Upcoming Events

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.

Monday, Mar. 27, 2023

Join us at The Chicago Community Trust headquarters at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Mar. 27, 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 that highlights ways in which media impacts the longstanding and many harmful narratives about young men, boys and communities of color in Chicago and beyond.

You'll listen in on a moderated discussion featuring various contributors to this study, including participants of the listening sessions that Public Narrative conducted in partnership with the Obama Foundation's My Brother's Keeper Alliance for the report.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions following the conversation.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. When capacity is reached, there will be a virtual option available.

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023

Past events

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.

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