Today, Public Narrative proudly announces the unflinching journalism of some of Chicago’s dedicated local newsrooms, bringing to the forefront a series of compelling multimedia stories that examine the deep scars of Chicago’s segregation—its history, impact and the persistent battle for equity.

Stories from the Chicago Defender, Chicago News Weekly and the Investigative Project on Race and Equity offer a glimpse into the city’s core, grappling with the consequences of divided spaces and unequal access.

Inspired by the Bruce Orenstein-directed documentary series, “Shame of Chicago, Shame of a Nation,” these reports stem from a collaborative effort backed by The Field Foundation of Illinois and Healing Illinois, an initiative led by the Illinois Department of Human Services, to uncover systemic challenges and make pathways toward racial healing. Public Narrative stands at the crossroads of journalism and community, championing narratives that inform, hold space for accountability and spark activation. Delve into these stories of resilience and see through the lens of those who confront the legacy of segregation daily.

While we spotlight the stark realities of segregation today, our narrative change journey will continue with the upcoming Migrant Crisis Reporting Project. Stories from Borderless Magazine and South Side Weekly will shine a light on the multifaceted migrant and marginalized experiences shaping our city’s social landscape. Stay engaged with us for the next part of incisive journalism and join the dialogue on issues that are pivotal to our communities.

Read the press release to learn more about the initiative, stories and our journey toward racial healing.