How Do We Tell What Stops the Violence?

With the rush to stop the violence, there’s a rush for solutions.   But how do we know what works?   How do we single out the youth programs that succeed, and the ones that we need here and now?   We’ll try to answer these questions at our workshop from 10 am to 11:30 [...]

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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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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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Can Some Solutions Hurt Us? Reporting on Violence

Mired in our struggle with violence, we need to figure out whether the solutions offered by public officials really work. This is something we – the news media- can do  and lately WBEZ has been doing an incredibly good job. Here, for example, is one program that raises questions about mandatory minimum sentences. Are they [...]

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Overcoming the Violence Jitters

Nobody needs to tell us that violence has given us the jitters. Really bad jitters. But we seem likely to be mixing the numbers and losing focus as well. What do I mean? We seem to be counting acts of violence when they are not violent. And we seem to be applying broad labels about [...]

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It’s More Than Guns, Mr. President

Welcome home Mr. President. Your trip home to talk about guns and jobs and the economy is uplifting. Guns matter. Guns took many of the more than 500 lives lost here last year. We had over 2,200 shootings last year, up near 20 percent in one year. So, nobody will tell you that guns are [...]

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Can We Cover Violence Differently? Better? More In-Depth?

Yes, we can. We can do a better job covering the story that has touched us this summer. And, I think, we’ve been doing a better job. But somehow I sense that so much more could be done, that so many more strings of information could be followed, so that so many more answers could [...]

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La lucha contra la violencia

Se acaloran ánimos por la violencia en Brighton Park POR: Carolina Cruz  |   10:44 am  |  08/08/2012  |  La Raza Chicago.- Se acaloran los ánimos en el vecindario de Brighton Park, al sur de la ciudad, donde la comunidad insiste a los oficiales electos que ayuden a renovar el parque Kelly, para ofrecer espacios de recreación a los jóvenes y [...]

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What’s Going On? – a conference on covering violence

“So, why is this happening? Why so much violence?” asks a guy sitting beside me. “I don’t think it’s one thing,” I reply. “I don’t think its just gangs. It’s more. But what makes it so explosive, I can’t say.” We’re sitting among groups that deal with youth violence in Chicago. But I get the [...]

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