May 15th 2019

PLEASE NOTE: We will have a limited number of first-come, first-serve spots the day of for this training.

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 City Bureau’s Documenters program and get trained and paid to hold your local government accountable!

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 Documenter assignments.

CAPACITY for this training is 25 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 device and log-in information. A limited number of drop-in spots will be available.

This training is designed for new Documenters as part of our new onboarding process, but enrolled Documenters at any level of involvement can use the training to brush up on old skills or get re-acquainted with the Documenters community.

PLEASE NOTE: *We’ll be on the 8th Floor of the library in rooms 14 and 15- Follow the signs or ask a librarian!*

Documenters are citizens and civic actors; creators and collaborators; representing a broad base of intergenerational, diverse communities. City Bureau recruits, trains and pays this group of highly engaged citizens to participate in the newsgathering process and contribute to a communal pool of knowledge.

Together we’re democratizing news & information at the local level. To learn more and sign up to be a Documenter, visit

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