How Medill students and local ethnic papers came together to find a common immigrant experience
By Michael Miner
In these trying times for mainstream media, which Chicago journalists have the most to say to one another but are least likely to say it? My nominees would be the publishers of the region's ethnic press. Most run shoestring operations, serving readers of modest means who share a common experience as strangers in a strange land yet are divided by such profound partitions as religion, history, neighborhood, and language.
If you'd told me a few days ago that six ethnic papers would run long stories this week on the upcoming federal census, I'd have assumed it was an interesting coincidence—one reflecting the apprehension felt by all newcomers when government comes around asking questions.
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