Breaking Boundaries for Media Equality – CHICAGO

LOCATION: DePaul University-Loop Campus

DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 28, 2023

This in-person workshop is free and open to all journalists.


09:00 am Continental breakfast and registration
09:30 am–10:45 am

Fact-checking isn't just for fact-checkers

PolitiFact has been fact-checking politicians and online misinformation for more than 15 years. Learn the secrets of the job (the good and the bad) and how fact-checking journalism can improve your reporting, hold the powerful to account and build trust with your audience.

Monique CuretAssistant Editor, PolitiFact
10:45 am–11:00 am


11:00 pm–12:30 pm

Unlocking Business Reporting Mastery

Are you a journalist looking to break into the captivating world of business reporting or elevate your current reporting skills? In this comprehensive session, we will discuss how to make business reporting accessible to journalists new to the beat; fundamental skills, a quick tutorial on SEC filings and demystifying math and financial statements; and finding and pitching business stories.

John Pletz, Senior Reporter, Crain’s Chicago Business
12:30 pm–01:30 pm

Lunch, & Network



Monique Curet
Assistant Editor, PolitiFact

Monique Curet is an assistant editor for PolitiFact focused on debunking online misinformation.

She has worked as a reporter covering business, agribusiness, medicine and police at The Columbus Dispatch and the Press-Register. She also worked in government for the City of Chicago.

John Pletz
Senior Reporter, Crain’s Chicago Business

John Pletz is a senior reporter at Crain’s Chicago Business, where he covers aviation, technology and cannabis. Prior to joining Crain’s, he was an assistant business editor at the Indianapolis Star, and a technology editor and reporter at the American-Statesman in Austin, Texas. Prior to becoming a business writer, John covered criminal justice. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois.

If you have any questions about this event, please reach out to [email protected].


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