Board Minutes – 10/2010

Chicago Headline Club board meeting

Oct. 8, 2010

Begin: 9:06 a.m.


In attendance: Sue Stevens, Kathy Catrambone, Flynn McRoberts, Steven Franklin, Kristen Schorsch, Hilary Fosdal, Beth Konrad, Tony Noce, Steve Edwards, Randi Belisomo, Suzanne McBride, Brian Pitts, Ken Davis, Abdon Pallasch. (phone) Rummana Hussein and Howard Dubin.


Several board members attended the SPJ National Convention in Las Vegas, including Rummana, Howard, Sue Stevens, Hilary, Randi and several club members.


The September programs were strong, including a panel about covering the trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, President Obama’s first term in office and inside Patch, new hyperlocal Web sites nationwide.


Upcoming events this month include the annual First Amendment forum and a panel about covering Islam.


A new board member is needed, and former board member Kristen McQueary suggested SouthtownStar reporter Amy Lee. Steve Franklin suggested a Daily Herald editor.


Former board members Bonnie McGrath and John Duncan are going to modernize the board’s by-laws.


The board voted to amend and table the September meeting minutes.


The board discussed the Peter Lisagor Awards banquet. Kathy Catrambone asked board members to review the contest entries by the end of the month and suggest any changes. The board last year added several online categories.


Beth Konrad suggested continuing outreach efforts she did last year, including visiting several news shops to encourage people to apply for the contest. Tony Noce and Randi Belisomo said they would review the TV categories and suggest any changes to entice more TV stations to apply.


Hilary Fosdal said a Connecticut chapter is paying to build an online awards program. She would like to look at different vendors to do this with the Headline Club.


The board discussed Lisagor prices. Kathy would like the price increased $5, to $70 for members and $90 for non-members. The price of a table would increase to $850. The banquet is on May 6, and the board is looking at several venues to host the awards ceremony.


Board member Jon Seidel could not attend the meeting, but he submitted a written report with an update on the digital media committee. He signed a contract with eNews Park Forest to fix the corrupted content on our Web site. The work is estimated to cost $60 an hour, with a $1,000 cap on the contract. The contract calls for work to be done in six weeks. He also noted that some people are not receiving e-blasts.


Beth Konrad updated the board on the access survey. A project person and statistician from the University of Illinois at Chicago have been assigned to the project. Beth has scheduled two focus groups and wants board members to attend one to offer their thoughts on access and transparency.


Sue Stevens plans to draft a letter to the Tribune Company about alleged behavior recently described in a New York Times story. Board members who work for the Tribune Company recused themselves.


Tony Noce provided an update on the Beachwood Reporter’s work thanks to a CHC Watchdog Award. They continue to request public documents for their investigation.


Randi Belisomo, who is in charge of scholarships, plans to contact the Asian American Journalists Association regarding a student scholarship they’d like to co-sponsor with the club.


Suzanne McBride provided an update on the grant she and Steve Franklin received to host two forums to talk about how media covers neighborhoods. They plan on having a forum in December in Austin and in the spring in Albany Park.  The forums will need light moderation and will include a panel and a question and answer session for the audience. Breakfast will be served.


The Community Media Workshop throughout November is hosting a “We Are Not Alone” to address violence plaguing Chicago’s communities.


Adjourned at 10:33 a.m.


— Secretary Kristen Schorsch

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