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FOIA Fest 2017 — Feb. 25

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 investigations.

Tickets to the event include continental breakfast, snack and lunch.

FOIAFest is made possible by the generous support of the Chicago Headline Club, Loyola University Chicago and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

Where: Loyola University’s Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson St., Chicago

When: Saturday , February 25, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Who: We’ve got journalists from the Chicago Tribune, the Sun-Times, Bloomberg, WBEZ and more! Speaker list and schedule here:

How much: $15 for Headline Club members, $20 for non-members, $5 for students. All are welcome! Click here to buy tickets.

When Reporters Write Books — Friday, Jan. 13

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 their tomes.

Who: Mary Wisniewski, most recently the the author of “Algren: A Life,” Maudlyne Ihejirika, author of “Escape from Nigeria: A Memoir of Faith, Love and War,” Robert Elder, author of “Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park,” and Ethan Michaeli, author of “The Defender: How Chicago’s Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America.”

When: Friday, Jan. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Seven Lions, 130 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago.

How: RSVP on Facebook:

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.


Pre-Oscar Invite to view ‘SPOTLIGHT’

You, the public and fellow journalists are invited to view the acclaimed film, SPOTLIGHT, in the exclusive Lake Street Screening Room, followed by Q&A with journalists, investigators, film critics and clergy.

Monday, February 22 (Oscars winners to be announced Feb 28.)
Doors open at 6:45 p.m./Movie to start at 7 p.m.
The Lake Street Screening Room
70 E. Lake St., Chicago

This event, organized by the Chicago Headline Club Foundation and theChicago Film Critics Association, offers tickets for $30. Donations also accepted with proceeds benefiting the Chicago Headline Club and its foundation’s scholarship program.

Get your tickets via EventBrite:

Nominated for five Oscars, SPOTLIGHT depicts The Boston Globe’s investigation into cases of widespread child sex abuse by numerous Catholic priests in the Boston area and the decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. It is based on a series of stories by the Globe’s Spotlight team that earned the paper the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

SPOTLIGHT is inspiring students to go to journalism school–just as All The President’s Men did back in the day. In addition to encourage conversation about this film and the role of investigative journalism in our society, this event aims to help new journalists succeed.

Light refreshments will be served

January Happy Hour

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 hour hosted by the Chicago Headline Club.
In addition to good company, the Headline Club’s Alejandra Cancino will be on hand to talk about how you — yes, you — can get some cash to do investigative reporting.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Rockit Bar and Grill, 22 W. Hubbard St., Chicago