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 Chicago  Civic Media Projects 

THIS PAGE links to highlights of our multimedia work over the years,
mostly in Chicago.
(full archive is
here.)
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CHICAGO FIXIT REALITY TV, AKA ChicagoWRKS (see below). Click graphic to expand. This civic-purposed TV game show is the hub of a large, self-assembling media network created by market demand for civic-purposed content/programming. It similar to the self-assembling networks created by market demand for Chicago's beloved pro sports teams. 
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2021-2022

2020

  • ChicagoWRKS, aka Chicago FIXIT. Website promoting a weekly, 30/60 minute, civic-purposed reality TV show to “mobilize the entire city” to address Chicago's violence (per Mayor Lightfoot's 2019 campaign pledge).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019

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2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 - 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008 - 2017

  • Chicago Civic Media Blog  Useful stuff here!

    • Looks at how two managerial legends of Chicago sports pioneered the media coverage of Chicago sports that today is the #1 source of pride that Chicagoans take in Chicago. And, the #1 profit center for many media.

  • Scroll down for this post which outlines a hypothetical a fully integrated, four-level civic media framework: CITY, STATE, REGIONAL, NATIONAL.

  • MINDISM We coined this term to describe a pervasive prejudice in American politics: the destructive belief, widely spread among the nation's so-called managerial class, that most Americans are incapable for one reason or another - overwork, indifference or incapability - of making useful contributions to resolving the issues that affect their lives and communities. 

 

2006 - 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1996-2004

  • 2009 Best version of the Chicago Civic Media website the Wayback Machine can find. Launched in 1996, it was the Internet arm of the Shutdown Project. See below. Click on the image below to view the 2012 version: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1997-2000

  • West Side Drug Area Shutdown Project The "Shutdown Project" used media-generated citizen input and 15th District police actions to identify and permanently close dozens of public drug dealing areas in Austin. It was a partnership of Austin residents, THE AUSTIN VOICE newspaper, 15th District (Austin) police, WVON radio and CCM. Its success in the 15th district the creation Shutdown Projects in the neighboring 11th and 25th districts.

    • 2000: Chicago Shutdown Project Media Update Jan 2000 documents extent of citizen, media, police and community involvement in this project.

    • 1997: Nine-beat grid shows 71 public drug hotspots in Austin identified by residents and 15th District police.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1997

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1995

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1992

 

1989

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8th District State Rep LaShawn K. Ford with Austin youth at a 2014

community event hosted by CCM partner THE VOICE NEWSAPERS

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our full archive of CCM Projects
and writings 
since 1989 is 
here