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Chester magazine presentation

A Precedent in Print

Widener students in a Magazine Journalism course last spring didn’t simply write stories to hand into their professor – they developed, reported, wrote, and edited articles that were published in the inaugural issue of Chester magazine.

Khalil Williams, a junior communication studies major who is planning on a career in public relations and advertising, wrote two stories and took several photographs that were published in the student-produced magazine. “I like the idea of being a storyteller,” said Williams, a native of Chester. “I liked going into the outside world and seeing what’s going on and being able to share that with the rest of the public.”

Stories in the magazine include a photo essay about the city, profiles of the Chester Children’s Chorus, the Laran Bronze Inc. foundry, a fertility doctor at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Phatso’s Bakery and other Chester eateries, and a story about the city’s plans for a cultural corridor.

The university awarded the class a $1,000 Schmutz Student Engagement Mini Grant to produce the magazine. The grant is distributed annually to support undergraduate student-led projects that focus on Chester and are developed in collaboration with a Chester community partner to address the city’s needs. John F. Schmutz, Esquire, donor of the grant, serves on Widener’s Board of Trustees and is a retired senior vice president and general counsel for E. I. DuPont Nemours and Company.

The project earned the support of Chester Mayor John Linder, a 1976 Widener alumnus who led the students on a tour of the city at the beginning of the spring semester. He said Chester magazine can serve as a valuable marketing tool to attract businesses and investment in the city. “The Widener students did an excellent job bringing to life some of outstanding businesses, organizations, and culture that Chester has to offer,” Linder said. “We are excited about the future of the city, and this magazine helps us tell that story.”

The magazine is being printed in limited numbers, but it can also be viewed online at