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City Bureau Hosting Night Of Storytelling, Fundraising In Bridgeport

By Joe Ward | October 24, 2017 5:27am
 City Bureau's Soap Box Ball will take place Nov. 2 at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St.
City Bureau's Soap Box Ball will take place Nov. 2 at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St.
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BRIDGEPORT — City Bureau, the civic-minded journalism nonprofit, will celebrate two years in existence with storytelling and fundraising at the Soap Box Ball.

The Soap Box Ball, to be held Nov. 2 at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., will celebrate two years of highlighting community voices and underreported stories. It will be the organization's first fundraising event.

At the event, participants will be able to meet current and former City Bureau journalists and speak with City Bureau editors about their community-based reporting. Since 2015, City Bureau has produced more than 100 investigations, including on lead contamination in schools, segregation and the criminal justice system.

"City Bureau was founded on the ideal that journalism is a public good — and in turn we can't 'make good' without the public," City Bureau board chairwoman Adriana Diaz said in a statement. "Everybody has a role to play, and it's vital that communities be a part of every step in our media-making process."

The journalism nonprofit is also celebrating the launch of its new membership program, called the Press Club. Membership in the program will help City Bureau continue to produce investigative journalism and also host community events including the Public Newsroom, its free, weekly reporting workshop.

"City Bureau has been called 'small but mighty' and there's definitely truth to that, but our new membership program and Soap Box Ball are the first steps toward growing a Chicago news organization," Darryl Holliday, City Bureau co-founder and editorial director, said in a statement. "We see issues of distrust in media, and we hear people who feel left out of the conversation. This is our way of bringing the public closer to our mission and our work."

Tickets to the Soap Box Ball are $45 before Thursday of $55 after Thursday and will include food and open bar. There will be raffles, interactive art and a photo gallery where guests can purchase original works from the group's photojournalists. For more information, click here.