Studs Terkel’s community-driven stories and natural ability to give a voice to us all, no matter what side of the tracks we lived on, made him one of Chicago’s most iconic journalists. An eclectic disk jockey he was, as any listener to his weekday morning program on WFMT could attest. A man of many hats, Studs’ diverse life included careers for the FBI, on the theatre stage and in TV, radio and of course, Pulitzer prize-winning author.His style and rich legacy inspired Community Media Workshop to offer an annual award. The Studs Terkel Community Media Award honors outstanding media makers who cover Chicago’s diverse communities. In an age when news coverage focuses more on celebrity gossip and less on info citizens need to make good decisions, this award is more timely than ever.
One past winner whom I never got on this show, is like Studs, a renaissance woman of communications: Carol Marin.
Carol began her illustrious career in Knoxville, Tennessee as a morning talk show host. In the late seventies, she joined WMAQ’s news team. The high quality of her work has garnered her rave reviews and awards, including an Emmy, the Peabody, the Peter Lisagor and most recently the Union League Club’s Distinguished Writers Award. In 2002, she and producer Don Mosley formed Marin Corp Productions. An independent documentary company that has produced hour-long programs for CNN Presents and New York Times/Discovery. Carol is also a political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and an contributor to WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”.
On this edition of Community Media & You we talk with Beyondmedia, a nonprofit whose mission is to work with under-served and under-represented women, youth and communities to tell their stories. And to empower them as they organize for social justice through the creation and distribution of media arts. Read the rest of this entry »
The debate surrounding health care in the United States centers on several issues: expanding private insurance coverage versus the public option, eliminating pre-existing conditions as a reason to deny coverage, controlling costs. Over the summer, Americans became divided by party lines, as they grappled with their desired end result for health care reform. Read the rest of this entry »
Today on Community Media & You, we take another look at how youth violence is impacting teens in Illinois. The recent events at Fenger High School exposed the nation to an arduous world Chicago African-American teen males must navigate. However, how does being a witness to this violence affect young women as they progress to adulthood? How is their education and development being impacted? What solutions are they seeking to reduce the level of violence in their communities? Read the rest of this entry »
Chicago is nationally renowned for its vibrant neighborhood development sector, energetic community organizations and a city administration that is transforming public housing and promoting green development policies. But signs of the recession are abound: home foreclosures are up 48% from a year ago; over 40% of homeowners and 50% of renters pay more than 30% of their income for shelter. Read the rest of this entry »
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