Chicago Students Produce ‘News from the Nest’ With Help from Bloomberg

Journalists from the Chicago bureau of Bloomberg News kicked off their inaugural collaboration with Benito Juarez Community Academy in January.

Reporters and editors worked with 15 students in a journalism class to produce reports for the school’s fourth season of the “News from the Nest” video broadcast. The students visited Bloomberg’s Chicago bureau, and six journalists made a total of 10 visits to the classroom throughout the semester to discuss such topics as identifying a news story, finding and vetting sources, and putting a report together.

“I find the emphasis on critical thinking about news consumption a much-needed addition to my classes and NLP lessons and activities make it fun for my students,” said Juarez journalism teacher Liz Winfield. “As a teacher, I have seen and used many curricula, and none comes close to NLP’s in terms of breadth and depth.”

Among the most memorable visitors were reporters John Lippert and Mario Parker, who discussed the reporting process behind their Bloomberg Businessweek cover story on a Mexican drug cartel’s impact on crime in Chicago. They even brought one of their sources — a former gang member — to speak with the students.