Category: Essays

Essays
Maya Dukmasova of Injustice Watch on the Skills, Boundaries and Experience an Investigative Reporter Needs

On December 15, 2021, Study Hall held an AMA with Maya Dukmasova, a senior reporter at Injustice Watch, reporting primarily on judges in Cook County. Before that, she was a staff writer at the Chicago Reader for five years where she covered housing, policing, racial justice movements, and various odd topics about interesting people and places in Chicago. 

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How to Be a Journalist When Talking to People Scares You

"I am consistently haunted by a fear that has plagued me since grade school: that social anxiety will always keep my life small. A journalist is bold and adventurous; the world is theirs."

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Ghostwriting

When you buy into the myth of the singular genius, it becomes unseemly that a brilliant writer might need an equal partner in an audio producer to coherently package and adapt their thoughts for a new medium.

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Binge-watching My Way Into Writing

In writing, the dastardly imposter syndrome often goes hand-in-hand with its bitch of a sister, gatekeeping.

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Beep, Beep, Beep

A goodbye note from Study Hall staff writer Allegra Hobbs.

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On Twitter, You Can Never Log Off

A year of pandemic-related misery has salted the earth of Media Twitter.

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My Month of Fashion Ghostwriting

For a gig, Chris Erik Thomas was tasked with filing dozens of front-row dispatches from fashion shows in Paris, London, and Milan — all while sitting in their apartment in Berlin.

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Door Knocking Fucking Sucks

Knocking on doors as a local reporter is anxiety-inducing, vulnerable, occasionally terrifying, and necessary.

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Andrew Yang and the New York Test

Yang’s bodega video attempts to game the time-honored tradition of hazing political candidates for their knowledge of the city’s culture.

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What Goes Into Styling a Cover Shoot

Debates over a recent Vanity Fair cover featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez miss the type of capital that is being exchanged.