Your NPR news source

2008 Making Media Connections Conference - "The New Mix: Citizen Journalism and Metro Media"

SHARE 2008 Making Media Connections Conference - "The New Mix: Citizen Journalism and Metro Media"
2008 Making Media Connections Conference - "The New Mix: Citizen Journalism and Metro Media"

Renee Ferguson from WMAQ Channel 5 describes growing up in segregation (Photo by Bob Black)

CMW/file

Making Media Connections is an annual conference where hundreds of community leaders, nonprofit executives, journalists, independent publishers and media relations experts gather to promote news that matters. Listen in as media experts and the general public gather together to discuss getting communities’ important stories told.

The first keynote of the day, was presented by Renee Ferguson, an award-winning investigative reporter who brings more than 30 years of reporting experience to NBC5 News. She has covered major stories locally, nationally and internationally with insight and expertise. Ferguson has received some of the nation’s most prestigious journalism awards, including: the duPont Award, given by Columbia University in New York; the Goldsmith Award, given by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; the Gracie Award, given by American Women in Radio and TV in New York; and, most recently, the Associated Press Award for Best Investigative Reporting. She has received seven Chicago Emmys, reporting awards from The National Association of Black Journalists and its local Chicago chapter, and the Studs Terkel Lifetime Achievement Award.

CMW-webstory.jpg

Recorded Thursday, June 12, 2008 at Columbia College Film Row Cinema.

The Latest
Liesl Olson started as director at The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum earlier this month. She joins WBEZ to talk about her future plans for this landmark of Chicago history. Host: Melba Lara; Reporter: Lauren Frost
Politics
The city faces criticism for issuing red light camera tickets at intersections where yellow lights fall slightly short of the city’s 3-second policy. And many traffic engineers say the lights should be even longer.
There was a time Chicago gave New York a run for its money. How did we end up the Second City?
Union Gen. Gordon Granger set up his headquarters in Galveston, Texas, and famously signed an order June 19, 1865, “All slaves are free.” President Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday last year.
As the U.S. celebrates the second federal holiday honoring Juneteenth, several myths persist about the origins and history about what happened when enslaved people were emancipated in Texas.