Reporting Across Boundaries

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October 4th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

As part of my Community Media Innovation Project class (we’ll be blogging our progress at Local Fourth) I got to attend the Block by Block conference, a gathering of members of the online local news ecosystem.  I heard from a lot of interesting people about their experiences interacting with their communities and trying to make […]


Embedded in a neighborhood

October 4th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

The Chicago Neighborhood News Bureau features a depth of coverage of many communities and issues that isn’t always accessible. Over the summer I spoke with Gordon Walek and Patrick Barry about the site. Our conversation quickly shifted from online news to the way reporting can be used in service to communities and organizations working with […]


Memo for the week of August 22: Coffee shop newsrooms and name games with mosques and SEO

August 30th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Me this week Last week, I talked with Rhonda Jones-Gillespie, news editor at the Chicago Defender and I feel like I need to follow up with her.  It wasn’t until after our conversation that I realized why there seemed to be a disconnect around some of my questions.  While the Defender does report about African-American […]


Reporting beyond the familiar

August 17th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | 1 Comment

In the first of a two-part report about Chicago Public Radio’s Pritzker Fellowship, President and Chief Executive Officer Torey Malatia describes the limitations of niche broadcasting, the journalism challenges that motivated the fellowships and his hopes for how the fellows will change WBEZ’s newsroom. In the second part, I plan to explore the perspectives of […]


Memo for weeks of August 1 and August 8

August 9th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | 1 Comment

The last two weeks haven’t been very productive for my independent study as I’ve had stories or projects due for other classes.  Though I was too late to shadow youth reporters covering teen depression as part of a Community TV Network summer program, I was able to watch the youth film their introduction sequences, get […]


Whose line is it?

August 6th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | 5 Comments

Over the last few weeks I’ve spoken to a number of reporters about reporting outside of their neighborhoods or experience.  One common theme that I’ve heard is the importance of using people’s own language to describe places and institutions in their communities.  Patrick Barry, a senior scribe working with LISC/Chicago, said journalists documenting community development […]


When “humanizing” leads to judgement

July 24th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | 1 Comment

Data can give important insight into what’s happening in the world, but charts and numbers alone aren’t always resonant.  One way that reporters ground the numbers in a story is by finding people whose experience matches the trend.  This was the case with “A Daily Fight To Find Food: One Family’s Story,” a report that […]


Memo for the week of July 18

July 24th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This has been a busy and productive week for my independent study. On Tuesday, I interviewed Gordan Walek and Patrick Barry, who are involved with the Chicago Neighborhood News Bureau, a project of  Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)/Chicago’s New Communities Program.  The program promotes development in 14 low-to-moderate-income communities in Chicago andnews bureau website aggregates […]


Putting neighborhood change on the radar of the Pitchfork set

July 17th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

On face, “Who is Logan Square?”, which appears in this weeks Chicago Reader is a nice piece of arts reporting.  Rather than just informing readers about and promoting  the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, it describes conflict between event organizers over how the event represents Logan Square’s diversity.  But, it’s the context of the article within […]


Ignoring the hyperlocalness of an issue

July 14th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | 1 Comment

Full disclosure: I love libraries and they been a big part of my life through childhood. So, it’s hard for me not to find fault in Fox News Chicago’s story “Are Libraries Necessary, or a Waste of Tax Money?” simply on the grounds that it questions the relevance of libraries. Both the state and many […]