Convergence Journalism at Roosevelt University

Convergence Journalism at Roosevelt University Convergence Journalism Project at Roosevelt University An examination and presentation of public affairs journalism by students enrolled in the capstone undergraduate journalism course at Roosevelt University.

In 2009, students undertook a project entitiled "When the City Turns Cold," which examined homelessness in Chicago. In 2011, another class produced a snapshot of some valiant and humane efforts to help save young black males who face dire statistics beat the odds. Those convergence projects by student-journalists at Roosevelt University may be found at: www.cityturnscold.com and www.soschicity.com

RU Social Justice Stories
05/26/2020
RU Social Justice Stories

RU Social Justice Stories

Multimedia stories, including videos and podcasts produced by Roosevelt University students enrolled in the Telling Social Justice Journalism Stories course ...

John W. Fountain
05/16/2020
John W. Fountain

John W. Fountain

It seemed a relevant undertaking for students tasked mainly with writing about the world through the third-person objective observer lens. The assignment: Write a first-person essay on the impact of the pandemic upon their lives. Here are some of their reflections, which will be publicly podcasted soon:

01/22/2020
Telling Social Justice Stories

Telling Social Justice Stories

Father Michael L. Pfleger, with the Faith Community of St. Sabina, led the March to End Gun Violence to Washington, D.C., last fall.

Roosevelt University journalism students, led by Professor John W. Fountain, a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, rode with the group on the 12-hour bus trip and covered the rally for stricter gun laws.

This video, produced by Amanda Landwehr is among the collective of works presented by that team of journalism students in December at the @Gage Gallery.

Gage Gallery
12/14/2019

Gage Gallery

Reflections on Gun Violence at the gallery today.
Father Michael L. Pfleger with John W. Fountain’s Roosevelt University Journalism and Media Studies
discuss the future of curbing gun violence in Chicago and nationwide with Delphine Cherry, a mother who lost both a son and daughter to gun violence; and other survivors.

Roosevelt University journalism students rode on the 12-hour bus trip and covered the rally for stricter gun laws. Roosevelt University Professor John W. Fountain, a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times wrote a series on the march.

RU student travel to report on gun violence protests in Washington, D.C., was supported by the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation and the Department of Communication at Roosevelt University

John W. Fountain
09/30/2019

John W. Fountain

First in a series:

...Thirteen of my journalism students from Roosevelt University are here too on Bus No. 1. Here to chronicle this journey of those who have chosen to exchange their beds for the mostly upright, cramped quarters of a bus for 24 hours over two days in hopes of making headway in their fight to end gun violence.
#rujdc

John W. Fountain
11/20/2016
John W. Fountain

John W. Fountain

My journalism class' report on the crisis in Flint Michigan,
As reported By Rachel Popa:

...Devontae Powell, Spann’s 20-year-old grandson, elaborated further on how the water crisis has affected his grandfather, saying that the city has a responsibility to take care of its senior citizens.

“One of my prayers with my grandfather having Alzheimer’s is, ‘God, allow him to remember that he can’t use that water,’” Powell said. “Just like the water is tainted, the political system is very tainted in Michigan.”

#RUInFlint
#RememberFlint

John W. Fountain
11/20/2016
John W. Fountain

John W. Fountain

My journalism class' report on the crisis in Flint Michigan,
As reported By Peter Rubinstein:

...Nearly 250 individual houses of worship speckle the 34 square miles that comprise Flint, the largest portion of which are Baptist, public records show. Ever since the city declared a state of emergency in December of 2014, thousands of its residents have come to rely on local churches for the distribution of bottled water, organizers at North Central Church of Christ in Flint said.

#RUInFlint
#RememberFlint

John W. Fountain
04/30/2016

John W. Fountain

Faces of the Poisoned
A Journalism Convergence Project
… Among the hope, we witnessed as reporters, we also witnessed the pain of Flint. Within the inspiration, we observed the agony. And yet, present even in the smiles, even in the resilience, even amid their laughter, their fight and their faith, there were tears. Hear and see those stories. 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Gage Gallery at Roosevelt University, 18 S. Michigan Ave. Free and open to the public.

Check out our new project: Sounds of the City athttp://www.soc.rujcp.com
12/23/2013
♪Sounds Of The City♫

Check out our new project: Sounds of the City at
http://www.soc.rujcp.com

The L winds around the track above Wabash Avenue, rumbling and roaring, steel on steel — drowning out conversations with a deafening familiar sound. And yet, it is music, of sorts, with a decidedly urban flavor — fluid and sometimes static, a resounding river of humanity.

From Murder Was the Case project, a compelling story by a sister who has lost a brother and a sister to gun violence. Mo...
06/12/2013
Murder Was The Case: Living Through The Pain

From Murder Was the Case project, a compelling story by a sister who has lost a brother and a sister to gun violence. Moving..

In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, Roosevelt University’s dedication to “the enlightenment of the human spirit” shines brightest in our unique commitment to social justice. Since 1045, Roosevelt University has been nationally recognized for offering a transformative education that empowers qualified...

I taught a special topics course this spring at Roosevelt University: Murder Was the Case. Students did a wonderful job ...
06/10/2013

I taught a special topics course this spring at Roosevelt University: Murder Was the Case. Students did a wonderful job of delving into the subject, finding human stories and also offering their own perspectives in an effort to contribute to the public discourse on the topic of murder in Chicago. Their work, in the form of podcasts, written stories, videos and more appears on our project website. Please visit, explore and share!

http://www.murderwasthecase.rujcp.com/

Convergence Journalism at Roosevelt University's cover photo
04/15/2012

Convergence Journalism at Roosevelt University's cover photo

The new website Saving Our Sons is officially launched. Please visit and spread the word in the hope that we can create ...
06/08/2011
SOS

The new website Saving Our Sons is officially launched. Please visit and spread the word in the hope that we can create more awareness and also help make a difference.

http://www.soschicity.com

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06/03/2011
SOS (Saving Our Sons).mov

Intro video to SOS project...

There is a crisis in America. One of epic proportions. A crisis that threatens the very existence of a people. It is a crisis centered on the premature death...

A look at homelessness in Chicago...
06/03/2011
When The City Turns Cold: Homeless in Chicago

A look at homelessness in Chicago...

A multimedia project by Roosevelt University journalism students in the Convergence Newsroom course that takes an intimate look at Homelessness in Chicago, capturing the faces, voices and stories of those on the front lines.

When The City Turns Cold: Homeless in Chicago
06/03/2011
When The City Turns Cold: Homeless in Chicago

When The City Turns Cold: Homeless in Chicago

A multimedia project by Roosevelt University journalism students in the Convergence Newsroom course that takes an intimate look at Homelessness in Chicago, capturing the faces, voices and stories of those on the front lines.

SOS
06/02/2011

SOS

SOS
06/02/2011

SOS

06/02/2011
SOS (Saving Our Sons).mov

Convergence Project Spring 2011

There is a crisis in America. One of epic proportions. A crisis that threatens the very existence of a people. It is a crisis centered on the premature death...

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Convergence Journalism Project at Roosevelt University

An examination and presentation of public affairs journalism by students enrolled in the capstone undergraduate journalism course at Roosevelt University. In 2009, students undertook a project entitled, "When the City Turns Cold," which examined homelessness in Chicago. In 2011, another class produced a snapshot of some valiant and humane efforts to help save young black males who face dire statistics beat the odds. Those convergence projects by student-journalists at Roosevelt University may be found here.

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