Columbia College’s campus is in the middle of Chicago, but that’s not the only reason why journalism students there help cover news in the city every day. The school operates a pair of hyperlocal websites where students practice their skills while learning about the intricacies of covering community news. 

"We've been able to teach young journalists about communities they would never be setting foot in and build relationships with people in communities that they wouldn't come in contact with,” says Suzanne McBride, associate chair of the department.

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