Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-08-27
Download Issue
  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Broadway in Chicago puts on free summer show Broadway in Chicago

puts on free summer show
The hill was alive with the sound of music in the Jay ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times

Medill student journalism website covers LGBT election issues
From a news release
2012-10-23

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


EVANSTON, Ill. —- Northwestern University students have been busy in the run up to next month's election reporting on stories across the country related to issues affecting members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT).

The stories are part of the Medill Equal Media Project (MEMP), a new reporting initiative focused on LGBT issues, and now featured on the project's recently launched website.

Working with faculty advisers from the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, the students have been looking at a wide array of issues — from the impact of health care policy on LGBT individuals to the effects of state-specific gay marriage bans — through the lens of politics, public policy and the 2012 elections.

Made possible by a generous gift from Medill alumnus David Freedman, the initiative's primary purpose is to cover LGBT issues underreported or misrepresented in the mainstream media.

Freedman, a partner at the Chicago-based, international law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP who has worked on LGBT and gender-based civil rights cases, saw a greater need to educate the public.

"There are the courts of law and the courts of public opinion," Freedman said. "The rights of LGBT people need to be advanced not only by bringing lawsuits, doing the legal work and legislative work, but also by getting buy-in from the general population.

"That requires the press to write about and sensitize these issues," he said. "What better way to influence the court of public opinion than to harness all of the energy and bright thinking of the Medill students?"

After receiving Freedman's gift, members of Northwestern's chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) and their faculty advisor, associate professor Douglas Foster, met to discuss how best to use Freedman's funds and created the concept for the MEMP.

Foster and fellow MEMP faculty advisor Karen Springen, an adjunct lecturer at Medill, have been guiding the student journalists' work

"We decided to launch a project similar to Refugee Lives and other student journalism projects, but with an emphasis on LGBT issues as they related to the election in November,"

explained Medill senior Camille Beredjick, NLGJA co-president and project editor-in-chief.

Beredjick and Medill junior Gabe Bergado agree that mainstream media exposure of the LGBT community has improved greatly in recent years, especially with coverage of marriage equality efforts. But they both think MEMP has the ability to paint a more comprehensive picture.

Bergado, who is pursuing a gender studies minor, worked on a piece on how having out LGBT children affects parents' political ideologies. He relished the MEMP reporting opportunities that otherwise would not have been available to him.

"Using the money that the grant gave me, I was actually able to take out rental cars and go out on the weekends to these PFLAG [Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays]meetings where I met a lot of different kinds of people and families, and that's how I found some of my sources," he said.

Beredjick stressed that while the election season has been dominated by arguments over the economy and health care — important issues, she agrees — its outcome will have a huge effect on LGBT people.

"Non-discrimination measures, hate-crime protections, safe schools, anti-bullying laws are issues that also are at stake on national, state and local levels, issues about which the media sometimes forgets," Beredjick said. "Through MEMP, we are covering real stories of LGBT people in accurate and engaging ways that make people think about the impact of their vote this November."

The Medill Equal Media Project is committed to representing LGBT concerns beyond the 2012 election cycle.

"We believe that LGBT issues are important all the time," Beredjick said. "And in the future we'll have to collaborate about how to publish stories that are relevant and complement one another regardless of what's going on in politics."

www.equalmediaproject.com .


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily
agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here.
Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you
stay on this page, the more you help us.

Study: 19% of L.A. County foster youth identify as LGBTQ 2014-08-27
Indiana, Wisconsin couples rally before marriage hearing 2014-08-27
Toon commemorates Sotomayor birthday 2014-08-27
GLSEN initiative; Cincinnati's trans* policy 2014-08-26
Luxembourg PM to wed; Miss Spain comes out; Berlin mayor quits 2014-08-26
Frederick Collins on running for mayor 2014-08-26
GLSEN launches 25 Days for Safer Schools 2014-08-26
Protesters gather outside Cappleman election kickoff 2014-08-24
Pedro Zamora's honor; N.J. trans student's troubles 2014-08-20
Dozens of LGBT groups sign Brown letter 2014-08-20
Campus Pride's LGBT-friendliest schools 2014-08-20
Report has what youth of color think about LGBT agenda 2014-08-20
Sept. 7 Victory Fund event to feature Houston's mayor 2014-08-20
Possibilities 2014-08-20
Israel LGBTQ leaders discuss history, state of movement 2014-08-20
Pride Toronto ED resigning; Kenya's anti-gay bill 2014-08-20
Tunney posts survey about Pride Parade location change 2014-08-18
Campus Pride lists 50 LGBT-friendly colleges, universities 2014-08-15
Investigation exposes housing discrimination in suburbs 2014-08-14
'Homestretch' youth homeless doc at Siskel 2014-08-13
Election surprises; Clementi foundation news; Manning 2014-08-13
Uganda Pride; Billie Jean King, Elton John hosting tourney 2014-08-12
Houston Mayor Parker at Sept. 7 Victory Fund Chicago event 2014-08-12
NC court says stepparents can maintain contact with children 2014-08-06
Eychaner Foundation launches '1,000 Kids for Iowa' 2014-08-05
Dennis Sneyers announces run for mayor of Chicago 2014-08-05
National: Frank slams Obama; first responders back marriage 2014-08-05
Black Youth Project Report: How youth view LGBT agenda 2014-08-05
The Barcus Bunch: Single gay dad on unconditional parenting 2014-08-05
LGBT orgs plan anti-Rauner push during Market Days 2014-08-05
ALMA 'extremely disappointed' in House anti-immigrant crusade 2014-08-03
Skateboarding's Tony Hawk joins Americans for Marriage Equality 2014-07-30
Housing activists rally to support SRO resolution 2014-07-30
Obama urged to reconsider pacts; a killing in Crimea 2014-07-30
Ryan White's mom's campaign; HIV removed from human cells 2014-07-30
MOMBIAN How the makers of D&D won my family's heart 2014-07-29
Sneyers prepares for '15 mayoral challenge 2014-07-27
LGB parents and their kids doing despite heterosexism 2014-07-23
Rob Ford says he's not anti-gay; Glee trouble in UK 2014-07-22
Bill T. Jones among Obama honorees 2014-07-22





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 



 

Attendees board 'Soul Train' at ALCC event
 
DINING Freshii's Alex Blair on expanding empire
 
Michael Jackson tribute Aug. 28-30 in Gary, Indiana
 
Before we go moving the Pride Parade...
 
Way-out Wizard World: costumes, characters, artists
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now



  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.