Telling people’s stories, an ethnic media success

    By Stephen Franklin Community Media Workshop   A 3-year-old child died on a plane from Chicago to Poland. This, Magdalena Pantelis instantly knew, was a story her readers would care about. But she needed more detail to write about it for the Polish Daily News, the nation’s oldest daily newspaper in Polish, founded Jan. […]

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Written by on September 2, 2015

The Games That Mark Our Lives

  We are a city of neighborhoods. Yet, those are always changing and filled with arrivals and departures. This is true in Brighton Park, where the homes and streets have witnessed the march of one group after another. Today, its heart and soul is Latino but even more so the focus in on the young […]

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Written by on August 19, 2015

Storytelling that matters

When he was a younger man, the talk on the street, at the barbershop, at the basketball court and almost everywhere always grabbed Frank Latin. It was the news the neighborhood cared about. So he listened and he joined in. Not too long ago, Latin found himself joining in even more than he ever imagined. […]

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Written by on August 12, 2015

Saving history: a struggle in Afghanistan

  Traveling east from Kabul toward the Pakistan border is a place of precious South Asian history. A spot on the Silk Route with roots as old as 5,000 years and a Buddhist community marked by ancient monasteries. But it is a page from another time that may be wiped away. Mes Aynak is the […]

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Written by on June 19, 2015

Was Your Migration Worth It – A Question for For Ever and For all

migrar (link here for a short video) They remember the minute they arrived. But they also remember why they came and why and how their lives have changed. They talk about the frustrations, loneliness, isolation. But also they speak about new chances, new lives, new doors that wouldn’t have opened for them. They are stories of […]

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Written by on June 14, 2015

A Drop of Hope Spreads: fighting polio in Pakistan

So much of our world is marked by places, where hope has been abandoned. Great swaths of the globe exist, where hope disappeared even before it opened its eyes. From Honduras to Nigeria to Myanmar, bad things happen because that’s what is expected. But what happens when good will and good planning struggles, fights and […]

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Written by on June 4, 2015

Access Denied? The State of Mental Health Services in Illinois

In tight money days, funds have markedly slowed and and mental health organizations in Illinois have struggled. Some have cut back and some have trimmed their goals. But how much precisely have they struggled? We’ll examine the price paid by organizations and those in need of mental health services at our news briefing on Tuesday, […]

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Written by on June 1, 2015

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