Who Is Telling the Nation’s Story?

Say you are working in a newsroom right now. Look around. What do you see? Who do you see? Do you see a place that reflects colleagues of many different origins? Nationally, the numbers tell us the situation has barely changed.     But let’s break these numbers down. We see that the small share […]

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The Barriers Between Us

When we talk about crime, we often judge. We say: Those people are bad. Those people can’t be saved. Those people….. I was talking with a veteran criminal justice professional at her South Side office recently and I was remarking how some South Side neighbors have banded together to keep the gangbangers out of their […]

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Whose Chicago is Dying?

When you talk about violence in Chicago, which Chicago are you talking about? About everyone? About all of Chicago? Or about those neighborhoods where violence leaps at you day in and day out? In a powerful new book, How Long Will I Cry – Voices of Youth Violence, Alex Kotlowitz writes about the divisions between […]

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Locking up illegal gun holders – a solution, a nightmare?: covering one solution at a time

Guns kill, we agree. But what do we do about getting them off Chicago’s streets? Do we clamp down and lock up illegal gun holders, sticking them in prisons for a few years. Or do we not let them crowd the prisons? And find other punishments? The mayor has a point of view and so […]

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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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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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Who tells the story about violence?

Please read this post from the Black Star Project and let’s discuss it Steve@chicagoistheworld.org On Thursday, September 27, 2012, Walter Jacobson, of CBS 2 Chicago News, interviewed 7 or 8 young gang members from the Englewood community and asked them “leading questions” on how to end violence in their communities. Based on their comments that “Killing Is The […]

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Hope Survives – a story of resillence

What the Streets Taught Him by La Risa Lynch Teaching graduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago is a far cry from the St. Louis streets Von E. Nebbitt once roamed as a drug dealer. Nebbitt cycled in and out of prison for years on a weapons and drug charges, before he turned […]

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