Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication


‌Loyola's School of Communication encourages students to be involved with their surrounding community and issues concerning social justice. Students research and develop story ideas, conduct interviews, take photos, design the website and hard copy editions, while striving to promote issues of social justice in Chicago.

Students in the COMM 315 Advanced Reporting class generate stories and photos every fall for the new edition. The following spring semester the COMM 328 Magazine Design and Production class design the print and online publication. The classes offer practical training for students interested in reporting for newspapers, TV and radio.   

Mosaic 2016 - Focus: The Race Issue

Editors’ note

In this past year, Chicagoans took to the streets to protest police violence across the city. From the blocking of the Magnificent Mile on Black Friday to halting traffic on Lake Shore Drive, the people of Chicago have started to take notice of inequalities throughout our neighbor- hoods. Even on our own campus, the Black Lives Matter movement has taken hold with the students of our University.

Because of the wavering emotional terrain throughout our city, the Mosaic staff decided we couldn’t ignore the issue any longer.

Our reporters dove deep into the city — beyond the boundaries of the Gold Coast and Rogers Park. They met real people dealing with an imbalance of justice and had to put their own privilege aside to understand individuals they would otherwise never encounter.

They rode the subways with The Guardian Angels, witnessed the performed poetry from a high school’s spoken word club and got to know one of Chicago’s most notorious reformed gang members. We learned that these issues are not just black and white.

This experience has been nothing short of transformative. We’re thankful for the opportunity afforded to us to enter the lives of so many diverse Chicagoans.

We want to thank the hardworking team of reporters, photographers and designers who made this issue possible. We also want to extend gratitude toward our advisers, John Slania and Jessica Brown, for their continued encouragement and support. 

Past Projects‌