Mobile Journalism

Media and the World of Comics

It seems that new, smaller neighborhoods are forming out of larger neighborhoods in Chicago all the time. Who decides when a specific area of the city becomes an officially recognized "neighborhood?"

It seems that new, smaller neighborhoods are forming out of larger neighborhoods in Chicago all the time. Who decides when a specific area of the city becomes an officially recognized “neighborhood?”

The world of journalism is changing every day. With outlets like Twitter and Facebook, the public is obtaining news at a faster and far more different way than before. Take for instance WBEZ. They are changing the way they produce their news.

In WBEZ’s program, Curious City, they have a new interactive comic about new neighborhood names, how neighborhoods form and who decides which ones stick around. Chicagoans are particularly descriptive when it comes to their ‘hoods, so they traveled around the city to find out what makes those ‘hoods special to begin with.

The comic, “Kathy Has a Question…” takes a deeper look into the “who” of who’s naming our neighborhoods.

Darryl Holliday, the journalist who came up with the idea, was interviewed on WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift about the comic, comic journalism and all of this new-fangled technology.

Veteran journalist Rick Kogan of WBEZ calls Darryl “something of a young genius” after describing Erik Rodriguez’s art as “un-blanking-believable.”

Kathy Herwig, from WBEZ, submitted a question for their program Question Answered: How are Chicago neighborhoods formed?

“It seems that new, smaller neighborhoods are forming out of larger neighborhoods in Chicago all the time. Who decides when a specific area of the city becomes an officially recognized ‘neighborhood’?”

WBEZ Newsroom

WBEZ Newsroom

When they dug around for answers, it became clear that Kathy’s question could be broken into two parts, and that each could be informed by a story. This is exactly what WBEZ did.

Through using Rodriguez’s comic and Holliday’s audio and article style, the two came together to answer Kathy’s question in a compelling way.

While I found the approach to journalism very interesting, I had a couple concerns with the piece like how fast the piece was. I felt Holliday spoke way too fast and it was difficult to hear at times as well.

I did, however, find the journalistic approach in the comic is an interesting aspect to look into.

Looking into the future of journalism, I feel it is interesting to look at the different ways news could be produced and then presented to the public.

Like Rodriguez’s comic, media can be accessible to the public in a variety of different ways. In ways of making money, however, I don’t see this process economically profitable for news outlet. Although it brings a new aspect to journalism, I find that it will not go far in journalism due to economic pressures.

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