Sygiel Solutions Projects
For every good story, there is an angle. How can you help students find unique angles to set their stories apart? Use this online tool, designed by Y-Press journalists, to help.
Power of the Question
Can you remember when you learned how to craft solid questions? Young journalists at Y-Press realized that they had a leg up on learning this and decided to do something about it.
Sound & Story
Over the course of several weeks, Y-Press journalists became immersed in an audio-documentary project that used community tape to tell a story, partnered with students from School 46.
Over four summers, young journalists taught young people at eight Indianapolis community centers the fundamental skills to produce audio slideshows about their neighborhood.
Resurrection of a Barn
Resurrection of a Barn is a gripping documentary that follows the restoration and resurrection of an 1890’s barn in Indianapolis and allows an intimate glimpse into the lives and choices of those who saved this important piece of history. The 23-minute film shares the artistic reuse of the barn that both honors the techniques of the 1800s, and brings it into the 21st-century needs.
About Lynn Sygiel
“Lynn was hired as a consultant to enhance our magnet- theme curriculum for Crestview School of Communication. She took bits and pieces of our current communication curriculum along with our ideas and ran with it. As a result of Lynn being so well connected throughout Indianapolis, new relationships have been built and we clearly see more opportunities available. Lynn is creative, thorough, professional and reliable and was a game changer for my school.”
– Kim Brown, Crestview principal, Lawrence Township
Lynn Sygiel has worked in both formal and informal learning environments during her career. Prior to her work as a consultant, she was executive director of Y-Press, a respected youth-media organization based in Indianapolis.
In its first 16 years, it was known as Children’s Express. During the news organization’s 24-year tenure, youth journalists reported on issues for The Indianapolis Star, and later for WFYI, public broadcasting. Sygiel’s journalism experience includes management roles for The Salem Evening News and Y-Press. Prior to her work with young people in journalism, Sygiel was a classroom teacher in Wisconsin.
Her current volunteer work includes serving as a reviewer for Indiana Youth Institute’s monthly professional development grants and on the board of advisors for IMAGINE: Students for Global and Local Action, a student-driven, problem-based service-learning program for middle-school students.
Sygiel received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree from Simmons College in Boston.