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Reporting Back: Perspectives on Violence in Chicago Communities

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Stephen Franklin and Craig Duff introducing their film at Columbia College Chicago’s Film Row.

On December 10th, the Workshop hosted an event to view and discuss the MSNBC documentary, “Ricochet: Life in a city under siege from guns [2],” filmed this past summer in Chicago. Stephen Franklin [3], the Workshop’s director of community and ethnic media, and Craig Duff [4], Medill School of Journalism professor, produced the six-part series.

Following the screening, we assembled a panel of experts to discuss solutions to gun violence in Chicago. The panel was moderated by Susy Schultz, president of the Community Media Workshop. Panelists included Jim Kirk, editor-in-chief and publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times; Alison Scholly, chief operating officer for Chicago Public Media/WBEZ; Janey Rountree, deputy chief of staff for public safety for the Chicago Mayor’s Office; Juliana Stratton, interim executive director for Cook County Justice for Children; and Patricia Walsh, deputy chief of patrol in Area South for the Chicago Police Department.

To re-visit some of the conversations from Reporting Back, check out our Storify [5] of the event’s top Tweets and photos.

The evening kicks off a three-month reporting project partnering journalists with community residents to produce multimedia stories on key community issues in Chicago. Thank you to Illinois Humanities Council for co-sponsoring this event and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation for making this event possible.