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Loyola chapter discusses news literacy Feb. 18

Loyola SPJ Chapter Reveals Groundbreaking News Literacy Survey

Presentation and Panel Discussion Feb. 18, 2015

The Loyola SPJ Chapter conducted more than 500 inperson interviews with students during mid-October 2014. Survey findings were compiled in December and will be released during a special presentation in Loyola’s Convergence Studio at the Water Tower Campus. The event will feature noted journalism professionals who will discuss the survey’s results with a participating studio audience. Beginning at 6 p.m., this presentation is free and open to the public with complimentary refreshments. Reserve your spot at

-Don Heider, Dean of the School of Communication Loyola University Chicago
-Mary Wisniewski, President of the Chicago Headline Club and National Correspondent for Thomson Reuters
-Don Wycliff, former Chicago Tribune Editor and Board Member of the McCormick Foundation
-TBA, a representative from NPR (WBEZ)

About the Survey
The Loyola SPJ news literacy survey was conducted as part of an effort recognizing National News Engagement Day sponsored by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Loyola’s SPJ Chapter developed a news literacy survey, which asked more than 500 students how they receive news, what devices they use to consume news, the credibility of news sources and how they define news.

“The goal of this project was to understand the importance of news literacy among our student body at Loyola,” said Loyola SPJ Chapter President Samantha Sartori. “The future of journalism is dependent on the public’s knowledge of credible and reliable sources and our project provides valuable insights.”


Featured Key Findings

Students define what they consider news and more than half said they consume news on a daily basis. Students identified their most credible sources of information and news, which included CNN, BBC and the New York Times among others. Students consume their news predominantly on mobile devices and computers.

“We’re not surprised that young adults are shifting to digital devices to retrieve news,” said Loyola SPJ Executive Board Member Grace Runkel. “We were surprised how students defined news and what they preferred as credible media outlets.”

 About Loyolas SPJ Chapter

The chapter is recognized regionally and nationally for its work and leadership. Chapter members have received several Mark of Excellence awards for outstanding student journalism and the organization has been praised for its tutoring project at SennHigh School. Loyola SPJ’s faculty chapter advisor is Beth Konrad.


For more information:

Samantha Sartori: 4123709497,

Grace Runkel: 5028197814,


Burger Nite Friday

After a long week committing acts of journalism, at 6 p.m. Friday night come grab a burger and a brew at Blue Frog’s Local 22, at 22 W. Hubbard St.

Most importantly? Your first beverage the evening of Feb. 13, the second Friday of the month, is on the Headline Club.

New date: March 2 — Race, Politics & Media

6 p.m. Mon. March 2 at Columbia College’s Film Row, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.

–Do assumptions about race distort media coverage of public officials?
–Was Todd Stroger treated differently than Richard M. Daley?
–Is the Black vote or the Latino vote treated as a monolith?

Sponsored by the Chicago Headline Club and Positive Vision Communications

A panel discussion featuring: Charles Thomas, ABC 7 News political reporter, Delmarie Cobb, media and political consultant, Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times columnist, Esther Cepeda, columnist, Hermene Hartman, CEO of Hartman Publishing Group, and Mick Dumke, Chicago Reader reporter

FOIAfest March 14 — RSVP now

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The Chicago Headline Club is hosting “FOIAfest 2015” from 8:30 to 4 on Saturday, March 14 at Loyola University’s Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson St., Chicago.

In addition to sessions by leading Chicago-area journalists, there will be special presentations by Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and Brant Houston, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois.

Attendees will get tips from the pros on how to wrestle information out of obstinate public agencies, learn how to access public records that are “hidden” in plain sight and how to analyze data for hard-hitting, compelling stories.

FOIAfest 2015 is made possible by a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

Tickets are $10 for Chicago Headline Club members and students; $15 for nonmembers.  Nonmembers who join the Chicago Headline Club will pay the member price.

To purchase tickets, go to FOIAfest 2015.

Information about the Chicago Headline Club, the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, is at

Lisagor, Lifetime, Watchdog, Keegan: enter by Jan. 20

Q&A: How and where to enter, ship, phone, etc!

Due to the number of questions being asked about how to enter the Lisagor contest, the Chicago Headline Club has decided to extend the deadline by one week in order to make sure everyone gets a chance to get their issues resolved. The contest deadline is now the end of the day Tuesday, January 20.

Here are some frequently asked questions about the contest:

Q: I have an entire newspaper to submit for general excellence. Or, I have a check or something else I need to mail to you via USPS. Where should I send mail to the
   Chicago Headline Club?
Attn: Mary Wisniewski
   311 South Wacker Dr. 12th floor
   Chicago, IL 60606
Q: Online site says my entry was not approved. What does that mean?
A: When you request to make an entry, the system sends the administrator an e-mail, who has to approve you. This may be immediate, or it may take a few hours.

Q: Why won’t it accept my payment?
A: Our Better BNC representative said the payment function should be working properly. When you open the page that lists your entries, you should check each one, and it should give you the total cost. You can click the button that says “pay by check” or “pay with a card.” If you have trouble, you can fill out a “trouble ticket” on the web site and the administrator can work it through.

Q: Questions about anything else.
A: Fill out the trouble ticket in the page “Contact Better BNC” which is on the top right corner of every page. If that doesn’t work, you can call the number given there.

Enter here:
Category information can be found in our Lisagor2014 brochure.

Also nominate, without entry fees:
— the colleague you most respect for our Lifetime Achievement Award:
— your best investigative work for our Watchdog Award:
— the journalist who writes most sensitively about the “little people” for the Anne Keegan Award:

Awards for 2014 will be presented the Chicago Headline Club banquet May 8, 2015 at the Union League Club of Chicago.