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African-American Media Panel Discussion – FREE – November 8, 2011

12 Oct
Natalie Moore - WBEZ

Natalie Moore - WBEZ

How does the African-American news media cover its community? What more can African-American NGOs, activists and community groups need to get their story told?

Join us for a community dialogue between the African-American news media and community.

When: Tuesday, November 8 from 6pm to 8pm

Where: The Little Black Pearl
1060 East 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60653-3600
Click here to see map of the location

Learn how you, your nonprofit or community group can be a resource to these local media outlets and what kinds of stories they are looking for.

WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore and its South Side Bureau Chief will moderate the discussion between journalists and the community.

PANELISTS  include: Glenn Reedus-Chicago Crusader, Richard Muhammad-Final Call, Aminah Hanan-Blogging While Brown and Matt McGill – WVON

Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Click here to register for this FREE event today!

The Society of Professional Journalists and Chicago Headline Club are sponsoring this event.

For more information please contact Stephen Franklin at 312 369 7782

 

Post updated on November 8, 2011 to include the names of panelists

Marcie’s Discovery: My Purpose in Writing

7 Aug

Purpose

This has been a very enlightening weekend for me. Yesterday I attended a workshop given by the Ethnic News Media a division of the Community Media Workshop at Columbia College on covering youth violence. And I just left the Tavis Smiley & Cornel West’s Poverty Tour at St. Sabina. The common theme of both events was “Poverty.” There needs to be more conversation locally, nationally and internationally. Poverty is not restricted to the United States. Those stories need to be told, too. This global epidemic needs to have a faces, so we can see the impact.

Remember in a previous post I said that I need to find my purpose in writing? Well, hot dog! I think I found it. Actually, there are three of them – at least.

My Purpose Plan

As you know, there is a link between poverty and violence. And that’s one of the major factors in the huge level of youth violence in minority communities across the U.S., but no one is really discussing it. There are whispers, but no shouts! Like all other issues, no one really cares until it hits close to home. In that respect, I am going to start interviewing parents of young victims of violence. We only hear about these stories when they happen, but we never get follow up. I had thought about covering such stories years ago, but I thought it would be a depressing issue. After hearing a personal story of a young man who was shot and is paralyzed for life at the workshop, I realize that this topic is a necessary issue.

The second thing I will do is find those people who used to be employed; who used to own a home; who used to be “middle class,” and get their stories. I’m sure I will hit jackpot within a 4 block radius.

Third, I am going to coach people to completed books. I have so many people sharing that they want to write their books. All I have to do now is develop relationships with divine connections that will them complete the process from editing to publishing.

And last, I will teach people how to write. I haven’t selected a group yet; I don’t know what I’m going to teach them to write.  All I know is that there is a need, and I’m more than qualified to meet it.

I feel a bit better about that part of life. Now, I need to do what I have to do.