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Telling the Whole Story: Chicago Stories Provides Local Angle during NATO Summit

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Telling the Whole Story: Chicago Stories Provides Local Angle during NATO Summit

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More than 2,000 journalists arrived in Chicago May 20 and 21 to cover the 2012 North Ariantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit. As foreign leaders from around the world met and protestors gathered on city streets, journalists had no shortage of topics to cover. One local media partnership helped broaden the discussion by briefing foreign journalists on the local issues integral to the city of Chicago.

Chicago Stories (chicagostories.org) was created by Thom Clark, president of Chicago's Community Media Workshop. The website offered briefing papers and source lists to visiting journalists who were interested in connecting with local stories during the NATO summit. Topics ranged from Chicago politics to the city's musical and theater community. After securing funding and partnering with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago Stories went live in mid-March. Jonathan Eyler-Werve was brought on as project director.

Eyler-Werve said he hired about 20 writers, many of whom were veteran journalists or former Chicago Tribune reporters. …

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