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Lisagors are coming — save the dates

Did you enter the Lisagor Awards this year? Wanna know if you’re nominated? Of course, you do! The fastest way to find out is to join the Chicago Headline Club at Latinicity (108 N. State St., Chicago)  on Thursday, April 6!

Join your colleagues in toasting your nomination. OK, and theirs, too. Click here to RSVP.

And while you’re marking your calendar, save the date for this year’s Peter Lisagor Awards dinner, May 12 at the Union League Club of Chicago. Tickets on sale soon.

The 2016 Lisagor Awards contest is live!

The Chicago Headline Club is now accepting nominations for 2016 Annual Peter Lisagor Awards!

Reports must have been published or aired between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016. Entries must be the original work of journalists in Illinois or who work for news media based in the state or northwest Indiana.

Please note that through January 13, 2017, each entry will cost $50 for non-members; $30 for Chicago Headline Club members. After that, through January 31, 2017 each entry will cost $70 for non-members; $50 for Chicago Headline Club members. Join now and save.

Download the list of 2016 Lisagor categories.

To enter:

  1. Go to
  2. Select ‘Contestant’
  3. Click on “open” to be an Open Contestant.
  4. If you entered previous Lisagor Award contests, your email and password should be the same.
  5. If this is your first time entering the Lisagor Awards, click on “Create your Open Call account” and follow the prompts.
  6. The categories will mirror those found in the Lisagor entry forms mailed earlier this month.

Please note — The following categories did not appear in the entry form.  They are posted online.

Category A11 — Best Data Journalism.  Innovative use of data to illustrate a story, including the use of the Freedom of Information Act and other open-records tools.

Category D38 — Best Arts Reporting and Criticism, circulation more than 100,000.  Story or series on a single subject.

Questions? E-mail

Good luck!

Headline Club summer party/fundraiser Aug. 28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Lisagor Finalists revealed! (And happy hour)

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: It’s time to announce this year’s Peter Lisagor Award finalists! Join the Chicago Headline Club at III Forks Chicago Tuesday as we unveil this year’s nominees for the first time.

This’ll be your first chance to find out this year’s finalists — we won’t be releasing the list until after the event is over.

We’ll also have half off the restaurant’s draft beer and draft cocktails — plenty of cheer to go around, even if you didn’t enter for any awards this year.

Come on out, grab a drink with your colleagues and congratulate this year’s finalists!

WHAT: Lisagor Finalists reveal happy hour
WHERE: III Forks at 180 N Field Blvd, Chicago
WHEN: Tuesday, April 12, 6-8p
More details and RSVP here

And don’t forget to buy your tickets to the Lisagor awards banquet here! Tickets must be bought by Thursday, April 28.

Natalie Moore talks about ‘Segregation’ book

Join us Wednesday, March 30th for a discussion with WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore about her new book, “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.” As the Chicago Tribune notes, Moore explores “how segregation informs South Side living, exploring the structural impact it has on schooling, housing, food access, politics and violence.”

This program is jointly hosted by the Chicago Headline Club, the Columbia College Chicago SPJ student chapter and the National Association of Black Journalists-Chicago.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 30th. 6:30pm
WHERE: Communications and Media Innovation Department on the 2nd floor of 33 E. Congress Parkway (Wabash and Congress), Auditorium C-219

#FOIAFest is tomorrow! 

We’re excited to see everyone tomorrow at our sold-out #FOIAFest! The festivities begin at 9 a.m. with our keynote speaker Andy Shaw, president and CEO of the Better Government Association.

Please take a moment to check out the schedule: We have sessions on police, politics, education, business, breaking news and more. Don’t forget a laptop if you’re interested in attending our data sessions.

Just a reminder: FOIAFest is in two locations at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower campus. We’ll start the day at Regents Hall in Lewis Towers, 820 N. Michigan Ave. (Entrance is on Pearson Street). Later, we’ll move to the Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson St. Please refer to the schedule to find the sessions that interest you.

Due to popular demand, there will be NO TICKETS sold at the door.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you to our sponsors: Loyola University Chicago, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and the Chicago Headline Club.


FOIAFest set for March 12 at Loyola Water Tower

Tickets are now on sale for the Chicago Headline Club’s fourth annual FOIAFest!

Come learn from more than two dozen journalists and other experts on everything from police misconduct and politicians using private email for public business, to filing a public records request and digging through data.

Andy Shaw, president and CEO of the Better Government Association, kicks off the day as our keynote speaker.

Please visit, our website dedicated to public access issues, for a complete schedule and line-up of speakers. Here’s a snapshot of what you need to know:

WHAT: FOIAFest 2016
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., March 12
WHERE: Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower campus
* Sessions split between Lewis Towers, 820 N. Michigan Ave. (entrance is on Pearson Street) and Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson St. More details to come.

COST: (breakfast and lunch included)
$5 for students
$15 for Chicago Headline Club members
$20 for non-members


FOIAFest is generously supported by the Chicago Headline Club, Loyola University Chicago and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Headline Club offers grants for investigative reporting

The Chicago Headline Club, the largest chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the nation, has grants available to help defray the costs of investigative stories, such as an airline ticket or a stack of public records.

Apply by April 29 for up to $575 or by July 29 for up to $2,000.

Interested? Get more details and download our application here:
Questions? Contact Alejandra Cancino at

Funding is thanks to the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. While all journalists are eligible, we are looking for those without the financial backing of a major media shop.

Covering Black Lives Matter

 Protests in the streets. Clashes in the legal system.
Activists of color across the country are drawing attention as they protest perceived injustice from politicians, law enforcement and the legal system.
As media outlets cover actions from Black Lives Matter and other groups, how can they ensure they’re accurately capturing what’s happening both on the streets and in the courtroom?
Join the Chicago Headline Club and the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists for a panel discussion Jan. 13 on how to cover the Black Lives Matter movement.
Panelists include: 
Darryl Holliday, City Bureau editorial director
Maudlyne Ihejirika, Sun-Times urban affairs reporter
Damon Williams, member of the Let Us Breathe Collective
Moderator: Kathy Chaney, WBEZ reporter/producer
When: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m.
Where: American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark St.
How much: Free admission