Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Episode #56. Lorraine Forte.

Monday Lorraine Forte starts a new gig as a member of the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board.

Lorraine’s history as a Chicago journalist goes back to the Daily Southtown, as a reporter for the Sun-Times, editorial writer for Catalyst – a publication about Chicago school reform  – and for the Chicago Reporter.

The Chicago Sun-Times has recently been purchased by former north side Democratic alderman Edwin Eisendrath and by the Chicago Federation of Labor.

The corporation also owns the Chicago Reader.

While some have predicted the death of print journalism, Lorraine is skeptical. And so am I.

News sources that combine on-line access along with print may be the model for success.

It doesn’t guarantee a range of points of view or a diversity of representation.

A recent report on NPR:

People of color make nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population, and women make up more than half. But you couldn’t guess that by looking at American journalists, according to a new report by the Women’s Media Center.

Women of color represent just 7.95 percent of U.S. print newsroom staff, 6.2 percent of local radio staff and 12.6 percent of local TV news staff, according to this year’s Status of Women in the U.S. Media study, the organization’s annual audit of diverse media voices.

“Women are just 32 percent of newsrooms, but the percentage of women of color is even more dire,” Cristal Williams Chancellor, director of communications at the Women’s Media Center, told NPR.

It was just one of the issues we talked to Lorraine Forte about.

And the hour flew by.

 

One thought on “Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Episode #56. Lorraine Forte.

  1. This is why I’m going to urge your readers to come next Saturday to the EdVK Town Hall forum on the far south side at Corliss High School in support of public education. My People’s Choice Coalition is a big supporter of this event. The first hour will be table space for any groups in support of human rights, women’s right, voting rights, environmental organizations, any groups that put people first. Most involved are retired teachers, mostly women, fighting against Emanuel’s attempt to “charterize” all public schools. The more people we have from all over the state, the more powerful we become as a People’s Choice Coalition. Yes, it’s on St. Pat’s Day, but it’s after the parades and before the late night celebrating. Here’s the info–and “we all do better when we all do better.” We need your support. Here are the details:
    _________________________________________________________

    ARE YOU AN ADVOCATE FOR STRONG PUBLIC SCHOOLS
    AND QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL OUR CHILDREN?

    Learn About Funding for Our Schools
    and How Your Tax Dollars Should Be Used
    to Educate Our Children!

    Join us on SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018
    Parent University at Corliss H.S. Auditorium – 821 E. 103rd – Chicago, Il
    Parents and Community Town Hall!
    Doors Open at 3:00 pm – Town Hall: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

    Meet and Hear CPS Administrators – Elected Officials – Community and PTA Leaders
    Mr. Troy LaRaviere; Senator Trotter; Candidate Chris Kennedy; and More
    Meet teachers, parents, and students!!!

    EDVk and THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE COALITION are encouraging all organizations who are fighting for a strong public education system for all our children and are in support of the needs of our people over massive profits for the one percent to not only attend, but–

    PLEASE RESERVE TABLE SPACE FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION
    (Here’s a great opportunity for others to learn what you’re doing; we can arrange car pools as well),

    MEET NEW PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE CHICAGOLAND AREA,
    AND SHOW THOSE WHOM WOULD TEAR US APART THAT WE ARE ONE
    AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER.

    CONTACT: sharsand1950@gmail.com or cpphd94@gmail.com

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