Nov 25th 2019

Our city officials make big decisions during public meetings every day—but the vast majority receive no media coverage and produce minimal records. Interested in learning how to keep tabs? Join us at the Chicago Bee Library on Monday, November 25, from 5:30-7:30 PM. From the main entrance, take the stairs or elevator to the 2nd floor and the meeting room will be down the hall on your right.

This two-hour workshop will introduce you to the Documenters community through an overview of Chicago’s civic landscape. Join us to participate in skill-based exercises designed to help you source verifiable information, fact-check your work and understand your rights through Open Meetings law. These are core skills that can be used on a range of paid assignments.

Our community-building workshop will conclude with a learning review activity to make sure you feel ready to document, and once you complete the activity you’ll be eligible to apply for paid assignments covering public government meetings, posted weekly on

CAPACITY for this training is 20 participants—create an account and register for this training at At the training, you’ll log in to your account to receive credit, so bring your log-in information and a laptop or smartphone if you have one (no worries if you don’t; we’ll have a couple extra laptops on hand). A limited number of drop-in spots will be available.

Documenters are citizens and civic actors; creators and collaborators; representing a broad base of intergenerational, diverse communities. We recruit, train and pay this group of highly engaged citizens to participate in the newsgathering process and contribute to a communal pool of knowledge.

City Bureau is a nonprofit civic media lab reimagining local news by prioritizing working with the South and West Sides.

Together we’re democratizing news & information at the local level. Learn more at

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