Telling the Whole Story – Covering Youth Violence – June 28th

Rob Casteñada at Beyond the Ball

They were afraid but didn’t run. They stayed and have changed lives.

The gangs hounded them after they called police, complaining about gunshots on their street. The gangs tried to burn them down in their sleep and then to simply burn down their house.

Their response: an after school hours program to keep kids off the streets, to talk about living normal lives and to spread hope. Rob and Amy Casteñada begin their program with only a few kids in Little Village. Today it reaches hundreds in black and Latino neighborhoods.

They will talk about their vision and persistence at a June 28th meeting meant to bring organizations like theirs with Chicago’s news media.

They will be joined by about 30 other groups that deal with youth violence.

Why is this an important event for journalists? You will

• Hear from the Casteñadas and from people, who come from over 30 organizations that deal with youth violence in Chicago.

• Meet these people in speed interviews that will provide you with a broad view of the work of some of the organizations most involved in coping with youth violence here.

•Benefit from a list of over of dozens of Chicago area sources and experts who can help background and shape your reporting on youth violence here.

• Gain insight in reporting on youth violence from a reporting guide meant to help you plan coverage that will take you beyond covering yesterday’s tragedy.

WBEZ reporter and South Side bureau chief Natalie Moore is the moderator for our event.

Why is this an important event for your organization? You will:

  • Gain the opportunity to learn how to frame your story for the news media
  • Meet journalists from Chicago’s ethnic and mainstream media who can amplify your voice and your concerns.
  • Compare your efforts to tell your story to your communities and news media with organizations doing the same work.


This is a joint effort of the Community Media Workshop and Strengthening Chicago’s Youth, an anti-violence campaign anchored at Children’s Memorial Hospital.


Our goal is to help Chicago’s news media tell the whole story about youth violence, and to know where and how to get the information from those closest to what’s happening.


Where: 33 East Congress, first floor, Columbia College, journalism building (Congress and Wabash) CTA bus and train stops are nearby. Link here for a map:


Time: 9 am to 11:30, Thursday, June 28


Contact: Stephen Franklin, Community Media Workshop, office – 312 369 7782, cell – 773 595 8667, or Mrittika Sen (






Written by on May 25, 2012

Filed Under: Community Campaigns


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    June 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    You’ve made some good points there. I checked on the web to find out more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site.

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