May 10th 2018

While a 2015 Chicago Tribune article pointed to low funds and waning interest leading to the demise of many high school newspapers, one group of Chicago Public School students are interested in reviving these outlets but on their own terms.

This week at the #PublicNewsroom CPS’ Student Voice and Activism Fellows (SVAF) will explore adultism in schools and also lead activities on re-imagining high school newspapers.

These fellows are young people who receive training, resources, and support to be heard in the decision-making processes that impact their lives. Their work is an extension of CPS’ Student Voice Committees. SVAF has dedicated their activism and leadership towards developing conferences and spaces for young leaders to convene and learn strategies to improve the impact of their actions in CPS schools. For this workshop participants will learn more about the students’ work and participate in some activities to gain insight of the experience of a high school student today.

From there attendees will discuss how to create a media outlet that represents the myriad of CPS student experiences and how to share that work beyond “youth-centered” spaces.

This event is ALL AGES, not just for youth. As always, the #PublicNewsroom prides itself on being an intergenerational learning space.

This event is part of City Bureau’s #PublicNewsroom programming, a series of free, weekly workshops and discussions aimed at building trust between journalists and the communities they serve while shaping a more inclusive newsroom.

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