Witnessing the Free Spirit Media Effect at FOCUS

More than 300 of our friends, supporters, alumni, and participants were part of The Free Spirit Media Effect at FOCUS. Thanks to your amazing support, Free Spirit Media raised over $120,000 in FOCUS 2019 proceeds! With Melissa DuPrey as emcee and the DJ stylings of DJ Rae Chardonnay, FOCUS 2019 was one of our most fun yet! Guests enjoyed time to dance, mingle, play games and bask in the sunshine and fresh air within the Ivy Room’s outdoor gem. The Free Spirit Media Effect was in motion.

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Founders' Circle brings together leaders and creators to engage in Crucial Conversations

On October 11, 2018, Free Spirit Media hosted its fifth annual Founders’ Circle-Crucial Conversations at The Arts Club of Chicago. Founders’ Circle featured an illustrious selection of panelists: University of Chicago Professor Cathy Cohen, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, Burrell Communications Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Lewis Williams, InPathways Alumna, Angellic Ross, and The Real Chi Reporter, Samuel González Kelly.

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FSM News South's crew members speak out at gun violence prevention press conference and roundtable with Senator Duckworth and Congressman Rush

RECAP: On August 7, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-IL-01), hosted a press conference and roundtable discussion on gun violence prevention at Gary Comer Youth Center, where our FSM News South programming is hosted. 

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FSM News West participates in cultural exchange with WorldChicago visitors

RECAP: For the past few years, WorldChicago,  a nonprofit organization "dedicated to promoting citizen diplomacy through programs that connect the Chicago community with the world,"  has facilitated two visits to the FSM News West summer documentary program. This year, our teen participants welcomed around 10 visitors from Saudi Arabia on July 23rd and 11 British teens from the UK-US Youth Dialogue Programme on July 25th. 

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Chicago Community Trust visits Free Spirit Media for a roundtable discussion with North Lawndale community leaders

RECAP: Chicago Community Trust President and CEO, Helene Gale, and COO, Andrea Sanchez, joined us at The Nichols Tower in Homan Square to have a conversation with local leaders about the North Lawndale community.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Free Spirit Media Receives $650,000 grant from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to Strengthen Inclusive Journalism as part of the Jack Fuller Legacy Initiative

ANNOUNCEMENT: Free Spirit Media is so humbled and grateful to be a part of the MacArthur Foundation Jack Fuller Initiative. Jack Fuller, former Editor and Publisher of The Chicago Tribune and MacArthur Trustee, was a firm believer that good journalism and civic engagement are inextricably linked.

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