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 2014 Focus: The Gun issue

Editors’ note

Dear Readers,

The word health represents far more than an absence of illness, 30-minutes of physical activity or a serving of vegetables at dinner; it reflects our fears, our struggles, our triumphs, our confusion, our...lives.

While the reality is that we may find ourselves – or our loved ones – instantaneously transported to the abyss of ill health, we are not alone. Standing in front of us, behind us and with us for support are our fellow Americans. As often as our country is lamented for being too individualistic, illness can serve as a rallying cry for complete strangers to stand up together and fight to protect the health of someone they’ve never met.

With its focus on health, this 10th-anniversary edition of Loyola’s Mosaic magazine demonstrates this support and is more relevant than ever, given the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare). The stories in this issue give you a glimpse of the many faces of health and healthcare:  important trends in the medical field, inspiring human success stories and profiles highlighting individuals and health-related organizations in Chicago. Our hope is that each person who picks up a copy of Mosaic will find stories that they can relate to or learn from in some way.

We would like to thank all of the students who worked so hard to make this magazine what it is. We also want to give a special thanks to the editorial and design advisors, John Slania and Jessica Brown, respectively, for their passion and guidance throughout its formation.

Finally, we want to thank you, the reader, for picking up a copy of Mosaic and supporting all of our efforts. Enjoy!

To health and happiness,
Anna Heling and Shannon Barnet

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