Board Minutes – 11/2011

Friday, Nov. 18, 2011

Chicago Headline Club board meeting

Bloomberg Chicago bureau

In attendance: Steve Franklin, Howard Dubin, Brian Pitts, Aimee DeBat, Sue Stevens, Kristen Schorsch, Lolly Bowean, Fabiola Pomareda Garcia, Beth Konrad, Flynn McRoberts

On Phone: Robert Elder, Suzanne McBride, Rummana Hussain, Odette Yousef

Meeting called to order at 9:05 a.m.

The board welcomed new members Lolly Bowean, a reporter at the Chicago Tribune, and Fabiola Pomareda Garcia, a reporter at La Raza.

Board president Steve Franklin said more than 100 people attended a Headline Club-sponsored event this month at the Little Black Pearl, where community members and the African-American news media connected to gain a better understanding of news coverage.

Steve suggested bringing in a speaker next year for a professional training program, such as a one-day bootcamp in the spring.

The board discussed having a Freedom of Information Act workshop in February.

The Headline Club has about $13,200 leftover from a McCormick Foundation grant the club received to conduct a public access survey and host a forum in the spring to discuss the results. The board discussed using the money to partner with the Better Government Association to create a FOIA guide, essentially a cheat sheet for journalists in the five-county area. The club also would hire someone to maintain a blog about FOIA news.

Beth Konrad said the McCormick Foundation and Loyola University are planning to conduct a program, possibly in January, with Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy about the state’s eavesdropping law.

Steve Franklin said a European contingency is interested in taking journalism students to Brussels for a week.

The October minutes were approved unanimously.

Lolly Bowean, Beth Konrad and Odette Yousef volunteered to help the programming committee, and Brian Pitts volunteered to lead it while chairwoman Amy Lee is on maternity leave.

Chicago Sun-Times reporters Frank Main and Mark Konkol and photographer John J. Kim will talk on Dec. 8 about how they won a Pulitzer Prize.

Rummana said membership numbers are down, but final numbers were not available.

The board approved giving $839.71 from the watchdog fund to Columbia College students for an investigation.

Ethics Award: Howard suggested and we voted to kill the Ethics in Journalism Award. It has not been given for several years.

Executive Director’s report: Aimee basically repeated what is in the agenda.

We have signed the contract and are committed to conduct Lisagor contest online with Better BNC. Currently we area working with Sara Harvey a graphics design person to make a pdf of the nominations categories. We are doing a mailing using the one-time mailing through SPJ national.


Lisagors: Again, Aimee filled us in with her agenda. We discussed a keynote speaker, with most present saying it is not a major concern. Lisagors are booked for May 4, 2012 at the Union League Club. Jon started publicizing save-the-date for the contest deadlines on website.

Treasurer’s Report: Flynn said we have $99,253. SPJ sent local dues payments of $890 in August and $720 in November.


Respectfully submitted,

Kristen Schorsch and Susan S. Stevens

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