The Circles of Violence – a meeting for the news media

Joseph Briggs, 16, died sitting on his doorstep this weekend.

It wasn’t the first time he had been shot. Just over a year ago, he was shot walking home, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Youth violence has many circles. Some people arm themselves out of fear and become victims. And some arm themselves because of gangs or drugs or how they think they need to survive, and become victims as well.

And some, like Joseph Briggs, die, caught in the wrong place and wrong time.

How do you explain this complex story as violence grows in Chicago? How do you go beyond yesterday’s tragedy to tell us why the numbers are climbing so dramatically and what needs to be done.

Join us Thursday, June 28th at 9AM to 11:30AM meeting that will bring together Chicago’s news media with organizations dealing with youth violence at 33 East Congress, first floor, Columbia College, journalism building (Congress and Wabash). The event is moderated by Natalie Moore, WBEZ reporter and South Side Bureau Chief .

More than two-dozen organizations or facilities will take part in this unprecedented effort to help Chicago’s news media cover youth violence.

At this meeting, you will be able to…

• Meet community activists, healthcare professionals, and public officials in speed interviews that will give you with a view of the work of some of those most involved in coping with youth violence here.

• Obtain a resource list of dozens of Chicago-area contacts and experts who can help shape your reporting on youth violence.

• Gain insight into reporting on youth violence from a reporting guide that will help your coverage go beyond covering yesterday’s tragedy.


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.


Please click here to let us know you are joining us:


CTA bus and train stops are nearby. Link here for a map:


Contacts: Stephen Franklin, Community Media Workshop, office – 312 369 7782, cell – 773 595 8667, or

Rebecca Levin, MPH

Strategic Director, Injury Prevention and Research Center

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

T 312.227.6948 | F 312.227.9475 |

This is a joint effort of the Community Media Workshop’s We Are Not Alone/No Estamos Solos project on youth violence and Strengthening Chicago’s Youth, an anti-violence campaign anchored at Children’s Memorial Hospital.

by Carlos Javier Ortiz





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