Trib Nation offers a full schedule of civic-minded events and instructional classes. But it seemed to this daughter of two schoolteachers that it also made sense to combine the two into a current events class. So here’s a way to talk about current events with the journalists who cover them.
In the upcoming new Trib Nation: Current Events series, we’ll tap into the expertise and enthusiasm of Tribune newsroom staff with an agenda influenced by the interests of the class. Participants will get reading assignments and be encouraged to join the conversation.
You can find a link to register for the classes at TribNation.com/Events. The first three-class series begins Jan. 21, which is both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and inauguration day for President Barack Obama. Chicago Confidential columnist Melissa Harris will join us to detail our hometown president’s Chicago business connections.
On. Jan. 28, columnist Eric Zorn will share his thoughts on opinion journalism -- its origins, its role, its pleasures and its pitfalls, and how columnists interact with the public. And on Feb. 4, we’ll talk about gun violence with Tribune crime reporters Jeremy Gorner and Peter Nickeas.
With those topics and others as springboards, we’ll explore ways to find broader news sources and be more discerning news consumers. We'll also address events as they happen, with input from the reporters, editors, photographers and visual journalists covering them.
We’ll be prepared to answer questions about current headlines, policies and trends, and how various issues are covered by the Tribune and other media. These promise to be lively sessions with plenty of behind-the-scenes appeal. I hope you’ll join us.
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