Friday, November 21, 2014

Debut of Chester Magazine Written by Widener University Students

(Back) Chester Mayor John Linder and Widener University President James T. Harris III (Front) Students Jason Bishop, Nathalie Franzini-Hildago, Devon Fiore, Khalil Williams, Maria Klecko, Autumn Heisler, and Taylor Jones

The new Chester Magazine, written by Widener University students, was debuted on November 20th at Widener’s main campus. The students from the Magazine Journalism course who produced the magazine were honored for their work. A public reception was held at Freedom Hall. Speakers at the reception were Chester Mayor John Linder and Widener University President James T. Harris III. The magazine celebrated Chester’s achievements with stories about “Strong Cities, Strong Communities,” new grocery stores in Chester, and Phatso’s Bakery. The magazine is filled with photographs of sites around the city like PPL Park, Commodore Barry Bridge, and Harrah’s.
Stories from the magazine include “Babies, Babies, Babies” about a fertility doctor at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center by Devon Fiore of Lancaster, PA; “Sing Out” showcases the talent of the Chester Children’s Chorus by Maria Klecko of Aston, PA; “Laran Bronze: Making History one Monument at a time”(Chester’s foundry) by Jason Bishop of Delran, N.J; “Chester Spreads Awareness through Renovation” (Deshong Museum) and “A Chester’s Native Perspective: Through Ups and Downs, I See Chester’s Potential” by Khalil Williams of Chester, PA. Read these stories in the issues circulating around the city of Chester or online at

The students shared different roles in putting the magazine together. All of the stories were planned, reported, written, edited and illustrated by Widener students enrolled in a Magazine Journalism class spring 2014 and taught by Sam Starnes, editor of Widener Magazine and marketing writer for the university. The magazine is the real life hands on product of the course. It serves as a great outcome for the City of Chester and Widener University.

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