Who we are

Sharon McGowan has helped companies communicate for more than 25 years, as a reporter, writer, editor and trainer. She started her career as an investigative reporter and managing editor at The Chicago Reporter and later was assignment manager for WBBM-TV and managing editor/assistant news director at all-news WBBM-AM, both in Chicago. She directed the Introduction to Journalism program and was a newswriting instructor at Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University for 20 years. She is now an adjunct at Marquette University. She is the founding editor of the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (NNS), an online multimedia news operation that covers central-city neighborhoods in Milwaukee. NNS has been honored by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the Milwaukee Press Club. Sharon has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television News Directors Association, Women in Communications and others. Along with Jim McGowan, she is co-author of "Writing on the Job: How to Make Your Point Precisely" (Ragan Communications, 2008).

Jim McGowan has done design, layout and production for corporate and nonprofit clients for more than two decades. His graphic design work won three Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Earlier in his career, he performed editing, design and layout duties as a copy editor for Advertising Age, a weekly national magazine covering advertising and marketing. He worked as a reporter and editor for Pioneer Press, a newspaper chain covering the Chicago suburbs. He also has made presentations to local and national professional organizations on strategic planning and communications. He is co-author with Vicki Gunther and Kate Donegan of "Strategic Communications for School Leaders" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011).


Our clients have included:

ACTA Publications
Advance Illinois
Allston Trading
American Association of Nurse
Amoco Corporation
BMT Infonet
Leo Burnett USA
Burnham Plan Centennial
Canon USA
Center for High Performance
Chicago Commons
The Chicago Community Trust
Chicago Department of Public
The Chicago Reporter
Children’s Memorial Hospital
Child Health Data Lab
Chicago Metropolis 2020
Collaborative for Academic,
  Social, and Emotional
  Learning (CASEL)
Community Media Workshop
Community Renewal Society
Valerie Denney
DRI-The Voice of
  the Defense Bar
Evanston Hospital
Evanston-Skokie School
  District 65
Federation of Women
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago
  and Northwest Indiana
Golden Apple Foundation
Great Cities Institute
Health and Medicine Policy
  Research Group
Heidrick & Struggles
  Pharmacy Association
Hudson Highland Group, Inc.
Huntley Consolidated School
  District 158
The Joyce Foundation
Kellogg Executive Women's
Lincolnwood School District 74
Lloyd Consulting, Inc.
Logan Square Neighborhood
The John D. and Catherine T.
  MacArthur Foundation
March of Dimes
Neighborhood Funders Group
Niles Elementary School
  District 71
Niles Township High School
  District 219
NORC at the University
  of Chicago
Northwest Austin Council
Personified, a CareerBuilder
Ragan Communications, Inc.
Sibson Consulting
Skokie School District 68
Skokie-Morton Grove School
  District 69
Teach for America
Technomic Inc.
Visiting Nurses Association
Voices for Illinois Children
Ward Howell International
West Chicago High School
  District 94
Woodstock Institute