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Demanding Quality: How News Literacy Can Empower Consumers and Inspire Citizen Journalism

Join Peter Adams (the News Literacy Project), Natalie Moore (WBEZ), and Rhonda Gillespie (freelance journalist, formerly of the Chicago Defender) to learn more about how to shape and affect local media coverage at this event. Explore the role of savvy media consumers in today's world, the historic and contemporary roles of community, ethnic, and mainstream news organizations, and bias, credibility, and digital citizenship. The presenters will each give a short presentation and then conduct an open discussion with workshop attendees about what news is, what gets covered and why, and how consumers can develop the skepticism and skills necessary to know what to believe in the news and information landscape. Participants will explore the role of citizen journalists in the digital age and will discuss effective strategies for writing letters and emails to the editor.

An RSVP is required to attend this event. To confirm your attendance, please call 773-684-2742 or email

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