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When Journalism Meets Theater

ProPublica Illinois and Free Street Theater Collaborate

ProPublica Illinois, Free Street Theater and Illinois Humanities have partnered to develop and host theater workshops in rural and urban communities across Illinois to engage residents in investigative journalism. You may think it’s a little strange for a newsroom of investigative journalists to collaborate with a community-minded theater collective. But it makes sense if you know the context of our work and goals.

Understand “Variety.” Listen to Young People. Pay Attention to Changing Community Reputations.

Here’s what we learned from our theater-journalism workshops in Rock Island and Toulon.

Takeaways From Our Urbana-Champaign Free Street Theater Journalism Workshop

1. More participation from people of all ages. 2. ‘Chambana’ isn’t a thing. 3. It’s way more than a college town.

Takeaways From Our First Free Street Theater Journalism Workshop

Here’s what we learned from our kickoff event in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Bringing Theater and Investigative Reporters to You

Here are the places ProPublica Illinois and Free Street Theater will be visiting. Will we see you there?

We’re Going to Toulon

Join Free Street Theater — and us, of course — as we learn about Stark County.

Help Us Figure Out Where in Illinois to Take Our Theater-Journalism Project

ProPublica Illinois and Free Street Theater are gearing up for a new project about the news and information that impacts Illinoisans. Where should we go? What issues should we address? And will you host us?

Coya Paz of Free Street Theater Receives the $15,000 ProPublica Illinois/Illinois Humanities Engagement Challenge Award

The project will host theater workshops in rural and urban communities across Illinois to engage residents in ProPublica Illinois’ investigative journalism.

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