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Summer 2018 at Chicago Sun-Times By Colin Boyle, Photo intern

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside world-class journalists at the Chicago Sun-Times for the summer of 2018. Between the months of June and September, I spent my Monday's through Friday's (and some extra hours) working as a photojournalist in my hometown: Chicago, Ill. Here is a week-by-week breakdown of this life-changing, challenging and rewarding experience.

Before getting started, I would be remiss if I failed to acknowledge those who got me to this point. This is kind of like a dedication page in a book. That being said, I would like to give a huge shoutout to my mother and photography inspiration, Amy Boyle, to my first journalism boss, Tony Jones, my incredible journalism school, and the staff at, Medill, and everyone who I have worked with along the way. A big shoutout to the photogs I met on assignment – thank you for letting me get the shots with my humorous camera set up compared to your ENG cameras. And of course, thank you so much to those at the Chicago Sun-Times for putting their faith in a spunky 20-year-old Chicagoan with a camera.

Working on the live set of the Fran Spielman Show at the Sun-Times newsroom on September 21, 2018. | Photo by Rich Hein

Now for the good stuff...

Two participants in the march stop at an intersection to dance. | Colin Boyle/Chicago Sun-Times
My first assignment came three days before my official start day, and it was a life-changing experience... I walked into the office to meet with my editor, Rich Hein, and he asked me to head to Auburn Gresham to photograph the End of School Year Peace March & Rally at St. Sabina's Church. The evening included countless miles of walking alongside Chicago greats such as Chance & Jennifer Hudson, as well as myriads of supporters.
On my first assignment, I ran into Vashon Jordan, Jr. He is a fellow Chicago Public Schools alum. Vashon originally reached out to me on Twitter when I was a senior at Lane Tech looking for photography advice. He served as an intern for CPS and the mayor's office, and a great friend while on assignments this summer.

The first official week of my internship (June 18 - 22) was a learning experience. I spent a lot of time sitting with my editor, critiquing my work and learning how to properly caption images with correct information. I was sent out into the city to gather many, many photos of the wildly hot and rainy weather we were having. That was fun and an adventure in itself! I quickly grew to understand the nitty-gritty of the role of a photojournalist.

Tweet per @ColinBPhoto on June 18, 2018: "It's texts like this from my grandmother that keep my hopes in subscription-based journalism alive 😌"
CHA senior residents stage a "die-in" in the lobby of Chicago Housing Authority during a CHA board meeting on June 19, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
A man rides a personal water craft on Lake Michigan by North Avenue Beach. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
The media crew outside 26/California on June 22, 2018 (yup, if you spot a faded Northwestern hat, that's me). | Photo by Stephen Miller/WBBM

Only a week after my FIRST assignment with the Sun-Times did I witness and document a big moment in Chicago history. On Friday, June 22, 2018, I went to 26/California to photograph Jackie Wilson, who was incarcerated for 36 years for killing two police officers, take his first steps as a free man after a confession was tossed in his case.

Jackie Wilson walks with his attorneys after being released from the Cook County Jail. Wilson was in jail for 36 years. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

Jackie Wilson speaks to the press with his attorneys after being released from the Cook County Jail. Wilson was in jail for 36 years on June 22, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

An unidentified woman shouts "Free at last!" before being driven away when she saw Jackie Wilson walk out of Cook County Jail. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

This assignment landed me my first front page photograph for the Chicago Sun-Times, only a week into my internship. The opportunity was incredibly humbling and inspired me for the rest of my time at CST that summer.
Joan Hopkins, coordinator at Windy City Harvest Corps, stands at the intersection of Ogden and Central Park avenues. Hopkins grew up across the intersection from where she currently works. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Larry Booth points at an image of his former office in Printers Row. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
A press conference held at CAIR-Chicago in response to the Supreme Court's upholding of the travel ban. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson addresses the media with an update on CPSÕ efforts to support student safety. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Chicago Teachers Union vice president Jesse Sharkey reacts to the Supreme Court's Janus decision. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Donald Trump Jr. (not visible) sits in the back seat of a vehicle outside of City Hall on June 28, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Dartrell Phillips of Chicago jumps at 'The Ledge' on Lake Michigan on June 28, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Jacquet McClendon and Chris Cheatham of Chicago pose for on 'The Ledge' by Lake Michigan on June 28, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
The following week (June 25-29) was just as much of a learning experience as it was quick-paced. While it was chock-full of press conferences, I still found myself out and about to capture wild moments such as chasing down Donald Trump, Jr. [who was in his car by the time I got there] (Second row, right) and getting my feet wet *pun* with more hot weather photos.

It seems like there was almost a trend for fun Friday assignments at the start (don't worry – ALL of my assignments were intriguing in their own regard). I spent the third Friday walking around the Uptown Theatre with Mayor Emanuel and other officials and media as a huge plan for the space was announced.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel stands in Uptown Theatre on June 29, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
A shot of me in action while photographing Rahm Emanuel. | Photo courtesy of CBS 2
On June 28, I truly became an intern at the Sun-Times after my first of many visits to The Great American Bagel.
A typical set up for myself while on the go on assignment. My backpack was usually jam-packed with a laptop, hard drive, two DSLR's, two lenses, water, a note pad, a jumbled assortment of audio gear, and usually a snack.
Members of SEIU Local 1, such as Orlando Gonzalez (center), go on strike for better wages on July 2, 2018 in downtown Chicago. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
A view of part of the Chicago skyline seen from the rooftop of the Robey Hotel in Wicker Park on July 2, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Taking a peak into the fourth floor of the Old Main Post Office building in Chicago, IL. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
The Old Main Post Office building in Chicago, IL seen from the Van Buren Street bridge. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Flags and posters are held up outside the Gary Jet Center in Gary, Indiana during a protest on July 6, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
The third week (July 2 - 6) of the internship was "striking" in that it began with coverage of the SEIU Local 1 window washers demanding better treatment. The rest of the week was spent documenting life and the city, getting a first-hand look at the Old Main Post Office building and covering a group of protesters that halted the flight of undocumented immigrants out of Gary, Indiana.
Mic check, one, two. | Here's a hilarious screen grab of me helping set up for a press conference in the ever-so enjoyable Blue Room on the 15th Floor of the Thompson Center.
The lobby of the Old Main Post Office building in Chicago, Ill. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Some #OnAssignment selfies – at the SEIU Local 1 strike (left) and inside the Old Main Post office (right).

The following week (July 9 - 13) was quite new - while covering assignments each day, I was preparing to fill in as "photo editor" while my editor was away for roughly ten days. By the end of the week, I was sitting in on edit board meetings and calling up photographers to assign them to various stories. I had filled in for Rich in the past, only a day at a time, however. I would like to think that I quickly adjusted thanks to my experience at The Daily Northwestern for the last two years. It was a huge responsibility, nevertheless.

I learned a lot of important things during this summer internship and quickly made some allies on assignments this way.
Candidate for Mayor of Chicago Garry McCarthy points to a chart of the number of murders up until the end of June per year at a press conference held outside Chicago police headquarters on July 9, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
The Rev. Michael Pfleger sits at the Chicago Sun-Times before speaking to Michael Sneed on July 11, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Croslene Kettle cooks jerk chicken at Vee Vee's African Restaurant at the Taste of Chicago on July 11, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
People stand in line for Build-A-Bear at Water Tower Place on July 12, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
(Left to right) Michael Sneed, The Rev. Michael Pfleger, Trevon Bosley, Rieonna Holmon, and Anthony Lovelace speak at the Chicago Sun-Times on July 11, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Among this busy week, I photographed profound Chicago activists like Rev. Michael Pfleger, the Taste of Chicago and the ever-so pressing Build-A-Bear fiasco that struck malls and shops world-wide.
*rolls eyes* !

The following Saturday (July 14), it felt as if the city of Chicago had erupted. News broke that Harith Augustus, a barber in the South Shore neighborhood, had been fatal shot by Chicago Police after being confronted by officers. That evening, protesters clashed with CPD and the news spread like wildfire. By the next morning (July 15), I was asked to assist on the coverage of a protest at the same site in South Shore. My coworkers Nader Issa and Marcus DiPaola had been at the scene the night before, capturing the troubling scenes of conflicts between police and protesters, striking fear into my inexperienced self as I traveled to the scene the next afternoon.

Police and protesters confront one another the day after the shooting of Harith Augustus on July 15, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Police and protesters confront one another the day after the shooting of Harith Augustus on July 15, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Shamare Parker of Chicago chants at the front of the march the day after the shooting of Harith Augustus on July 15, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Protesters and CPD officers react during the protest on July 15, 2018 surrounding the fatal shooting of Harith Augustus. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Wearing my faded Northwestern hat that became as much of my daily attire as my two cameras, here is me at the front of the march on July 15, 2018 as we walked south on Stony Island.

With photo editor Rich Hein out of town the week of July 16 - 20, there was never a dull moment as I worked to the best of my ability to be an "intern/interim editor" (as the interns and I jokingly called this experience) while covering more and more protests, strikes and momentous occasions.

Governor Bruce Rauner holds a pen while signing HB 2354 at the Thompson Center in Chicago, Illinois on July 16, 2018. The bill created the Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

CPS CEO Dr. Janice Jackson speaks at City Club of Chicago on July 16, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

Luis "Khalil" Rodriguez holds a casket with an image of Rahm Emanuel's face crossed out during a protest outside Emanuel's residence on July 19, 2018 organized in response to the city's handling of Harith Augustus being fatally shot by CPD. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

Jeannette Hutchinson, who lost her uncle to gunfire by police, shows emotions during a protest on July 19, 2018 organized in response to the city's handling of Harith Augustus being fatally shot by CPD. | Colin Boyle

Steve Stelter, Director of Law Enforcement Torch Run Illinois, carries the torch for the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics at Soldier Field on July 20, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

The Eternal Flame of Hope is lit for the first time at the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics at Soldier Field on July 20, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

Tim Shriver holds up a sign for the new street name for McFetridge Drive at the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics at Soldier Field on July 20, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

Jane Recker, metro intern and fellow Wildcat, laughs in the rain after covering the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics. Jane and I have worked together a few times at The Daily Northwestern throughout our time at school and we always had a good laugh and time covering assignments for the Sun-Times. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

While working with Jane Recker at the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics, she caught this amusing video of me backpedaling like a madman to get a few photos/videos while on assignment.

An internship isn't complete without humorous interactions on Slack. CC: Leo Ji
Some wholesome content amid a hectic week!

In case the last two weeks weren't busy enough, I stuck my fork into the festival photojournalism experience by covering the Saturday performances at the Pitchfork Music Festival (yes, that pun was terrible. I'm sorry...).

Tweet after photographing Pitchfork: "The reason why my 20-year-old self feels like I'm 80. This, and triathlon training. But it's a labor of love. Here's to the end of this 13 day-long streak of working."
Berhana performs at Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday, July 21, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Circuit des Yeux performs at Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday, July 21, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Mariel and Sarah Spencer support one another at Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday, July 21, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Zola Jesus performs at Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday, July 21, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
The War on Drugs performs at Pitchfork Music Festival on July 21, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Tom Constantino, Chicago, pulls out a wood block in a large jenga game at Pitchfork Music Festival on July 21, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Photographs include performances by Berhana, Zola Jesus, Circuit des Yeux, and The War on Drugs, as well as images of festival goers.

With Rich back in the office and after working almost two weeks straight, I took a few days off of work to relax, spend a few days at a friend's lake house and focus on my triathlon training, but that did not stop me from experiencing some irreplaceable Chicago journalism moments.

A Chicago Police officer squats by markers at the scene of a shooting on the 1500 block of Tripp Avenue in Chicago on July 25, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Looking south on Wentworth Avenue in the Chinatown neighborhood of Chicago, IL on July 27, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
A pedestrian with an umbrella walks in the Chinatown neighborhood of Chicago, IL on July 27, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Lisa Madigan, Rahm Emanuel and Eddie Johnson stand at a press conference on the draft of the consent decree in Chicago, IL on July 27, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
At about 3:15 p.m., a small aircraft landed on southbound Lake Shore Drive just south of the 35th Street foot bridge in Chicago, IL on July 27, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
The southbound traffic after about 3:15 p.m. when a small aircraft landed on southbound Lake Shore Drive just south of the 35th Street foot bridge in Chicago, IL on July 27, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Fire, city officials hold a press conference after a small aircraft landed on southbound Lake Shore Drive just south of the 35th Street foot bridge in Chicago, IL on July 27, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
While taking three days off that week, I spent a night driving with photojournalist Justin Jackson, covering a shooting nearby a basketball court on the 1500 block of Tripp Avenue. When I returned to the office, I photographed Chinatown for The Grid, Madigan, Emanuel and Johnson announcing plans for the new Consent Decree and I got my FIRST byline in the Sun-Times when I reported on a small aircraft that had landed on Lake Shore Drive smack dab in the middle of rush hour traffic on a Friday.
Per @Vashon_Photo on Twitter
Even on my off days, I spent my time photographing and hanging out with other photogs like my colleague from Northwestern, Mia Zanzucchi.

The week of July 30 - August 3 was, like every other week, incredible. With Richard Roeper, I met with the director and star of "Crazy Rich Asians" on a Chicago rooftop to start the week. If life couldn't be crazier, I photographed Jason Van Dyke at court, rode in a helicopter over my hometown, spent a day experiencing South Shore and learned how to closed caption a video in Premiere Pro, while putting my spotty Spanish skills to good use through translating a speech (all of this in lieu of experiencing Lollapalooza).

Jason Van Dyke appears at 26th and California on July 31, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Mike Jansen, Chief Pilot at Chicago Helicopter Experience, flying a helicopter over Montrose Beach in Chicago, Ill. on July 31, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Posing for a photo with Chief Pilot Mike Jansen at Chicago Helicopter Experience on July 31, 2018.
The South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago, Ill. on August 1, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

I spent the weekend of Lollapalooza with my family and friends, away from the city for part of the weekend. Meanwhile, Chicago faced its most violent weekend, with 71 people shot across the city. While on my way back to the city at the end of the weekend, I had also read news of a body being found at the train station where I frequent for commuting.

On August 8, 2018, Chineyre Jordan shows where Jahnae Patterson died after being shot and killed over the weekend in the North Lawndale neighborhood. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
The Metra UP-N tracks nearby the spot where Sincere Ash, 17, was found dead at the Clybourn Metra station on August 5, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

The week of August 6 - 10 was the most trying of my internship and left me spending a lot of time contemplating the role that media has in relations with the community, as well as trying to find ways to take care of myself and those who I interact with while reporting the news. It was during this week that I really learned it was important to take a step back and reflect on the emotionally exhaustive nature of the business, as it had begun to take a toll on my wellbeing.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a press conference at 78th and Halsted following a violent weekend in Chicago, IL on August 6, 2018.

A cyclist in Wicker Park on a rainy Monday morning on August 6, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

Sen. Tammy Duckworth speaks at a press conference on gun licensing legislation, the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2018 on August 7, 2018.

On August 8, 2018, Mirelle Easterling cries after losing her best friend, Jahnae Patterson, over the weekend in the North Lawndale neighborhood.

Thousands of rubber ducks land in the Chicago River for the Chicago Ducky Derby on August 9, 2018.

Balloons are released at the vigil for Sincere Ash at Lane Tech College Prep on August 9, 2018.

Charla Crawford, grandmother of Sincere Ash, looks up at the balloons released at the vigil for Ash.

David Flores, left, is embraced in the rain at the vigil for Sincere Ash.

On August 8, 2018, Chineyre Jordan speaks to the Chicago Sun-Times after losing her best friend, Jahnae Patterson, over the weekend in the North Lawndale neighborhood. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
While covering the heart breaking scene at the 1300 South block of Millard Avenue with Rahul Parikh and Manny Ramos, our group came across a gaggle of adventurous youth who wanted to join the coverage. We wound up having a mini photo shoot, where I taught the children how to use my cameras. This moment ended up being one of the best experiences of my life, if not the most touching and grounding moments of my internship. I was moved that even at a scene of such tragedy, cheerful life still carried on through fearless bounds and youthful smiles.
A smiley crew after filming the Fran Show at City Hall on a sweltering Friday afternoon in August. (Left to right) Colin Boyle, Rahul Parikh, Ashlee Rezin and Tom Schuba. | Photo by Carol Fowler

Among this emotionally and professionally challenging week, I had spent many hours reporting on the loss in my one of my own communities – a student from my high school was the person who was found dead at the Clybourn Station.

August 13 - 17 This week was spectacular and busy, while also feeling endless. I continued to help with "The Grid" photo coverage, with this week's assignment being the Boystown neighborhood. I spent a day in Chicago, photographing the life of the city. Star photojournalist Ashlee Rezin and I sat with a room of eager journalists for hours to cover a monumental DEA announcement. The next morning, I took to the skies with Michael Armentrout and Maria de la Guardia as we fulfilled my childhood dream of flying in airplanes at the Chicago Air and Water Show.

A rainbow colored sculpture as part of the legacy walk on Halsted Avenue in the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, IL on August 13, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
We had some good laughs at work: "news life v. real life can get confusing | cc: @colinbphoto" per @lizzieschiffman
A big day for journalism!
Leo Gonzalez plays basketball with friends at Eckhart Park in the West Town neighborhood in Chicago on August 14, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Without a microphone rake, journalists are faced with an entertaining challenge of finding a way to support their audio devices at a press conference on August 15, 2018.
Jeffrey Johnson, Chicago Crime Commission, speaks at a press conference at DEA Chicago Field Division on August 15, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Reporters waiting anxiously for the DEA announcement to be made. | Photo per @DEACHICAGODiv Twitter
Taking photos of Sean Tucker with Annie Rice. | Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski
Sean Tucker (my childhood hero [this is definitely not AP style, so don't worry – I didn't include this part in my actual caption haha]) goes for a fist bump at Gary Airport August 16, 2018 on media day for Chicago Air and Water Show. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Sean Tucker flies over Gary Airport on August 16, 2018 on media day for Chicago Air and Water Show. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
A Navy Leap Frog parachutes with the U.S.A. flag at the 60th Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach on August 18, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
A Navy Leap Frog parachutes in the sky at the 60th Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach on August 18, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
An F-35A flies at the 60th Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach on August 18, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Colleagues of fallen CPD Cmdr. Paul Bauer receive a folded blue stripe flag from the Army Golden Knights at the 60th Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach on August 18, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Family and colleagues of fallen CPD Cmdr. Paul Bauer at the 60th Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach on August 18, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform at the 60th Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach on August 18, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
That weekend was spent at another favorite spot of my childhood: North Avenue Beach, where I documented the 60th Annual Air and Water Show.

The fun of the air show coverage came to a screeching halt for me as I shipped off (in a Lyft) to another intensive story that took a turn from a press conference on a tragic, confusing death of a 15-year-old boy to a full-fledged march through the North Lawndale neighborhood.

Members of Crane's basketball team gather outside Chicago Police 10th District station in response to the death of Steve Rosenthal on August 19, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
While covering this story, I gained the friendship of Chicago photojournalist extraordinaire: Nuccio DiNuzzo, who helped me navigate the coverage of the march and shared some cold water and an air-conditioned car on another hot summer Sunday.
Emotions ran high at the march, and a brief scuffle occurred as family and friends tried walking into Mount Sinai Hospital demanding to see Steve Rosenthal's body on August 19, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

August 20 - 24 was another incredible week. Ok, scratch that – ALL of these experiences were incredible, with each week only topping the intensity and excitement of the previous. Following the full weekend of work, Rich let me take the Monday off before coming back to do another trifecta of multimedia coverage on my own, this time at a memorial service for the late Juan Bucio. The following day, I traveled to the Pullman neighborhood for the funeral of Bryan "Wop" Harris, and the rest of the week was spent intensely covering the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting with Eliza Davidson and Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet.

Isaac Bucio, Fire Commissioner JosŽ A. Santiago, Juan Bucio's sons, Joshua and Jacob, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel attend the memorial badge dedication for the fallen Chicago firefighter and diver on August 21, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Juan Bucio's sons, Joshua and Jacob, are comforted at the memorial badge dedication for the fallen Chicago firefighter and diver on August 21, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
The casket of Bryan "Wop" Harris, 19, who was shot to death in Harvey, Ill. on August 14, 2018, is walked out at his memorial service on August 22, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
I covered my first Broadway in Chicago press conference! Pictured here are actors Santino Fontana (Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels) & Lilli Cooper (Julie Nichols) of "Tootsie" posing for a photo outside the media press conference for the world premiere of "Tootsie" at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago on August 24, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Coverage of the DNC summer meetings included helping film and photograph exclusive Sun-Times interviews with figures such as Stormy Daniel's attorney Michael Avenatti, Kelly Dietrich, Kathleen Matthews, DNC chair Tom Perez, Robin Kelly and Lauren Underwood.
Eliza Davidson and myself on assignment at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting in Chicago. Photos by Ellicia Myles and Lynn Sweet.

The next two weeks (August 26 - September 9) were of limited involvement with the Chicago Sun-Times as I was competing in the Chicago Triathlon and traveling with my journalism school to Japan, however that did not stop me from squeezing in a few incredible opportunities to help the Sun-Times with multimedia coverage.

Ramsey Lewis, 83, plays his Steinway & Sons piano at his residence in Chicago on August 28, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

NBA player Jabari Parker speaks outside Crane High School at a press conference on the development of the Steve Rosenthal case on August 28, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

Rev. Michael Pfleger comforts Terinica and DaShaun Thomas outside Crane High School at a press conference on the development of the Steve Rosenthal case on August 28, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

Steve Rosenthal's younger brother, Juliun (2), plays basketball outside Crane High School after a press conference on the development of the Steve Rosenthal case on August 28, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

Just five days after completing my first olympic distance triathlon in Chicago, I was fortunate enough to travel to Tokyo and Kyoto with the Medill School of Journalism to experience and understand Japanese culture. While we were there, we visited the Tokyo bureaus of the New York Times and Bloomberg.

Back home in Chicago and only slightly jet lagged, I returned to the Sun-Times September 10 - 12. During this stretch, I did some documentation of the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, went out to seek some new images for the paper's Instagram, and photographed a press conference on a situation where a Bridgeport man identified himself as a police officer while pointing a gun at a 20-year-old black man, asking him what he was doing in the neighborhood. In the short week, I also went with Nader Issa to photograph two Chicago first responders who responded to the scene of 9/11 17 years ago. That same day I made a video about a rock extraordinaire who is only 12-years-old. It was a brief and wild week indeed, but definitely manageable. I was starting to miss being on assignment while I was away in Japan.

Pedestrians walk through the University of Illinois at Chicago campus in Chicago on September 10, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Retired Chicago Police Lieutenant Jim Maloney (64) stands with his brother, Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Pat Maloney (57) in the Sauganash neighborhood on September 11, 2018. The two, and their brother Tom (not pictured), responded to the scene of 9/11 in New York City 17 years ago. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Pat Maloney (not picture) shows an image of himself and fellow first responders at the scene of 9/11 17 years ago on September 11, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Retired Chicago Police Lieutenant Jim Maloney (64) stands in the Sauganash neighborhood on September 11, 2018. Jim and his brothers Pat and Tom (not pictured), responded to the scene of 9/11 in New York City 17 years ago. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
A woman runs along the Bloomingdale Trail (the 606) in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago on September 11, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Vincent Molden, 12, plays guitar with Little Kids Rock at their rehearsal on September 11, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
William Fleshman, Senior Pastor of the Abundant Living Christian Center, speaks at a press conference outside the Chicago Police Department 9th District station on September 12, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Every once in a while, you can get a good photo of yourself. Especially if the photographer is the great Rich Hein. I helped Rich set up his lights for a few shoots that he had in the newsroom for various assignments this summer. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Despite it tragically being my last week (September 17 - 21) of my internship with the Sun-Times, Rahul Parikh and I were fortunate enough to be asked to come back on Sunday's during the Fall academic quarter this year while we are juniors at Northwestern University. As if this internship was not one of the most formative and best experiences of my life, I am incredibly appreciative and excited about this new opportunity that I will be balancing with four classes and roughly five other freelance jobs before I depart for my Journalism Residency in Argentina during the winter.

As for assignments during my last week, it was incredibly busy, just as I like it. Most days I had at least an assignment or two, with a manageable yet challenging turnaround time for the stories. My coverage included filming a mother of a 10-year-old who was sexually abused by his classmate, seeing the new Amazon Go store, manning a ~live~ camera for the first time ever, covering a strike, photographing an 11-year-old girl who received a heart transplant & met Drake, and helped film the "Fran Show" on my last day.

Angela Wells, 40, speaks to the press with her attorney, Kelly Krauchun, (not pictured) on September 17, 2018. Wells is filing a lawsuit against CPS & Academy for Urban School Leadership accusing school officials of ignoring her 5th Grade son's sexual abuse at the school. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
The Amazon Go Chicago location at 113 S. Franklin Street on its opening day on September 17, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
A photo of me definitely not texting about how nervous I was to be manning the huge 4k camera to do a live shot of a Sun-Times hosted Illinois attorney general candidates. | Photo by Eliza Davidson
Behind the scenes of the live shot.
Jessica Martinez (40) speaks at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago on September 19, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
(Left to right) José Velez (18), Jessica Martinez (40), William Velazquez (21) and Erc Velazquez (23) walk through the Humboldt Park neighborhood in Chicago on September 19, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
Sitting with Fran Spielman as we set up the set for her live show in the newsroom on September 21, 2018. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times
Rockstar photojournalist Ashee Rezin and IT extraordinaire Jeff Kleinhenz work on the live feed of Fran Spielman's show on September 21, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
A man stands behind locked doors at McDonalds HQ's in West Loop. Protesters gathered outside the building with a list of demands, which included a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment as part of a one-day strike by McDonald's workers that was held in multiple cities on September 18, 2018. Unable to enter the building, the list of demands was taped to the door as strikers continued their chants, which included "Ba da da da da, I'm not lovin' it!" | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

And just like that, my internship of a lifetime has wrapped up. I am currently sitting in a coffee shop working on my last video story of this internship, not wanting it to be over. Every single person at the Sun-Times that I have worked with has been so helpful and caring. Thank you to all of the stellar reporters who would make covering assignments even more enjoyable with our banter, especially Rachel Hinton, Mitch Armentrout, Nader Issa, Manny Ramos and Carlos Ballesteros.

Before I wrap this lengthy presentation up, I would like to make a special thank you to Rich Hein. He has been the best boss I could ask for and is always willing to share guidance, advice and stories of his experiences in the field. Rich, thank you for believing in me. I look forward to working with you in the future. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times

Congrats! You made it through my extensively lengthy slideshow of my work. Thank you so much for your support and interest. If you would like to see my work in the future, feel free to follow @ColinBPhoto as I continue to work with The Chicago Sun-Times, Planet Forward, MileSplit, The Daily Northwestern, and Northwestern Athletics. - Colin Boyle

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