|English | Español||July 21, 2017 | Issue #67|
Truthful Media is One Antidote to Violence
There is an Urgent Need to Sustain Ethical Reporting
By Jacqueline Serrato
Certain areas in the city have been trained to interact with the media only in the face of tragedy. Neat and polished reporters appear quickly to cover the basics on the weekend’s homicides and to explore the people’s suffering before the camera, only for the stories to be primarily seen in the wealthy parts of the city. “Gang-related” and “gang-affiliated” are loosely used in crime stories to brush off any accountability and the complex nature of urban violence.
Racially and economically split up by viaducts, train tracks, and other infrastructure, Chicago politics maintain this historical segregation in the way they allocate city resources. With unemployment at an all-time high and hundreds of public schools threatened to close, we have a large demographic of frustrated youth within defined boundaries that, when crossed irresponsibly, result in the alarming rates of gun deaths. As a result, local violence is perceived by others and even ourselves(!) as a problem inherent to us and unlikely to change.
Truthful media is, therefore, one antidote to violence. Informing the public of the way current systems affect our lifestyle, exposing the various dimensions of the human experience, and defining our future place in society is ideal journalism. I trust you understand the urgent need to sustain ethical reporting. Please support the School of Authentic Journalism and all media makers and truth seekers like myself for the informed betterment of our immediate surroundings and the world.
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