Graduate Students Explore A New Generation Of Young Urban Adults

Chicago, IL (PressExposure) August 20, 2009 -- Graduate students at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University explore the coming of age of a new generation of adults whose individual choices will shape their lives and our culture. SHIFT will tell the stories of young Americans as they control their future + alter their world + enter their adult lives.

SHIFT is a Web site and a blog that highlights issues faced by recent college graduates living in urban areas. It focuses on the cultural diversity amongst these young Americans as they tread the careful line between embracing the future and holding on to their roots. It reflects their shift to adulthood as well as the shifting demographics of our culture as Americans of every ethnicity leave their marks on society.

Over the next two weeks, the 13 Medill students will tell the stories of some of these people standing at personal crossroads asking such questions as: Can we pursue our dreams and stay financially afloat? Can we find our soul mates in this multicultural society? How can we transform our world for the better? What happens when our parents' values differ from our own? What place, if any, does religion have in all this?

SHIFT features new stories and commentary daily through video, audio, text and interactive graphics. Specific reporting beats are organized around community, relationships, career and identity to serve the new generation confronting these issues while defining itself. Visit to read the stories.

The students will also publish a weekly podcast series called ‘The Detour Year’ that will focus on the transition of young adults from college life to the real world. It will talk to those people who opted out of the 9-to-5 lifestyle and spent their first year a little off the beaten path.

Shift is a project by News21, an initiative by the Carnegie and Knight foundations. News21 was started in 2005 to advance the U.S. news business by helping revitalize schools of journalism. This year, 90 students at 12 universities are exploring and reporting on various topics related to the changing American landscape. Visit for more information.

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Press Release Submitted On: August 20, 2009 at 2:08 pm
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