Community Media Workshop becomes ‘Public Narrative’

Public Narrative

Public Narrative

Community Media Workshop, the vital Chicago institution that has been bringing journalists and nonprofit neighborhood organizations together for 25 years, has rebranded itself as Public Narrative.

The group unveiled its new name along with its new website (publicnarrative.org) Thursday.

Susy Schultz

Susy Schultz

“Our brand, our work, has always been to give voice to the voiceless in the city’s neighborhoods and to help ensure those in the media and those in power listen,” Susy Schultz, president of the organization, wrote in a blog post. “So, we are changing our branding to reflect our brand, which has evolved over the years.”

The Community Media Workshop was founded in 1989 by journalist Hank De Zutter and community activist Thom Clark. Schultz, a former Sun-Times reporter and founder of Chicago’s Association for Women Journalists, succeeded Clark as president in 2014.

The group conducts journalism seminars and classes, publishes a comprehensive media guide, and presents its annual Studs Terkel Media Awards honoring local journalists “for excellence in covering and reflecting Chicago’s diverse communities.”