Upcoming Events

May 11, 2023

Join us for a night of celebration as we recognize the 2023 winners of our Studs Terkel Awards, Uplifting Voices Award, Ripple Effect Award and People's Choice Award.

We will gather at Northeastern Illinois University's historic Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. This year will be the first time in person for the Community Media Awards since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

Students can attend for free with proof of current school enrollment.

If you are a student or are purchasing tickets on a student’s behalf, please email Public Narrative’s team at with the subject “Student RSVP: 2023 Community Media Awards.” Again, you will be required to provide proof of enrollment.

Mar. 23 - Apr. 27, 2023

Public Narrative will deliver a 6-part webinar training series for community-based journalists to disseminate research findings to their audiences and other community stakeholders directly or indirectly experiencing health disparities. The webinars will take place from noon until 1:30pm CT Thursdays, March 23 - April 27.

Past events

Watch: "The Story of Us: A Public Forum"

At 9:30 a.m., Monday, Mar. 27, 2023, we gathered at The Chicago Community Trust for a deeper dive into "The Story of Us: Community Image in the News and Other Forms of Media," a 2021 report published by Public Narrative highlighting ways in which media impacts the longstanding and many harmful narratives about young men, boys and communities of color in Chicago and beyond.

Watch: "Black, Male and Under Scrutiny"

Recap the latest event of our new free evening conversation series, Unpacking Narratives.

About the conversation: With Blair Jackson, a high school student and budding storyteller, and Jacoby Cochran, a professional public speaker and storyteller mastering his craft — the Chicago South Siders explore how growing up in their respective parts of town influence how they show up in the world today, in their lives, their communities and in their work— amidst harmful narratives and ongoing violence toward Black people, especially young men and boys.

Watch: "Journalism and the Struggle of Activation"

Recap the first event of our new free evening conversation series, Unpacking Narratives.

About the conversation: Through their individual and shared journeys, Kalven and Lacour explore the state of journalism and activism and the struggle to combine them in ways that uphold the highest standards of journalistic rigor while respecting community dignity.

Watch: 27th Annual Community Media Awards 5/12/22

2022 Community Media Awards

Watch: Intro to Community Media for Health Researchers 3/30/22

March 30 workshop

Watch: Celebration of Change 9/24/20

COC Deborah

Watch: Candid Conversations series

candid conversations together we heal

The Together We Heal Initiative, led by the City of Chicago's Office of Equity and Racial Justice, partnered with Public Narrative to invite local healers, neighbors and faith leaders to talk about community-level healing in its four-part Candid Conversation series. These unmoderated virtual conversations encouraged open and honest discussion about Chicago, healing, and racial equity. As invited guests, participants were asked to weigh in with peers on a series of questions exploring community, collective healing and its impact across our city. Click here to watch all five Candid Conversations, featuring our city's storytellers (above), healers, faith leaders, neighbors, and leaders.

Custom Trainings

Would your organization like to discuss the media and our democracy?

Public Narrative will lead an interactive discussion about fake news, social media and how you can tell the difference.

About Custom Workshops

In addition to our regularly scheduled workshops, Public Narrative offers a flexible and diverse range of custom workshops to nonprofits, news organizations, and individuals.
All our custom workshops are designed to meet your organization's specific needs.

Click here to download a brochure with more information about our custom workshops.

Past Clients:

Girl Scouts of AmericaHousing Forward, INN (Institute for Nonprofit News), the Morton Arboretum, Poynter InstituteStorycatchers Theatre, Univison, the Village of Niles, and many others.


To make our custom workshops a more affordable option for organizations of all sizes, we offer tiered pricing based on your budget. Rates include the session, call with client up to 2 hours, preparation of materials and a one hour follow up.

For rates, email us at