Public Newsroom: How Should We Report on Crime in Chicago?

Date/Time
Date(s) - 07/12/18
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
Build Coffee

Hosted by
City Bureau


Public Newsroom: How Should We Report on Crime in Chicago?

City Bureau

Thursday, July 12 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Of the 900 participants surveyed for Center for Media Engagement and City Bureau’s Chicago Media Survey, the majority—roughly 57 percent—identified “crime and law enforcement” as the top issue facing Chicago neighborhoods. The second most frequently selected answer, “housing, zoning and land,” garnered just 12.7 percent.

Yet the majority of West and South Side residents (67.8 percent and 54.2 percent respectively) said that stories about their neighborhood are too negative.

So how and when should we report on crime in Chicago?

We’ve teamed up with Block Club Chicago and the Journalism + Design program at The New School in New York to host a variety of community organizations and local journalists to begin to answer that question. We’ll kick off the workshop with a brief panel discussion about the current state of crime reporting and how we can start to reframe coverage of this issue. Panelists will address some of the following questions: What is the role and opportunity for journalism when it comes to systemic problems like violent crime? What does comprehensive coverage of the different forces that feed into crime look like? How can we produce news and information that can create positive change in the communities most affected by crime?

After the panel discussion, attendees will participate in small group conversations to dive deeper into a few key questions, then help generate guidelines and ideas for outlets and organizations to share digitally.

This will be an ongoing conversation that is open to everyone—you do not have to be a journalist to attend this workshop. We’ll draw from the conversations at this Public Newsroom to chart out next steps and will offer follow-up opportunities for the group to inform concrete ways that we can shape our coverage.

Every Thursday night we turn our newsroom on Chicago’s South Side into an open space where journalists and the public can gather to discuss local issues, share resources and knowledge and learn to report and investigate stories. Hosts have included journalists, academics, artists, activists, filmmakers and many other individuals and groups who have a stake in how to use media to create a stronger democracy.

The Public Newsroom is always free and always open to the public.

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