Three organizations doing work in Austin – A Long Walk Home, Chicago Freedom School, and Communities United-Voices of Youth in Chicago (VOYCE) – will participate in the June 1 event at Columbia College Chicago. The organizations, which are supported by the Bright Promises Foundation, will compete for a $10,000 grant.
The June 28 meeting at Columbia College Chicago, sponsored by the Community Media Workshop, brought together journalists with youth and members from organizations to promote awareness and discuss ways to improve reporting the issues.
Columbia College Chicago has received a $45,000 grant from The Chicago Community Trust to develop a Web site for and by the residents of the West Side Chicago neighborhood of Austin. With the help of the Austin community and in collaboration with The Chicago Tribune, assistant professor Suzanne McBride plans to launch the Web site in spring 2010. The site – AustinTalks.org – will serve as a clearinghouse of news and information, featuring stories, photos, video and audio about the people, places, events and issues important to Austin. “We’re honored to have been given the opportunity to partner with the residents, business owners, civic leaders, educators and people of faith in Austin,” said McBride, associate chair of the Journalism Department and co-publisher of the 2 1/2-year-old local news Web site ChicagoTalks.org she started with Associate Professor Dr. Barbara K. Iverson. “We see a direct link between civic journalism like this and democracy, and we’re looking forward to working with the citizens of Austin as we’ve done in other neighborhoods with ChicagoTalks,” Iverson said.