Chicago-One Statement of Purpose, Vision, and MIssion


Chicago-One News exists to pick-up on local Chicago public safety news where corporate media ends their coverage. Chicago is a large media market, and every corporate media source known to the area has breaking news covered. Chicago-One takes the position that while there is a need for breaking news coverage, especially breaking coverage of violent crimes, the public needs and deserves a news source that spends time digging into the details of public safety incidents involving violence. 

Chicago-One uses trusted sources and conducts research using Illinois FOIA law, and the U.S. federal Freedom of Information Act, court documents, and statements from city public safety agencies. Common practice among all news media is to obtain story leads via local public safety frequencies. Chicago-One engages in a growing form of modern journalism that combines public safety radio traffic with the usage of FOIA laws at the state and federal level, and research of local public safety agency policies and practices.

A secondary focus of Chicago-One is local public transit issues, travel into and out-of Chicago O'Hare International Airport / Chicago O'Hare AIrport Operations, Metra and Amtrak travel into and out-of the city. The transit and travel priority at Chicago-One is a focus on transit system crime, security, safety, and issues involving terrorism / prevention of terrorism.

Extreme weather is a focus at Chicago-One on a case-by-case basis. Chicago-One relies upon the Chicago Office of the National Weather Service, radar and satellite information from Radarscope, and the College of DuPage Nexlab website, all of which generates the very same information you see on TV and hear on radio broadcasts. The owner of Chicago-One is a trained weather spotter, and was trained by the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service no longer issues certificates or registration, identification cards, etc, to trained storm spotters. This means Chicago-One does not rely on reports from those claiming to be trained storm spotters. Such reports are without factual merit until such time as the National Weather Service issues credentials since storm spotting is a public safety activity. 

Chicago-One practices long-form journalism which means that Chicago-One is focused on creating news projects based on quality, not quantity. Everything published at Chicago-One is true. Chicago-One does not publish opinion, satire, parody, or other non-factual information. The projects at Chicago-one take weeks or even months to produce.

Chicago-One recognizes the impact of violent crime on individual and public health. This means you'll see Chicago-One publish pieces from public information sources on sensitive topics such as the rate of psychiatric incidents within the city, suicide rates, and violent crime stats in relation to the Chicago death rate.  

Chicago-One has a focus on historical journalism:

This means that Chicago-One routinely submits Freedom of Information Act Requests to the city, county, state, and federal governments for documents regarding historical events, and produces news pieces from those documents as a way to help the public understand the operations of the government, and to present history through the documents that detail those moments in time. Chicago-One recognizes that this type of journalism is of continuing public interest. You'll see this practice between long-form news pieces at Chicago-One. Occasionally, a historical piece based on local, county, state, or federal records might be long-form.

Historical public records news pieces are clearly marked as such.
   
Chicago-One recognizes that journalism is under attack by extremist rhetoric through-out the political spectrum that relies on false information. Beware of false claims such as the following:

1. Only "credentialed" corporate news employees are journalists

There is no law at the local, county, state, or federal level that confirms or requires any kind of special credentialing, licensing, or other government approval. Under the 1st Amendment, no level of government may place such a restriction on news gathering activities or the production of editorials, opinions, art, or works of scientific, academic, political or social value.

The city of Chicago media ID cards given-out by the Chicago Police Department are quite factually only good for entering police facilities for press conferences in designated areas of those police facilities. Those ID cards are not a license of any kind in regards to government authorization to practice journalism.

2. Cries of "fake news" - This is a nefarious tactic used to deny facts, and replace fact with unproven political and religious opinion (propaganda)

There are various operations that use satire, and satire is not what Chicago-One does, although many people mistake satire for being misleading or false information.

3. Claims of "pseudo-journalism"

This is a re-worded and cleverly disguised way of using the nefarious cry of "fake news" most-often used by corporate media with elitist attitudes and those with extreme political ideas.

4. News or other journalism can only be trusted according to the platform it's published on

This is the same nefarious claim as numbers 2 and 3 above. News, research, editorials, opinions, etc, can be published on ANY platform, and ALL platforms are protected equally by law at the state and federal levels.

5. The news media is the enemy of the public

This is false in every possible way, and is propaganda created maliciously to target journalists of every practice for silencing and violence.

6. Simple mistakes in spelling / grammar / simple everyday human error is the same as intentionally presenting false information

This is simply not true, and like all the other false claims presented above, is not supported by evidence. Journalists are human, and the public should not be surprised that human error sometimes occurs.

7. Journalists MUST never participate in personal political speech outside of their work, and must never participate in elections as a voter or as an election judge because it disqualifies their professional work, no matter what

This is another falsehood for which there is no evidence to support. The practice of journalism is itself political in nature, even if and when an individual journalist or news company totally avoids political commentary in any form. There is also no such thing as "liberal" or "conservative" news. These labels are often misapplied to news in general, but are only applicable to those who perform partisan editorial / op-ed.

8. News information branding / news and information brand names are invalid if they have no corporate legal papers

This is yet another falsehood that is not backed-up by evidence. Today's world of advances in technology means that the concept of business licensing is outdated, and only applies to those businesses who have a need to operate from a commercial building. The First Amendment plays into this as well, as the government cannot require any practice involving speech and information to be held to unreasonable burdens such as costly licensing and license regulations.     

9. Quoting news information gathered by other news sources is unethical / illegal, even when the source is given full attribution and credit for the information

No, it isn't. This is another way of falsely accusing news journalists of violation of journalistic ethics or even serious federal violations of copyright law. Time-honored common journalism practice and tradition has always been that news sources will play off of each other and quote each other if / when needed.

Chicago-One usage of Style-Guides:

Chicago-One routinely looks to the AP, Reuters, BBC, and other style-guides. Generally speaking, style-guides are just that, a guide, not a hard and fast, rigid rule structure that restricts the practice, form, or approach of journalism. Style guides are used primarily to guide when there needs to be clarity as to matters involving spelling, grammar, punctuation, phraseology, and presentation of a wide range of matters where clarity needs to be be sought.

 Chicago-One "Chicago Heroes" Page

Chicago-One recognizes the need and the value of spotlighting the heroic work of Chicago police, fire department, and OEMC personnel. Chicago-One will pick a hero from among these ranks based on meritorius conduct as reflected in public records.   

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