Social Justice News Nexus Fellowship

The Social Justice News Nexus connects professional and community-based journalists to journalism students as part of a six-month fellowship producing in-depth stories on a specific social justice topic.

The project launched in January 2014 focused on the impact of the war on drugs on Chicago communities, including controversial drug sentencing policies, alternative sentencing, racial profiling, treatment/ rehabilitation and violence connected to the drug trade.

The second cycle of the fellowship focused on mental health in Chicago, including mental health care in Cook County Jail, the city’s public mental health clinics and the mental health impacts of violence and trauma.

The third cycle focused on housing, segregation and urban development, including a deep look at Chicago’s troubled public housing system, homelessness, the impacts of the foreclosure crisis and efforts to promote integration and mobility.