The 2017 Peter Lisagor Awards are now open!

December 4, 2017 Ben Meyerson 0

The Chicago Headline Club is now accepting nominations for 2017 Peter Lisagor Awards! Reports must have been published or aired between Jan. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2017. Entries must be the original work of journalists in Illinois or who work for news media based in the state or northwest Indiana. All […]

Facebook algorithms, body cameras and gadgets: What we learned at EIJ 2017

September 30, 2017 Ben Meyerson 0

A few members of the Chicago Headline Club’s executive board had the privilege of attending this year’s Excellence in Journalism conference in September. The annual conference brought together members of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Native American […]

And the Peter Lisagor Award winners are…

May 12, 2017 Ben Meyerson 0

The Chicago Headline Club, one of the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapters in the country, presented the winners of its 2016 Lisagor Awards at its annual awards dinner tonight before nearly 300 people at the Union League Club of Chicago. The awards recognize the best of Chicago journalism and […]

These are your 2017 Peter Lisagor Award finalists

April 6, 2017 Ben Meyerson 0

The Chicago Headline Club is proud to announce the finalists for the 40th annual Peter Lisagor Awards — a hotly competitive contest that drew a near-record 871 entries this year. The dinner and awards ceremony will be held Friday, May 12, at the Union League Club of Chicago. Tickets are now on […]

Data journalism: How to get started

April 5, 2017 Ben Meyerson 0

Did the City of Chicago finally send you that data dump you’d been FOIA’ing (after FOIA Fest 2017) and now you’re not sure what to do with it? Is Chicago Public Schools giving you a super-confusing spreadsheet that may as well be in another language? Don’t know whether to use […]

FOIA Fest 2017 — Feb. 25

February 3, 2017 Ben Meyerson 0

Tickets for the fifth-annual FOIA Fest 2017 are now live! Get yours before they sell out. The fifth-annual FOIA Fest will be Feb. 25 at Loyola University Chicago. The daylong conference features panels and training sessions on everything from finding records hidden in plain sight to analyzing data for hard-hitting […]

When Reporters Write Books — Friday, Jan. 13

January 7, 2017 Ben Meyerson 0

We all manage to wear multiple hats when dashing between assignments and deadlines. But some of us have also managed to don the hat of book author. Join the Chicago Tribune’s Mary Wisniewski, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Maudlyne Ihejirika, Crain’s Robert Elder and author/journalist Ethan Michaeli for cocktails and conversation on […]

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January Happy Hour

January 25, 2016 Ben Meyerson 0

Stuck in the winter doldrums? Looking for some inspiration for a story? Just want to warm your innards with food, beverages and good company? Want some money to do investigative journalism? Come join your fellow journalists for a happy hour Jan. 27 at Rockit Bar & Grill for a happy […]

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Covering Black Lives Matter

January 6, 2016 Ben Meyerson 0

 Protests in the streets. Clashes in the legal system. Activists of color across the country are drawing attention as they protest perceived injustice from politicians, law enforcement and the legal system. As media outlets cover actions from Black Lives Matter and other groups, how can they ensure they’re accurately capturing […]