Covering Youth Violence, a guide for journalists—Informes sobre la violencia juvenil

    This is a guide for your coverage of youth violence. It will walk you through reporting strategies, offer examples of reporting, and ask you to consider how you can do your best for an issue that touches so many lives today. Why do we need a guide? Because the work you do, shapes [...]

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Attention, please. This is a city. Not a war zone.

The words we use to describe violence here frame how we think about violence in Chicago. How? They create mindsets. They can dehumanize. They can up the sense of despair, of rejection, anger, isolation, and withdrawl. They can enforce the stereotyping that swallows whole neighborhoods under a vast canopy of violence. Natalie Moore, WBEZ’s Southside [...]

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Cleaning up the blood

The blood had gushed everywhere, so the paramedic had his hands full cleaning up the ambulance. And he was in a hurry because he said he might have busy night on the streets. Another shooting victim. Another night like the rest. What’s driving the violence, I wondered. It’s guns and business on the streets – [...]

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The people want peace…… el pueblo quiere la paz

You stop violence when the community steps forward. And when you heal the community,  you leave no room for violence. That’s the mantra. But how do you get it to work? This video from The Resurrection Project’s You Tube channel gives us a good example of how to do this.(Click on the video above) It [...]

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Crime’s Mirage – Getting the Facts

  Violence haunts us. But sometimes it is the image and not the reality that haunts us more. The Pilsen Portal, a local news website, recently took on the challenge of separating truth from image in an excellent example of community reporting. It asked whether their community is as crime-ridden as some say. Here is [...]

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The Indelible Stain of Violence

What are these youngster telling us? Haven’t we heard them talk before about their pain? Yes and no. What we sometimes forget is the toll of the violence. The urge for retribution. The indelible stain that marches alongside you at night. The way you shut down your heart and mind and check only if the [...]

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Our Chicago: talking solutions

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The Other Numbers About Juvenile Violence

We reach for the stats on murders, and other crimes that stain Chicago. And we use them to tell us what’s happening. Is crime up, or down, or stuck in Chicago? But other numbers matter as well. What percent of the youths coming out of detention centers wind up back in trouble? What percent of [...]

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Keeping Youths From Behind Bars

Illinois’ juvenile prison count has been dropping and that’s good news on several counts. It’s one measure of the success of a program called Redeploy Illinois, which works to treat youths in their communities. And Redeploy’s success is critical. Why? Because it can cost on average about $10,000 a year to help a youth in [...]

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What Happens When They Come Home?

Violence and Criminal Justice: What Needs Fixing?  When: 10 am to noon Thursday, April 17 Where: Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor A joint-program for journalists and neighborhood groups of the Community Media Workshop and Strengthening Chicago’s Youth, an effort of Lurie Children’s Hospital.  By Stephen Franklin Community Media Workship, steve@chicagoistheworld.org, 312 369 6400 In our [...]

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Justice That Heals Not Harms

Violence and Criminal Justice: What Needs Fixing?  When: 10 am to noon Thursday, April 17 Where: Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor A joint-program for journalists and neighborhood groups of the Community Media Workshop and Strengthening Chicago’s Youth, an effort of Lurie Children’s Hospital.   By Steve Franklin Community Media Workshop steve@chicagoistheworld.org 312.369.6400 The [...]

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