Posts in category "Media Watch"

A "Hunger Games" For 8th Graders

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Not sure what to do with Spring Break?  Here's the first of a new digital reality series from WTTW called Central Standard, in which we are introduced to a diverse group of high-achieving 8th graders from around the city who are trying to get into some of Chicago's best (and most over-popular) high schools.  ...

If They Can Fake Crime Stats....

If They Can Fake Crime Stats....
Chicago Magazine’s latest story about the precipitous drop in homicide stats during 2013 is alarming for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the realization that it’s pretty easy to juke crime statistics without generating much attention (and if it’s easy to reclassify murders as natural deaths then you can only imagine what’s... Read more »

WBEZ's Lutton Wins Fellowship

WBEZ's Lutton Wins Fellowship
Fresh off the Peabody award win that she and others enjoyed for "Harper High School," Chicago Public Radio's Linda Lutton (not pictured) has been named one of three Spencer Education Journalism Fellows for 2014-2015, which provides funding and professional support during a yearlong program Columbia University's journalism school...
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Gentrification ≠ Middle Class

Gentrification ≠ Middle Class
Some cities like DC and Chicago and NYC are way more appealing than they used to be and gentrifying like mad despite the Great Recession, but that doesn't mean the middle class is coming back...

Turnarounds, LSCs, Charters, Prizes!

Turnarounds, LSCs, Charters, Prizes!
Today's news: LSC elections continue.  Gresham principal pushes back against proposed turnaround. It's harder than ever to get into Whitney Young. Charters no better - but Rahm doesn't care. Lots of Chicago journalists got recognition from the national Education Writers Association. New federal funding for Austin high school. Elsewhere: Teachers in New York ousted their state union president and replaced him with a more aggressive leader. ...

Sun-Times Journo Wins Nat'l Award

Sun-Times Journo Wins Nat'l Award
Kudos to the Chicago Sun-Times’ editorial page writer, Kate Grossman, on being named First Prize for opinion journalists by the national Education Writers Association (and to any other Chicago outlets that won). You guys already know what a big fan I am of Grossman’s work.  I’ve written about it several times.  She reports columns on her... Read more »
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"Last Chance High" (Montefiore)

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It’s been  quieter year, violence-wise, than previous years, but there’s still lots of school left to go. And things can get pretty heated in classrooms and hallways that don’t necessarily show up in official crime statistics (or even CPS stats that are posted in each month’s Board report).  With that in mind, here’s the first... Read more »

"Harper High" Wins Peabody Award

"Harper High" Wins Peabody Award
This year’s Peabody Awards include This American Life’s Harper High School (featuring Chicago Public Radio’s Linda Lutton and Alex Kotlowitz, among others) and PBS’s 180 Days: A Year Inside a [DC] High School. Congrats to all for the much-deserved recognition. However, the celebration is necessarily bittersweet, given the difficult lives that are being chronicled in both cases. (Or, as Lutton put... Read more »

Quitting Blogging To Do TFA

Quitting Blogging To Do TFA
It is with *extremely* mixed emotions that I’m announcing that, as of midnight tonight I’m shutting down this site, the related Facebook and Twitter pages, and also my Chicago blog and Tumblr. [Some auto-scheduled tweets from over the weekend may appear in your feed or on your Facebook page, but I officially sent my last... Read more »
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Lessons From Beverly?

Lessons From Beverly?
There’s a WBEZ story online from Natalie Moore [@natalieymoore] about Beverly you might find interesting to read.  It’s part of the Curious City series, and asks how Beverly became and remains integrated while most other South Side neighborhoods experienced so much white flight — especially without an anchor university.  Or, is Beverly’s diversity an outdated myth of... Read more »