EventsWho Tells Your Story? Celebrating Chicago Community Media

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Who Tells Your Story? Celebrating Chicago Community Media

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


When you see stories about Chicago on the news, do they ring true for you? Do you see your neighbors and experiences reflected in the media? Guests from local community media outlets discuss the importance of journalism, media, and culture that comes from and reflects communities. Panelists include Adeshina Emmanuel, Editor-in-Chief, Injustice Watch, Arionne Nettles, Deputy Editor City Bureau, Joshua Smyser-DeLeon, founder and host of the Paseo Podcast, Tonia Hill, Multimedia Producer, The Triibe, and Shawn Campbell, General Manager of CHIRP Radio.

Adeshina Emmanuel is the editor-in-chief at Injustice Watch. He was born and raised in the Uptown neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side by an African-American mother and Nigerian father and studied journalism at Loyola University Chicago. His work over the past decade has spanned hyperlocal and national reporting with a focus on race, class, and institutional injustice. Before coming to Injustice Watch in 2019, Adeshina covered education at Chalkbeat, was an investigative reporter at the Chicago Reporter, and a neighborhood reporter at DNAinfo Chicago. He has also worked at the Chicago Sun-Times and the New York Times. His work has been published by various local and national outlets, including the Chicago Reader, Ebony Magazine, In These Times, the Columbia Journalism Review, Nieman Reports, the Washington Post, Parts Unknown, and the South Side Weekly.

Arionne Nettles is City Bureau’s Deputy Editor. Born and raised on the South Side, she’s a culture reporter and a journalism lecturer at Northwestern’s Medill School, and has held editorial roles at the Chicago Defender, The Associated Press, and WBEZ.

Joshua Smyser-DeLeon is a Chicago-born, Boricua with a strong passion for public service, Puerto Rican culture and storytelling. He is the founder and host of the Paseo Podcast, a bi-weekly podcast dedicated to highlighting stories by, from, and about the Puerto Rican community. He started the podcast project to archive the stories of the Puerto Rican community - rarely covered in traditional media - from the island to the Chicago Diaspora and beyond. His day job is working in public relations, and he has held previous roles in local government and higher education, including his past roles as communication director for Chicago's 1st Ward Alderman, Daniel La Spata, and as a Latinx outreach coordinator for DePaul University. In his spare time, he volunteers with the Puerto Rican Agenda Chicago Chapter and does woodworking to create art pieces rooted in Latin American culture and representation.

Tonia Hill is a multimedia journalist from the South Side of Chicago. She is passionate about crafting narratives about the people and the places in Chicago that inspire her. Currently, Tonia produces and writes TRiiBE’s TV show, “We Real Chicago,” highlighting Black Chicagoans in the arts and entertainment scene. When she’s not working on TRiiBE TV, she also reports on a variety of topics — including Luke James, local non profits and early Black Chicago history — for Before joining the TRiiBE, Tonia was a freelance producer at WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.”

Shawn Campbell is the founder and General Manager of CHIRP Radio, Chicago's independent community radio station. She has three decades of broadcast experience, including eight years as program director at WLUW, and a stint as a producer and reporter at WBEZ. She’s also been a news writer and anchor, a DJ, a music director, and a news director. She has a B.A. in Speech Communication/Theatre from North Central College and an M.A. in Radio/Television/Film from Northwestern University. She can be heard on the air at CHIRP 107.1FM and on Saturdays from 12-3pm.

How to Attend:

This event will take place live on CPL's YouTube channel. and CPL's Facebook page. You'll be able to ask questions during the event as well!
Can't make it to the live stream? We'll archive the video on YouTube to watch later as well.


Need captioning for this event? Please call (312) 747-4015. Requests must be made at least 10 business days before the event.

This event is part of the One Book, One Chicago 2021 season, exploring the theme "Neighborhoods: Our City's Bedrock" and the book Bedrock Faith by Eric Charles May. For more information visit

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