How can personal storytelling and journalism come together to challenge dominant narratives, and how they can be used as a tool for building community?
To explore this questions, City Bureau and 2nd Story are bringing together a panel with WBEZ’s South Side Reporter Natalie Moore, Free Street Theater’s Artistic Director, Coya Paz, and 2nd Story company member Eric May. Moore is the author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation as well as monthly columns for the Sun-Times, where she draws from her personal and family history to ground current issues. In 2017, Paz collaborated with ProPublica Illinois to lead a series of workshops across the state that utilized theater practices to engage residents on ProPublica’s reporting. A former journalist with the Washington Post, May has taught fiction writing at Columbia College since 1993 and published his debut novel, Bedrock Faith, in 2014. After the conversation, attendees will have a chance to participate in an activity that will connect personal history with broader news.