Thursday, January 21, 2010

Six Stories About the Census

Read this whole article, please. It is fascinating how the students and the papers have researched, written and published these stories, touching on many of the immigrants to this country. - - Donna Poisl

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.
Click on the headline to read the rest of this story! This is only a small part of it.

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