Workshop course

Applications open for The Record’s second youth journalism workshop

The North Shore Record will host its second Youth Journalism Workshop this summer, welcoming up to 10 participants from across the region for a two-week educational program in July.

Joe Coughlin, Editor of The Record, will lead the workshop and will host many industry professionals to guide students through aspects of the journalistic process. Last year the workshop covered: interviewing, news and feature writing, ethics, communications law, investigative reporting, beat reporting and business models (for profit , non-profit, cooperative, etc.).

Coughlin is an award-winning investigative journalist, sportswriter and editor who co-founded The Record North Shore in 2020 with colleagues Megan Bernard and Martin Carlino.

The course is free and open to anyone between the ages of 16 and 22 who wants to learn more about journalism, not just if they want to pursue a career in the field.

Interested students can apply here: Application Form

The inaugural workshop included presentations or appearances from: Jennifer Gordon, an attorney who serves as chair of the board of directors of The Record; Shamus Toomey, editor and co-founder of Block Club Chicago; and JA Adande, prestigious sportswriter, ESPN personality, professor at Northwestern University and member of the board of directors of The Record.

The workshop will welcome even more special guests this year.

The program is scheduled for 10 two-hour sessions: Monday to Friday, July 18 to 22 and July 25 to 29 in Wilmette. While organizers hope the workshop will meet in person with appropriate security measures in place, the ongoing pandemic may necessitate a virtual or hybrid platform.

2021 program student Azhley Rodriguez said she appreciates the insight of professionals as she begins a career in journalism.

“The workshop was the most eye-opening experience for me as a journalism student,” wrote Azhley Rodriguez, a junior at Dominican University. “I’m learning the basics in college, but hearing from other people who are real journalists – whether they’re freelance writers, nonprofit creators, or even editors – it excites me. really helped expand my view of what life as a journalist would entail.”


A journalism workshop for young people from the region is part of the mission of The record, which is a non-profit, non-partisan community newsroom. The Youth in Journalism workshop will provide access to the field of journalism for interested students, along with information on how and why journalism is produced, how that journalism affects a community, and how it can better impact a community.

Part of the mission indicates that The record hopes to build an outlet that “will enable a more informed and engaged local population and a more educated and understanding future generation of news consumers.”

Donate to The record today to support programs like the Journalism Youth Workshop and Everyday Public Service Journalism in your community.

When: July 18-22 and July 24-29

Or: 1167 Wilmette Ave #201, Wilmette, Illinois (colleague office space)

Cost: Free

How: Application form (only 10 places open)

Contact: Joe Coughlin, Editor, [email protected]