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Echo magazine satisfies our desire to uncover and share secrets through intriguing stories and engaging visuals. Just as the name implies, Echo is a reverberation of stories waiting to be heard.

 

Dealing with Interview Anxiety

Anxiety is the absolute worst curse for a reporter. For me, it takes the form of my brain telling me I can’t make the phone calls that are essential to researching and writing a story. This is a guide for when you dial a call and the phone starts ringing, your palms begin to sweat, and panic creeps […]

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How To Keep Sane When Life Gets Insane

Being in college is tough. Between juggling school full-time, a job part-time and my sanity 24/7, I sometimes feel 41 rather than 21. If this is what the professional world is like, I’ve got more than a few headaches, sleepless nights and shower-sobs à la Tobias Fünke in my future. But I’ve also learned how to manage, even when […]

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5 Things I Learned About Synesthesia

While working on a story about synesthesia — a neurological condition in which the wiring between different senses are essential crossed —  I learned some fascinating things: 1. Some people believe that artist Vincent van Gogh was a vision-to-sound synesthete. In an 1882 letter to his brother, Theo, he wrote,  “Some artists have a nervous hand at drawing, which

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Secret Culture: Chicago’s Serbian Music Scene

Milos Djordjevic, 35, is a Columbia College Chicago student by day and a Serbian pop star by night. To write a story about him, I knew I needed to see him in both environments, so I decided to attend one of his shows at a Polish club. The experience was a refreshing look into Chicago’s […]

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Living Through the Stories of Others

I only have one tattoo. It’s small, on my left wrist: “Always do what you are afraid to do.” I got it just before I moved from Louisville, Ky., to Chicago, where I knew exactly zero people. (I also cut half a foot off my hair, but that wasn’t nerve-wracking on quite the same level.) […]

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Q&A With A Ghostwriter

Most writers love to see their name printed alongside their work. But ghostwriters deliberately write under a name other than their own, foregoing fame for financial compensation. Echo asked Demien Farnworth, who wrote articles under the name of a corporate CEO, a few questions about this practice. How much does a ghostwriter make per article in Chicago? I was making about

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5 Lies I Tell Myself

It has become clear to me that everyone lies to themself about something. By evaluating my own behavior, I have come to the conclusion that for the most part I lie to myself about five things. Some are harmless; some are not. But the truth can set me free. 1. I don’t need a full night of […]

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Room 13 and Me

When I first pitched the idea of running around Chicago to find some of the most hushed and exclusive bars, I would have never guessed that I was actually going to be able to get into one. I started by searching for “secret chicago bars,” which I later switched to “secret speakeasy chicago.” With a strong list of […]

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Stereotypes of Private Investigators Dispelled

When I set out to interview private investigator Perry Myers at his office, I had an image in my head of what I’d find: a  discreet entry from an alley, a door peephole with the kind of camera that makes your eyeball look huge to the person who’s on the other end, a finger print scanner, […]

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5 Steps for Handling an Interview on Internet Security

The world of information security is complex and a bit intimidating for a student journalist who isn’t an expert on the topic. Here are some steps I took to prepare for my interviews with experts in the industry: 1. Drink espresso. (Perhaps that goes without saying.) 2. Read up on recode.net, which has a wealth of information […]

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I’ll Have What They’re Having

In Chicago, there’s no such thing as a secret. From political corruption to the elusive Tamale Guy, nothing stays quiet for too long. Echo unearthed five hidden and exclusive bars scattered throughout the city and sometimes below it, because you’d find out about them eventually. Zebra Lounge – 1220 N. State Founded in 1929, Zebra Lounge holds the third-oldest liquor

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On Interviewing An Author I Admire

A character in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter Of Maladies, who is still adjusting to American society, remarks, “What is this ‘thank-you?’ The lady at the bank thanks me, the cashier at the shop thanks me, the librarian thanks me when I return an overdue book, the overseas operator thanks me when she tries to connect me and […]

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My Silly Secrets

Some secrets are serious and some are silly. If I shared my serious secrets, I probably wouldn’t have a future journalism career, so here are eight facts about me that I used to consider secrets but have grown to love about myself: 1. I’m scared of dogs. 2. When I was younger, people used to call me […]

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