Apr
20
1:00 PM13:00

Collecting Oral Histories

Learn the best practices in oral history gathering, including how to conduct oral history interviews around sensitive topics.

Presenter

Miles Harvey is the editor of How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence, a collection of oral histories that is now in its sixth printing with more than 40,000 copies in distribution. He wrote a play, also called How Long Will I Cry?, which premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre in 2013. Harvey’s previous work includes The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime (Random House), a national and international bestseller that USA Today named one of the ten best books of 2000, and Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of the First European Artist in North America (Random House), which received a 2008 Editors’ Choice honor from Booklist, and a best-books citation from The Chicago Tribune. The recipient of a 2007-2008 Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan, he currently teaches creative writing at DePaul University, where he is a founding editor of Big Shoulders Books.

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Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

Comics Journalism

Comics have been steadily making their way from featuring spandex-wearing super heroes and fantasy worlds towards more literary pursuits of fiction, memoir and even journalism. In our increasingly visual culture, non-fiction comics and graphic reporting have become a more prevalent tool for news outlets trying to engage different types of readers, so it's important to understand how to effectively use the language of comics for this pursuit. In this workshop, you'll learn the basics of structuring factual information into a narrative, maintaining a journalistic eye in a medium that deals with emotion, and how to most effectively combine images and words to deliver an impactful message. Comics can add a whole new dimension to how your stories are told, so join us to find out how!

Presenter:

Mike Centeno is a Chicago-based cartoonist originally from Caracas, Venezuela. His comic strip "P.L Dermes" is a regular feature in the Chicago Reader, and he has also contributed graphic reportage to political/journalism comics outlet "The Nib" covering Venezuelan current affairs. His work has been featured as the image for the Chicago Zine Fest 2017, in the Latinx media outlet BeSe, and of course in the South Side Weekly.

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May
11
1:00 PM13:00

Ethics of Journalism

  • Lozano Branch, Chicago Public Library (map)
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Journalists have a lot of power, and when reporting, it’s crucial to do your best to avoid harm to the communities you’re covering and to ensure that your reporting is fair. Learn about journalism ethics and come prepared to discuss some tough ethical scenarios.

Presenter

Darryl Holliday is a journalist and media entrepreneur based in Chicago. He’s the co-founder and News Lab Director at City Bureau, a civic journalism lab based on Chicago's South Side. In 2011, Darryl co-founded Illustrated Press, a media production collective covering urban issues with comics, sequential art and traditional reporting. He's been cultivating and supporting innovative approaches to media coverage, newsroom diversity and civic engagement ever since—formerly as a beat reporter for DNAinfo Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times. 

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Apr
13
12:00 PM12:00

Feature Writing

Learn how to construct a feature story that will get readers invested in your topic and how to do reporting that leads to compelling writing.

Presenter

Ben Austen is the author of High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing (HarperCollins, 2018). His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, GQ, The Atlantic, Wired, New York, Elle, The Best American Travel Writing, among other publications. A former editor at Harper's Magazine, Ben is a story consultant on The City podcast and a board member of The South Side Weekly. He is a native South Sider.

Mari Cohen is workshop manager and a longtime editor at the South Side Weekly, associate editor at Belt Magazine, and a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in South Side Weekly, Injustice Watch, Chicago Reader, the Chicago Sun-Times, The Outline, and Belt Magazine. She has enjoyed making PowerPoints about journalism for her peers since high school.

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Mar
30
1:00 PM13:00

Reporting Basics

How to you get the information you need for a good story? Learn from an experienced reporter about seeking out sources, conducting effective interviews, and doing research.

Presenter

Adeshina Emmanuel is a Chicago journalist whose work focuses on race, class, and inequity. He’s currently a reporter for Chalkbeat Chicago, where he helps tell the complex story of education in Chicago. Before joining Chalkbeat in May, Adeshina spent two years freelancing for local and national news outlets, including Chicago magazine, In These Times, Ebony, the Chicago Reader, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the New York Times. He also led in-depth reporting projects through City Bureau, a Chicago civic journalism lab. Adeshina has previously held staff positions at the Chicago Reporter, Dnainfo Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times, and interned at the New York Times in 2012.

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Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

Writing for Radio

How do the folks at WBEZ, Serial, or [insert your favorite radio program/podcast here] craft their stories? There's a lot that goes into making an audio story, and while the tape you collect in interviews and in the field is important, the voice-over narration you write is the glue that holds it all together. In this workshop, learn the basics of audio story structure and how to write for the ear to hear. It's way more fun than writing for print! Come and find out why!

Presenters

Erisa Apantaku is the executive producer of South Side Weekly Radio. She's produced numerous stories for the Weekly, including an hour-long documentary about the history of Robeson High School that you can listen to at robeson.southsideweekly.com.

Jenny Casas (@jnnsmn) is a Chicago-based audio reporter and producer. She's investigated environmental crimes and local government corruption for USA Today’s podcast The City. She's reported on class and power for St. Louis Public Radio and covered restorative justice on the West Side and criminal law in Cook County for City Bureau. 

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Mar
9
1:00 PM13:00

Fundamentals of Fact-checking

What is fact-checking and how do you do it? Come learn about how and why news organizations do fact-checking, how to identify the facts in a story, and what makes a good source. The workshop will be interactive—you will be guided through doing the first part of the fact-checking process. Feel free to bring a story or excerpt from a book or podcast to see how it would be fact-checked. Learning about fact-checking will also improve your reporting process and help you write well-sourced stories.

Presenter

Adam Przybyl is the Weekly’s editor-in-chief. He’s been freelance fact-checking for two years for publications like VICE Magazine and the Atavist. During that time, he’s made tough calls to bank robbers, federal attorneys, police chiefs, imprisoned refugees, gun-toting anarchists and everyone in between in the search for truth. He lives in Bridgeport.

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Mar
2
1:00 PM13:00

Reporting on Public Meetings

How do you report on public meetings? Why would you want to? In this workshop, you’ll learn about what reporters and residents can learn at public meetings, what the rules around meeting access are, and tips for effectively reporting on one. You’ll have the opportunity to practice finding and preparing to cover a public meeting, so bring a laptop if you can. Public meetings are great for learning the ins and outs of local government and gaining knowledge that spurs deeper stories; feel free to bring an idea of a public body you’d like to know more about.

Presenter

Olivia Stovicek is a senior editor at the Weekly and a contributing editor at The Trouble. She’s covered public meetings for local outlets including City Bureau’s Documenters program, from City Council committees on zoning to the City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees. Her public meeting live-tweets have been called “🔥,” but she still hasn’t figured out the best way to have lunch during a seven-hour committee meeting. She recently completed a reporting fellowship at Injustice Watch focused on investigating the criminal legal system and judges.

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Feb
16
1:00 PM13:00

FOIA 101

Learn how requesting documents under the Freedom of Information Act can help you with your reporting. You'll learn how to make a request, what to do if your request gets denied, and other FOIA tips and tricks. If you can, bring a laptop to have the opportunity to make a practice FOIA during the workshop.

Presenters

Emeline Posner is a co-managing editor of the South Side Weekly and a freelance copyeditor and writer. Prior to this, she was the Weekly's Food & Land editor, editing stories about urban agriculture, environmental justice, zoning, and land use. Her favorite agencies to FOIA are the IEPA and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.

Sam Stecklow is a co-managing editor of the Weekly and a journalist with the Invisible Institute. He has previously been published by or worked for a lot of websites that don't exist anymore, like Gawker, The Awl, Select All, Ratter, Fusion, and DNAinfo. He's also been published by some outlets that still exist, like Chicago magazine and the Chicago Reader, and some that are in between, like Chicagoist. In 2016, he won a Sidney Award from the Sidney Hillman Foundation for his reporting on the Fraternal Order of Police.

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