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Event Wed Dec 10 2014

Illinois Humanities Council Teams Up with Community Media Workshop to Ignite Dialogue on Gun Violence

The Illinois Humanities Council and Community Media Workshop will hold a screening today of MSNBC's "Ricochet: Life in a City Under Siege From Guns."

This event kicks off a three-month-long reporting project, "Reporting Back," which partners journalists with community residents to create multimedia stories on key community issues in Chicago.

The screening will be followed by a conversation about media coverage of Chicago communities affected by gun violence led by local figures including Jim Kirk, Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Sun-Times; Alison Scholly, COO of Chicago Public Media; Janey Rountree, Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Juliana Stratton, Cook County Justice for Children; and Susy Schultz, President and Executive Director of Community Media Workshop.

"This is an unprecedented opportunity to hear from top media decision makers and civic leaders about the coverage of violence in Chicago communities and to engage in meaningful discussion," said Michele Welsdon, Director of Programs at Illinois Humanities Council. "Instead of rhetoric around the issue, we will have a deep conversation about why and how this coverage portrays gun violence."

The screening will be held at 6pm on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at the Film Row Cinema at Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., and is free to the public, though a reservation is recommended. To RSVP, visit the Illinois Humanities Council's website.

 
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