featuring native and invasive species. (Photo by Kari Lydersen)

Reporting near the Crawford coal plant in Little Village. (Photo by Kari Lydersen)

Makylia Anderson and Tyreshia Black reporting in Little Village. (Photo by Kari Lydersen)

Cornelius Jordan and Carlos Jordan interview LVEJO members. (Photo by Kari Lydersen)

Tyreshia Black, Cornelius Jordan and instructor Kari Lydersen on the Toxics to Treasures Tour on the South East Sid. (Photo by Lloyd DeGrange)

Jamal Jackson interviews Tom Shepherd of the Southeast Environmental Task Force during the Toxics to Treasures Tour. (Photo by Lloyd DeGrange)

Jamal Jackson reporting from Hegwisch Marsh on the South East side. (Photo by Lloyd DeGrange)

Tyreshia Black - center - points out fish to other participants in the Toxics to Treasures Tour. (Photo by Lloyd DeGrange)

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