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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This Toll Does Not End

  In Newtown, Conn. the toll grew by another 27 lives. That was two years ago on Dec. 14. It was early in the morning as a troubled 20-year-old swept from his home to the Sandy Hook Elementary School. It was a heart-breaking addition to the chronicle of mass shootings in the US – a [...]

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Who Is Telling the Nation’s Story?

Say you are working in a newsroom right now. Look around. What do you see? Who do you see? Do you see a place that reflects colleagues of many different origins? Nationally, the numbers tell us the situation has barely changed.     But let’s break these numbers down. We see that the small share [...]

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Who Speaks For All of Chicago?

Almost a lifetime ago now, I wandered door to door in black Washington, asking simple questions: What do you see in the news media that tells about your life? And do you trust the news media? I learned from the people I talked with that their Washington was virtually invisible in a news media that [...]

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Who Among US Can Tell Chicago’s Story?

  Police cars, howling sirens, weeping friends and family and the yellow police tape that marks another  tragedy. We’ve seen and witnessed these scenarios in the news media and live, unfortunately. Too many times. So what do we want from them today? We want context: what it means? If you watch “Chicago Love,” this Wednesday, [...]

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We Are A City of Many

We are a city of many  - many faces, many roots, many hopes. How well is the story told about this city of many roots? We’re holding a forum talking exactly about this: Can White Newsrooms Tell Chicago’s Story? It’s fr0m 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at room 219, 33 East Congress, [...]

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The Underworld of Teens in the Shadows

They are the pawns of a hell that thrives among us. They wandered into it out of despair or confusion. Or they are trapped and sold and marketed. And they often live amid the crippling dysfunction that feeds the mayhem that feeds violence in our city. They are the teens snared in human trafficking, and [...]

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The Barriers Between Us

When we talk about crime, we often judge. We say: Those people are bad. Those people can’t be saved. Those people….. I was talking with a veteran criminal justice professional at her South Side office recently and I was remarking how some South Side neighbors have banded together to keep the gangbangers out of their [...]

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What drives the violence is what is missing

So how do you stop the violence here? That’s what the out-of-town TV executive wanted to know. It was a recent meeting at a Chatham restaurant pulled together by Revolt TV, the channel owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs. And Keith Clinkscales, Revolt TV’s CEO, said the channel wants to tell the story of the violence [...]

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The Trauma That Lingers

    Violence marks us with a fever. A fever that marks: The shooters or victims, who think they need to retaliate. Those, who think they need to defend  or protect themselves by carrying a gun. Those, who flee their streets, their communities, their cities wanting to protect themselves or their families or their businesses [...]

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Let’s Count Our Heroes

    You’ve probably heard the lament that nobody is working in Chicago’s communities to deal with the violence. But that’s not the case. Not at all. Heaps of organizations and individuals dedicate their time and hearts to making a difference. The problem is, we don’t always hear about them. So, we’d like to begin [...]

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