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Written by on September 21, 2011

How is crime different today?

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At a showing the other night of the Interrupters, the documentary about CeaseFire and its work to stop  killings in Chicago, the audience broke into loud applause when Cobe Williams came up to talk. He is an Interrupter, and apparently a person of unusual humanity who faces the heart-breaking mayhem on some Chicago streets with […]

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Written by on August 26, 2011

How We Report on Youth Violence, a guide ¿Cómo nos informe sobre la violencia juvenil

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What happens when we blow off a killing with a few graphs in the paper? Does that cheapen life here? And what does it say about the news media’s commitment to telling us about our lives and what’s happening? An excellent series running now on WBEZ raises these question. Questions we journalists have been living […]

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Written by on August 2, 2011

Desconstructing violence, reporter Natalie Moore explains

WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore on covering violence from Stephen Franklin on Vimeo. 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 […]

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Written by on July 26, 2011

Another list of the dead and injured and what do we say?

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Five men dead in weekend violence, the paper said. 17 others injured. One was a 12 year 0ld girl shot in leg while standing outside her house on the West Side. Another weekend. One of the men , Anthony Fearn, 18, was walking across the street early Saturday. Someone shouted a gang slogan. Someone pulled […]

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Written by on July 13, 2011

What else can you say about youth violence? Here’s a workshop for you

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Nine-year-old Ivan Burns Jr. goes out with his dad to walk their dog. It is early morning. Warm night. Bullets fly. They hit the youngster seemingly protected in his fenced-in backyard. He is admitted in critical condition at the hospital. Gun violence in not rare on the streets where the nine-year-old lives, according to a […]

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Written by on July 7, 2011

A Poem Written About a Meeting about Transcending Violence

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We met this week one day in Bronzeville and talked about youth violence, about standing up to it, about not being branded and stereotyped by it, about surviving the wounds and being a hero, a good neighbor, a conscience and about the many good souls who never get enough praise or enough handshakes. It was […]

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Written by on June 30, 2011

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