What Do We Do Now?

 

What drives us as we continue to report on the violence here?

Because of the endless gore? I don’t think so.

I think we’ve reached a point where we are taking a second look,  and wondering out loud what this means.

Chicago Tribune photographer Abel Uribe, in a compelling introduction to his recent photo and story effort about the smallest victims, offers us this explanation……. He writes;

“I found myself wanting to know more about these children. Usually, the news cycle drives us to the next shooting, the next event. But unfortunately, many times we don’t get to come back and tell the rest of the story. We don’t get to show the public what the violence leaves behind and how people deal with it every day.

“One of the things that’s so deceiving is that most of these children seem to be recovered and appear to be smiling and happy. But that’s on the surface. Their bodies have scars from bullet wounds and life-saving surgeries, and they have bad memories that remain with them.

I wanted to show the public how little these children are and how large the injuries.

“I wanted to take photographs so that people can see what’s happening to these kids, to see what a bullet wound looks like on the back of a 5-year-old child like Jaden Donald. I wanted people to see the scars from the surgery that saved his life.

“Even more, I wanted people to see these photographs, to be angry about what’s happening, to care. I hoped that maybe if they saw these images, they could imagine their own children in pain, if only for a moment.

“I hope that maybe these photos and articles will help start a conversation about changing the behavior and the reliance so much on guns that lead to violence.”

I agree.  And that’s where I think we are at, and where the news media can help immensely. We can get a discussion going about solutions. That means a different kind of reporting – reporting on the problems and the solutions, and a good, hard look at what solutions are realistic.

That’s why we are holding a workshop for journalists and the community to look at what we need to look at next. We’ll be talking about what progress we’ve made in telling Chicago about its vortex of violence and what steps we need to take next to make sure we put out the fires that burst into violence.

So, please join us at 6 pm Oct. 29th at room 101 Colombia College, 33 East Congress.

If you want to point out some reporting that you think makes  this kind of an effort, please pass it along and we’ll share it.

talk to me

by Carlos Javier Ortiz

by Carlos Javier Ortiz

Steve Franklin, steve@chicagoistheworld.org, 312 369 6400

 


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