These Weapons Kill, Don’t They?

  What’s the number one killer in Chicago? It’s a gun, of course. The chart of murders last year at DNAinfo’s website make this clear. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/2012-chicago-murders/explore-data But have we told everything we can about guns and violence? Amid the moves for greater  gun control in Springfield and Chicago, now again seems a moment to think […]

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How Do You Stop the Violence?

We know the body count. But what do we know about stopping violence? We’ll talk about that on June 11 from 10 am to noon at 618 S. Michigan, Stage Two, Columbia College. It’s a workshop for journalists on how we measure what works and how we know what’s missing in stopping the violence. We’ll […]

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But the violence doesn’t end

Some youth mentoring programs work and some don’t. What makes the difference? David DuBois has some ideas that we need to hear because more than ever we need solutions. A professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he has helped state […]

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Unraveling violence’s roots

Youth violence is a crash. It can be one many or one or two forces colliding. So how do we decipher what drove the crash? Listen to this excellent and compelling reporting by Adriana Cardona-Maguigad for WBEZ and you realize how domestic violence is one of those forces that drives violence on Chicago streets. http://www.wbez.org/news/violence-streets-can-start-home-107225 […]

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These Marks Do Not Fade

Tragedies stain us today and tomorrow and sometimes forever. Here, where so much tragedy confronts so few, we’ve just begun reporting on the marks that we many never lose. And that’s a step forward in how we cover violence, I think. Why? It is good reporting that humanizes and takes us into lives we might […]

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So How Do We Stop the Violence?

We know the numbers. We know where they happen. But what we know about stopping the violence? We’ll talk about that on June 11 from 10 am to noon at 618 S. Michigan, Stage Two, Columbia College. It’s a workshop for journalists on how we measure what works and how we know what’s missing. We’ll […]

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