Medill Reports: The audio show

The Medill Reports audio project looks for compelling stories from around Chicago. (Shane Monaghan/Medill)

Medill Reports’ audio producers and reporters cover topics ranging from business to science, entertainment to public affairs, sports, technology and more. This week, reporters covered the Chicago Public Schools’ debate on two charter schools, President Obama’s speech at the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Twitter’s quarterly earnings and a rally to bring awareness to police brutality.

#RiseUpOctober rallies downtown Chicago

By Haydee Clotter

“Black lives matter, Black lives matter, Black lives matter!”

That was the chant protestors cried on Thursday in the Thomson Center Plaza in an effort to bring attention to police brutality.

The “No More Stolen Lives: Say Their Names” protest brought together more than 70 people to remember innocent victims who lost their lives and to hold police accountable. Continue reading

Obama calls for police reform, support — and tougher gun laws

By Stephen Musal

President Barack Obama, addressing the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago today, focused on the need to support and reform law enforcement and ended his speech with a call for tougher gun laws.

“I reject any narrative that seeks to divide police and the communities they serve,” Obama said. “I reject a storyline that says when it comes to public safety there’s an ‘us’ and a ‘them.’” Continue reading

Board of Education approves two new charter schools

By Kelan Lyons

The Chicago Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon to approve two new charter schools.

“A high quality education will change the trajectory of a child’s life,” said Rashid Bell, speaking on behalf of KIPP Public Charter Schools, one of the two charter school networks approved. Continue reading


Twitter’s loss narrows in the third quarter, Wall Street Skeptical

By Arionne Nettles

Twitter’s loss narrowed in the third quarter on improving ad revenue, but Wall Street was skeptical the improvement could last.

The San Francisco-based social media company posted a net loss of $131.7 million, or 20 cents per diluted share for the fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30, an improvement from the $175.5 million net loss, or 29 cents per share, in the year-ago period, and better than the $182 million loss analysts expected.

Tuesday’s  earnings release was the first since founder Jack Dorsey was appointed permanent CEO of Twitter on Oct. 5. Continue reading

Photo at top: The Medill Reports audio project looks for compelling stories from around Chicago. (Shane Monaghan/Medill)