Medill Newsmakers

The Rise of Technology in Sports

By Olivia Reiner and Darren Zaslau
Medill Reports

In this episode of Medill Newsmakers, Olivia Reiner and Darren Zaslau investigate the impacts of sports technology on wearables and artificial intelligence.

Photo at top: Sports technology being used in soccer. (Olivia Reiner/MEDILL)

The pressure for success in Chicago sports

By: Nick Mantas and Aaron Rose
Medill Reports

The Chicago Bears and Bulls haven’t won a championship in this century. ESPN and Sun Times reporters weigh in on the reasons for what has led to their unsuccessful seasons and what next season could bring for both organizations. During  the second segment,  we talk about the challenges of raising a young Chicago basketball star.

PHOTO AT TOP: Chicago Bears practice drills in the off-season. (Nicholas Mantas/MEDILL)

The “new” news in Chicago

By Ashley Graham

The news landscape is changing even for major news markets like Chicago. In this Medill Newsmakers segment we take a closer look at hyperlocal news efforts in the city.

Photo at top: A man watches the local news in downtown Chicago.(Ashley Graham/MEDILL)

All Stars of Flag Football

By Sunday Ely
Medill Reports

Flag Football and tackle football can work hand in hand. Pop Warner leagues have dwindled around the country. Some argue it’s due to unnecessary hits to the brains of children.  That has many parents concerned. Increasingly flag football leagues are replacing the once coveted Saturday morning football runs against neighboring city teams.

There are upsides to flag football, such as safety and more room in your dad’s van. Yet sports fans struggle with the notion that flag football is soft and doesn’t prepare kids for the toughness of the game.

No matter where you stand on this issue, take a journey with Medill Newsmakers as we explore the rise of flag football.

Don’t forget to join the conversation on social @sundayely on Twitter and @sundaytravels just about everywhere else.

Photo at top: Flag Star Football (Courtesy of: Flag Star Football)

Windy City women in tech

By Alexa Adler
Medill Reports

In this episode of Medill Newsmakers, Alexa Adler interviews female tech leaders who are shattering the glass ceiling in Chicago’s startup scene.

Photo at top: Alexa Adler interviews Betsy Ziegler, the first female CEO of tech incubator 1871. (Alexa Adler/MEDILL)

All Things Andersonville: Small Business Spotlight

By Jayda McClendon
Medill Newsmakers

Andersonville is a Chicago neighborhood that’s well known for its small business scene. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, we explore how small businesses in this community are enhancing the in-store shopping experience.

Photo at top: Shopper browsing a display at Cowboys and Astronauts. (Jayda McClendon/MEDILL)

Esports: A new era of professional sports

By Jourdan Kerl
Medill Newsmakers

Professional video gaming, formally known as esports, is transforming ordinary people who play games into professional paid athletes through leagues like the NBA 2K League and Madden Championship Series. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, we take an in-depth look at one of the fastest growing sports that is sweeping across the world.

Photo at top: Fans at COMBO BREAKER 2018 in Illinois observe Tekken 7 main stage competition. (Jourdan Kerl/MEDILL)

Medill Newsmakers: News from around Chicago

The latest editions of Medill Newsmakers:

How virtual reality is changing our lives

In this segment of Medill Newsmakers, we provide an introduction to virtual reality and how it impacts education, business and social applications.

Chicago Police and restorative justice

In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, we examine the findings of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s recent report detailing practices of excessive force, lax discipline and poor training within the Chicago Police Department. We also examine solutions to heal Chicago’s broken justice system, including the use of restorative justice.

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