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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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2014 cont'd...

Chicago Tribune's New Plan for Chicago

A running critique of the failure of the Chicago Tribune's bold and initially promising attempt to use reader input to create a holistic, Daniel Burnham-inspired New Plan of Chicago to enable the city to shape its future as thinking information-age city. A sad story.

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2008 - 2017 cont'd...

Hypotehtical-fully integrated

Four-level civic media framework: CITY, STATE, REGIONAL, NATIONAL.

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1997 - 2000

The "Shutdown Project" was a partnership of Austin residents, THE AUSTIN VOICE, 15th District police, WVON radio and CCM that worked to identify and permanently close dozens of public drug dealing areas in Austin. Its success led to the creation of “Shutdown Projects” in neighboring 11th and 25th districts.

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1997 

Keepin it Real

Marshall High School Newspaper. 6000 copies of this 16-page, student-produced newspaper were distributed  at school and throughout the Marshall service area. Marshall Principal Don Pittman said the paper was probably responsible for 200 new freshman enrolling at Marshall the following school year.

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1992

Chicago Newspaper Education Page  Proposal for a daily or weekly Education Page, similar to a busines page or sports page, presented to Chicago daily newspapers by the Key Administrators Group of Superintendents of Chicago's public and parochial school systems. 

2014

PowerPoint proposal to Chicago Newspapers for informational coverage of Chicago Violence. Developed from a suggestion from Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck

FULL STORY

America's Choice, Part 1:

The grandaddy of our use of network TV to depolarize political discourse at the national level via civic-purposed reality TV 

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1997 - 2000 cont'd

2000: Chicago Shutdown Project Media Update Jan '00 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.

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1995 

Local School Council (LSC) Student Representative Student Communications Bill (SCB) Created by four LSC high school student reps. Informed by interviews with 50 other LSC student reps.  

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1992

Chicago Newspaper Education Page  Proposal for a daily or weekly Education Page, similar to a busines page or sports page, presented to Chicago daily newspapers by the Key Administrators Group of Superintendents of Chicago's public and parochial school systems. 

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1997 

Marshall High School Newspaper. 6000 copies of this 16-page, student-produced newspaper were distributed  at school and throughout the Marshall service area. Marshall Principal Don Pittman said the paper was probably responsible for 200 new freshman enrolling at Marshall the following school year.

1992

Coverage of Mayor Richard M. Daley's speech to 50 YMCA Youth Aldermen, one from each of Chicago's 50 wards: "Chicago has lost two generations of young people to gangs and drugs." And his challenge to them: "Adults have failed solve gangs and drugs. I challenge you to formulate a drug policy of your own."

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