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.
- Go to www.betterbnc.com
- Select ‘Contestant’
- Click on “open” to be an Open Contestant.
- If you entered previous Lisagor Award contests, your email and password should be the same.
- If this is your first time entering the Lisagor Awards, click on “Create your Open Call account” and follow the prompts.
- 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 email@example.com
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.
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.
Take a look at the Twitter chatter about #FOIAFest from Invisible Institute!
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: http://foiaillinois.org/foiafest-2016/. 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.
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 FOIAIllinois.org, 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
BUY TICKETS TODAY!
FOIAFest is generously supported by the Chicago Headline Club, Loyola University Chicago and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation
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 WriterAlejandra@gmail.com.
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.
Come join us Saturday for a half-day workshop all about building your brand!
The Chicago Headline Club has teamed up with the Chicago chapter of the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) to help you learn the tricks of the trade! Find out what you need to create a website to showcase your work, and which social media tool will attract the greatest audience. Get the edge from those who do this every day — and get results.
ABA Journal, 321 N. Clark St. (21st floor), in downtown Chicago.
When: 9am-noon, Saturday Nov. 7
$10 for members of the Headline Club and/or JAWS
$15 for non-members
$5 for students who show ID
* FREE for new members who join between now and Nov. 7! Join now!
For tickets, go to Eventbrite.
Building Your Personal Brand! Agenda:
Where do you showcase your work? Learn the nuts and bolts of setting up your own website with Ed Scott, UX consultant and adjunct professor of communication at the Illinois Institute of Technology. (Laptops are not required, but encouraged)
Facebook. Instagram. Periscope. So many social media tools! Learn what works best with Ali Trumbull, social media coordinator for Crain’s Chicago Business, where she focuses on social strategy for both the editorial and business sides of the magazine. Previously, she was community news manager at Aggrego, where she managed three then-Sun-Times Media newspapers online and their social media channels.
Now that you have some tools under your belt, snag some tips and insight from those who have built their brand well, featuring:
- Alex Garcia, an award-winning independent photographer and former staffer at the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and the Press-Telegram (Long Beach, Calif.). He is the author of “Depth of Field: Tips on Photojournalism and Creativity,” based on his popular “Assignment Chicago” blog at the Chicago Tribune.
- Rex Huppke, a columnist at the Chicago Tribune, where he writes a syndicated humor column as well as a workplace column that runs in papers across the country. He once declared himself “America’s most-beloved workplace advice columnist,” thus becoming an expert at branding.
- Angelica Atondo, author of “El Secreto Para Lograrlo,” a guide for youth that has sold more than 200,000 copies in the United States and in Mexico. She was an anchor for Univision’s affiliate in Illinois from 2010 to 2014. Most recently, she was the voice for Ragu’s 2015 National Campaign and Cricket’s 2015 National Campaign. She’s also the official endorsement personality for the Money Transfers’ company Pangea and for Apoyo Medical Legal.
- Moderator Alejandra Cancino, a fellow at The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago. Cancino spent six years at the Chicago Tribune, where her beats included labor and manufacturing. Before the Tribune, Cancino was a web producer and multimedia reporter at La Palma, a Spanish-language weekly, and covered crime for the Palm Beach Post. She’s on the Chicago Headline Club board of directors and is co-captain for JAWS’ Chicago chapter.