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McCormick Foundation awards FOIAFest grant

The Chicago Headline Club has received a two-year, $25,000 grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to support FOIAFest. The Headline Club’s annual daylong conference leads up to Sunshine Week and aims to celebrate the importance of access to public information.

“This grant will allow the Headline Club to broaden its work to educate journalists on how to access information and how to keep government accountable,” Headline Club President Odette Yousef said. “This is critical work, and we are pleased and honored to have financial support from the McCormick Foundation for it.”

The Chicago-based foundation supports a variety of endeavors, from journalism and the First Amendment to early childhood education and civic engagement.

Save the date for this year’s FOIAFest: March 12 at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower campus. Andy Shaw, president and CEO of the watchdog group the Better Government Association, is a keynote speaker. More than a dozen panels and workshops are in the works on everything from uncovering police misconduct and public officials using private emails to conduct public business, to digging for data and crafting a public records request.

Stay tuned at headlineclub.org and foiaillinois.org, our website dedicated to FOIA issues, for more details.

Want a FREE TICKET to FOIAFest? Become a Headline Club member by Jan. 15. Contact membership@headlineclub.org to get this limited-time offer

It’s not too late!

If you didn’t make the January 11 deadline for Lisagor submissions, you still have time! We will accept entries through January 31, 2016, but at a higher rate. For members,  $50/entry and for non-members, $70/entry.

Nominations must be received online by January 31, 2016, for work between January and December, 2015. Nominated work should be entered at betternewspapercontest.com. The 39th annual Lisagor Awards presentation and dinner will be held Friday, May 6, 2016, at The Union League Club of Chicago. Finalists will be named in mid-March.

Questions? E-mail awards@headlineclub.org or call 872-267-2242.

The Lisagors Go Statewide! Entries due by Jan. 11, 2016

Download the 39th ANNUAL LISAGOR ENTRY FORM!

CHICAGO, November 23, 2015 – Journalists, critics and bloggers from across Illinois will be eligible for the first time to compete this year for the prestigious Lisagor prizes awarded by the Chicago Headline Club, one of the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in the U.S.

The awards for exemplary journalism, named after Peter Lisagor, a former Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Daily News, have been presented by the Headline Club since 1977.  Their purpose is to inspire journalists to follow Lisagor’s example of excellence.  

Until this year, the awards were limited to nominees based in Chicago and northwest Indiana. The Headline Club now is extending its recognition to the best journalism from the full state of Illinois in 2015.

“This is a state that needs and produces superb journalism, and those efforts need to be highlighted and encouraged,” said Odette Yousef, Headline Club president and a reporter at WBEZ 91.5FM.

Lisagor was an influential newspaper correspondent and columnist in the 1960s and ‘70s who regularly appeared on Meet the Press and Face the Nation. When he won a Peabody Award in 1973, the organization called him a “master of incisive interrogation” and said he was inspired by an editor who advised reporters to “walk down the middle of the street and shoot the windows out on both sides.”  

The Lisagor contest includes 128 awards in seven categories, including general interest, broadcast TV and radio, both daily and non-daily print, online, specialty/trade and documentaries. The Headline Club added two new awards this year: Best Data Journalism and Best Design.

The club also awards three special prizes: The Watchdog Award, for excellence in public interest reporting; The Anne Keegan Award, named after a former Chicago Tribune reporter who highlighted the plight and achievements of the common man; and The Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nominations must be received online by January 11, 2016, for work between January and December, 2015. Nominated work should be entered at betternewspapercontest.com. The 39th annual Lisagor Awards presentation and dinner will be held Friday, May 6, 2016, at The Union League Club of Chicago. Finalists will be named in mid-March.  

Questions? E-mail awards@headlineclub.org or call 872-267-2242.

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4th ANNUAL FOIA FEST!

Save the date!

The fourth annual FOIA Fest will be March 12, 2016 at Loyola University Chicago. The daylong conference kicks off Sunshine Week with panels and training sessions on everything from finding records hidden in plain sight to analyzing data for hard-hitting investigations!

What do you want to learn this year? Have an idea for a panel, or want to be involved in planning the fest? Contact FOIA Fest chair Kristen Schorsch at FOIA@HeadlineClub.org.

Statement regarding Roanoke shootings

The Chicago Headline Club is saddened and horrified by the violent shooting deaths of Alison Parker and Adam Ward of WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia. As countless journalists do every day, Parker and Ward were simply out doing their jobs this morning. Journalists should not have to fear that they might be targets of an attack.

We extend our sincerest condolences to their families, coworkers and loved ones.

22 years of JobFile

I long ago lost track of how many hours I’ve devoted to this enterprise, but I remember the first JobFile very well.

You don’t think of time moving so quickly, or at least I don’t. In my mind, I’m 26 forever. But on October 13, 1993, when I entered the first seven listings – that’s all there were the first week — Job File didn’t go out by Web. The World Wide Web was still months away from being opened to the public. Instead, it went by that very 1980s innovation, the fax machine.

About a dozen people received it, all in college placement offices, along with the two clubs for which I then, and still today, produce it — the Chicago Headline Club, the Chicago professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. I was on the board of both organizations (I’m still on INBA’s board and was president of both groups simultaneously in 1996-97, which almost killed me, but that’s a story for another day) and they wanted me to do JobFile so that they could list some local openings in their newsletters, which were then delivered hard-copy on a monthly basis.

Within a couple of months, the Headline Club opened a voice mail bank with five (count ‘em!) extensions, to better communicate with the membership, and JobFile began to appear there, or at least seven of the latest jobs — all that would fit on my voice mail message.

The long-disconnected phone number was 312-714-LIES, something that was pointed out to us after it was in service for a while, and which gave us quite a few laughs. It all seems so quaint. The fax disappeared in about 1997, and the phone line hung on till about 2006.  There are some addresses I can still recite in my sleep because I read them on the phone message so often.

JobFile always listed print, television, radio and public relations jobs, but journalism education was added early and online about three years in. The focus became regional by late 1997, and when I met my wife (then a journalism student at the University of South Carolina) in 1999, I extended the listings to cover the Carolinas.

Today, JobFile usually runs a healthy 60 pages of agate each week, although it slimmed down to about 25 when the economy teetered on the edge of oblivion in 2008. Today, radio stations hire videographers, TV stations require reporters to write “A” Wire copy, only shorter for the Web, and ”print” journalists had better be able to master those Dark Arts that used to be considered ”broadcast.” If you can’t write both broadcast and AP style, shoot video and stills, edit copy/video/audio/everything, finding a job may be difficult.

And that’s what we’re still about here at JobFile. Finding people jobs. In the best of times, there have never been enough in this field, and let’s face it, I’m hard put to figure out when the good times start. The aura of Woodward and Bernstein disappeared long ago but those of us who have stuck it out know how important the First Amendment is.

A few people have asked me how many more years I’m going to do this. I’m not sure, and I don’t see anyone waiting in the wings to take it over.  But for now, it’s my gift to you, because no one has ever made a cent, that I know of, from publication of JobFile. I haven’t, and the clubs haven’t.  Any time people tell me they found jobs through JobFile, I’m pleased, and if they tell me it has prompted them to join the club, all the better.  That’s payment enough.  Use it, spread the word, see it on the Headline Club website (http://www.headlineclub.org), subscribe via the INBA Web site (http://www.inba.net) and as the SPJ Code of Ethics advises us, seek the truth and report it.  In the end, that’s what this is all about.

Bob Roberts

JobFile editor-for-life

Congratulations to our Lisagor Winners!

Chicago Headline Club Announces Lisagor Award Winners

CHICAGO, May 8, 2015 – The Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in the country, presented the winners of its 2014 Lisagor Awards at its annual awards dinner tonight before more than 300 people at the Union League Club of Chicago. The awards recognize the best of Chicago journalism and are named for Peter Lisagor, the Chicago Daily News’ Washington bureau chief from 1959 to 1976.

Veteran journalists Felicia Middlebrooks and Greg Hinz received Lifetime Achievement Awards. Middlebrooks has co-anchored CBS Radio/WBBM Newsradio’s morning drive news since October 1984. Hinz, who has covered city politics for 40 years, is chief political reporter, blogger and columnist for Crain’s Chicago Business.

The 2015 Anne Keegan Award was awarded to Maureen O’Donnell of the Chicago Sun-Times. The Keegan Award was founded in 2012 to honor journalists “who tell stories of ordinary people in extraordinarily well-reported and well-written prose.” The judging committee praised O’Donnell’s obituary writing in the Sun-Times for its careful research and for her “gifts of inquisitiveness and an eye for the perfect anecdote.” Through “grace of execution,” the judges wrote, her pieces suggest “it was a pleasure for O’Donnell to spend time in her subjects’ company.”

The 2014 Watchdog Award for Excellence in Public Interest Reporting goes to Tim Novak, Chris Fusco and Carol Marin of the Chicago Sun-Times for their series, “A Little Justice for David.” David Koschman died in 2004 after a single punch by Richard “R.J.” Vanecko, the nephew of former longtime Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, during a late-night drunken encounter. The Sun-Times’ dogged pursuit of the story prompted officials to re-open the case, ultimately leading to Vanecko’s conviction nearly 10 years after Koschman’s death.

Robin Robinson, the veteran Chicago broadcast journalist, served as master of ceremonies at the dinner.

The winners in more than 100 categories, including newspapers, magazines, television, radio and digital media, were:

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST DEADLINE REPORTING (D1)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “New archbishop named”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST DEADLINE REPORTING (D2)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Madhu Krishnamurthy, Lee Filas and Christopher Placek, Daily Herald, “Cops shot in Holiday Hills”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST NON-DEADLINE REPORTING (D3)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Bryan Gruley, Bloomberg, “Can a wife with dementia say yes to sex?”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST NON-DEADLINE REPORTING (D4)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Marie Wilson and Jessica Cilella, Daily Herald, “Heroin in the suburbs/Through their eyes”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING (D5)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

David Jackson, Gary Marx and Duaa Eldeib, Chicago Tribune, “Harsh treatment”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING (D6)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Marisa Kwiatkowski, The Times Media Co., “A different kind of war”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER:BEST POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT REPORTING (D7)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Jason Grotto and Heather Gillers, Chicago Tribune, “Borrowing trouble”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT REPORTING (D8)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Marc Chase, The Times Media Co., “Lake County solid waste district wastes taxpayers’ money”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST EDUCATION REPORTING (D9)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Jodi S. Cohen, Chicago Tribune, “U. of I.’s Chinese influx”

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST EDUCATION REPORTING (D10)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Carmen McCollum, The Times Media Co., “Schools, students struggle with suicides”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST SCIENCE, HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY OR ENVIRONMENT REPORTING (D11)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune, “Environment beat exclusives”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST SCIENCE, HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY OR ENVIRONMENT REPORTING (D12)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000.

 

Marc Chase, The Times Media Co., “What’s killing the Region? What’s killing Region youth?”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST NEWS COLUMN OR COMMENTARY (D13)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Peter Nickeas, Chicago Tribune, “They shoot out here every day”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST NEWS COLUMN OR COMMENTARY (D14)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Jim Slusher, Daily Herald, “Jim Slusher’s letter to readers”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST EDITORIAL WRITING (D15)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

John McCormick, Chicago Tribune, “Is Chicago helpless to stop the violence? No, actually”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST EDITORIAL WRITING (D16)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Doug Ross, The Times Media Co., “Agency’s purse strings need tight control”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST BUSINESS OR CONSUMER REPORTING (D17)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Becky Yerak, Chicago Tribune, “How some big Illinois companies cut their taxes”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST BUSINESS OR CONSUMER REPORTING (D18)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Keith Benman, The Times Media Co., “Looking to Kenosha to guide Indiana on luring jobs”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST FEATURE STORY OR SERIES (D19)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

Frank Main, Chicago Sun-Times, “The most dangerous block in Chicago”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST FEATURE STORY OR SERIES (D20)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Mike Riopell, Daily Herald, “We were almost home”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST ARTS REPORTING AND CRITICISM (D21)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune, “Designed in Chicago, made in China”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST ARTS REPORTING AND CRITICISM (D22)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald, “Barbara Vitello reviews”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST SPORTS STORY (D23)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Jared Hopkins, Chicago Tribune, “Jose Abreu’s mysterious journey”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST SPORTS STORY (D24)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Bill McLean, Kevin Reiterman, David Sweet and John Conatser, The North Shore Weekend, “Crohn’s disease can’t tackle football star”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST SPORTS COMMENTARY (D25)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

David Haugh, Chicago Tribune, “Pride of South side; NU wrong place for Union battle; I woke up on a stretcher”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST SPORTS COMMENTARY (D26)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Barry Rozner, Daily Herald, “Barry Rozner columns”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST NEWS PHOTO (D27)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Anthony Souffle, Chicago Tribune, “Violence and chaos at residential treatment centers”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST NEWS PHOTO (D28)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

John Watkins, John  Luke and Jonathan Miano, The Times Media Co., “Photos of Gary Officer Jeffery Westerfield’s funeral”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST FEATURE PHOTO (D29)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune, “The prom send-off”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST FEATURE PHOTO (D30)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Laura Stoecker, Daily Herald, “Football fireworks”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST SPORTS PHOTO (D32)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Mark Black, Daily Herald, “High Jumper”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST DESIGN (D33)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Brian MacQueen, Chicago Tribune, “Designed in Chicago, built in China”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST DESIGN (D34)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Brian Shamie, Daily Herald, “Designs”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST TECHNOLOGY REPORTING (D35)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Kathy Bergen, Chicago Tribune, “Chicago’s high-tech inspiration? Tel Aviv”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST ILLUSTRATION (D37)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Jonathon Berlin, Chicago Tribune, “Illustrations”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST ILLUSTRATION (D38)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Scott Helmchen, Shaw Media, “FDA to review safety (marijuana); Can social media pinpoint where virus strike?; Dollar disparities”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN PRINT JOURNALISM (D39)

 

Staff, The Times Media Co.

 

NON-DAILY: BEST IN-DEPTH REPORTING IN A GENERAL-INTEREST PUBLICATION

(N1)

 

Staff, Chicago Magazine, “The Truth about Crime in Chicago; Dead Wrong; Getting Washed”

 

NON-DAILY: BEST IN-DEPTH REPORTING IN COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER (N2)

 

Gretchen Rachel Hammond, Windy City Times, “Series on transgender women targeted on Chicago’s West Side”

 

NON-DAILY:BEST IN-DEPTH REPORTING IN BUSINESS MAGAZINE OR NEWSPAPER (N3)

 

Ryan Ori and John Pletz, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Chicago 2.0”

 

NON-DAILY: BEST IN-DEPTH REPORTING IN A MAGAZINE OR MAGAZINE SECTION (N4)

 

Andrew Schroedter, Patrick Rehkamp and Cassie Walker Burke, Better Government Association/Chicago Magazine, “The ABCs of UNO”

 

NON-DAILY: BEST NEWS COLUMN OR COMMENTARY (N5)

 

Joe Cahill, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Cahill on CEO pay”

 

NON-DAILY: BEST EDITORIAL WRITING (N6)

 

Ann Dwyer and Steve Reiss, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Dwyer/Reiss Editorial”

 

NON-DAILY: BEST BUSINESS REPORTING (N7)

 

Bryan Gruley, Bloomberg, “Twilight of the Pizza Barons”

 

NON-DAILY: BEST FEATURE STORY OR SERIES (N8)

 

Bryan Smith, Chicago Magazine, “The Voices in Josh Marks’ Head”

 

NON-DAILY: BEST NON-DEADLINE REPORTING IN NEWSPAPER OR MAGAZINE(N9)

 

Staff, Chicago Magazine, “The Truth about Crime in Chicago; Dead Wrong and Getting Washed”

 

NON-DAILY: BEST POLITICAL REPORTING IN NEWSPAPER OR MAGAZINE (N10)

 

Andrew Schroedter and Cassie Walker Burke, Better Government Association/Chicago Magazine, “The ABCs of UNO”

 

NON-DAILY: BEST EDUCATION REPORTING IN NEWSPAPER OR MAGAZINE (N11)

 

Andrew Schroedter and Cassie Walker Burke, Better Government Association/Chicago Magazine, “The ABCs of UNO”

 

NON-DAILY: BEST ARTS REPORTING AND CRITICISM (N12)

 

Bryan Smith, Chicago Magazine, “Mike Nussbaum is 90 and can do more pushups than you”

 

NON-DAILY: BEST SPORTS STORY (N13)

 

Bryan Smith, Chicago Magazine, “The long rebound”

 

NON-DAILY: BEST PHOTOGRAPHY (N14)

 

Art Shay, Chicago Magazine, “Life through a Leica”

 

NON-DAILY: BEST DESIGN (N15)

 

Bryan Erickson, Chicago Magazine, “Chicagoans of the Year 2014”

 

NON-DAILY: GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN PRINT JOURNALISM (N17)

 

Staff, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Agents of change; Tech real estate; Special Report: What comes first”

 

BROADCAST RADIO: BEST IN-DEPTH NEWS STORY OR SERIES (R2)

 

David Schaper, NPR, “Gun violence in Chicago up close”

 

BROADCAST RADIO: BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING (R3)

 

Robert Wildeboer and Cate Cahan, WBEZ, “Chicago police failing to register sex offenders”

 

BROADCAST RADIO: BEST REPORTER (R4)

 

Chip Mitchell, WBEZ

 

BROADCAST RADIO: BEST NEWSCAST (R5)

 

James VanOsdol, Rivet Radio, “Three morning Rivet newscasts”

 

BROADCAST RADIO: BEST FEATURE REPORTING (R6)

 

Linda Paul, Cate Cahan and Ken Davis, WBEZ, “Rules of the Ramps: Bud’s story”

 

BROADCAST RADIO: BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING (R7)

 

Robert Wildeboer and Cate Cahan, WBEZ, “Of Natural Causes: Death in Illinois Prisons”

 

BROADCAST RADIO: BEST BUSINESS OR CONSUMER REPORTING (R8)

 

Charles Meyerson, Rivet Radio, “CTA Ventra card deadline: Guide to switching”

 

BROADCAST RADIO: BEST HEALTH OR SCIENCE REPORTING (R9)

 

Shawn Allee, Jennifer Brandel, Logan Jaffe and Erik Nelson Rodriguez, WBEZ, “Curious City: Where do Chicago’s bats hang out?”

 

BROADCAST RADIO: BEST SPORTS STORY (R10)

 

Patrick Smith and Cate Cahan, “WBEZ, “Open Tryouts and ‘indie blue balls’ in Indiana”

 

SPECIALTY/TRADE: BEST DEADLINE REPORT (S1)

 

Tim Jones, Toluse Olorunnipa, Elizabeth Campbell and Andrew Harris, Bloomberg, “Ferguson Unrest”

 

SPECIALTY/TRADE: BEST IN-DEPTH REPORT OR SERIES (S2)

 

Angela Caputo, The Chicago Reporter, “Reclaiming the avenue”

 

SPECIALTY/TRADE: BEST COMMENTARY (S3)

 

William T. McGrath, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, “Professor William McGrath-The John Marshall Law School”

 

SPECIALTY/TRADE: BEST BUSINESS OR CONSUMER REPORTING (S4)

 

John Lippert, Jeffery McCracken and David de Jong, Bloomberg, “Power network draws rich families to Chicago banker Byron Trott”

 

SPECIALTY/TRADE: BEST FEATURE STORY OR SERIES (S5)

Joe Carroll, Bloomberg, “Murder on the Pipelines: Drug cartels turn Texas oil routes into killing zones”

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST SPOT NEWS STORY (T1)

 

Rob Elgas, Curtis Sweat, Joe Kolina, Jennifer Lay-Riske and Stephanie Streff, WMAQ-TV/NBC5 Chicago, “Marching with the protesters”

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST IN-DEPTH NEWS STORY OR SERIES (T2)

 

Tammy Leitner, Lisa Capitanini, Mark Ringo, Julio Martinez, Rich Moy and Tony Vitale, NBC5 Chicago, “NBC5 Investigates: The new hacking threat”

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORT (T3)

 

Pam Zekman, Patrick Rehkamp and Dan Blom, Better Government Association/CBS2 Chicago, “Fire suppression”

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST FEATURE NEWS REPORT (T8)

John Owens, Zbigniew Bzdak and Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune/WYCC-TV 20, “Kenwood’s Journey”

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING (T9)

 

Staff, NBC5 Chicago, “NBC5 Investigates: Inside the frontlines”

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST BUSINESS OR CONSUMER REPORTING (T10)

 

Brett Chase, Pam Zekman and Dan Blom, Better Government Association/CBS2 Chicago, “Illinois public hospitals pay $180 Million for wrongful death cases”

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST HEALTH OR SCIENCE REPORTING (T11)

 

Pam Zekman, Patrick Rehkamp and Dan Blom, Better Government Association/CBS2 Chicago, “Fire suppression”

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST SPORTS STORY/SINGLE NEWS STORY OR FEATURE

(T12)

 

Martha Irvine, Associated Press, “Teen shines on paralympic hockey”

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST NEWS SPECIALTY/EDUCATION/SCHOOLS NEWS

(T20)

 

Staff, NBC5 Chicago, “NBC5 Investigates: The School Data Investigations”

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST NEWS SPECIALTY/ENVIRONMENT NEWS

 (T21)

 

Chris Coffey, Katy Smyser, Rich Moy, Mark Ringo, Julio Martinez and Mike Adams, NBC5 Chicago, “NBC5 Investigates: Beach Ready?”

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST NEWS SPECIALTY/HEALTH/SCIENCE (T22)

 

Martha Irvine and Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press, “Baby-Cuddling grandma holds unexpected patient”

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST NEWS SPECIALTY/HUMAN INTEREST (T23)

 

Martha Irvine, Associated Press, “Paying it forward, church gives out money”

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST NEWS

 

SPECIALTY/POLITICS/GOVERERNMENT

(T24)

 

Phil Rogers, Katy Smyser, Richard Moy, Zach Christman, Mark Ringo and Julio Martinez, NBC5 Chicago, “NBC5 Investigates: Leadership PACs”

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST NEWS SPECIALTY/RELIGIOUS (T25)

 

Robert Herguth, Patrick Rehkamp, Phil Rogers and Katy Smyser, Better Government Association/ NBC5 Chicago, “Nuns and Strippers”

 

ONLINE: BEST MULTIMEDIA FEATURE PRESENTATION (X1)

 

Alex Bordens, Alex Richards, David Kidwell, Ryan Mark, David Eads and Ryan Nagle, Chicago Tribune, “Were you caught in a red light camera ticket spike?”

 

ONLINE: BEST NEWS WEBSITE (X2)

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune

 

ONLINE: BEST INDIVIDUAL BLOG POST, INDEPENDENT (X3)

 

Jacob Huebert and Bryant Jackson-Green, Illinois Policy.org, “Illinois general assembly revives recording ban”

 

ONLINE: BEST INDIVIDUAL BLOG, AFFILIATED (X4)

 

Christopher Benson, The Chicago Reporter, “Blogs by Christopher Benson”

 

ONLINE: BEST CONTINUING BLOG, INDEPENDENT (X5)

 

Casey Bukro and Stephen Rynkiewicz, Ethicsadvicelineforjournalists.org, “Ethics in Journalism”

 

ONLINE: BEST CONTINUING BLOG, AFFILIATED (X6)

 

Patty Wetli, DNAinfo.com Chicago, “Hortus in Urbe”

 

ONLINE: BEST DEADLINE REPORTING ONLINE (X7)

 

Carlos Sadovi, Jeremy Gorner, Gregory Pratt, Marwa Eltagouri and Rosemary Sobol, Chicago Tribune, “Black Friday shooting at Nordstrom”

 

ONLINE: BEST NON-DEADLINE REPORTING ONLINE (X8)

 

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, Jon Lowenstein and Alden Loury, The Center for Public Integrity, “Understaffed and Underserved: A look Inside America’s Nursing Homes”

 

ONLINE: BEST BREAKING NEWS STORY (X9)

 

Tanveer Ali and Darryl Holliday, DNAinfo.com Chicago, “CTA Operator Who crashed Train was ‘Very Tired,’ possibly nodded off: Union”

 

ONLINE: BEST NEIGHBORHOOD/COMMUNITY NEWS (X10)

 

Staff, The Red Line Project, “selection from The Red Line Project”

 

ONLINE: BEST BUSINESS OR CONSUMER REPORTING (X11)

 

Julie Johnsson and Britton Staniar, Bloomberg, “As other Paparazzi Chase Kardashians, these guys stalk 787s”

 

ONLINE: BEST FEATURE STORY OR SERIES (X12)

 

Staff, The Medill Justice Project, “Wrongful Convictions”

 

ONLINE: BEST INVESTIGATIVE/PUBLIC SERVICE REPORTING (X13)

 

Mark Konkol, DNAinfo.com Chicago, “Jackie Robinson West Little League team boundary dispute”

 

ONLINE: BEST USE OF NEWS VIDEO (X14)

 

Craig Duff, Stephen Franklin, Clancy Calkins and Jon Groat, MSNBC.com Chicago, “Ricochet: Life in a City under seige from guns”

 

ONLINE: BEST USE OF FEATURES VIDEO (X15)

 

Chris Walker and Erin Mystkowski, Chicago Tribune, “So Chicago”

 

ONLINE: BEST USE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY (X16)

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “Chicago crime series”

 

ONLINE: GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE JOURNALISM (X18)

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “Selection of online Journalism”

 

ONLINE: BEST PHOTO  (X19)

 

Ratko Radojcic, Chicago Magazine, “Last Call: 22 Shots of Chicago Bars at the night’s end”

 

BEST ALL MEDIA: BEST DEADLINE REPORTING (AM1)

 

Staff, The Medill Justice Project, “Del Prete released from prison”

 

BEST ALL MEDIA: BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING (AM2)

 

Staff, The Medill Justice Project, “Wrongful Convictions”

 

BEST ALL MEDIA: BEST FEATURE STORY OR SERIES (AM3)

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “Chicago Crime series”

 

BEST ALL MEDIA: BEST SHORT FILM DOCUMENTARY (AM4)

 

Stephen Franklin and Craig Duff, MSNBC.com Chicago, “Ricochet: Life in a City under siege from guns”

 

BEST ALL MEDIA: BEST PHOTOGRAPHY (AM5)

 

Anthony Souffle, Chicago Tribune, “Violence and chaos at residential treatment centers”

 

BEST ALL MEDIA: BEST MULTIMEDIA COLLABORATION (AM6)

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune/Mash/True Star Media, “Lost Friends”

 

BEST ALL MEDIA: BEST EDITORIAL CARTOON (AM7)

 

Scott Stantis, Chicago Tribune, “Scott Stantis editorial cartoons”

 

BEST ALL MEDIA: BEST GRAPHICS (AM8)

 

Jason McGregor, Allison Riggio and Cassie Walker Burke, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Market Intel”

 

BEST ALL MEDIA: BEST ILLUSTRATION (AM9)

 

Thomas J. Linden, John Ueland and Danny Ecker, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Da Pitchman”

 

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The Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in the country, established the Peter Lisagor Awards in 1977 to inspire Chicago-area journalists to follow Lisagor’s outstanding example and to recognize truly superior contributions to journalism. Lisagor, the Chicago Daily News’ Washington bureau chief from 1959 to 1976, was one of the nation’s most respected and best-known journalists.

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The Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in the country, established the Peter Lisagor Awards in 1977 to inspire Chicago-area journalists to follow Lisagor’s outstanding example and to recognize truly superior contributions to journalism. Peter Lisagor, the Chicago Daily News’ Washington bureau chief from 1959 to 1976, was one of the nation’s most respected and well-known journalists.

Panelists debate how local media covers race as mayoral runoff heats up

By Damian Lopez and Suzanne McBride

A crucial factor in next month’s mayoral runoff is the racial divide in the city of Chicago, which was clear Monday, March 2nd at a panel discussion on the subject.

The runoff between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia was one of many topics the panelists discussed during a passionate, sometimes heated 90-minute forum held at Columbia College Chicago. The panel was co-sponsored by the Chicago Headline Club and Positive Vision Communications.

Garcia, a Cook County commissioner who came in second with 34 percent of the vote in the Feb. 24th election, is trying to “put the band back together,” ABC7 political reporter Charles Thomas said, referring to the coalition Harold Washington formed to win the 1983 mayoral race.

If Garcia is able to successfully build a coalition between Hispanics and African-Americans, then he may be able to beat Emanuel April 7, the panelists said. About two-thirds of the city’s 2.7 million residents are Hispanic or African American.

Emanuel has already started making moves to stop Garcia, the panelists pointed out.

Delmarie Cobb, a longtime media and political consultant, said Emanuel has turned some black ministers against Garcia, a former alderman and state lawmaker who got into the race after Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

This could have a negative effect on the sometimes strained relationship between Hispanics and African Americans, the panelists said.

But Hermene Hartman, CEO of Hartman Publishing Group and N’DIGO, warned that “gimmicks don’t work.”

She said this in response to comments U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk made recently about the mayoral runoff, suggesting that if someone besides Emanuel wins, Chicago could turn into financially troubled Detroit.

“When people make these little subtle, subdued, subliminal racist remarks, we understand what they’re saying,” Hartman said, referring to Black voters. “It backfires on them all the time.”

ABC7 reporter Charles Thomas agreed, saying “that’s a scare tactic.”

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown noted that a similar comment about Detroit was made in the 1980s during the Washington campaign, with his opponents suggesting if Chicago elected its first Black mayor, then the city would become another Detroit.

Cobb said given the major financial challenges facing the Chicago today, “we are a step away from being Detroit, but it won’t be because of Jesus Garcia” getting elected. It will be because of 30 years of neglect of the city’s neighborhoods, she said.

President Obama coming to Chicago to honor the Pullman district didn’t seem to help the the mayor, said Hartman. “The hug didn’t work,” she said.

The panel also discussed the lack of diversity in local newsrooms and whether white journalists can cover minority communities and issues.

“White folks aren’t qualified to report about Blacks and Hispanics,” Hartman said.

White reporters can get the story wrong because they don’t talk to enough people and draw conclusions from too few voices, she said.

“If the newsrooms were balanced, if they were equal, this wouldn’t be a problem,” Hartman said, adding that the white mainstream media tends to stereotype.

“Talking to one, two people of color doesn’t give you the view. It is a view.”

Thomas agreed that journalists must thoroughly report a story. “The danger is that we talk only to the civil rights activists or the elected officials.”

So does that mean that white journalists can’t cover minority issues and candidates, asked Mick Dumke, a reporter for The Chicago Reader and the panel’s moderator.

Cobb responded: “Mick, you’re an exception. There’s a handful, and you’re one of them.” In many cases the white media isn’t doing their job.

“But there are also black people who are selling us out on a daily basis,” Cobb said. “We know who they are. . . . The cabal of black people running Chicago right now – I’m not talking to them, and they’re not talking to me. They’re not speaking for the black community, they’re speaking for themselves.”

White journalists are qualified to do these stories if they talk to a diversity of people, not just the executive director of an organization, said Esther Cepeda, who writes a nationally syndicated column for the The Washington Post Writers Group.

The panel also touched on how the media has covered other black politicians and their white counterparts

Hartman said the media did not cover former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger fairly and that journalists mistreated Roland Burris when he briefly served as a U.S. senator.

Thomas agreed, saying the handling of Stroger was in stark contrast to how journalists covered to the early years of former Mayor Richard Daley’s tenure. “It was kid-glove treatment for Richard M. Daley the first six years of his administration.”

The headlines and images that accompanied many of the stories about Stroger portrayed him in a negative way, Cepeda said.

Has the media been too easy on current Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle? Yes, Hartman said. “It’s the white darling effect. The white media doesn’t like black political men.”

The panel was recorded by CAN-TV and can be seen here.