"This American Life" Vs. CNN

"This American Life" Vs. CNN

News that This American Life has been awarded the Jack R. Howard Award for In-Depth Radio Coverage for "Harper High School" by the Scripps media awards this year makes me wonder how the radio story compares in your mind to CNN's depiction of Fenger in "Chicagoland."

It's no comparison in some ways -- public radio vs. cable TV, in depth with the kids vs. following the principal around.  I won't soon forget the Harper kids walking in the middle of the streets for safety, or learning how gang bangers let boys alone until their legs started getting muscled.

But the CNN depiction of Fenger does address some key policy issues like the loss of SIG funding, which TAL de-emphasizes.  And the CNN story connects the school to the larger political landscape rather than depicting a school in isolation.

What do you think?

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