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.

Pre-Oscar Invite to view ‘SPOTLIGHT’

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

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

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

Get your tickets via EventBrite:

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

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

Light refreshments will be served

January Happy Hour

Stuck in the winter doldrums? Looking for some inspiration for a story? Just want to warm your innards with food, beverages and good company?
Want some money to do investigative journalism?
Come join your fellow journalists for a happy hour Jan. 27 at Rockit Bar & Grill for a happy hour hosted by the Chicago Headline Club.
In addition to good company, the Headline Club’s Alejandra Cancino will be on hand to talk about how you — yes, you — can get some cash to do investigative reporting.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Rockit Bar and Grill, 22 W. Hubbard St., Chicago

McCormick Foundation awards FOIAFest grant

The Chicago Headline Club has received a two-year, $25,000 grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to support FOIAFest. The Headline Club’s annual daylong conference leads up to Sunshine Week and aims to celebrate the importance of access to public information.

“This grant will allow the Headline Club to broaden its work to educate journalists on how to access information and how to keep government accountable,” Headline Club President Odette Yousef said. “This is critical work, and we are pleased and honored to have financial support from the McCormick Foundation for it.”

The Chicago-based foundation supports a variety of endeavors, from journalism and the First Amendment to early childhood education and civic engagement.

Save the date for this year’s FOIAFest: March 12 at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower campus. Andy Shaw, president and CEO of the watchdog group the Better Government Association, is a keynote speaker. More than a dozen panels and workshops are in the works on everything from uncovering police misconduct and public officials using private emails to conduct public business, to digging for data and crafting a public records request.

Stay tuned at and, our website dedicated to FOIA issues, for more details.

Want a FREE TICKET to FOIAFest? Become a Headline Club member by Jan. 15. Contact to get this limited-time offer

It’s not too late!

If you didn’t make the January 11 deadline for Lisagor submissions, you still have time! We will accept entries through January 31, 2016, but at a higher rate. For members,  $50/entry and for non-members, $70/entry.

Nominations must be received online by January 31, 2016, for work between January and December, 2015. Nominated work should be entered at The 39th annual Lisagor Awards presentation and dinner will be held Friday, May 6, 2016, at The Union League Club of Chicago. Finalists will be named in mid-March.

Questions? E-mail or call 872-267-2242.

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