Currently GGM Chicago's Bureau reports local stories from the girls' communities and about citywide events. We now seek to add an investigative journalism unit to focus on issues central to their lives and communities -digging deeper from an inside-out perspective into issues from disparate rates of incarceration for minority youth to gun & drug distribution in their neighborhoods. We empower our young girls with the investigative journalism skills to break stories unique to their experiences.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
As so many news outlets have turned away from serious investigative work due to budget and staff cuts, GGM Chicago sees this investigative unit as critical, especially in communities that are "redlined" by the news, and therefore not only under-reported but stereotyped or sensationalized.
How will this project solve this problem?
Our program now has access to the human capital (professional journalists who serve as volunteers) to launch an investigative journalism unit and help develop our existing group of girls' reporting skills. Because of the rapidly changing and redefining of the journalism digital landscape, the need to teach and reinforce how a investigative story is built (research, develop hypothesis, test hypothesis) are even more necessary and timely.
Potential Long Term Impact
We are the only organization in Chicago and the country that has the youth network, mentors and outlets to provide a 'grassroots' perspective on significant issues, distributing nationally & worldwide. GGM not only strives to support the basic technology and media literacy of our students but also seeks to strengthen young women's ability to find, use and report information themselves. We believe that the new investigative unit of our News Bureau will be able to fulfill these expectations.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.