Investigative reporting and a guide for better digging, a march for peace, a word about ethnic news media


You don’t need to hide behind bushes for months to tell a truth that you have come upon, a truth you know your community cares about.

That’s why it’s important to figure out how to do the kind of reporting that shows you are your community’s voice.

So, here’s a gathering worth attending, if not just for inspiration sake.

The Better Government Association is holding a session Wednesday, May 4 · 2:30pm – 3:30pm, at

111 E. Pearson — Regents Hall at Loyola University

Chicago, IL

You can watch online – www.bettergov.org or show up. They’ve invited some of the top investigative reporters in Chicago and one of them is Natalie Moore, WBEZ’s South Side Bureau Chief.


RSVP at http://bgaroundtablemay4.e

And if you’ve been taking part in the monthly investigative workshops I’ve been holding, our next one is Saturday, May 21 from 9 to noon at our offices, 218 S. Wabash, 7th floor. We’ll be talking about how to keep going when everything seems to go wrong with your reporting. This is a free workshop for ethnic news media.

And I was struck this weekend by the words of Monsour Tadrous, publisher of al Moustaqbil newspaper (the Future), Chicago’s only Arab language newspaper, who, speaking at a conference in Detroit of Arab-American journalists this weekend, said, “A community without a voice is not a community.”

Speaking of voices, the Mothers for Peace (Madres Por la Paz) of the Back of the Yard neighborhood will hold a 5 k March for Peace on Saturday May 14th starting at 10 am. It’s getting warm now. Folks are outdoors and many don’t want to see violence flow again in the streets. So join the walk if you care. The details are on the facebook page for our We Are Not Alone – No Estamos Solos project. It begins at Precious Blood Center, 5114 S. Elizabeth St, our campaign to tell the stories about what people are doing to counter youth violence.

And finally for those who took part in a great investigative reporting session by Doug Haddix of the Investigative Reporters and Editors, here are the links he relied upon;

http://www.mediafire.com/?xmr861ocslfm9

paz

Steve@newstips.org



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