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Written by on January 13, 2012

Getting all the news: a struggle for the ethnic and local press

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By Vanessa Valentin Jeff Kelly Lowenstein was looking at fatal police shootings in Chicago, and so he began with a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) to the Chicago Police Department. It quickly became a lesson for Lowenstein, a reporter for Hoy, a daily Spanish-language newspaper, in the difficulty reporters face in getting needed information. […]

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Written by on October 5, 2011

To break, to interrupt, to cancel, to stand in violence’s way

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The headline said, “6 Dead, 28 wounded in holiday weekend violence.” Did you see that? What did you think? Or did you pass it by? Did you? “We need to say something,” said a colleague who works in a part of Chicago where these are not events you just read about. I searched online to […]

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Written by on July 6, 2011

“Why I write for ethnic media,” Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

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Here’s an wonderful explanation of why we need the ethnic news media. It’s from Frances Kai-Hwa Wong of Ann Arbor, Mich. By Frances Kai-Hwa Wong As my children scurry around excitedly before our neighborhood’s annual Memorial Day Parade—decorating their bikes, finding bags for the candy the Girl Scouts will throw, thinking about doughnuts in the […]

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Written by on May 30, 2011

How will population change the politicial map? A May 25th training

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Chicago’s population losses have been significant, especially in the black community. Latinos’ population sprawl has continued to spriral, and so has the concentration in communities in Chicago and the suburbs. Asians have grown in numbers in Chicago as well. But will their gains net them the political count they want? Population-driven political change is coming  […]

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Written by on May 9, 2011

How the ethnic news media can survive, succeed,capture a loyal audience, raise hopes and do it all while enjoying it. Maybe

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Here are some strategies that I think have helped the ethnic news media succeed. You can’t rely on one and you need to find the mix that works for you. But you need to work at it . Know your audience. Know who you reach and who you don’t and decide how you are going […]

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Written by on April 28, 2011

The news desert we live in. Please come and visit.

The mainstream news media is shrunk and shrinking. Folks want to know what’s happening in their neighborhoods. But they get zip instead. Zip magnified. They get stories from the media with the largest clout and pocketbooks, if they read or hear them, that make them feel about their neighborhoods, or that tell them nothing good […]

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Written by on April 14, 2011

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