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 designs the print and online publication. The classes offer practical training for students interested in reporting for newspapers, TV and radio.
Mosaic 2019: The Gender and Power Issue
When allegations of sexual assault surfaced against film producer Harvey Weinstein in October 2017, it quickly became the impetus for a larger cultural movement. Powerful figures were toppled off their pedestals, but there was still a glaring issue remaining: how to address social injustices embedded in our culture. The imbalance of gender and power has long been an issue, and solutions still need to be found.
The reporting class for Mosaic examined how gender and power intersects in so many facets of everyday life. Some of us took on large-scale topics including Title IX, online dating and shifting values in the beauty industry. Some of us looked at gender and power with a local lens profiling Chicago businesses supporting feminist values and the LGBT community. We all dedicated a semester to reporting and delving into important and sometimes difficult topics.
Our reporting also goes beyond the magazine. Look online at mosaicloyola.com and you’ll see a variety of multimedia reporting from photo essays to videos to podcasts. These elements add to what’s in these pages and give further insight into this year’s topic.
The Mosaic staff had discussions which a lot of us wouldn’t have had in any other class. We had candid — and sometimes provocative — conversations about the ways gender and power are present in our own lives. We also had hard discussions and disagreements, which challenged each other’s perspective on some issues.
I encourage everyone reading our work to approach it with an open mind, and Mosaic welcomes any feedback.
I want to give a huge thanks to Jessica Brown who led both the reporting and design staff this year and to everyone who shared their insight and stories with us.
- Mosaic 2018 - Focus: The Mental Health Issue
- Mosaic 2017 - Focus: The Violence Issue
- Mosaic 2016 - Focus: The Race Issue
- Mosaic 2015 - Focus: The Education Issue
- Mosaic 2014 - Focus: The Gun Issue
- Mosaic 2013 - Focus: Health
- Mosaic 2012 - Focus: The Economy
- Mosaic 2011 - Focus: Immigration
- Mosaic 2010 - Focus: War and Peace
- Mosaic 2009 - Focus: Homelessness
- Mosaic 2008 - Focus: Chicago's Green Evolution Revealed
- Mosaic 2007 - Focus: Immigration
- Mosaic 2006 - Focus: Tolerance
- Mosaic 2005 - Focus: Voices of the Collective Community
- Mosaic 2004 - Focus: The Cultural and Ethnic Life of Chicago