Dec 10, 2012
Fourteen New Local Reporting Awards Approved
for Community News Projects on South and West Sides
CHICAGO – The Chicago Community Trust’s Community News Matters program approved $70,000 in Local Reporting Awards for 14 community news projects focusing on issues affecting the south and west sides of Chicago. The community news projects will highlight various issues, from realities facing the LGBTQ community within the criminal system to the effects of domestic violence and mental health on residents in the Back of the Yards community.
“The Trust is pleased to support innovative approaches to share stories written by and about the south and west side of Chicago,” said Ngoan Le, Vice President of Program at The Chicago Community Trust. “We can all benefit learning more about issues important to these communities.”
Each project will receive $5,000 to support original reporting or data analysis. This is the second round of Local Reporting Awards, which are funded by The Chicago Community Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. Winners this year were chosen from among proposals requested from the 31 winners of 2011 awards.
“This highly evaluated project which draws on the expertise of community leaders and organizations brought to public attention a variety of new voices and impactful journalism from often under-reported neighborhoods,” said Workshop president Thom Clark.
Among the recipients of 2012 Local Reporting Awards are Health and Disability Advocates, which will document health care difficulties facing local military veterans; Latinos Progresando, which will document monologues by youth regarding Latino and American cultural perspectives; and the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, which will examine the impact of incarceration among West and South side Chicago residents. View the full list of awardees on the next page or at http://communitynewsproject.org
Here are the recipients of the 2012 Local Reporting Awards:
- Chicago Reporter, to investigate Chicago’s Section 8 housing program;
- Windy City Times, to investigate the realties facing the LGBTQ community in the criminal legal system;
- In These Times, to explore participatory budgeting on Chicago’s 5th ward;
- Health and Disability Advocates, to document health care difficulties facing local military veterans;
- Bill Healy, to enhance the content and distribution of projects by fellow award winners;
- Kari Lydersen, to explore community impact of Southside steel site redevelopment;
- The Gate, to explore domestic violence and mental health in the Back of the Yards community;
- Latinos Progresando, to document monologues by youth regarding Latino and American cultural perspectives;
- Austin Talks, to produce a video documentary about homicides of Chicago youth;
- Carlos Javier Ortiz, to produce a video documentary of youth violence at Stroger Hospital;
- Neighborhood Writing Alliance, to document the impact of incarceration among West and South side Chicago residents;
- Kalyn Belsha, to investigate leadership support for Latina women in Chicago;
- Amandillo Cuzan, to produce a video documentary on Bronzeville area schools;
- Westside Writing Alliance, to document the impact of school reform in the Humboldt/Garfield Park area.
The Local Reporting Initiative seeks to address the shifting media landscape including the continued growth of online news sites. It also focuses on the continued development of new channels to ensure that high-quality, civic-minded information reaches and engages theses communities.
The Local Reporting Awards are a direct response to the findings of a 2010 Community News Matters research report that discovered Chicago area residents do not feel they fully understand the region’s challenges. Residents of low-income south and west side neighborhoods were especially concerned that traditional news outlets do not cover relevant issues in their communities. The Trust’s Community News Matters program seeks to increase the flow of truthful, accurate and insightful local news and information and help the region’s cutting edge innovators develop new models for providing news and information.