The Red Line Project

July 24, 2014
Steve Daly


Photo credit: The Red Line Project.

Twitter can be a revolving door of equal parts news and pablum, but a retweet by @journtoolbox (which is a great resource of journalism-related content, by the way) caught my attention.

The link took me to the Red Line Project, a site that covers news and urban issues in neighborhoods located along Chicago’s Red Line El stops.

From the website’s About section:

The site was launched by DePaul University College of Communication undergraduate journalism students in Mike Reilley’s Online Journalism II course, and continues to be updated by graduate and undergraduate students in his other classes. The site has won more than 40 national, regional and local awards in its first 3 1/2 years.

The site’s landing page has features studying assaults in Chicago’s “dry” precincts; an analysis of how Chicago rent rates compare among the top 25 largest U.S. cities by population; and an investigation into the city’s poor sidewalk conditions.

It’s a pretty impressive site with loads of content, interactive maps, infographics, StoryMaps and more.

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