October 4th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This weekend is the Independent Media Mobile Hackathon in Chicago, an event sponsored by The Media Consortium and Hacks/Hackers.  A few of the Knight Scholars taking the  Community Media Innovation Project at Medill were brainstorming ideas for the hackathon.  We talked about collecting public feedback using mobile devices to do citizen’s agenda style reporting of […]

New address, same concerns

September 30th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I contributed a bit of reporting to this story written by Ian Fullerton.  It was originally published in Skyline on September 29, 2010.  I covered the closing of the original location of Pie Hole Pizza Joint for the Medill News Service in May 2010. New address, same concerns Pie Hole Pizza Joint gets chilly welcome […]

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 […]

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 […]

From “Working” by Studs Turkel

April 13th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This was on a scrap of paper on my wall for months.  It was part of an attempt at new songwriting processes.  I’m not sure whether it worked or not.  The passage still describes Chicago, even if the characters have changed a bit. “A commonly observed phenomenon: during the early evening hour, trains, crowded, predominantly […]


February 25th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | 1 Comment

I live in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.  When I tell people where I live, I’m often  asked “why Lakeview?” or given a glum, “oh.  That’s cool.”  My friends in Chicago don’t live in the neighborhood.  People think of it for the college town style bars in Wrigleyville, or going to The Alley when they […]

Graffiti Panic

April 21st, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This is a letter to the editor that I just submitted in response to an editorial in today’s H-T, Graffiti not art; it is vandalism: I was disappointed by today’s editorial condemning graffiti.  Rather than fostering a nuanced and frank dialog about complicated issues like the state of public and private spaces in Bloomington, the […]

Struggling Toward Diversity

March 13th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | 1 Comment

Next week is spring break for IU and public school students in Bloomington.  I have heard that many students’ spring break trips to Mexico have been cancelled because of parental fears related to reports of drug-trade related violence in Mexico.  Bz came over last night for dinner and brought some mole sauce she got on […]

Sundown Towns past and present

February 12th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m in the process of reading the book Sundown Towns and I just started the chapter about “triggers”, or events that Whites used to rationalize running all the Black residents out of town. I was just watching PBS’ Independent Lens when I saw this documentary about Tulia, Texas.  The story sounded all too familiar …

If you say it enough times …

November 13th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

From my pretty removed perspective, I know that there is homophobia in some Black communities.  This dynamic has been getting a lot of attention lately due to reports, which I wrote about earlier, that Black voters in California were instrumental in the state’s electorate passing Proposition 8.  While I believe that homophobia is a complicated […]