The Media’s story, but NOT the community’s truth

alt text By Chelsea Berry, Arts and Culture Reporter, The Real Chi

Chicago’s black and brown neighborhoods are depicted and looked at as dangerous. Lacking work programs, positive resources for the youth and community at large, many outsiders looking in only get a small glimpse of what is really happening. Real Chi Youth reporter Chelsea Berry interviewed Joe Black, a community filmmaker and Lee Edwards, a local reporter for Austin Weekly to gain insight on their understanding of the media’s role in creating these narratives. They discussed how to tackle reporting on the problems facing communities by engaging community members in order to tell more accurate stories.