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Prostitution, undocumented youth, living with a disability: Reporting the issues that matter

The Local Reporting Initiative was launched in the Spring of 2011 to report stories about Chicago’s South and West Sides that aren’t often told. With support from The Chicago Community Trust, the Community Media Workshop has been overseeing the project, and we’ve been blown away by some of the stories produced under the Initiative. These are stories about real people, stories that deserve to be heard.

Take Nina, the first woman to go through a new program to help women facing prostitution charges in Cook County.

Or Aurora, an undocumented youth who works two jobs and desperately wants to go back to school.

There’s Justin, the teenage kid of a hardworking single mom who tries to find his way in Auburn Gresham.

And Linda, a woman with polio who is a Domestic Violence Coordinator and was once a victim of domestic violence herself.

These are real people living in our city, and these are just a few of the amazing stories told through the Local Reporting Initiative.

Why aren’t their stories told more often? Why don’t we see these issues covered on TV or in the daily newspapers? Tell us what you think.

If you’d like to read more, check out the Local Reporting blog.

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