City Bureau recruits and provides competitive stipends to journalists at all skill levels to mentor one another in a collaborative learning process, with community input every step of the way. We investigate issues with wide-ranging impact on people living in the South and West Sides of Chicago: including education, housing, environmentalism, economic and urban development, criminal justice and politics.
• On-the-job training, from generating story ideas to writing and editing
• Understanding of the 21st century media landscape
• Published clips in mainstream outlets
• Opportunities to pursue alternative storytelling skills
City Bureau works with editors at local and national news outlets to co-publish content online and in print. Working with mainstream media outlets helps amplify the hard work of City Bureau journalists and provides opportunities for new voices to impact the broader narrative on a variety of vital issues. See our “Articles” section for a full list of stories published in partnership with local and national outlets, including:
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In addition to reporting and sharing skills with emerging media-makers, City Bureau hosts public gatherings to share and workshop ongoing investigations. If you or your organization wants to host a City Bureau event, please get in touch.