Before the shooting, the robberies, and the muggings, before everything explodes, other forces are pushing their way up and out.
That’s why children playing in the street get hit by random bullets, why people die walking on the street, and why someone fires into a group.
There’s a root to these things and your challenge as a reporter is to explain it, to give it a face and soul and contexrt, and then to help us figure out what we can do, if anything.
Listen to WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore, who has written about desconstructing violence, explains what you might consider as you go about telling these stories. This interview took place in her office in South Side Chicago.
We’ll bring up Natalie’s suggestions at our Aug. 6th workshop on covering youth violence. We’ll meet from 9 am to noon at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., Pilsen.
We’ll hear from experts about violence and youth, among them workers from CeaseFire, the unique anti-violence effort born here in Chicago.We’ll have a group interview with a someone who was a victim years ago of violence and who today works with In My Shoes, an organization that works with paralyzed and disabled victims of violence and also talks about violence’s toll in the community. Art Golab of the Chicago Sun-Times will explain how to dig out crime statistics that matter. And we’ll have a newsroom brain-storm session on what stories we can tell and how we can tell these stories.
This is part of our We Are Not Alone – No Estamos Solos campaign, an effort to link the black and Latino news media in telling the more detailed story of youth violence. Our effort is supported by the Field and McCormick Foundations.
Please join us and help our profession do the best it can. And please let me know if are joining us.
Steve Franklin, steve@chicagoistheworld,org., 312 369 6400