We Are A City of Many

playgroundWe are a city of many  – many faces, many roots, many hopes.

How well is the story told about this city of many roots?

We’re holding a forum talking exactly about this: Can White Newsrooms Tell Chicago’s Story?

It’s fr0m 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at room 219, 33 East Congress, Columbia College.

The National Association of Black Journalists – Chicago and the Newspaper Guild are also sponsoring the event.

Talk about how we come together to experience our differences, here’s a recent story by WBEZ’s Natalie Moore about how white, black and Latino youths are spread through Chicago’s schools.


And I’d like to pass along this event as well:

ImageNation Cinema Foundation and the Illinois Humanities Council will co-present Chicago premier of Afraid of Dark at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater (77 E. Randolph St.) on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM. The event is free. Attendees rvsp at www.imagenation.us.
Afraid of Dark explores the historical context and present implications of the two most prevalent black male stereotypes: the “brute” and “Mandingo.” Through candid interviews with black men spanning age and background, the feature-length film documentary explores the difference between how society perceives black males and how they define themselves. Featuring: Dr. Cornel West, Tom Burrell, Vondie Curtis Hall, Malik Yoba, Kevin Powell, Lou Meyers, Sam Greenlee, Sadat X, General Steele, Peter Gunz, Dr. Khalil Muhammad, Brooklyn Borough President; Eric Adams, Chris Rob, Dr. Herukhuti, and many more.
Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Mya B. (Afraid of Dark Director/Columbia College Film Alumna), Richard Steele (WBEZ/The Barber Shop), and Sunni Ali, Ph.D. (Professor at North Eastern Illinois University). ImageNation Founder and Executive Director Moikgantsi Kgama will serve as panel moderator.
AVAILABILITY: Director Mya B. and ImageNation Founder Moikgantsi Kgama will be available for interviews in advance.
PRESS CONTACT: Kristy Johnson, 917-816-0366, kristy@imagenation.us
And lastly one of the issues that swirls around and around is the lack of mental health services: the lack of it in communities overwhelmed by violence or poverty or survival, and the lack in juvenile and adult correctional facilities.
So, here’s a training I wouldn’t miss if you care about these issues as a journalist:

Covering Suicide and Mental Health: A McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute

Dec. 14-16 in Wheaton, IL

From crafting stories of school violence to war veterans returning home, journalists frequently touch on issues of suicide and mental health. Yet they may lack the knowledge and skills needed to cover these complex subjects.

During this two-and-a-half day seminar, journalists will get crucial training in the accuracy and insight needed to report on mental health issues, with a focus on suicide, that impact families, communities and public safety. The curriculum was developed in collaboration with members of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

COST: Free — Apply Now!

Poynter and the Education Development Center will provide tuition, basic travel expenses, hotel and most meals. This seminar is open to working journalists from any market size or media platform in the United States. We will give priority to full-time, U.S.-based journalists in the Midwest.

What else?

Let’s talk

steve@chicagoistheworld.org, office 312 369 6400



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