Here’s our community. What’s yours doing?

   I wish every neighborhood of Chicago had their version of the West Side Writing Project. If they did, we would hear and see so many more voices. I especially like the imagination of their Nitty Gritty News. Watch their presentation on gun violence on their first show, and then skip over to their second […]

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Not forgetting forgotten lives – a reporting lesson

After we tell the story of violence, how often do we go back? How often do we see how the  victims and survivors fare? Not often enough. Or maybe not at all. A remarkably compelling and informative project by a Columbia College class does what few have done here or nationally. It tracks down those left […]

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The Missing News in Black America

Frederick Lowe was scanning a news article about the decline in prison populations, and a detail way down in the story caught his eye. Black inmates account for the majority of state prison inmates, and do so in a number way before their share of the population. He read that and wondered why that wasn’t […]

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The Best and Worst of Times for Stopping Violence in Chicago

Throw together a few figures to explain what’s happening in the US today and you’ll catch an distorted image seen from afar without any details. The  details matter because they explain the differences. It’s the same when we think about Chicago and especially about violence here. Here’s why this matters. This is from Daniel Hertz, a […]

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Bonds Hurt, Bonds Unbroken

The bullets that kill also maim and their reality lingers. They linger after the toll of violence changes, and our attention shifts. And so, just as we tell stories about looking back at lives and communities changed, we need to look back at the toll of the violence that lingers. We need to give faces […]

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Chicago is not the most violent city

Chicago isn’t the most violent city in America, begins the Ebony article. That’s important to remember and important as well to help put into context what needs to be done, what needs to be understood and what needs to be told. Chicago isn’t the most violent city in America, but some neighborhoods areas are. So, […]

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