2nd Annual Showcase Event was a Success!

Thursday marked our Second Annual #WestsideMediaProject School Showcase!

The showcase was an opportunity for students, staff and administrators to see the digital media projects we’ve been working on.

Some of the topics our students vlogged about:
– Letters to Self
– If I Could Go Anywhere in the World
– Obstacles in my Community

Check out these candid shots.


Adding To Our Repertoire: Poster Making

Media with a Message

In addition to digital storytelling, students now have the opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas using graphic design and poster making. After a series of discussions about how they view their community, students began creating posters they hope will have an impact throughout their neighborhood. Popular ideas ranged from ‘Stop the Violence’ to ‘Pick up the Trash’. One the posters are finalized they will be hung around the school and throughout the neighborhood as a reminder to take better care of our community.


NABJ visits Webster


By Alana President with Donte McElroy

On Friday, December 18th, Daniel Webster eighth graders talked to a group of journalists about their lives in the media industry. These professionals are a part of an organization called the National Association of Black Journalists. We met Phil Thompson, a sport reporter for the Chicago Tribune and Gail Walker, the president of EnviroCom Incorporated. Mr. Thompson is the Vice President of Print Journalism and Ms. Walker is the Parliamentarian for NABJ Chicago.

But guess what?

We met another guest named Art Norman. He’s on NBC channel 5 News. Have you heard of him? All of the NABJ guest taught us something and he taught us about broadcasting. We discussed our future career plans with Mr. Norman and he challenged us to work hard and be successful. We spent most of the time learning from him while he encouraged us to be leaders. It was a great day at Webster school.


Let the blogging begin…

We are the Webster middle school bloggers. We’re smart. Creative. Funny. Interesting. We’re from the west side of Chicago.

You can follow us here while we learn about blogging, video editing, broadcasting and public speaking with our instructors Ms. Pepin, Mr. Marion and Mr. Latin from the Westside Media Project.

Stay tuned for our posts as we learn, laugh, discuss pop culture and current events.

You won’t be disappointed.

“In the real world, we just people with ideas.” – Chance The Rapper