Rogers Park hosts Mile of Murals art walk

Rogers Park residents are invited to tour of the newest segment of the Mile of Murals project Sunday at the Heartland Café, according to a Triblocal report.

The Mile of Murals art walk will take place from 1-4 p.m.  All guests are encouraged to meet at the Heartland Café before the walk begins.

The  project is located along the mile of concrete embankment of the CTA Red Line tracks on Glenwood Avenue from Pratt Boulevard to Touhy Avenue.

Each year, one or more blocks are selected to be painted and there is a call for muralists; artists are selected through a community process and a theme is developed for the artist.

Artists represented in the fourth installation of the “Mile of Murals” include an eclectic mix of public school art teachers, graffiti artists, oil painters, printmakers, mural artists, graphic designers and more.

The Mile of Murals project is a collaboration of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District, the Rogers Park Business Alliance, community and youth groups and individual artists, and cooperation from Alderman Joe Moore, the CTA and the Department of Streets and Sanitation.

“As we create this mile of murals, we are making a world-class piece of public mural art that will attract visitors to the neighborhood and add to the quality of life for residents,” said Kimberly Bares, Executive Director of the Rogers Park Business Alliance. “We are delighted to utilize the talents of local artists by creating a lasting artwork that represents the rich history of the Rogers Park area.”

For more information, call the Rogers Park Business Alliance at 773-508-5885 or visit

Loyola Center for Digital Ethics posts blogger guidelines

By Dylan Nelson

There are ethical guidelines for journalists. How about for bloggers?

The Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago is one organization that is pushing for more responsibility in Internet media. The center’s mission is “to foster more dialogue, research, and guidelines regarding ethical behavior in online and digital environments,” according to its website. The latest from the center is a list of “best practices for bloggers,” as reported in the Inside Loyola newsletter:

A set of best practices for bloggers and a Web site devoted to ethics online are the first major initiatives launched by Loyola University Chicago’s new Center for Digital Ethics and Policy. “Best Practices for Bloggers: Dimensions for Consideration,” housed at, is intended to serve, both nationally and internationally, as a guideline for ethics in the digital and new media world.

Blogs have emerged as a unique and popular new media channel. They have become platforms for discussions of every conceivable topic, 24-hours-a-day, all over the world–with a pace and reach that can have unintended consequences for users. “Best Practices for Bloggers” presents a series of questions to consider as individuals construct, update, or maintain their blog.

“What’s great about this is that it outlines best practices and offers suggestions for ethical blogging behavior, but it does it in a manner that doesn’t restrict individuals’ creativity or freedom of expression,” said Adrienne Massanari, PhD, assistant professor of new and digital media and the center’s director. “The guidelines are instead created to give current and would-be bloggers some idea of the kinds of ethical challenges they will need to address at some point during their tenure.”

This set of best practices also includes guidance on determining and implementing a desired degree of transparency, attribution practices and styles, the responsibilities of blogging, and how to protect creative content, truth, and citizenship of blogs. Two-way interaction is also encouraged, as readers are given an opportunity to comment on the best practices guide, as well as any other content featured on the site.

The Center for Digital Ethics and Policy, which resides in the School of Communication, is the result of a $10,000 grant from Loyola’s Office of Research Services. The center has also received a $50,000 grant from McCormick Foundation to put together a conference this fall on digital citizenship and news literacy.

“People need to think about ethics in this new digital world–everything from how they behave online to what it will mean to be a citizen in a digital world,” said Don Heider, PhD, dean of the School of Communication. “I expect this center to have an impact on everything–from how we teach our undergraduate students to what research our faculty does in the coming years.”

In addition to best practices for bloggers, the new interactive Web site will feature essays and book reviews written by Loyolans and guest faculty members from across the country discussing timely topics like Facebook privacy, ethical online behavior, and more.