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JobFiles: Radio, 03/17/14

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RADIO NETWORK/SYNDICATION:

 — Total Traffic/Milwaukee, WI seeks a part-time fill-in traffic anchor/reporter (Job #2900) with at least two years experience who can provide live and recorded reports for the local Milwaukee market, manage information, keep facts straight, make sure details are current, air any changes in each situation, can work variable hours, knows how to use audio production software, is well-organized, is detail-oriented, communicates well, will follow up on situations till resolved, can work under minimal supervision and is dependable; knowledge of local Milwaukee Roads is a big plus. Apply online at   https://clearchannel-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=2464&source=ONLINE&JobOwner=997776&company_id=16586&version=1&byBusinessUnit=NULL&bycountry=1&bystate=0&byRegion=&bylocation=US&keywords=traffic&byCat=&proximityCountry=&postalCode=&radiusDistance=&isKilometers=&tosearch=yes. EOE   (3/27)

   — The Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations (Indianapolis, IN) seek a part-time, freelance multimedia reporter to cover the 2014 legislative session, the governor’s office and other statewide offices, participating in election coverage and developing story ideas of statewide interest; should have an understanding of Indiana state government, be a good storyteller, have experience writing for broadcast and Web under tight deadlines and great interpersonal skills. CD/DVD and resume to Sara Whittmeyer, c/o IPBS Freelance Reporter Search Committee, 1229 E. 7th St., Bloomington, IN 47405 or e-mail to sarawitt@indiana.edu. No calls. (4/5)

   — Iowa Public Radio (Des Moines, IA) seeks a news director with at least seven years reporting/editing/producing experience, including significant supervisory background, who can make quick commend decisions, can work collegially and creatively with staff and colleagues at all levels of experience, has strong communication skills, has a passion for building relationships internally and externally, has a commitment to public service journalism and deep reporting on complex issues, is flexible and can respond to changing priorities, can supervise the reporting and editing staffs as well as the hosts for NPR cut-ins, can nurture the staff and assure that they provide timely and high-quality news and feature coverage for all platforms, can collaborate closely with the talk show EP to coordinate content and find ways to provide cohesive and complementary programming and reporting to IPR listeners, can determine priorities, can make assignments, can originate and/or approve concepts for long-form pieces/features/series, can serve as primary editors, can mentor and provide skill development . Pay $46,502-$65,103/year. Submit resume, letter outlining how you fulfill the job description and contact information for at least three professional references to the News Director Search, c/o Marr Sieren, 2111 Grand Av., Suite 100, Des Moines, IA 50312, call (515) 725-1707 or e-mail iprrecruiting@iowapublicradio.org.   EOE   (4/7)-

   — The six-station Interlochen Public Radio Network (Interlochen, MI) seeks a morning reporter/producer with at least three years experience who can connect with local/regional/worldwide audience over the air and through other media, producing stories for use over the air and online, is confident, is engaging, has solid journalistic judgment, can present a continually fresh and interesting focus to daily news programming using the full range of resources and media, can discover and report local stories in an effective and engaging way, is connected and knowledgeable about the professional world of public broadcasting and media distribution, can produce and host the daily news service on IPR, works well in a close-knit and collaborative environment, is organized/punctual/creative/personable/curious/ambitious/willing to lead and education listeners in new directions and can participate in listener and donor engagement activities.   Submit a letter of introduction explaining why the position interests and fits you, a resume, links to samples of news hosting and interviews and a current listing of reference contact information (all to be attached in the “additional documents” section) at https://www.smartrecruiters.com/InterlochenCenterForTheArts/75514383-interlochen-public-radio-news-reporter-and-producer; those unable to upload the additional documents can e-mail them to employment@interlochen.org, with the subject title of “IPR Morning Edition Host/Producer.” (4/6)

 


RADIO:

   — Openings at CBS-owned WBBM/WCFS, Chicago: Part-time anchor/reporter (Job #17431BR) with at least five years experience who is a strong on-air communicator, is an equally strong writer, can think quickly, can ask probing questions, can deal with high=pressure situations with ease and grace, has good voice quality, is curious, can work with a variety of people from different income and educational levels can develop stories quickly can take direction from the desk, can gather information well, can prepare stories for air, can remain calm in confusing situations and has covered a variety of stories; apply online at www.cbsradio.com/careers/career-center. Part-time assistant producer (Job #17191BR) who can take in and edit audio from multiple sources that include reporters/weather feeds/network audio feeds, can check on breaking news, use Internet and other sources to follow up, answer phones, determine the urgency of calls, answer listener questions, screen PR calls, take messages for reporters, refer complaints to management, take in detailed news tips and forward immediately to the desk, make call-backs and edit audio digitally (NewsBoss experience helpful); apply online at www.cbsradio.com.  EOE   (3/27)

   — WLS (AM), Chicago seeks a part-time fill-in news and traffic anchor with at least three years major market news and traffic reporting and anchoring experience who can write/produce/deliver news and/or traffic reports multiple times each hour; must have broad news knowledge and voracious interest in the news, possess good news judgment, be adept at both reading from a script and ad-libbing, has the ability to handle breaking news, knows Chicago and Chicago area issues and newsmakers and has background with the NewsBoss system; reporting experience helpful. Apply with resume, ;letter that notes hiring manager and department code, and where you saw this job opening, to Tracy Slutzkin, Dept. WA, WLS (AM), at chicagoradiojobs@cumulus.com. EOE   (3/23)

   — WLS-FM, Chicago seeks an on-air traffic reporter who can work a M-F 3-8 p.m. schedule, can write/produce/deliver traffic reports multiple times each hour, has a minimum of three years major market traffic reporting and anchoring experience, has broad news knowledge, is adept at reading from a script and ad-libbing, has extensive knowledge of the Chicago area, has experience with traffic systems and can interact with a program host; reporting experience and commercial production background helpful; letter of application should reference hiring manager Jan Jeffries, senior VP/programming, and the fact you saw the opening in the JobFile; e-mail the letter and resume to chicagoradiojobs@cumulus.com. EOE   (3/31)

   — Openings at WTMJ (AM), Milwaukee, WI: Executive producer/news with at least three years anchor/reporter experience (background as a ND, AND or similar job preferred) who can lead the news staff and day-to-day operations of the news department, can see that the news vision/disciplines/standards are effectively implemented and monitored, can schedule employees to assure optimum staffing for a 24/7 news operations, can oversee story assignments, can report and anchor daily newscasts, can supervise and participate in severe weather coverage, has strong news judgment, can make vital decisions under pressure, has sound knowledge of journalistic standards and libel law, has good written and verbal communication skills, has strong interpersonal/organizational/leadership skills, has digital/Web skills and has on-air abilities commensurate with the market; apply to Tom Langmyer, VP/GM or e-mail tlangmyer@jrn.com. Part-time reporter/anchor with at least one year experience who is a good communicator, is a strong reporter/writer/anchor, has strong problem-solving abilities, can meet deadlines, is detail-oriented, can read and decipher source materials, can operate studio equipment, can write copy for on-air and digital delivery, can follow program logs, is computer proficient, knows newsroom software, has online content management systems, knows social media and has high work ethic, news judgment and production skills; must generate story ideas, cultivate sources and provide editorial support as well as screen calls for live call-in programming as needed; apply to Eric Brooks or e-mail ebrooks@jrn.com. Part-time newscaster/board operator who has strong problem-solving abilities, has good news judgment, can meet deadlines, pays attention to detail, works well under pressure, can follow written and verbal instructions, can operate studio equipment, has a keen understanding of current events and pop culture, is computer proficient, knows news operations, can write and deliver concise newscasts, can write in a timely and informative manner, can follow the station format, can operate the control board/audio recording/production equipment, can read and follow program logs, can review and critique information content daily, can screen listener phone calls, can assist talk show hosts, can develop program content and can perform other duties as assigned by the manager; CD/mp3 and resume to Eric Brooks, WTMJ (AM), 720 E. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53212, call (414) 967-5486 or e-mail ebrooks@jrn.com; see complete details of the job posting online at www.journalcommunications.com. EOE   (4/16)  

   — WTAQ, Green Bay, WI seeks a news director who is a triple threat: a good reporter and anchor and a good writer who can set the news agenda on the air and on the station’s Web site before it’s in the newspaper; must want to report and do investigative work, know and understand social media and online reporting, and wants a mandate to work hard, dig deep and help create a “must hear” atmosphere in a state-of-the-art facility; no rip and read. Send mp3 aircheck and resume to Jerry Bader, director of news/talk programming, WTAQ/Midwest Communications, 1420 Bellvue St., Green Bay, WI 54311 or e-mail jerry.bader@mwcradio.com. No calls. (3/31)

   ** WTKM-AM/FM, Hartford, WI seek a morning host who is a multi-platform communicator, has solid news and production skills, is curious and interested in a variety of subjects, is an outgoing people person, thrives in a position that informs people about local news and events, appreciates the connection and lifestyle that a smaller community provides and wants to work for a locally-owned station that focuses on unique and original local communication. Aircheck and resume to Dave Stout, pres./GM, WTKM-AM/FM, Box 270526, Hartford, WI 53027 or e-mail wtkmhr@wtkm.com. (4/13)

   — WHBL, Sheboygan, WI seeks a news director who will be given the freedom to create and the tools to win, can spend as much tie in the field as in the newsroom, is strong on the air, is a good reporter and is a good writer, ready to set the news standard in the market; the station wants someone who will be on the air and on the Web site before it’s in the paper, so enterprise reporting is important, as well as investigations. Send CD/mp3 and resume to Kelly Meyer, brand mgr., WHBL, 2100 Washington Av., Sheboygan, WI 53081 or e-mail Kelly.meyer@mwcradio.com. No calls. (4/6)

   — Openings at WFYI-FM/TV, Indianapolis, IN: Host/reporter for Morning Edition cut-ins who can announce news, weather, station identification, underwriting announcements and promotional announcements during breaks, can work on election and other special coverage, can collect and present news and features in the public radio style, can write and rewrite news stories and social media to promote WFYI and WFYI news efforts, can do transmitter readings as required and designated, can air a mix of live/recorded/network programs with recorded announcements during breaks, maintain transmitter readings, sign logs and deliver announcement in a clear/distinctive/pleasant/smooth/fluid delivery. Preference given to applicants with public radio experience. On-air hosting samples, newswriting/reporting samples, resume and references to the WFYI HR Dept., 1630 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 36202. No calls. (4/5)

   — Openings at WFIU-FM/WTIU-TV, Bloomington, IN: /videographer (multimedia journalist Job #10463 see listing under “television” for WTIU-TV).   Producer (Job #8349 see listing under “television” for WTIU-TV). Journalist/blogger (Job #5101 – see WFIU listing under “online”; submit cover letter indicating how your experience fits the job description, a resume, contact information for three references and be prepared to supply a CD or mp3 files of work examples; apply online at https://jobs.iu.edu/joblisting/index.cfm?jlnum=5101&search=2. (4/6)

   ** Openings at CBS-owned KMOX (AM), St. Louis, MO: Part-time sports apprentice (Job #17871BR) who has interest and talent in sports broadcasting, has little experience, wants to develop into a reporter/host, ca conduct interviews, can cover local sports stories, can edit sound, can produce wraps, can perform weekend sportscasts, can operate the control board and can assist in producing shows. Part-time sports reporter (Job #16682BR) who can report from the locker room, can edit audio, can write wraps, can host talk shows, can update the station Web site, is a great storyteller, has an engaging personality and has advanced broadcast newsroom and coverage skills. Apply online at www.cbsradio.com/careers/career-center. No calls. EOE   (4/11)

   — Openings at KMBZ-AM/FM, Kansas City, MO: Full-time and part-time reporter/anchors with at least three years experience who have excellent news chops and writing skills, understand what makes great news and information content on the radio, are forward-thinking about digital media and social networking, have an eye on what’s next when it comes to developing the medium; experience is preferred, along with knowledge of the Kansas City market. Morning news producer who will be responsible for audio content, can produce morning newscasts, can write for broadcast, understands radio news, has experience in radio news as a reporter/anchor/assignment editor and can work well as part of a close-knit team. Apply online at http://tbe.taleo.net/NA11/ats/careers/jobSearch.jsp?org=ENTERCOM&cws=1. (4/5)

   — KZIM/KSIM, Cape Girardeau, MO seek an experienced reporter/anchor who can conduct interviews, write stories, fill in for other anchors and assist in programming work. CD/mp3/online links and resume to Faune Riggins, PD, KZIM/KSIM, 324 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, e-mail fauner@riverradio.net or call (573) 335-5512. EOE   (3/31)

   — KMZU/KRLI, Carrollton, MO seeks a reporter/anchor who is experienced on-air, can continue a commitment to quality local news for the stations’ listening area, has good news judgment, can write/produce/edit/deliver the news and is able to train in a fast-paced environment; will work afternoons on-air with a weekend shift; background with Adobe Audition is preferred and knowledge of Wire Ready is encouraged. Pay in the $20s, “with the chance for more with remotes and council meetings.” CD/mp3, resume and references to Duncan Miller, ops.mgr., KMZU/KRLI, 102 N. Mason St., Carrollton, MO 64633 or e-mail news@kmzu.com. (3/31)

   — KFMO-AM/FM, Park Hills, MO seeks a sports director for a station that broadcasts more than 200 high school games each year on its AM signal and is an affiliate of the Cardinals, Blues and Rams on the FM; should love sports, be able to regularly update the stations’ Web site, have PBP background and be able to call football/softball/baseball/basketball/soccer/volleyball games, be a good communicator, understand WordPress, Excel and social media; will deliver eight sportscasts a day and do some commercials. Aircheck and resume to Jason Loughary, PD, KFMO-AM/FM, Box 36, Park Hills, MO 63601, call (573) 431-2000 or e-mail Jason@b104fm.com. EOE   (4/5)

   ** KESJ/KFEQ/KKJO/KSJQ, St. Joseph, MO seeks a reporter who is energetic, is a forward thinker, lives and breathes news, understands all media (including social media) and can gather, report, write and anchor the news. E-mail mp3, writing samples and resume to stjoeradio@eagleradio.net. (4/12)

   — WFPL/WUOL/WFPK/WFPL and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, Louisville, KY: Data journalist who can come up with story ideas hidden in dense documents, can develop databases, can produce visualizations, can present information in a compelling way, does journalism across various formats, can help present stories in the most compelling way possible , ca mine documents, can create maps and graphics, has basic programming skills (Python background is a plus) and is familiar with such programs as SQL/MySQL/Excel/Access. Health reporter to cover a wide range of health issues in the Louisville region and wider Kentucky, from institutions to legislation to individuals; must be expected to dive deeply into the topic and file regular in-depth enterprise reports for broadcast and the Web, working to establish a public health beat; must stay up to date on health and healthcare issues in the region, research and produce stories for broadcast and/or Web, work on collaborative projects and reports, maintain a social media presence for health reporting, be on-call to cover breaking news on the health beat, identify key issues and trends, distill complex issues into understandable and conversational reports and participate in fundraising drives; travel is involved. DVD/mp3/online link, resume and references to the WFPL/Louisville Public Media HR Dept., 619 S. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40202 or e-mail resume@louisvillepublicmedia.org. (4/6)

   — CBS-owned WCCO (AM), Minneapolis, MN seeks an anchor/reporter (broadcast journalist Job #17600BR) who can conceptualize/edit/produce stories for use over the air, online and on digital platforms; must develop and maintain sources, utilize good written and oral communication skills, make quick decisions in breaking news situations, go live smoothly and show good organizational skills; must be available to work nights/weekends/holidays, accept direction and be flexible with changes. Apply online at www.cbsradio.com. (4/5)

— Openings at CBS-owned WWJ (AM), Detroit, MI: Producer (Job #17084BR) with 3-5 years experience who can schedule live interviews and guests, can research development of on-air promotions, has a strong interest and background in local and national news and will be responsible for on-air production elements. Part-time anchor (Job #14846BR and 17066BR) with at least three years anchoring and reporting experience who can work independently to choose appropriate local/state/regional stories, is computer literate, is proficient in editing and packaging news sound and interviews, has a contemporary sound and has a good on-air delivery; knowledge of the Detroit area and station demographics is essential. Part-time reporter/editor/producer (Job #16863BR) who can lead the team during his/her shift, can pursue stories and new angles, can juggle multiple priorities, has lots of energy, is a newsroom leader, is a great writer, has good phone skills, works smoothly under relentless deadlines, is comfortable with audio processing and can work nights and weekends. Apply online at www.cbsradio.com/careers/jobs_html. (4/16)

   — WBRN-AM/FM, Big Rapids, MI seeks a news director who can run the department, anchor morning news, assign stories to reporters and identify the important issues in the community; must have new media experience. Email mp3 and resume to careers@bigrapidsradionetwork.com. (3/27)

 — Openings at CBS-owned WKRK-FM, Cleveland, OH: Sports anchor/Web contributor (Job #14509BR) with at least two years experience who can do updates every 20 minutes during local programming; must know Cleveland-area sports, be able to work flexible hours, possibly cover games, write on a regular basis, multi-task to provide help to the staff and can pinch-hit as a show host. Sports remote technical/studio coordinator (Job #14508BR) for its Cleveland Browns production team; experience working with a professional team’s broadcast on-site is preferred, and the successful candidate must work well under pressure to meet specific deadlines, taking the lead from both outside the studio and behind the board if needed; basic computer skills a must. Apply online at www.cbsradio.com/careers/career-center. (4/16)

   — WKSU-FM, Kent, OH seeks a news director with at least four years experience, including experience in newsroom management, who can oversee a newsroom of eight award-winning reporters, will be a major contributor to the structure and strategy that will assure that the station remains a crucial part of NE Ohio’s context/understanding/sense of community, can work well with the rest of the station and has a quality broadcast voice. Apply to Livingston ‘Associates, 3000 Chestnut Av., Suite 208, Baltimore, MD 21211 or apply online at www.livingstonassociates.net. EOE   (4/6)

   — WMRN (AM), Marion, OH seeks a news presenter/talk show host (Job #1740) with three years experience who will be responsible for gathering/editing/presenting the news throughout the day, can post updates to the Web, has an upbeat and conversational delivery and can host a two-hour local talk show, including booking the guests and producing the show; must maintain a Web site personality page and keep it up-to-date, search out and share all possible Web content, participate in regular listening/aircheck sessions for critiques, participate in required staff meetings, make regular approved appearances at paid and unpaid station events, get approval from PD on interviews, be on call for possible disasters/breaking news/acts of nature and assist with the voicing and production of paid and unpaid spots. Apply online at www.clearcareers.com. (3/27)  

   — WPLN-FM, Nashville, TN seeks an energetic enterprise reporter with three years experience who has a background in multimedia storytelling, can adapt broadcast material for the Web, is willing to experiment, is constantly striving to improve, can find the surprising and intriguing and can identify the important. Multiplatform work samples and resume via e-mail to the WPLN/Nashville Public Radio HR Dept., at jobsearch@wpln.org. (4/6)

   ** KRVN, Lexington, NE seeks an experienced reporter/anchor who is passionate about enterprising stories, is ready to work hard to deliver local and regional news, is skilled in contemporary news writing, knows how to tell a story and has digital and social media skills. E-mail an aircheck, resume and writing samples too jobs@krvn.com. (4/10)

   — KXNP/KHAQ/KODY/KRNP/KZTL, North Platte, NE seek a morning show news/talk host who can double as play-by-play voice of the cluster; must also do remotes and production duties. E-mail your best work, with resume, to Tony Lama, PD, at tlama@huskeradio.com. (4/6)

   — WIBW (AM), Topeka, KS seeks a news reporter/sports producer who can produce a daily sports talk show, can do on-air news reporting, can write for station Web sites, can conduct interviews with coaches and players throughout the region, can fill in as a sports talk or coach’s show host and can do football and basketball PBP. E-mail jake@wibwradio.com; be ready to submit an on-air demo if the application proceeds further. No calls. (4/2)

   — Openings at KFDI/Journal Broadcast Group/Wichita, KS: Executive producer with at least five years experience as an anchor/reporter who will maintain the operations of the news department, assure newsroom policies are followed, provide on-the-job training to team members as needed, schedule staff, supervise all newscasts to make sure they adhere to the “What’s News Now” concept, can work with the assignment editor to see stories from inception to completion, can assure timely coverage of breaking news, can oversee staff performance, can jump in and report stories as needed, can participate in newsroom projects and operational meetings, is skilled with Web tools, can update the Web site, can shoot photos and video, can adjust to using emerging technologies in a multiplatform news organization, can help to coach and motivate staff, is well-organized, meets deadlines and has a clear understanding of standard broadcast journalism and FCC regulations. Full-time and part-time reporter/anchor with at least one year experience who is a strong reporter/write/anchor, is a strong problem-solver, can meet deadlines, is detail-oriented, can read and decipher news source material, can operate studio equipment, can write copy for on-air and digital delivery, is computer proficient, knows online CMS and social media, can report/write/voice stories under deadline for live or recorded use, can anchor newscasts live, can interact well with on-air hosts, can generate story ideas, can gather news, can cultivate sources, can provide editorial support, can function as a field producer at all times, can produce digital news content and can perform other duties as assigned. Apply to Justin Case, 4200 N. Old Lawrence Rd., Wichita, KS 67219 or e-mail jcase@jrn.com. (3/27)

   — Clear Channel/Raleigh, NC seeks a news and sports reporter/anchor (Job #3073) with at least two years experience who can prepare and deliver newscasts on appropriate stations, is an aggressive self-starter, can hit the ground running, can cut up sound on the fly, can report live from the street or in-house conversationally, can stay on top of social media, can update the Web and Facebook copy, can ad-lib well, can anchor long-form coverage when needed and understands news coverage in the digital/social media age, developing and producing local features. Apply online at https://clearchannel-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=2637&source=ONLINE&JobOwner=997631&company_id=16586&version=1&byBusinessUnit=NULL&bycountry=1&bystate=0&byRegion=&bylocation=US&keywords=traffic&byCat=&proximityCountry=&postalCode=&radiusDistance=&isKilometers=&tosearch=yes. (3/27)

   — WLRN-FM, Miami, FL seeks a morning host/anchor with at least five years experience who can write/produce/anchor daily newscasts and news-related programming over the air and online, can act as continuity host and can be one of the leading personalities for the station, which covers South Florida from the Palm Beaches to Key West; will pitch and conduct interviews, take in feeds, create content in a style consistent with NPR, work closely with the morning producer/reporters/editors to produce over the air and digital content, work closely with Miami Herald print reporters to produce interviews related to and/or enterprise stories, produce and/or host news-oriented special programming, pitch/research/produce stories, gather sound, compile news and features that will run during daily newscasts and/or other news-related programming, file regular online blog posts, produce news-related content for social media outlets that include (but are not limited to) Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, participate in live and online event and special appearances, participate in training opportunities and can work nights/weekends/holidays/other times as assigned by the editor and news director. Applicant should include five work samples (links or mp3), a resume/CV, at least three references who have worked with you closely and can speak of your qualifications for the position and a letter outlining your qualifications, and should e-mail them to Margarette Adam at madam@wlrn.org; for a complete job description go online to http://wlrn.org/post/morning-hostanchor-wlrn-miami-herald-news. (3/19)

   — Total Traffic/Milwaukee, WI seeks a part-time fill-in traffic anchor/reporter (Job #2900) with at least two years experience who can provide live and recorded reports for the local Milwaukee market, manage information, keep facts straight, make sure details are current, air any changes in each situation, can work variable hours, knows how to use audio production software, is well-organized, is detail-oriented, communicates well, will follow up on situations till resolved, can work under minimal supervision and is dependable; knowledge of local Milwaukee Roads is a big plus. Apply online at   https://clearchannel-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=2464&source=ONLINE&JobOwner=997776&company_id=16586&version=1&byBusinessUnit=NULL&bycountry=1&bystate=0&byRegion=&bylocation=US&keywords=traffic&byCat=&proximityCountry=&postalCode=&radiusDistance=&isKilometers=&tosearch=yes. EOE   (3/27)

 

Congratulations to our Lisagor winners!

 

Chicago Headline Club Announces Lisagor Award Winners 

 

CHICAGO, May 3, 2013 The Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in the country, today announced the winners of its 2012 Lisagor Awards at its annual awards dinner tonight before more than 350 people at the Union League Club of Chicago.

 

Headlining the awards ceremony honoring the best in Chicago journalism in 2012 were the Lifetime Achievement Awards given to nationally syndicated columnist and Chicago Tribune editorial board member Clarence Page and WBBM Newsradio reporter John Cody.

 

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Kim Janssen received the second annual Anne Keegan Award for Reporting on the Little Guy. Mr. Janssen wrote a compelling and emotional story about the life of 62-year-old Mexican immigrant Delfino Mora who was senselessly murdered by alleged Chicago gangbangers. The killers were caught in part because they posted the beating on Facebook. The author went well beyond the typical police blotter story. He got to know Mr. Mora’s family at his Chicago wake and followed the casket back to Mexico in his hometown of Michoacan where he was buried in a grave he built himself. Mr. Janssen’s piece offered a glimpse into the life of a selfless man who worked tirelessly to make a better life for his family, traveling to and from the U.S. frequently to work in construction and other jobs. Once an accomplished musician in Mexico who became known as “Don Vale” for his popular singing, Mr. Mora became an U.S. citizen in 2006 and was extremely proud of that fact before his life was taken from him too soon.

 

And the 2012 Watchdog Award for Excellence in Public Interest Reporting went to Christy Gutowski and Bill Ruthhart of the Chicago Tribune for their “Children at Risk” series. Their package of stories shined a light on new, treacherous risks to one of the most vulnerable populations and led to an overhaul of the state agency charged with protecting children.

 

The winners in the other categories were:

 

MULTIMEDIA COLLABORATION

 

Hoy Staff, Chicago Tribune Graphics Staff, CU-Citizen Access.org Staff, “Midwest Chronicles: Diversity Flourishes”

EDITORIAL CARTOON

 

Roger Schillerstrom, Crain’s Chicago Business, “And would you have an opinion…; All most got it; Let’s try and stay between the…; Chicago budget; ComEd; Open December 25”  

 

FEATURE WRITING

 

Non-Daily, circulation more than 20,000

 

Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “The $53 Million Bamboozle”

 

Non-daily, circulation less than 20,000

 

Kate Sosin, Erica Demarest, Bill Healy, Windy City Times, “Generation Halsted: LGBTQ Youth Series”

 

Online

 

Dave Hoekstra, Jon Sall, Chicago Sun-Times, “The Giving Soul of Mitty Collier”  

 

Television

 

Roz Varon, IritNayden, Steve Erwin, Mike Maher and Patricia Ryan, WLS-TV, “Interstate Identities”  

 

Radio

 

Chip Mitchell, Natalie Moore, Cate Cahan, WBEZ, “A decade on, coaches try to bridge racial divide”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation 250,000 or more

 

Jared Hopkins, Chicago Tribune, “Understanding Brandon Marshall” 

 

Daily newspaper, circulation 250,000 or less

 

Sarah Tompkins, The Times, “Paula Cooper: A second chance”  

 

Specialty/Trade

 

Doug Trapp, American Medical News, “Health care’s 1%: Who are the chronically costly?”  

FEATURE PHOTOGRPAHY, DAILY

 

Daily Newspaper, circulation more than 250,000 

 

Nam Huh, Associated Press, “Tornado Troubles”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Joseph P. Meier, SouthtownStar, “Boo Who?” 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY, NON-DAILY

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Kerrie Kennedy, Simon Perry, Jake Jarvi, Kendall McKinven, John Conatser, Sheridan Road Magazine, “Cafe Society”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Jonathan Gibby, The Chicago Reporter, “Slammed: Photos of juvenile justice”

 

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY, DAILY

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Charles Rex Arbogast, Nam Huh, Seth Perlman, Paul Beaty, Associated Press, “Occupy NATO”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Matt Marton, SouthtownStar, “Haiti: A Nation of Extremes”

 

DEADLINE REPORTING

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune “NATO Summit”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Josh Stockinger, Robert Sanchez, Chris Placek, Marie Wilson, JustinKmitch, Jessica Cilella, Staff, Daily Herald, “Two children stabbed to death”

Specialty/Trade

 

Tim Jones, Anastasia Ustinova, Elizabeth Campbell, Bloomberg, “Chicago Teachers Strike Coverage”

 

Online

 

Greg Hinz, John Pletz, Micah Maidenberg, AlbyGallun, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Google moving 3,000 Motorola Mobility jobs, HQ to Merchandise Mart; Rahm’s recruiting efforts pay off with Google; Now comes the real chance for Motorola Mobility; Motorola’s Chicago move leaves Libertyville in a lurch”

 

NON-DEADLINE REPORTING

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Frank Main, Kim Janssen, Dan Mihalopoulos, Mark Konkol, Chicago Sun-Times, “Chicago Under Fire”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Donna Vickroy, Matt Marton, SouthtownStar, “Haiti: A Nation of Extremes”

 

Non-Daily Newspaper or Magazine, circulation above 20,000

 

Elly Fishman, Chicago Reader, “Pariahs Amid The Rainbow”

 

Non-Daily Newspaper or Magazine, circulation under 20,000

 

Maria Ines Zamudio, RuiKaneya, Kate Everson, Kyla Gardner, Kaitlyn Mattson, The Chicago Reporter, “Dying for Attention”  

 

Online

 

Mick Dumke, Chicago Reader, “The shot that brought the projects down” 

 

BREAKING NEWS

 

Online

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “Coverage of the NATO summit protests”  

 

Television

 

Joe Kolina, Jennifer Lay-Riske, Allison Rosati, Rob Stafford and Staff

 

WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 Chicago, “Nato Summit & Protest”  

 

Radio

 

Mike Krauser, John Waelti, Steve Miller, Bob Roberts, John Cody, WBBM staff, WBBM Newsradio, “The NATO Summit”

 

NEWSCAST

 

Radio

 

Pat Cassidy, Felicia Middlebrooks, Josh Liss, Len Walter, Jim Benes, Staff, WBBM Newsradio, “The WBBM Newsradio 8 a.m. newscast”

 

Television

 

Joe Kolina, Jennifer Lay-Riske, Allison Rosati, Rob Stafford and Staff

 

WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 Chicago, “Nato Summit & Protest, Drew Peterson Verdict, CPS Strike”

 

GENERAL EXCELLENCE, NON-ENGLISH

 

Daily Newspaper

 

Staff ,Hoy, “Three issues of Hoy plus inserts that ran with those editions”

 

NEIGHBORHOOD/COMMUNITY NEWS, ONLINE

 

Ellyn Fortino, Austin Talks, “Austin aldermen author few citywide ordinances; Emmet elementary parents accuse administrator of misconduct; Austin LSCs elect new members, some schools citywide still looking to fill seats”  

 

DESIGN

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Dan Mann, Chicago Tribune, “The ___ at Illinois; He’s down; Haul mark:22”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Scott Helmchen, Northwest Herald, “2012 Summer Festival Guide, MaDoNnA, It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing, Unwrap a New Season of Sounds”  

 

 

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Bryan Erickson, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Chicagoans of the Year 2012”

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

JesSpivak, Suburban Life Publications, “Ready for the season? SKYWARN spotters are trained to be the first line of defense against severe weather; Few take up postcard collecting as hobby; and Fundraiser provides rare venue for student artists” 

 

GRAPHICS

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Alex Bordens, Chicago Tribune, “How US topped China; Playing Fields; A game of speed and distance”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Tim Broderick, Daily Herald, “Title IX: Local schools work to bridge achievement gap”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Chuck Lazar, Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine, “Data Dig”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Christine Wachter, The Chicago Reporter, “Subsidized housing, Wage theft, Juvenile justice”  

 

           

 

ILLUSTRATION

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Phil Geib, Chicago Tribune, “The toys of summer; Ready to get loose;Lovie’s last”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Scott Helmchen, Northwest Herald, “Anatomy of a Super Summer, Bet on Black, Summer Concert Guide, Holiday Heavyweights”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Red Nose Studio and Angie’s List Magazine Staff, Angie’s List Magazine, “My Doctor Saved My Life, The Spin on Prices, Chasing the Storm”  

 

EDUCATION REPORTING

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

David Jackson, Gary Marx, Alex Richards, Chicago Tribune, “An empty-desk epidemic”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Marie Wilson, John Leusch, John Radtke, Tara Garcia Mathewson, Patricia Babcock, Staff, Daily Herald, ” Title IX: Four Decades of Fighting for Equality”

 

 

 

Non-Daily newspaper or Magazine circulation above 20,000

 

Ben Goldberger, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Street Fighter”  

 

Non-Daily newspaper or Magazine circulation below 20,000

 

Larry Gavin, Evanston Roundtable, “District 65 Teachers Oppose New Evaluation System”

 

SCIENCE, HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING

 

Radio

 

Odette Yousef and Shawn Allee, WBEZ, “North Side community pursues local mental health solution through the vote”

 

Television

 

Tasha Ransom, Kimbriell Kelly, Jay Sondheimer, Steve Long, Ken Goss, Bill Barth, WPWR-TV, “There is More to Being Gluten-Free”   

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Bryan Gruley, Bloomberg, “The Man Who Bought North Dakota”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

BowdeyaTweh, LauriKeagle, Vanessa Renderman, The Times, “Fork in the road: ‘Food deserts’ in NWI leave many yearning for access to healthier food”

 

Online Feature Story

 

The Medill Justice Project, “Spotlight on Shaken-Baby Syndrome”  

 

USE OF VIDEO

 

Online

 

Steve Hendershot, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Want to be the next Michael Bay? There’s an app for that; Better grilling through technology; Managing the info avalanche”

USE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

 

Online

 

David Eads, Joe Germuska, Heather Billings, Chicago Tribune, “Crime in Chicago”

 

SPORTS STORY

 

Radio

 

Michael Puente, Derek John, WBEZ, “Weak fan support darkens Sox Success”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Nancy Armour, Howard Fendrich, Martha Irvine, Associated Press, “The Hardest Hit: Famer Tony Dorsett, other ex-players suing NFL, describe negligence” 

 

 

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Steve Hanlon, The Times, “His story”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “You Gotta Be Bleepin’ Me!”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Ross Forman, Windy City Times, “EseraTuaolo: Coming back from darkness”

 

SPORTS COMMENTARY

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times “A selection of 3 sports columns by Rick Telander”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Pat Disabato, SouthtownStar, “One drink can impair your judgment”

 

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press, “Parker’s Promise”  

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Brett Roseman, Chicago Sun-Times, “State Champions”

 

BUSINESS REPORTING

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Sharon Cohen, Associated Press, “It’s the Economy – a 12-part series on the economy in the election year”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Keith Benman, The Times, “Hitting the roof” 

 

Non-daily publication, circulation above 20,000

 

Crain’s Chicago Business Staff, Crain’s Chicago Business, “State of Small Business: Masters of Customer Service”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Lu Ann Franklin, The Times, “Putting their chips on the table”

 

Specialty/Trade

 

Jeff Wilson, Leslie Patton, Tony Dreibus, Elizabeth Campbell, Whitney McFerron, Bloomberg, “Drought”  

 

Radio

 

Chip Mitchell and Shawn Allee, WBEZ, “Wage theft rampant in Chicago car washes”

 

Online

 

Andrew Schroedter, Patrick Rehkamp, Robert Reed, Barbara Rose, Brett Chase, Better Government.org, “Rescuing Illinois (series)”

 

ARTS REPORTING AND CRITICISM

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Cassie Walker Burke, Emmet Sullivan, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Fall Culture Guide”

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, “Holocaust stories, uncovered and re-told”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Dave Hoekstra, Chicago Sun-Times, “The last honky tonk”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

DannGire, Daily Herald, “DannGire on Movies”  

 

INESTIGATIVE REPORTING

 

Online

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “An empty-desk epidemic”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Patricia Callahan, Sam Roe, Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune, “Playing With Fire”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Marisa Kwiatkowski, The Times, “Children in peril”

 

Radio

 

WBEZ Staff and Center For Public Integrity Staff, WBEZ, “98 Minutes”

 

Television

 

Dane Placko, Robert Herguth News, “Maywood Confidential”

 

IN-DEPTH REPORTING, NON-DAILY PUBLICATION

 

General-interest publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “The $53 Million Bamboozle”

 

General-interest publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Angela Caputo, RuiKaneya, Jonathan Gibby, Safiya Merchant, The Chicago Reporter, “Minor misconduct”  

Community newspaper, circulation above 20,000

 

Irv Leavitt, Pioneer Press, “Homeless housing”  

 

Community newspaper, circulation less than 20,000

 

Todd Wessell, Tom Robb, The Journal-Topics, “Prisoner Beatings, Fraud, Discrimination, Infidelity Charges Grip Police Department “

 

Business magazine or newspaper, circulation more than 20,000

 

Brigid Sweeney, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Sears-Where America Shopped”

 

Magazine or magazine section, circulation more than 20,000

 

Steven Kotler, Playboy, “Superhuman”

 

Magazine or magazine section, circulation less than 20,000

 

Maria Ines Zamudio, RuiKaneya, Crystal Vance Guerra, Samuel Charles, The Chicago Reporter, “Waiting in Vain”

 

 

 

Specialty/Trade

 

Andrew Schroedter, Patrick Rehkamp, Robert Reed, Barbara Rose, Brett Chase, BetterGovernment.org, “Rescuing Illinois (series)”

 

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT REPORTING

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

David Kidwell, Bob Secter, Jeff Coen, Kristen Mack, Alex Bordens, Chicago Tribune, “Chicago traffic cameras”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Casey Toner, SouthtownStar, “Sex scandals in District 227”  

 

Non-daily magazine or magazine section, circulation more than 20,000

 

David Bernstein, Noah Isackson, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Lawbreakers, Lawmakers”  

 

Non-Daily magazine or magazine section, circulation less than 20,000

 

Douglas Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, “Proven: Chicago’s #1 in Corruption”  

 

IN-DEPTH NEWS STORY OR SERIES

 

Radio

 

Alex Keefe, Tony Arnold and Derek John, WBEZ, “The Ghosts of Illinois Pensions: Past and Future”

 

Television

 

Dane Placko and Robert Herguth, WLFD-TV, “Maywood Confidential”

 

PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING

 

Radio

 

Staff, WBEZ, “Race: Out Loud”

 

Television

 

Tasha Ransom, Kimbriell Kelly, Jay Sondheimer, Steve Long, Russ Sherman, Bill Barth, WPWR-TV, “Experts Talk About Sexual Assault and How to Defend Yourself”  

 

BEST REPORTER, BROADCAST

 

Radio

 

Chip Mitchell, WBEZ, “Chip Mitchell”  

 

Television

 

Paris Schutz, Chicago Tonight, “Black Bloc”  

 

NEWS COLUMN OR COMMENTARY

 

Special/Trade

 

Lorraine Forte, Catalyst-Chicago, “Page 2 Editorials” 

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Irv Leavitt, Pioneer Press, “Columns by Irv Leavitt”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Bonnie McGrath, Chicago Journal, “Sorting out the new ward boundaries; City boos Walgreens’ booze; Take control of South Loop high schools”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune, “Mary Schmich columns”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

William T. McGrath, Daily Law Bulletin, “Gingrich faces eye of the copyright tiger”

 

EDITORIAL WRITING

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Kate N. Grossman, Chicago Sun-Times, “Chicago teachers strike: a series of 3 editorials,’ Kate N. Grossman, Chicago Sun-Times”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Jim Slusher, John Lampinen, Colin O’Donnell, Colleen Thomas, Diane Dungey, Editorial Board, “Daily Herald, “Pensions: Time for Change”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Douglas Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, “Not Enough; Gun Control; No More Endorsements”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation above 20,000

 

Ann Dwyer, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Chicago was sold a bill of NATO goods; City can’t abide blind faith in mayor’s trust; State fiddles while smart meters burn”

 

BLOG

 

Individual Blog Post, Independent  

 

John Wasik, Forbes, “Newtown’s New Reality: Using Gun Liability Insurance to Reduce Gun Deaths”  

 

Individual Blog Post, Affiliated

 

Mick Dumke, Chicago Reader, “Here comes another city privatization deal forged behind closed doors, G8 moving to Camp David = one less summit to protest, and UNO’s Juan Rangel does a damn good Chris Christie impression”  

 

Continuing Blog, Independent

 

John W. Fountain III, Austin Talks, “Summer cycle of death continues; Not making a choice is still choosing; Wearing a hoodie has a different meaning and consequence”

 

Continuing Blog, Affiliated

 

David Protess, Huffington Post, “Wrongfully Imprisoned 29 Years, Stanley Wrice Wins Second Chance; Exonerated of Murder, Chicagoan’s First Vote for President; Stillwater House Holds Keys to Truth About Rape Conviction of Student-Athlete”

 

START-UP

 

Staff, “DNA Info Chicago”

 

NEWS WEBSITE

 

Staff, “Chicago Tribune.com”

 

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Congratulations to our Lisagor Finalists!

MULTIMEDIA COLLABORATION

Robert Herguth, Dane Placko, David Bernstein, Chicago Magazine, “Maywood Confidential”  

Hoy Staff, Chicago Tribune Graphics Staff, CU-Citizen Access.org Staff,  “Midwest Chronicles: Diversity Flourishes”

Matthew Weinstock, Haydn Bush, Marty Stempniak, Lee Ann Jarousse, Chuck Lazar, Hospitals & Health Networks, “Fiscal Fitness”  

 

EDITORIAL CARTOON

Roger Schillerstrom, Crain’s Chicago Business, ” And would you have an opinion…; All most got it; Let’s try and stay between the…; Chicago budget; ComEd; Open December 25″  

Roger Schillerstrom, Crain’s Chicago Business, ” Distressing attack”

Eric Semelroth, Modern Healthcare, ” Immaculate Contraception, Sucker Vote, Debt Collection Nightmare, SCOTUS ACA ruling, Veggie Tale, The Right Path”

 

FEATURE WRITING

Non-Daily, circulation more than 20,000

Steve Bogira, Chicago Reader, “The color of his skin”  

Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “The $53 Million Bamboozle”

Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, “Chicken of the trees”

 

Non-daily, circulation less than 20,000

Christine Kraly, Natalie Battaglia, Adam Music, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, “Inspiring Innovators

series”  

Kate Sosin, Erica Demarest, Bill Healy, Windy City Times, “Generation Halsted: LGBTQ Youth Series”

Jeff Vorva, The Regional News, “One year later, shooting victim happy he chose to live”

 

Online

Dave Hoekstra, Jon Sall, Chicago Sun-Times, “The Giving Soul of Mitty Collier”  

Matt Marton, Donna Vickroy, Southtown Star, “Haiti: A Nation of Extremes ” 

Staff, Bloomberg, “Two Recoveries”

 

Television

Roz Varon, Irit Nayden, Steve Erwin, ABC 7, “Interstate Identities”  

 

Radio

Lisa Fielding, WBEZ, “Save the Catlow”

Linda Lutton, Cate Cahan, WBEZ. “The weight of the city’s violence, on one school principal”

Chip Mitchell, Natalie Moore, Cate Cahan, WBEZ, “A decade on, coaches try to bridge racial divide”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation 250,000 or more

Elizabeth Campbell, Leslie Patton, Tim Jones, Elliot Blair Smith, Bob Ivry, Bloomberg, ” Income Equality”  

Jared Hopkins, Chicago Tribune, ” Understanding Brandon Marshall ” 

Kim Janssen, Chicago Sun-Times, “Don Vale goes home”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation 250,000 or less

Frank Abderholden, News-Sun, “Age No Obstacle”

Dan Moran, News-Sun, “Holocaust survivor no longer conceals past”

Sarah Tompkins, The Times, ” Paula Cooper: A second chance”  

 

Specialty/Trade

Bryan Gruley, Bloomberg, “The Man Who Bought North Dakota”

Kevin B. O’Reilly, American Medical News, “Physician quality: What’s age got to do with it?”

Doug Trapp, Bloomberg, “Health care’s 1%: Who are the chronically costly?”  

 

FEATURE PHOTOGRPAHY, DAILY

Daily Newspaper, circulation more than 250,000 

Tom Cruze , Chicago Sun-Times, ” Luminous Field,’ a preview of an exhibit opening at Chicago’s downtown Millennium Park”

Nam Huh, Associated Press, “Tornado Troubles”  

Brian Jackson, Chicago Sun-Times, “‘Hurricane Sandy’s winds, waves reach Chicago’s North Avenue Beach” 

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Joseph P. Meier, Southtown Star   “Boo Who?” 

Rick West, Daily Herald, “Girl With Pig”

 

PHOTOGRAPHY, NON-DAILY

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

Rob Dicker, Pioneer Press, ” State Champs”  

Kerrie Kennedy, Simon Perry, Jake Jarvi, Kendall McKinven , John Conatser, Sheridan Road Magazine, “Cafe Society”  

Erik Unger, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Burned Out; Into the Woods; The Changing Face of Michigan Avenue ” 

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

Karie Angell Luc, Geoff Scheerer, Marc Alberts, Northbrook Star, “Treat for Taste, Feast for Eyes”

Jonathan Gibby, The Chicago Reporter, “Slammed: Photos of juvenile justice”

Tony V. Martin, The Times, “16 Professionals to Watch”  

 

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY, DAILY

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Charles Rex Arbogast, Nam Huh, Seth Perlman, Paul Beaty, Associated Press, “Occupy NATO”  

Kim Janssen, Chicago Sun-Times, “‘Don Vale goes home”

Rich Hein, Chicago Sun-Times, “‘Police haul off NATO protester”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Matt Marton, Southtown Star, “Haiti: A Nation of Extremes”

Joseph P. Meier, Southtown Star, “Drowning”

Mark Welsh, Daily Herald, “Sikh candlelight service”

 

DEADLINE REPORTING

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Staff, Chicago Tribune “NATO Summit”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Josh Stockinger, Robert Sanchez, Chris Placek, Marie Wilson, Justin Kmitch, Staff , Daily Herald,

“Two children stabbed to death”

 

Specialty/Trade

Julie Johnsson, Jim Polson, Mark Chediak, Benjamin Haas, Bloomberg, “Hurricane Sandy Coverage”

Tim Jones, Darrell Preston, John Hechinger, Anastasia Ustinova, Elizabeth Campbell, Bloomberg, “Chicago Teachers Strike Coverage”

Rebecca Harris, Sarah Karp, Catalyst Chicago, “Chicago Teachers Strike 2012”

 

Online

Greg Hinz, John Pletz, Micah Maidenberg, Alby Gallun, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Google moving 3,000 Motorola Mobility jobs, HQ to Merchandise Mart; Rahm’s recruiting efforts pay off with Google; Now comes the real chance for Motorola Mobility; Motorola’s Chicago move leaves Libertyville in a lurch”

Rose Sobol, Liam Ford, Jeremy Gorner, Becky Schlikerman, Chicago Tribune, “Mystery over Bridgeport arrests: Molotov cocktails or brewing equipment?”  

Chicago Sun-Times Staff , Chicago Sun-Times, ” Drew Peterson Guilty”

 

NON-DEADLINE REPORTING

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Tim Jones, Elizabeth Campbell, Leslie Patton, Bob Ivry, Elliot Blair Smith, Bloomberg, “Income Equality”  

Frank Main, Kim Janssen, Dan Mihalopoulos, Mark Konkol, Chicago Sun-Times, “‘Chicago Under Fire”

Joseph Ryan, Joe Mahr, Fredric Tulsky, John Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, “Debt Spiral”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Donna Vickroy, Matt Marton, Southtown Star, “Haiti: A Nation of Extremes”

 

Non-Daily Newspaper or Magazine, circulation above 20,000

Elly Fishman, Tony Adler, Mara Shalhoup, Chicago Reader, “Pariahs Amid The Rainbow”

John Lippert, Stephanie Armour, Michael Smith, Bloomberg, “Food Safety: Danger on Your Dinner Plate”

Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “The $53 Million Bamboozle”  

 

Non-Daily Newspaper or Magazine, circulation under 20,000

Bob Skolnik, Riverside Brookfield Landmark, “District 96 reversed itself on firing teacher after abuse allegations determined as unfounded”

Gabrielle Weiss, Inside Publications, “Sarah’s Circle hopes facility expansion will grow their role in shaping futures for Chicago’s homeless women”

Maria Ines Zamudio, Rui Kaneya, Kate Everson, Kyla Gardner, Kaitlyn Mattson, The Chicago Reporter, “Dying for Attention”  

 

Online

Megan Cottrell, Melanie Coffee, The Chicago Reporter “No 8’s”  

Mick Dumke, Chicago Reader, “The shot that brought the projects down ” 

Alby Gallun, David Lee Matthews, Crain’s Chicago Business, “The complete guide to Chicago’s condo collapse”

 

BREAKING NEWS

Online

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “Coverage of the NATO summit protests”  

 

Television

JOE KOLINA, JENNIFER LAY-RISKE, ALLISON ROSATI, ROB STAFFORD, STAFF, NBC 5 News, “Nato Summit & Protest”  

 

Radio

Mike Krauser, John Waelti, Steve Miller, Bob Roberts, John Cody, WBBM staff, WBBM Radio, “The NATO Summit  “

Linda Lutton, Becky Vevea, Cate Cahan, WBEZ, “Chicago Teachers Strike: Day One Coverage”

 

NEWSCAST

Radio

Pat Cassidy, Felicia Middlebrooks, Josh Liss, Len Walter, Jim Benes, WBBM Staff, WBBM Newsradio, “The WBBM Newsradio 8 a.m. newscast”

 

Television

JOE KOLINA, JENNIFER LAY-RISKE, ALLISON ROSATI, ROB STAFFORD, STAFF , NBC 5 Chicago, ” Nato Summit & Protest, Drew Peterson Verdict, CPS Strike”

 

GENERAL EXCELLENCE, NON-ENGLISH

Daily Newspaper

Hoy Staff , Hoy, “Three issues of Hoy plus inserts that ran with those editions”

 

NEIGHBORHOOD/COMMUNITY NEWS, ONLINE

Reema Amin, Austin Talks, “Austin has second most fatal and serious pedestrian accidents; Chicagoland suicide prevention walk largest of its kind; Austin residents ready to fight closures “

Ellyn Fortino, Austin Talks, “Austin aldermen author few citywide ordinances; Emmet elementary parents accuse administrator of misconduct; Austin LSCs elect new members, some schools citywide still looking to fill seats”

Staff, DNAinfo.com Chicago, “DNA Info.com” 

 

DESIGN

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Chuck Burke, Chicago Tribune, “Playing With Fire / Children at Risk / Election Day ” 

Dan Mann, Chicago Tribune, “The ___ at Illinois; He’s down; Haul mark:22”  

Jessica Sedgwick, Chicago Sun-Times, “Portfolio of ‘Splash’ section pages”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Diane Cunningham, The Times, “Best Design: Diane Cunningham”

Scott Helmchen, Northwest Herald, “2012 Summer Festival Guide, MaDoNnA, It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing, Unwrap a New Season of Sounds ” 

Travis Kipper, The Times, “Best Design: Travis Kipper”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

Bryan Erickson, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Chicagoans of the Year 2012”

Chuck Lazar, Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine, ” Cover Design”  

Leslie McFarland, Tanja Pohl, Angie’s List ” My Pet’s Vets  “

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

Jes Spivak, The Republican, “Ready for the season? SKYWARN spotters are trained to be the first line of defense against severe weather; Few take up postcard collecting as hobby; and Fundraiser provides rare venue for student artists ” 

Christine Wachter, The Chicago Reporter, “Punched, Toying with Danger, Slammed”  

Douglas Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Reporter, “3 examples”

 

GRAPHICS

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Jonathon Berlin, Carolyn Aler, Ryan Marx, Alex Bordens, Chad Yoder, Chicago Tribune, “Fiscal cliff graphics”

Alex Bordens , Chicago Tribune, “How US topped China; Playing Fields; A game of speed and distance”  

Alex Bordens, Carolyn Aler, Jemal Brinson, Katie Nieland, Ryan Marx, Jonathon Berlin, Chicago Tribune, ” Election graphics”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Tim Broderick, Daily Herald, “Title IX: Local schools work to bridge achievement gap”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

Chuck Lazar, Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine, “Data Dig”

Gregg Runburg, Pensions and Investments Magazine, “Pensions & Investments graphics”

Laura Vergara, Extra Newspapers, “Graphics-by Laura Vergara”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

Christine Wachter, The Chicago Reporter, “Subsidized housing, Wage theft, Juvenile justice”  

           

ILLUSTRATION

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Joe Darrow, Chicago Tribune, “Lowering the Broom; The Book on Tice; Shrink Rap”

Phil Geib, Chicago Tribune, “The toys of summer; Ready to get loose;Lovie’s last”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Scott Helmchen, Northwest Herald, “Anatomy of a Super Summer, Bet on Black, Summer Concert Guide, Holiday Heavyweights”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

Dave Mosele, The Times, “Geriatric Genius, The World According to Golf, Beach Life Leaves an Enduring Impression” 

Red Nose Studios, Angie’s List Magazine Staff , Angie’s List, ” My Doctor Saved My Life, The Spin on Prices, Chasing the Storm”  

Jamie Ramsay, Time Out Chicago, “The Rahm Report/Road Trips/Rising and shining”

 

EDUCATION REPORTING

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Joel Hood, Diane Rado, Cynthia Dizikes, Kristen Mack, Bill Ruthhart, Chicago Tribune, ” Chicago Public Schools”  

David Jackson, Gary Marx, Alex Richards, Chicago Tribune,   “An empty-desk epidemic”

Jon Seidel, Becky Schlikerman, Chicago Sun-Times, “Maine West hazing scandal”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Carmen McCollum, The Times, “Bullying on rise?”

Carmen McCollum, The Times, “Roosevelt left in disarray”

Marie Wilson, John Leusch, John Radtke, Tara Garcia Mathewson, Patricia Babcock, Staff , Daily Herald, ” Title IX: Four Decades of Fighting for Equality”

 

Non-Daily newspaper or Magazine circulation above 20,000

Ben Goldberger, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, ” Street Fighter”  

Steve Hendershot, Owen Hurd, Geoffrey Johnson, Dennis Rodkin, Jennifer Tanaka, Elizabeth

Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Best Public Schools”

Lorelei Laird, ABA Journal, “Pricing Amy”  

 

Non-Daily newspaper or Magazine circulation below 20,000

Larry Gavin, Evanston Roundtable, “District 65 Teachers Oppose New Evaluation System”

Louisa Murzyn, The Times, “Business Schools Change Course”

 

SCIENCE, HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING

Radio

Charlie Meyerson, Blogspot, “Charlie Meyerson on science”  

Odette Yousef, Shawn Allee, WBEZ, “North Side community pursues local mental health solution through the vote”

 

Television

Tasha Ransom, Kimbriell Kelly, Jay Sondheimer, Steve Long, Ken Goss, Bill Barth, WFLD-TV, “There is More to Being Gluten-Free”   

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Bryan Gruley, Bloomberg, “The Man Who Bought North Dakota”

Monifa Thomas, Chicago Sun-Times, “‘My stroke at age 30”

Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune, “Indiana Car Plant A Cautionary Tale”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Lauri Harvey Keagle, Bowdeya Tweh, The Times, “Residents pipe up on Enbridge Plan”

Bowdeya Tweh, Lauri Keagle, Vanessa Renderman, The Times, “Fork in the road: ‘Food deserts’ in NWI leave many yearning for access to healthier food”

 

ONLINE FEATURE STORY

Kari Lydersen, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Alden K. Loury, Christine Wachter, The Chicago Reporter, “Too Young to Die: Examining the loss of a generation “

The Medill Justice Project, “Spotlight on Shaken-Baby Syndrome”  

David Protess, Huffington Post, “Wrongfully Imprisoned 29 Years, Stanley Wrice Wins Second Chance; Exonerated of Murder, Chicagoan’s First Vote for President; Stillwater House Holds Keys to Truth About Rape Conviction of Student-Athlete;”

 

USE OF VIDEO

Online

Steve Hendershot, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Want to be the next Michael Bay? There’s an app for that; Better grilling through technology; Managing the info avalanche”

Martha Irvine, Jae Hong, Associated Press, “Iraq War Vet Uses Music to ‘Come Home”

Lucio Villa, Chicago Now, ” One undocumented man’s struggle for a new kidney” 

 

USE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

Online

David Eads, Joe Germuska, Heather Billings, Chicago Tribune, “Crime in Chicago”

Staff, Angie’s List, “Free Preview Issue of Angie’s List Magazine for the iPad”

Staff, Time Out Chicago, “Time Out Chicago tablet app”

 

SPORTS STORY

Radio

Jeff Joniak, WBBM Newsradio,” Joniak’s Journal: Brandon Marshall”  

Michael Puente, Derek John, WBEZ, “Weak fan support darkens Sox Success”

Michael Puente, Shawn Allee, WBEZ, “Slots at Illinois racetracks? Don’t bet on it”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Nancy Armour, Howard Fendrich, Martha Irvine, Associated Press, “The Hardest Hit: Famer Tony

Dorsett, other ex-players suing NFL, describe negligence “

Brian Hamilton, Chicago Tribune, “Iron will – drive, passion and a squirrel”

Andrew Seligman, Associated Press, “No ordinary prospect: Jabari Parker of Chicago’s Simeon High the next big thing since D-Rose”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Steve Hanlon, The Times, “His story”  

Paul Oren, The Times, “The wait for Baby Bart”

Mike Spellman, Daily Herald, “A walk on the wild side with ‘Feherty Live'”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

John Borneman, Pioneer Press, “Schildorfer getting noticed”

Katherine Dunn, Playboy, “Smoke”  

Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “You Gotta Be Bleepin’ Me!”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

Ross Forman, Windy City Times, “Esera Tuaolo: Coming back from darkness”

Aaron Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, “An ace bowler who nailed the 7-10 split”  

 

SPORTS COMMENTARY

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

David Haugh, Chicago Tribune, “Duerson wrong for right cause; A game worth some pain; Duke wins, dignity loses”  

Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times “A selection of 3 sports columns by Rick Telander”

Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times, “A series of columns on the London Olympics by Rick Telander”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Tony Baranek, Southtown Star, “Coaching Moms Juggle”  

Pat Disabato, Southtown Star, “One drink can impair your judgment”

Mike Hutton, Post-Tribune, “Time to Push IHSAA for 3-Class Tourney, Terri Bardeson’s golf, love of Andrean team remain strong as she battles cancer, Gov still trying to conquer Golf”  

 

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press, “Parker’s Promise”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Matthew Grotto, Chicago Sun-Times “Wrestling Victory”

Brett Roseman, Chicago Sun-Times, “State Champions  “

Brett Roseman, Chicago Sun-Times, “Catch Me If You Can”

 

BUSINESS REPORTING

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Sharon Cohen, Associated Press, “It’s the Economy – a 12-part series on the economy in the election year.”  

Bryan Gruley, Elizabeth Campbell, Bloomberg, “Online Furor Over `Pink Slime’ Means Disaster for Meat Innovator”

Mary Wisniewski, Christine Stebbins, Hector Sepulveda, Jim Young, Thomson Reuters, “Midwest farm town, transformed by immigration, thrives”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Keith Benman, The Times, “Hitting the roof ” 

Bowdeya Tweh, Keith Benman, The Times, “1,000 days later”

Roy Strom, The Daily Law Bulletin,   “In-House Counsel series”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation above 20,000

Crain’s Chicago Business Staff, Crain’s Chicago Business , “State of Small Business: Masters of Customer Service”

Susan Chandler, David Bernstein, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Too Big to Fail?”  

Bryan Gruley, Shruti Singh, Bloomberg, “Deere Made-in-America Tractors Plow Brazil Soil as Farms Upgrade”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

Lu Ann Franklin, The Times, “Putting their chips on the table”

 

Specialty/Trade

Anastasia Ustinova, Brian Louis, Matthew Leising, Bloomberg, “Peregrine Fraud”

Jeff Wilson, Leslie Patton, Tony Dreibus, Elizabeth Campbell, Whitney McFerron, Bloomberg, “Drought”  

 

Radio

Chip Mitchell, Shawn Allee, WBEZ, “Wage theft rampant in Chicago car washes”

Michael Puente, Shawn Allee, WBEZ, “A lot at stake for BP in Whiting expansion”

Staff, WBEZ, “Front & Center: American Dream deferred? Upward Mobility in the Great Lakes”

 

Online

Jason McGregor, Matt Carmichael, Danny Ecker, Allison Riggio, Crain’s Chicago Business, ” The 2012 Employment Series”

Christine Stebbins, Peter Bohan, Reuters, “U.S. farmers seen weathering 2012 drought better than in 1988”  

Andrew Schroedter, Patrick Rehkamp, Robert Reed, Barbara Rose, Brett Chase, Better Government.org, “Rescuing Illinois (series)”

 

ARTS REPORTING AND CRITICISM

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

Cassie Walker Burke, Emmet Sullivan, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Fall Culture Guide”

Jason Foumberg, Staff , New City, “Art 50: Chicago’s Artists’ Artists”

Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago, “90 Minutes on the Rocks”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

Igor Studenkov, Chicago Journal, “Chicago teens deal with effects of violence through art”

Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, “Holocaust stories, uncovered and re-told”

Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, “The Spirit of His Song”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune, “CSO in Europe”

Dave Hoekstra, Chicago Sun-Times, “The last honky tonk”

Caryn Rousseau, Associated Press, “Chicago theatre tax”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Dann Gire, Daily Herald, “Dann Gire on Movies”  

Carrie Rodovich, The Times, “Flashy Rock “

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Online

Andrew Schroedter, Patrick Rehkamp, Robert Reed, Barbara Rose, Brett Chase, Better Government.org, “Rescuing Illinois (series)”

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “An empty-desk epidemic”

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “Tribune Watchdog: Playing With Fire”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Patricia Callahan, Sam Roe, Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune, “Playing With Fire”

Christy Gutowski, Chicago Tribune, “Children at risk”

John O’Connor, Associated Press, “Illinois Prisons”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Jake Griffin, Daily Herald, “Suburban Watchdog”

Marisa Kwiatkowski, The Times, “Children in peril”

Casey Toner, Southtown Star, “A Blemish on Riverdale’s Crown Jewel”

 

Radio

Linda Lutton, Cate Cahan, WBEZ, “Chicago’s best high schools: Who gets in, who doesn’t”

WBEZ Staff, Center For Public Integrity Staff, WBEZ, “98 Minutes”

Robert Wildeboer, Cate Cahan, WBEZ, “Grandma can’t accept your calls: Inmates disconnected by phone costs”

 

Television

Dane Placko, Robert Herguth News, “Maywood Confidential”

Andrew Schroedter, Better Governemtn.org and Pam Zekman, CBS Chicago, ” Fox 32 Sheriff’s

Teenage Son Allowed to Play Cop”

 

IN-DEPTH REPORTING, NON-DAILY PUBLICATION

General-interest publication, circulation more than 20,000

David Bernstein, Noah Isackson, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Lawbreakers, Lawmakers”

Elly Fishman, Tony Adler, Mara Shalhoup, Chicago Reader, “Pariahs Amid The Rainbow”

Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “The $53 Million Bamboozle”

 

General-interest publication, circulation less than 20,000

Angela Caputo, Rui Kaneya, Jonathan Gibby, Safiya Merchant, The Chicago Reporter, “Minor misconduct”  

Mary Gavin, Evanston Roundtable, “Pain and Its Aftermath: Two Community Meetings”

 

Community newspaper, circulation above 20,000

Irv Leavitt, Pioneer Press,   “Homeless housing”  

 Martin Macias, Extra Newspaper, “Green for all?”  

Todd Shields, Pat Krochmal, Pioneer Press, “Fatal bridge collapse a shock to communities”

 

Community newspaper, circulation less than 20,000

Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, “Northwestern drops Chabad”

Todd Wessell, Tom Robb, The Journal-Topics,  “Prisoner Beatings, Fraud, Discrimination, Infidelity Charges Grip Police Department “

 

Business magazine or newspaper, circulation more than 20,000

John Pletz , Crain’s Chicago Business, “Wired: Chicago lies at the country’s digital center, but maintaining that position won’t be easy”

Brigid Sweeney, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Sears-Where America Shopped”

 

Magazine or magazine section, circulation more than 20,000

Steven Kotler , Playboy, “Superhuman”

Hillel Levin, Playboy, “Officer Finnegan”

Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “The $53 Million Bamboozle”

 

Magazine or magazine section, circulation less than 20,000

Maria Ines Zamudio, Rui Kaneya, Crystal Vance Guerra, Samuel Charles, The Chicago Reporter, “Waiting in Vain”  

 

Specialty/Trade

Andrew Schroedter, Patrick Rehkamp, Robert Reed, Barbara Rose, Brett Chase, BetterGovernment.org, “Rescuing Illinois (series)”

Robert Herguth, Dane Placko, Bettergovernment.org, “Maywood Confidential”

Haydn Bush, Hospitals & Health Networks, “Health Care’s Costliest 1% ” 

 

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT REPORTING

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Jared Hopkins, Alex Richards, Chicago Tribune, “Paid To Stay Home”

David Kidwell, Bob Secter, Jeff Coen, Kristen Mack, Alex Bordens, Chicago Tribune, “Chicago traffic cameras”

Tim Novak, Chris Fusco, Chicago Sun-Times, “Milk Money”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Kerry Lester, Daily Herald, “U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s Recovery” 

Mike Riopell, Daily Herald, “Illinois’ Pension Crisis”

Casey Toner, Southtown Star, “Sex scandals in District 227”  

 

Non-daily magazine or magazine section, circulation more than 20,000

David Bernstein, Noah Isackson, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Lawbreakers, Lawmakers”  

Crain’s Chicago Business staff, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s First Year In Office: Special Report”

Bill Dwyer, David Pollard, Nick Moroni, Pioneer Press, “Special Report: Testing and proving Chris Welch”  

 

Non-Daily magazine or magazine section, circulation less than 20,000

Dan Carden, The Times, “Q & A with U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky”

Douglas Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, ” Proven: Chicago’s #1 in Corruption”  

Gila Wertheimer , Chicago Jewish Star, “622 Rabbis sign for Obama; Roll out of Rabbis for Romney”

 

IN-DEPTH NEWS STORY OR SERIES

Radio

Alex Keefe, Tony Arnold, Derek John, WBEZ, “The Ghosts of Illinois Pensions: Past and Future “

Robert Wildeboer, Cate Cahan, WBEZ,” The crisis hidden inside Illinois’ prisons”  

 

Television

Dane Placko, Robert Herguth, Fox 32 News, “Maywood Confidential”

Andrew Schroedter, Better Government.org and Pam Zekman, CBS Chicago,   “Sheriff’s Teenage Son Allowed to Play Cop”  

 

PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING

Radio

Cate Cahan, Linda Paul, WBEZ, “Is life without parole constitutional for 14-year-olds, like Adolfo? “

Staff, WBEZ, “Race: Out Loud”

 

Television

Tasha Ransom, Kimbriell Kelly, Jay Sondheimer, Steve Long, Russ Sherman, Bill Barth, WFLD-TV, “Experts Talk About Sexual Assault and How to Defend Yourself”  

Tasha Ransom, Kimbriell Kelly, Jay Sondheimer, Philip Raymond, Ken Goss, Bill Barth, WFLD-TV.  “Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren”  

 

BEST REPORTER, BROADCAST

Radio

Linda Lutton, WBEZ, “Linda Lutton”

Chip Mitchell, WBEZ, “Chip Mitchell”  

 Bernie Tafoya, WBBM NewsRadio, “Bernie Tafoya”

 

Television

Paris Schutz, Chicago Tonight, “”Black Bloc”  

 

NEWS COLUMN OR COMMENTARY

Special/Trade

Damon Adams, American Medical News, “Limit certain patents, not patient care/Tax sugary drinks? Here’s how to spend the money/Autonomy or employment — doctors must not be forced to choose”

Bob Cook, American Medical News, “Editorials, Bob Cook”

Lorraine Forte, Catalyst-Chicago, “Page 2 Editorials” 

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

Greg Hinz , Crain’s Chicago Business. ” Ward map confusing? Try getting a garbage can; There’s no need to fear-unless there is ; The sign of the season: $$$$$$$$”

Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, “While you were distracted by NATO …, How the Democrats let Derrick Smith shoot them in the foot, and Why Chicago teachers hate Rahm  ”  

Irv Leavitt, Pioneer Press, “Columns by Irv Leavitt”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

Karie Angell Luc, Marc Alberts, Linda Chappell Smith, Northbrook Star, “Airborne Jugs Made Concert Unforgettable and Ted Nugent Remembers Chicago’s “Woodstock”  

Tracy Baim, Windy City Times, “In Defense of Cynthia Nixon: Why ‘Born This Way’ Doesn’t Matter”  

Bonnie McGrath, Chicago Journal, “Sorting out the new ward boundaries; City boos Walgreens’ booze; Take control of South Loop high schools”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

John W. Fountain, Chicago Sun-Times, “Black-on-black victims could fill our stadiums; We must face hard truths and stop making excuses; When will all this bloodshed end? “

John Kass, Chicago Tribune, “John Kass columns”  

Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune, “Mary Schmich columns”  

 

 Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Burt Constable, Daily Herald, “Burt Constable Column”  

William T. McGrath, Daily Law Bulletin, “Gingrich faces eye of the copyright tiger”

Donna Vickroy, Southtown Star, “Adopted boys death leaves memories”  

 

EDITORIAL WRITING

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Kate N. Grossman, Chicago Sun-Times, “Chicago teachers strike: a series of 3 editorials,’ Kate N. Grossman, Chicago Sun-Times”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Doug Ross, The Times, “Unplug Powers’ dreams of trash-to-ethanol riches”  

Jim Slusher, John Lampinen, Colin O’Donnell, Colleen Thomas, Diane Dungey, Editorial Board, “Daily Herald, “Pensions: Time for Change”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

Tracy Baim, Windy City Times, “Journalism 101: The myth of objectivity”

Larry Gavin, Evanston Roundtable, ” We Support District 65’s $48.2 Million Referendum: Our Analysis and Views ” 

Douglas Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, “Not Enough; Gun Control; No More Endorsements”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation above 20,000

Ann Dwyer, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Chicago was sold a bill of NATO goods; City can’t abide blind faith in mayor’s trust; State fiddles while smart meters burn”

 

BLOG

Individual Blog Post, Independent  

Paul Dailing, 1001 Chicago Afternoons, ” #103: A Blue (Line) Christmas”  

Melanie Coffee , sheswrite.net, “Visiting the Doctor’s Office Reveals Life With Universal Health Care”  

John Wasik, Forbes, “Newtown’s New Reality: Using Gun Liability Insurance to Reduce Gun Deaths”  

 

Individual Blog Post, Affiliated

Mick Dumke, Chicago Reader,  ” Here comes another city privatization deal forged behind closed doors, G8 moving to Camp David = one less summit to protest, and UNO’s Juan Rangel does a damn good Chris Christie impression”  

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, “I remember you,’ Roger Ebert’s Journal”

Yana Kunichoff, Megan Cottrell, Michael McHugh, Melanie Coffee, The Chicago Reporter, “Mental health clinic closures, My city meadow, The other Romney”

 

Continuing Blog, Independent

Paul Dailing, 1001 Chicago Afternoons

John W. Fountain III, Austin Talks, “Summer cycle of death continues; Not making a choice is still choosing; Wearing a hoodie has a different meaning and consequence”

Whet Moser, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “The 312”

 

Continuing Blog, Affiliated

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, “‘Roger Ebert’s Journal”

Rick Kaempfer, The Times, “Talkin’ bout my g-g-g-generation, Skunked, A Knucklehead’s Lament”  

David Protess, Huffington Post, “Wrongfully Imprisoned 29 Years, Stanley Wrice Wins Second Chance; Exonerated of Murder, Chicagoan’s First Vote for President; Stillwater House Holds Keys to Truth About Rape Conviction of Student-Athlete”

 

START-UP

John McCarron (teacher), James Mazurek (student) , Zoe Barker (student) , “DePolitics2012.com”

Staff, “DNA Info Chicago, “

 

NEWS WEBSITE

Staff, “Chicago Tribune.com”

Staff,   “NWHerald.com”

Staff, “wellsparkbulldog.com”

 

ANNE KEEGAN AWARD FINALISTS

Kim Janssen, Chicago Sun-Times

Maureen O’Donnell, Chicago Sun-Times

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Board Minutes – 10/2010

Chicago Headline Club board meeting

Oct. 8, 2010

Begin: 9:06 a.m.

 

In attendance: Sue Stevens, Kathy Catrambone, Flynn McRoberts, Steven Franklin, Kristen Schorsch, Hilary Fosdal, Beth Konrad, Tony Noce, Steve Edwards, Randi Belisomo, Suzanne McBride, Brian Pitts, Ken Davis, Abdon Pallasch. (phone) Rummana Hussein and Howard Dubin.

 

Several board members attended the SPJ National Convention in Las Vegas, including Rummana, Howard, Sue Stevens, Hilary, Randi and several club members.

 

The September programs were strong, including a panel about covering the trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, President Obama’s first term in office and inside Patch, new hyperlocal Web sites nationwide.

 

Upcoming events this month include the annual First Amendment forum and a panel about covering Islam.

 

A new board member is needed, and former board member Kristen McQueary suggested SouthtownStar reporter Amy Lee. Steve Franklin suggested a Daily Herald editor.

 

Former board members Bonnie McGrath and John Duncan are going to modernize the board’s by-laws.

 

The board voted to amend and table the September meeting minutes.

 

The board discussed the Peter Lisagor Awards banquet. Kathy Catrambone asked board members to review the contest entries by the end of the month and suggest any changes. The board last year added several online categories.

 

Beth Konrad suggested continuing outreach efforts she did last year, including visiting several news shops to encourage people to apply for the contest. Tony Noce and Randi Belisomo said they would review the TV categories and suggest any changes to entice more TV stations to apply.

 

Hilary Fosdal said a Connecticut chapter is paying to build an online awards program. She would like to look at different vendors to do this with the Headline Club.

 

The board discussed Lisagor prices. Kathy would like the price increased $5, to $70 for members and $90 for non-members. The price of a table would increase to $850. The banquet is on May 6, and the board is looking at several venues to host the awards ceremony.

 

Board member Jon Seidel could not attend the meeting, but he submitted a written report with an update on the digital media committee. He signed a contract with eNews Park Forest to fix the corrupted content on our Web site. The work is estimated to cost $60 an hour, with a $1,000 cap on the contract. The contract calls for work to be done in six weeks. He also noted that some people are not receiving e-blasts.

 

Beth Konrad updated the board on the access survey. A project person and statistician from the University of Illinois at Chicago have been assigned to the project. Beth has scheduled two focus groups and wants board members to attend one to offer their thoughts on access and transparency.

 

Sue Stevens plans to draft a letter to the Tribune Company about alleged behavior recently described in a New York Times story. Board members who work for the Tribune Company recused themselves.

 

Tony Noce provided an update on the Beachwood Reporter’s work thanks to a CHC Watchdog Award. They continue to request public documents for their investigation.

 

Randi Belisomo, who is in charge of scholarships, plans to contact the Asian American Journalists Association regarding a student scholarship they’d like to co-sponsor with the club.

 

Suzanne McBride provided an update on the grant she and Steve Franklin received to host two forums to talk about how media covers neighborhoods. They plan on having a forum in December in Austin and in the spring in Albany Park.  The forums will need light moderation and will include a panel and a question and answer session for the audience. Breakfast will be served.

 

The Community Media Workshop throughout November is hosting a “We Are Not Alone” to address violence plaguing Chicago’s communities.

 

Adjourned at 10:33 a.m.

 

— Secretary Kristen Schorsch

Board Minutes – 11/2011

Friday, Nov. 18, 2011

Chicago Headline Club board meeting

Bloomberg Chicago bureau

In attendance: Steve Franklin, Howard Dubin, Brian Pitts, Aimee DeBat, Sue Stevens, Kristen Schorsch, Lolly Bowean, Fabiola Pomareda Garcia, Beth Konrad, Flynn McRoberts

On Phone: Robert Elder, Suzanne McBride, Rummana Hussain, Odette Yousef

Meeting called to order at 9:05 a.m.

The board welcomed new members Lolly Bowean, a reporter at the Chicago Tribune, and Fabiola Pomareda Garcia, a reporter at La Raza.

Board president Steve Franklin said more than 100 people attended a Headline Club-sponsored event this month at the Little Black Pearl, where community members and the African-American news media connected to gain a better understanding of news coverage.

Steve suggested bringing in a speaker next year for a professional training program, such as a one-day bootcamp in the spring.

The board discussed having a Freedom of Information Act workshop in February.

The Headline Club has about $13,200 leftover from a McCormick Foundation grant the club received to conduct a public access survey and host a forum in the spring to discuss the results. The board discussed using the money to partner with the Better Government Association to create a FOIA guide, essentially a cheat sheet for journalists in the five-county area. The club also would hire someone to maintain a blog about FOIA news.

Beth Konrad said the McCormick Foundation and Loyola University are planning to conduct a program, possibly in January, with Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy about the state’s eavesdropping law.

Steve Franklin said a European contingency is interested in taking journalism students to Brussels for a week.

The October minutes were approved unanimously.

Lolly Bowean, Beth Konrad and Odette Yousef volunteered to help the programming committee, and Brian Pitts volunteered to lead it while chairwoman Amy Lee is on maternity leave.

Chicago Sun-Times reporters Frank Main and Mark Konkol and photographer John J. Kim will talk on Dec. 8 about how they won a Pulitzer Prize.

Rummana said membership numbers are down, but final numbers were not available.

The board approved giving $839.71 from the watchdog fund to Columbia College students for an investigation.

Ethics Award: Howard suggested and we voted to kill the Ethics in Journalism Award. It has not been given for several years.

Executive Director’s report: Aimee basically repeated what is in the agenda.

We have signed the contract and are committed to conduct Lisagor contest online with Better BNC. Currently we area working with Sara Harvey a graphics design person to make a pdf of the nominations categories. We are doing a mailing using the one-time mailing through SPJ national.

 

Lisagors: Again, Aimee filled us in with her agenda. We discussed a keynote speaker, with most present saying it is not a major concern. Lisagors are booked for May 4, 2012 at the Union League Club. Jon started publicizing save-the-date for the contest deadlines on website.

Treasurer’s Report: Flynn said we have $99,253. SPJ sent local dues payments of $890 in August and $720 in November.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Kristen Schorsch and Susan S. Stevens

Board Minutes – 10/2012

Chicago Headline Club

Board of Directors meeting

Fri. Oct. 5, 2012

FOI Vice President Fernando Diaz called the meeting to order at 9:15 a.m. Present: Fernando, Dann Gire, Kristen Schorsch, Steve Franklin, Flynn McRoberts, Alden Loury, Mary Wisniewski, Casey Bukro, Aimee DeBat, Susan S. Stevens and by phone Jon Seidel, Odette Yousef and Rummana Hussain.

Minutes from the previous meeting were approved without correction.

Aimee said the race brought in at least $2,250. Flynn said he wrote equal checks of $918.40 to the Literacy Project and the Headline Club Foundation. We will try for a team next year.

Steve said Dreihaus Watchdog grants need more promotion. Fernando will write something for the website and an eblast.

President’s report: Alden said he, Howard Dubin, Beth Konrad and Susan represented CHC at the SPJ convention which had little controversy. Google sessions tanked and he will try to get Google rep to speak again here. Daily Herald’s Teresa Smedding, a convention presenter, offered to do a similar program here. Howard was the subject of an article in the convention’s student-operated newspaper, Working Press. See  HYPERLINK “http://workingpress.spjnetwork.org/2012/09/22/60-years-and-counting-sdx-treasurer-continues-to-push-ahead/http://workingpress.spjnetwork.org/2012/09/22/60-years-and-counting-sdx-treasurer-continues-to-push-ahead/.

FOI: Fernando reported the website is live and working. There also is a Twitter handle and a blogsite. See  HYPERLINK “http://www.foiaillinois.org/www.foiaillinois.org,  HYPERLINK “mailto:Blog@foiaillinois.orgBlog@foiaillinois.org @FOIAIllinois. Fernando said the website needs more content. Fernando and Alden attended a transparency working group composed of 15 organizations, and Fernando is reaching out to them for content and trying to make the site appeal to a wider group than FOIA wonks. Fernando would like to do a FOI Festival around Sunshine Week.

Programs: Odette reported on the Oct. 11 Career Survival event set up by Rob Elder and urged everyone to publicize. Same publicizing is needed for the Nov. 9 Journ Camp organized by SPJ HQs. Susan will reach out to other chapters. Steve and Flynn might do Scribe Aid II in December. Mary plans on a climate change program in January or February.

Discussion of Dann Gire’s request for action to criticize journalists who allow news sources to alter quotes. Board passed a motion, agreeing to issue a statement, to be drafted by Dann and checked by board members via email before publicizing. Susan will forward it to National to see about SPJ issuing a similar statement.

Membership: Rummana said she has reached out to lapsed members and Lisagor entrants. She will touch base with Howard on a membership brochure update. And she will search for 100 middle-managers to send Alden’s recruitment letter. Susan will pitch to student chapters CHC programs.

Website: Jon will play catch-up next week. Let him know quickly your ideas.

Treasurer’s report: Flynn said CHC had $86,156 at the end of September.

Aimee reviewed the BetterBNC contract for $2,875 for online Lisagor entries. Board approved a motion to sign the new contract.

Ethics Advice Line: Board reviewed second design proposal, $7,500 which Rob said should be upped to $8,500 to include maintenance. Fernando said he thought it could be developed for less and has questions he will ask Rob. Steve wants to resolve next month.

Meeting adjourned at 11 a.m.

Next meeting: Nov. 2

Respectfully submitted,

Susan S. Stevens

Secretary

Board Minutes – 09/2012

Chicago Headline Club

Board of Directors meeting

Fri. Sept. 9, 2012

President Aldon Loury called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.

Present: Alden, Hugh Delios, Dann Gire, Howard Dubin, Mary Wisniewski, Rob Elder, Kristen Schorsch, Steve Franklin, Angela Caputo, Odette Yousef, Aimee DeBat, Susan S. Stevens, Casey Bukro, and by phone, Beth Konrad, Flynn McRoberts and Rummana Hussain.

President’s report: Alden noted the SPJ convention comes up late this month and asked if anyone else is attending. He, Beth, Howard and Susan will go. Alden and Beth will get 35 percent off on registration, a discount SPJ offered for two people in our chapter.

Alden talked with Regional Director Liz Hansen, who each quarter contacts each chapter in Region 5 to find out how they are doing and offer suggestions. With the current membership push under way, Liz suggested we contact non-CHC affiliates across Illinois and college students. She said Vicki Katz in Springfield, a former regional director, might help recruit downstaters.

Minutes from last meeting: approved.

FOIA: Alden reported for absent FOIA VP Fernando Diaz that the FOIA site is a day or two away from going live. The developer has all the content. That the two of them met with our blogger to discuss content of the site. They want conversation, community-building, a weekly roundup, growing our own post based on what people have to say. Open to contributions! Contact Fernando. We need to market the new FOIA initiatives.

Programs: Odette said the election-prep panel program appears to have fallen through because political reporters could not be enlisted. Mary hopes to have a climate change program in January or February. Lolly Bowean said $1,580 has been contributed for Sunday’s race, and hopes to hit $2,000. Rob will put together Career Survival 101 for October, but needs a date and place. We will co-sponsor the Community Media Workshop’s Oct. 5 program on what the election means to black, Hispanic and ethnic groups.

Beth welcomed the idea of new partnerships, and said Loyola would be pleased to have us as co-sponsors of events. Several board members urged more partnerships. Boosts attendance for them and us.

Membership: Aimee reported for Rummana, who joined us later: She has been making lots of calls, having other people make calls. Rummana said all the Lisagor non-members have been contacted. Alden noted this month is the national membership drive. He has written a letter for Rummana to send to targeted journalists. Send Rummana your thoughts on how to build membership. Rummana would like to do an event. Beth suggested a good-bye to Aldon Pallasch and Steve Edwards, former board members, as a networking party and membership incentive. Rob suggested asking Lizzie to do social media, an area we have fallen down on.

Website: Aimee said Jon Seidel has been too involved in trials to do updates, but will shortly. Steve offered to help Jon. Mary offered again to do the JobFile, which has not been updated since Aug. 10 though it should be weekly and is probably the major reason people look at headlineclub.org.

Treasurer’s report: none.

Ethics AdviceLine: Casey reported Ilyce Glink has trimmed her proposal from $35,500 to $25,000 in response to our concerns and has discounted as much as she can. Her usual charge is $150 an hour; she is offering us $75. Her proposal includes marketing. Rob said he thought some things were overpriced and suggested bids be let. He and Casey will meet next week. Mary asked that action be taken at next month’s board meeting.

CHC Foundation: Susan said we raised about $1,100 at the annual Brownlee picnic-party despite rainy weather. Attendance was about 50. Howard and Susan were the only CHC board members to attend; both also are on the CHCF board. This was a great networking opportunity, as always.

Lovejoy Memorial: Susan said the Alton committee, despite our $500 contribution, has been unable to come up with enough funds to replace the stolen monument making the journalism martyr’s site a Sigma Delta Chi national landmark. Our money will go toward three roadside markers. Elijah Lovejoy was murdered and his presses destroyed 175 years ago.

Meeting adjourned at 10:35 a.m.

Next meeting: 9 a.m. Fri. Oct. 5 at Bloomberg.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan S. Stevens

Secretary

Board Minutes – 08/2012

Chicago Headline Club

Board of Directors meeting

Fri. Aug. 3, 2012

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 9:05 a.m. Present: Rob Elder, Dan Gire, Flynn McRoberts, Mary Wisniewski, Aimee DeBat, Susan Stevens, Alden Loury, Angela Caputo, Odette Yousef, and by phone Rummana Hussain, Howard Dubin and Beth Konrad. Guest: Casey Bukro.

 

Minutes of the last regular board meeting and the planning meeting were approved.

 

Membership: Rummana reported her phone campaign got six or seven lapsed members to renew. Helpers included five non-board members. They made 47 calls. Now targeting non-members who entered the Lisagor contest, maybe 200-300 people. Howard will pay for a mailing to target 100 people who should join. A list will be developed. Alden will do a letter recruiting members. Susan said a national membership drive is coming up, with each member being asked to recruit a member.

 

President’s report: Alden thanked everyone who attended the planning meeting. He said we still need a publicity/marketing committee. It has a pivotal function. If no one steps forward, he may have to lean on board members as a whole. We also still need awards people. He will be contacting Felicia Middlebrooks and Hugh Delios.

The SPJ convention Sept. 20-22 in Ft. Lauderdale: Alden found last year’s, his first, inspiring. Susan said there are about 100 pro-development programs. Let Alden know if you haven’t been before and would like to go. There might be some discounted registrations. Alden, Howard, Beth and Susan already plan to attend.

 

Ethics: Casey Bukro, former CHC president and former chairman of the SPJ Ethics Committee, outlined the 11-year-history of CHC’s Ethics Hotline, which he founded. About 1,000 calls have been received, mostly from young journalists who need ethics education. He discussed three recent calls, noting journalism must be ethical to survive. He wants to take the hotline to a new level for the current era with an interactive website. He asks the CHC board for $20,000 of the estimated $35,000 it will cost to start. CHC has not contributed funds to EAL for several years, though the board voted two years ago to appropriate $5,000. This has not been spent. Several board members had questions about updating the plan and lowering the cost, Rob in particular. He noted new board member Tracy Schmidt also might have suggestions. Board members asked Casey to contact the developer of the proposal, former CHC President Ilyce Glink, to answer a number of questions, update the technological aspects of the year-old proposal, and provide a template or mockup or shell on something like WordPress. Casey will do and will report back to the board.

 

FOI: Alden said the website will be launched in a week or two.

 

Programs: Odette said she needs help with our 5k team for the Sept. 9 run. Lolly Bowean has been away because of her brother’s illness. Odette has enough runners, but needs a Paypal sort of thing. Aimee will see if Adam can set it up.

Coming up:

Aug. 26 — the Brownlee party and CHC Foundation fundraiser in Evanston. Susan is involved. PLEASE come. Or send a check!

Sept. 13 –An election preview. Former board member Abdon Pallasch is lining up political reporters.

November an SPJ boot camp on technology. SPJ’s Heather Dunn said HQ may be planning a  HYPERLINK “http://www.spj.org/spjona.asp” o “http://www.spj.org/spjona.aspprogram similar to the JournCamp SPJ hosted in May 2012 in Phoenix. SPJ asks only for promotions help, but you might review the link and send suggestions to  HYPERLINK “mailto:hdunn@spj.orghdunn@spj.org.

National College Media convention Nov. 4 here looking for speakers. Steve Franklin has volunteered. If interested, contact David Simpson  HYPERLINK “mailto:dsimpson1958@gmail.com” o “mailto:dsimpson1958@gmail.comdsimpson1958@gmail.com.

Maybe another Scribe Aid in November, as well as a How to Reinvent Yourself

Mary will work on a climate change program.

Treasurer’s report: Flynn said our J.P. Morgan Chase account July 31 contained $90,128.34. $1,400 came in, mostly for membership dues. Miscellaneous routine expenses. Report was approved.

We voted to pay Community Media Workshop $400 for an ad in their media guide, which we have traditionally done. In return, we will get their guide.

Adjournment at 11:05 a.m.
Next meeting: 9 a.m. Fri. Sept 7 at Bloomberg.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan S. Stevens
secretary

Board Minutes – 07/2012

CHICAGO HEADLINE CLUB

Annual planning meeting

July 28, 2012

President Alden Loury called the meeting to order at 9:20 a.m.

Present: Alden, Rob Elder, Steve Franklin, Fernando Diaz, Howard Dubin, Kristin Schorsch, Angela Caputo, Jon Seidel, Flynn McRoberts, Abdon Pallasch, Aimee DeBat, Susan S. Stevens, and guests, Mary Wisniewski and Patrick Boylan.

Alden welcomed us to a discussion about what we might do in the coming year. The one definite thing on the schedule is the upcoming charity run.

Steve hopes to do another Scribe Aid with Flynn in the fall.

Discussion of Lisagor. Aimee distributed a balance sheet that shows a profit of $14,659 for 2012, down from $15,145 in 2011 despite the $3,995 cost of taking the contest on-line.

Patrick Boylan brought to our attention the Welles Park Bulldog’s FOI fight with the Chicago Public Schools over information about Local School Council candidates before the election three months ago. CPS has failed to answer 20 FOIAs. The Illinois Public Access Counselor has not acted on Boylan’s appeal yet. He would like to see the FOIA strengthened.

            Boylan also requested technical assistance and/or advice for the online Bulldog and the 491 other online communities in the city to increase professionalism. Maybe an event?

            Steve said we might participate in Block by Block’s two-day conference at Loyola.

            Headlineclub.org might be used for dialogue. A town hall meeting might be held.

            An SPJ expert might be brought in for a full-day workshop. NOTE: SPJ plans to do something akin to this here in November. Heather Dunn contacted Susan about our schedule for that month because they’d like to do something similar to what they did in Phoenix in May. See  HYPERLINK “http://www.spj.org/spjona.asphttp://www.spj.org/spjona.asp

National Survey of Fair Use survey sessions Sept. 7. We’ll try to get people there.

Abdon resigned from the board due to his departure from journalism for a post as assistant Illinois budget director. He recommended former CHC board member Mary Wisniewski become his successor. She is the Midwest bureau chief at Reuters. We agreed. Contact info for Mary:  HYPERLINK “mailto:Mary.wisniewski@thompsonreuters.comMary.wisniewski@thompsonreuters.com. W: 312-308-8731 C: 312-823-2060.

Discussion of possible programs:

n     Patrick: An elections program in September. Northern Illinois Newspaper Association has already done one.

n     Angela: A meet-up with political reporters, drinks, Q&A. Abdon will ask several reporters if they can participate.

n     Rob: Career survival.

n     Fernando: how to build technology for campaigns. Steve: see if Medill will do a reprise of its Knight Center candidate analyses program.

Committee Assignments:

FOI Beth Konrad will help Fernando.

Membership Howard will help Rummana

Programming Rob and Kristen will help Odette

Website Steve will help Jon

Lisagor Flynn, Fernando and Mary will help

Note: the marketing/publicity/social media committee needs help

Other things:

Amy Lee has joined the University of Chicago communications office. Anna Tarkov will do the Job File.

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan S. Stevens, secretary

Board Minutes – 06/2012

Chicago Headline Club

Board of directors meeting

Fri. June 8, 2012

 

President Steve Franklin called the meeting to order at 9:15 a.m. Present: Steve, Howard Dubin, Aimee DeBat, Flynn McRoberts, Kristen Schorsch, Suzanne McBride, Alden Loury, Susan Stevens, incoming board member Dan Gire, and Rummana Hussain on the phone. Susan notes that we did not have a quorum until 40 minutes into the meeting. Please try harder to attend and be prompt.

President’s report: Steve said the NATO summit prep session for journalists worked out great. In addition, he said CHC became a negotiator with city police with a conference three days before the summit. Incoming board member Hugh Delios was good at negotiating.

Discussion of the Chicago Half-Marathon & 5K resulted in us agreeing to move forward on participating. Steve will write an eblast, asking members if they will commit. He will ask them to respond to Lolly Bowean, whose idea it was in the first place. CHC Foundation will get half of what we raise, the News Literacy Project will get the other half.

Steve also wants to plug John Conroy’s currently running play about journalists. He asked that CHC be a co-sponsor of a June 28 Community Media Workshop event on how to cover youth violence. We agreed.

Suzanne said former CHC President Meg Tebo has re-started the Columbia College student chapter.

We will not meet July 13. The next board meeting will be Aug. 3. Alden will schedule a planning meeting sometime in July.

 

Steve also wants to do a program on how ex-journalists move on with their careers and an October fundraiser for displaced journalists.

Executive director’s report: Aimee does not have the final figures for Lisagor yet. Rumman wants volunteers for membership calls.

FOI: Alden said the site is up but needs content before going live. There are there blog posts.

Alden attended the annual SPJ Leadership Institute in Indianapolis last weekend. He said it was good but he is still processing all the information. He will give briefings to the Membership, FOIA and Programs VPs and other leaders.

Minutes were approved as submitted.

Website: Aimee reported Jon is trying to clear time to update it with Gary Kopycinski’s help. Aimee offered to help load about a year’s worth of board minutes.

Steve said we need to be more aggressive in finding journalists in need of expense money to apply for Dreihaus grants. We have $3,000 left.

Treasurer: Flynn said we have an available balance of $92,738. A $1,680 SPJ dues check came in.

Ethics: Dan Gire said he’s very interested in the Ethics AdviceLine. Susan said she would put him in touch with EAL chairman Casey Bukro. Howard said he will talk to Northwestern’s new dean about a partnership with EAL. Suzanne said Columbia would be very interested.

Meeting adjourned at 10:20 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan S. Stevens