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Headline Club summer party/fundraiser Aug. 28

Join the Chicago Headline Club Foundation and fans, friends and family members Sun., Aug. 28 for our annual Les Brownlee summer party.

We will start at 2 p.m. at the southeast Evanston home Les shared with his wife, Priscilla Ruth MacDougall, at 537 Judson Ave. A brief program starts at 4 p.m.

Two Chicago Headline Club Lifetime Achievement Award winners — Felicia Middlebrooks of WBBM Radio and Greg Hinz of Crain’s Chicago Business — will speak. We also will hear from one of Les’s students from his Columbia College years, Cynthia Pelayo. Harriet Ellis will entertain at the keyboard before and after the speakers. Dancing after 6 p.m.

A $25 donation is requested to benefit the Les Brownlee Scholarship Fund. In addition to visiting with old friends and meeting new ones, you’ll have fabulous food from Hecky’s BBQ, MamaT’s, Chicken Shack, plus pizza, brats, burgers, and beverages of all kinds.

Les was best-known for his “Les Brownlee: Channel 7 Eyewitness News.” He also worked at the Chicago Daily News, Chicago’s American and Chicago Defender. He was the first African-American member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the first black president of the Chicago Headline Club.

We honor Les each year with a $3,000 scholarship to an outstanding Chicago area journalism student. Your contribution at this party goes into that scholarship fund. If you cannot attend, you can still contribute. Write a check for a tax-deductible contribution to the Chicago Headline Club Foundation, care of CHCF Treasurer Howard Dubin, Manufacturers News, 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201.

Copies of “Les Brownlee: The Autobiography of a Pioneering African-American Journalist” will be for sale at the party.

 

Headline Club gift to you

Give yourself the gift of knowledge this holiday season: Become a member of the Chicago Headline Club now through Jan. 15 and get a free ticket to our fourth annual FOIA Fest, a daylong conference dedicated to access to public information.

Come hear from Andy Shaw, president and CEO of the watchdog group the Better Government Association. And come learn from more than a dozen panels and workshops on everything from how to uncover misconduct and develop sources to digging into data and crafting a public records request. FOIA Fest will be held on March 12 at Loyola University Chicago.

Interested in this great offer? Contact membership@headlineclub.org.

Build your personal brand!

Come join us Saturday for a half-day workshop all about building your brand!

The Chicago Headline Club has teamed up with the Chicago chapter of the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) to help you learn the tricks of the trade! Find out what you need to create a website to showcase your work, and which social media tool will attract the greatest audience. Get the edge from those who do this every day — and get results.

Where:
ABA Journal, 321 N. Clark St. (21st floor), in downtown Chicago.

When: 9am-noon, Saturday Nov. 7

Cost:
$10 for members of the Headline Club and/or JAWS
$15 for non-members
$5 for students who show ID
* FREE for new members who join between now and Nov. 7! Join now!
For tickets, go to Eventbrite.

Building Your Personal Brand! Agenda:

9-10 a.m.
Where do you showcase your work? Learn the nuts and bolts of setting up your own website with Ed Scott, UX consultant and adjunct professor of communication at the Illinois Institute of Technology. (Laptops are not required, but encouraged)

10-11 a.m.
Facebook. Instagram. Periscope. So many social media tools! Learn what works best with Ali Trumbull, social media coordinator for Crain’s Chicago Business, where she focuses on social strategy for both the editorial and business sides of the magazine. Previously, she was community news manager at Aggrego, where she managed three then-Sun-Times Media newspapers online and their social media channels.

11-noon
Now that you have some tools under your belt, snag some tips and insight from those who have built their brand well, featuring:

  • Alex Garcia, an award-winning independent photographer and former staffer at the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and the Press-Telegram (Long Beach, Calif.). He is the author of “Depth of Field: Tips on Photojournalism and Creativity,” based on his popular “Assignment Chicago” blog at the Chicago Tribune.
  • Rex Huppke, a columnist at the Chicago Tribune, where he writes a syndicated humor column as well as a workplace column that runs in papers across the country. He once declared himself “America’s most-beloved workplace advice columnist,” thus becoming an expert at branding.
  • Angelica Atondo, author of “El Secreto Para Lograrlo,” a guide for youth that has sold more than 200,000 copies in the United States and in Mexico. She was an anchor for Univision’s affiliate in Illinois from 2010 to 2014. Most recently, she was the voice for Ragu’s 2015 National Campaign and Cricket’s 2015 National Campaign. She’s also the official endorsement personality for the Money Transfers’ company Pangea and for Apoyo Medical Legal.
  • Moderator Alejandra Cancino, a fellow at The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago. Cancino spent six years at the Chicago Tribune, where her beats included labor and manufacturing. Before the Tribune, Cancino was a web producer and multimedia reporter at La Palma, a Spanish-language weekly, and covered crime for the Palm Beach Post. She’s on the Chicago Headline Club board of directors and is co-captain for JAWS’ Chicago chapter.

 

Exclusive preview: “Spotlight” Nov. 2

See “Spotlight,”the film about the Boston Globe’s exposé of the Catholic Church pedophile cover up, before it opens to the general public!

WHAT: Sneak preview of “Spotlight” with the Headline Club!
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 2 at 7p.m.
WHERE: Lake Street Screening Room, 70 E Lake St. on the 16th floor
TICKETS: Buy your tickets ahead of time here!
Headline Club members + 1 guest, $10 each
Non-Members, $15
New members, FREE with paid membership before or at the screening! Please bring receipt to show as proof.

“It’s the ‘All the President’s Men’ for the 21st century,” says Dann Gire, Headline Club board member, Chicago Film Critics Association president, and Daily Herald movie reviewer.

Boston Globe editor Robby Robinson sat on their story about the Catholic Church’s pedophile cover-up until a final “i” got dotted, even though a rival newspaper was about to stumble over the story, rendering months of work at the Globe a waste.

“Spotlight” opens in theaters Nov. 6.

Open Road has decided to push all of the members of its large ensemble — among them Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci — in the supporting categories for the Oscars.

 

 

 

Journalism: past, present and future

the topic at the CHC Foundation’s
annual Brownlee Party!

Featuring Susan Richardson, Myiti Sengstacke and Robert Chiarito

RSVP here now: https://lesbrownleesummerparty2015.eventbrite.com

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday August 23rd at 537 Judson Ave. in Evanston
We will meet at the beautiful home that Les Brownlee shared with his wife, Priscilla Ruth MacDougall, our hostess. Your $25 donation buys you Hecky’s BBQ, brats, burgers, beverages of all kinds, and brilliant conversation.

Our speakers:
–Susan Smith Richardson, editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter, veteran editor, reporter and columnist at the Chicago Tribune and elsewhere.
— Myiti Sengstacke Rice, founding editor in chief of Uptown magazine, granddaughter of late publisher John H.H. Sengstacke and author of “Chicago Defender.”
— Bob Chiarito, founder of The Chicago Ambassador, regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, and City News Bureau of Chicago and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin alum who studied under Les.

 Les was the first African-American member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the first black president of the Chicago Headline Club. He worked at the Chicago Daily News, Chicago’s American, Chicago Defender, WLS-TV (“Les Brownlee: Channel 7 Eyewitness News”), and taught at ColumbiaCollege.

We honor Les each year with a $3,000 scholarship to an outstanding Chicago area journalism student. Your contribution at this party goes into that scholarship fund. If you cannot attend, you can still contribute. Write a check for a tax-deductible contribution to the Chicago Headline Club Foundation, care of CHCF Treasurer Howard Dubin, Manufacturers News, 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL60201.

You may purchase a copy of “Les Brownlee: The Autobiography of a Pioneering African-American Journalist” at the party. Also available will be new books by Kenan Heise, “He Writes About Us,” and by Allen Rafalson, “The Santa Claus Trial.”

RSVP via EventBrite above or to Susan S. Stevens at susanstevens@aol.com, 312-733-1936.

CHC annual Brownlee Party Sun. Aug. 23

Mark your calendar now!

            2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sun. Aug.23 

Our annual summer party honoring Les Brownlee

RSVP here now: https://lesbrownleesummerparty2015.eventbrite.com We will meet at 537 Judson Ave. in Evanston, the beautiful home near Lake Michigan that Les shared with his wife, Priscilla Ruth MacDougall, our hostess.

Your donation buys you BBQ, beer, brats, burgers, and brilliant conversation. 

 Les was the first African-American member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the first black president of the Chicago Headline Club. He worked at the Chicago Daily News, Chicago’s American, Chicago Defender, WLS-TV (“Les Brownlee: Channel 7 Eyewitness News”), and taught at Columbia College. If you were one of his students, he might have asked you to stand in class and shout, “I am great.”

 We honor Les each year with a $3,000 scholarship to an outstanding Chicago area journalism student. Your contribution at this party goes into that scholarship fund. If you cannot attend, you can still contribute. Write a check for a tax-deductible contribution to the Chicago Headline Club Foundation, care of CHCF Treasurer Howard Dubin, Manufacturers News, 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201.

At the party, you may purchase a copy of “Les Brownlee: The Autobiography of a Pioneering African-American Journalist” at the party. Also available will be new books by Kenan Heise, “He Writes About Us,” and by Allen Rafalson, “The Santa Claus Trial.”

RSVP via EventBrite above or to Susan S. Stevens at susanstevens@aol.com, 312-733-1936.

CHC achievement: IAG letters

The Headline Club was intensely involved in this project that you will read all about in the following news release from the Citizens Advocacy Center. We hope it will help you.

Determination Letters Issued by Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor Now Available to Public Through Searchable Index.

Determination letters are non-binding opinions issued by the PAC’s Office to resolve complaints about alleged violations of Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act by government bodies that are filed by members of the public and the media. While the PAC’s office has received thousands of request for reviews of alleged violations, only binding opinions are available to the public at http://foia.ilattorneygeneral.net/bindingopinions.aspx.

Determination letters, which are issued far more frequently, are not immediately available. The difference between binding and non-binding opinions is that a binding opinion is reviewable and will receive deference by a circuit court; but a judge is not required to pay heed to a non-binding opinion in an ensuing lawsuit.

CAC has thus far received over 400 determination letters. Over 100 of those letters are now available and the index will be updated on an ongoing basis as additional letters are analyzed.

“Determination letters have tremendous value because the legal analysis for determination letters and binding opinions is substantively identical, and so they reveal how the Attorney General’s Office interprets open government statutes,” explained CAC Executive Director Maryam Judar. “Prior to this index, to access a determination letter, an individual would need to know what she or he is looking for and submit a FOI request to the Attorney General’s Office.”

The index reports several aspects of each determination letter, including the public body type and specific public body name that is implicated, the violation(s) alleged, the specific provision in the FOIA or OMA or outside statute cited, the outcome, and the legal rationale behind the outcome. A link to the original letter is also provided. This index is an important tool that will assist journalists in reporting on government entities’ application of open government laws and writing FOIA requests, and citizens seeking to become more civically involved to produce positive outcomes on issues ranging from budget accountability to social justice.

“The PAC Determination Letter Index levels the playing field between the requester and he public body,” said Judar. Equipping FOIA requesters with an easy way to access determination letters can help them to craft better FOIA requests and target the right public body for their specific request. Likewise, a community member who suspects their public body violated OMA might find similar circumstances described in the index that will help them better evaluate the situation.”

Funding for this project was provided by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and the Chicago Headline Club.

For more information on the Headline Club, visit www.HeadlineClub.org. For more information about CAC visit www.CitizenAdvocacyCenter.org

Middlebrooks, Hinz to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at Lisagor banquet

Felicia Middlebrooks and Greg Hinz will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Chicago Headline Club’s Peter Lisagor Awards banquet for exemplary journalism May 8.

Middlebrooks has co-anchored CBS Radio/WBBM Newsradio 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. Their biographies follow banquet details.

Also at the Lisagor dinner:
— outstanding investigative reporting will receive a Watchdog Award, thanks to the Richard Dreihaus Foundation
— a journalist who gives voice to the voiceless will receive the Anne Keegan Award
— the $3,000 Les Brownlee scholarship will be announced for a college student, as will two $3,000 intern grants funded by the Chicago Headline Club Foundation
— AND Lisagor Awards winners will be announced and plaques will be presented to them

Buy your tickets now to honor these fine journalists at the 38th annual Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism.

Awards will be announced Fri. May 8 at a banquet at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.

$90 for Headline Club members, $105 for non-members, $900 for a table of 10 and $1,080 for a table of 12. Please reserve by May 1.

You may buy tickets online at
http://headlineclub.org/2015/03/19/buy-lisagor-tickets-2/

Or, email Aimee DeBat at chc.spj@gmail.com.
Mail checks to:
Chicago Headline Club/Lisagor Awards,
1349 E. Washington St., #408
Des Plaines IL 60016

Park in the adjacent garage for $10, get your ticket stamped at the Union League Club desk.

To review the list of finalists:
http://headlineclub.org/2015/03/26/and-the-peter-lisagor-award-nominees-are/

Felicia Middlebrooks has co-anchored the award winning morning-drive program for CBS Radio/WBBM Newsradio since October 1984, last year marking her 30th consecutive year in the highly competitive time slot. Her warm signature voice is synonymous with Chicago’s No. 1  morning radio newscast.

Middlebrooks’ 39-year career has been a string of firsts, including the first woman to work as a CBS Newsradio morning co-anchor and the first African American to hold such a position. She helped pave the way for women and minorities to co-anchor mornings at CBS Radio stations across the country.

Working her way through Purdue University as a steelworker, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. At 24, she was the youngest anchor hired at WBBM, following work at several stations in her native Northwest Indiana.

As a reporter, Middlebrooks covered Nelson Mandela’s 1990 U.S. tour following his release from prison as South Africa’s apartheid regime crumbled. She reported on the aftermath of Rwanda’s 1994 bloody genocide, civil conflict in Uganda and Congo, and President Barack Obama’s historic inauguration. In 2010, she embedded with the non-profit “Hospitals for Humanity” to cover Haiti’s devastating earthquake.

Middlebrooks’ work has been honored with several Edward R. Murrow Awards for Excellence in News, including for her series “Tuskegee Airmen: On the Wings of Courage”; an Associated Press best reporting award; and a number of Peter Lisagor awards for reporting.

In 2010, Middlebrooks was named one of “50 Women of Excellence” by the Chicago Defender, and World Relief gave her a Humanitarian Award for her work in Rwanda. In 2006, she was inducted into the International Press Club’s Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame.

As an adjunct professor, she teaches journalism courses at DePaul University and Purdue University Calumet. Middlebrooks also runs her own production company, Saltshaker Productions, LLC. Her first documentary film, “Somebody’s Child: The Redemption of Rwanda” won first place for “Best Documentary Short” in the 2005 New York International Film & Video Festival.

Greg Hinz, as chief political reporter, blogger and columnist for Crain’s Chicago Business, is a must-read every day in Chicago and Illinois political circles. Hinz has covered politics in the city for nearly 40 years, matching insightful analysis with impressive source work and lively prose to break news and shed light on how law and policy is made, from City Hall to the statehouse in Springfield.

Hinz has written for Crain’s since 1996. His recent work includes revealing how then-candidate Bruce Rauner worked connections prior to his daughter being accepted into an elite Chicago high school, ties between the future governor’s firm and corrupt political fixer Stuart Levine, and the maneuvering behind the Illiana expressway. Beyond politics, Hinz focuses on policy issues that resonate far beyond the city’s business community, such as taxes, economic development, education and transportation. He’s a frequent guest commentator in the city’s public affairs forums.

Hinz says he marks his career by mayors and political conventions. Soon after graduating from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, he attended both the Democratic and Republican national conventions in Miami Beach in 1972. He then started a two-decade stint with the Lerner newspaper chain, which included covering City Hall at the end of the Richard J. Daley reign through the years of Michael Bilandic, Jane Byrne and Harold Washington. He then was a political writer at Chicago magazine from 1992 until joining Crain’s. Along the way, he served as president of the local Newspaper Guild.

Previously, Hinz has won awards from the Chicago Headline Club and the Society of Business Editors and Writers. In 2014, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Chicago Journalists Association.

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.

Want to be a Headline Club board member?

We’re looking to build a more diverse Board of Directors for the Chicago Headline Club, one that will represent the greater Chicago journalism community. We want candidates from all media and disciplines: television, radio, wire, newspapers, blogs, magazines, academia and retirees.

 If you’re enthusiastic about your profession, want to improve and protect it, and can commit to monthly meetings and perform committee work, you’re an ideal candidate for our board.  Send your resume to CHC president Mary Wisniewski (wiz1166@yahoo.com), and incoming president Odette Yousef (odette.yousef@gmail.com), along with a brief statement outlining what you would bring to our board of directors. We currently have three board seats open for the term starting July 1. Deadline: March 27.

The Chicago Headline Club Board meets monthly to help plan programming and services for the journalism committee, including our annual Lisagor Awards and FOIA Fest; educational events such as panels on race and politics, covering traumatic events and environmental reporting; as well as fun, networking opportunities such as Burger Nights and movie nights. We also act as a voice for professional journalists – speaking out against laws that restrict access to information, and defending journalists threatened for protecting their sources. Board members are required to stay current on their membership. If you want to be a part of this vital and important organization, let us hear from you soon.

 

Freelancer Finance 4-1-1

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23
Cost: FREE
Where: Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta, 61 E. Madison St., Chicago

Public transportation: L at the Madison/Wabash L stop on Orange, Green, Purple, Pink and Brown lines

Driving: park at 20 E. Randolph Self-Park for discounted rate (sticker vouchers available at the event)

Program:

-FREE pizza
-CPA Ken Kobiernicki of ORBA on freelance taxes
-CFP Nick Thompson of Chicago Wealth Management on freelancers’ retirement options

Sponsored by Working Journalists, a new organization supporting Chicago-area freelance/independent media workers offering such services as press credentials, professional education and Web site space.  Find us online at www.workingjournalists.com, on Facebook and on Twitter @workingjournos.