We The People Media In The News


I was honored to appear on the CAN TV show “Chicago Newsroom” this week with the intrepid Angela Caputo from the Chicago Reporter. We talked about Hillary Clinton’s likely presidential campaign, assessed Mayor Rahm’s performance and drilled down to housing in Chicago neighborhoods. Click above to check it out.

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Should Liquor Stores Be Banned in Bronzeville?


Tune in tonight at 6:30 p.m. to Residents’ Journal’s live 25-minute call-in television show on Cable Access Network’s Hotline Channel 21.

RJ’s Editor-in-chief Mary C. Johns will interview Mary Gutierrez, from The Bronzeville Movement, about her organization’s efforts in closing down all 14 Liquor/Package Goods Stores, located in Chicago’s 3rd ward south side low-income Bronzeville community.

Call 773-738-1060 during airtime, if you want to join in on the discussion.

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A new season of RJ TV


We are thrilled to announce the new season of “RJ TV,” our live, call-in program over the CAN TV network. “RJ TV” focuses on issues of concern to low-income youths and families, and provides viewers throughout Chicagoland with the chance to share their perspectives. The new season begins Monday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m. over cable channel 21, and will run for 12 weeks at the same time. A longtime partner of We The People Media’s, CAN TV provides non-profit organizations, elected officials and others with incredible opportunities to broadcast to millions of viewers.
If you have any queries or suggestions for future segment discussion topics please email Ethan Michaeli at or Mary C. Johns at

For a complete schedule and descriptions of CAN TV programs Click here

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CAN TV Devotes Entire Day Programming to “Stop the Violence” in the City of Chicago


In a response to the recent escalating violence aimed at youth in the city’s neighborhoods, Chicago’s public access station, CAN TV will devote an entire day to programming produced by residents whose communities have been affected by violence.
The “Stop the Violence” programming will be cablecast from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 on cable channel CAN TV19. The day begins with a live one-hour panel and call-in show featuring community leaders from the Chicago Public Schools, the 6th Ward and Bronzeville.
Other programming for the day includes, first person accounts of parents, like 2009 Father of the Year Ron Holt, who’ve lost children to violence, a dance group offering an alternative to gang life, youth created work trying to make sense of the violence, and community residents active in anti-violence work.
On June 27, at 5 p.m., a documentary will air featuring interviews with gang members and street hustlers warning youth about the dangers of life on the streets.
For a complete schedule and descriptions of the “Stop the Violence” programs Click here

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Publisher’s Box


We’re back. Our regular readers will notice that Residents’ Journal has not published in a few months. I apologize for this delay. As a not-for-profit organization, we are dependent on foundation support, and the grants did not come in the way we hoped for in 2005.

I will admit that there were times the Residents’ Journal staff wondered if we would ever publish again. But we kept at it, broadcasting over our Web site,, and on “Residents’ Journal TV,” our television program on the CAN-TV network. We also reached out for help and got great support both from our fellow journalists and from the broader community. In the spring, the Chicago Headline Club announced that Editor-in-Chief Mary C. Johns and Assistant Editor Beauty Turner – as well as our partners at the Chicago Reporter, Alden Loury and Brian Rogal – won first place in the Media Collaboration category for our report, “Deadly Moves.” In the summer, the Society of Professional Journalists announced that “Deadly Moves” won the First Place Award in the first-ever New America category. I got to accompany Mary and Beauty when they went to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to pick up their award. I even got to take the photo of Mary posing with legendary CBS anchorman Dan Rather. The “Deadly Moves” team was asked to train other journalists on the techniques of successful collaborations at the SPJ convention in Las Vegas later that year.
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