Headline Club gift to you

Give yourself the gift of knowledge this holiday season: Become a member of the Chicago Headline Club now through Jan. 15 and get a free ticket to our fourth annual FOIA Fest, a daylong conference dedicated to access to public information.

Come hear from Andy Shaw, president and CEO of the watchdog group the Better Government Association. And come learn from more than a dozen panels and workshops on everything from how to uncover misconduct and develop sources to digging into data and crafting a public records request. FOIA Fest will be held on March 12 at Loyola University Chicago.

Interested in this great offer? Contact membership@headlineclub.org.

The Lisagors Go Statewide! Entries due by Jan. 11, 2016

Download the 39th ANNUAL LISAGOR ENTRY FORM!

CHICAGO, November 23, 2015 – Journalists, critics and bloggers from across Illinois will be eligible for the first time to compete this year for the prestigious Lisagor prizes awarded by the Chicago Headline Club, one of the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in the U.S.

The awards for exemplary journalism, named after Peter Lisagor, a former Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Daily News, have been presented by the Headline Club since 1977.  Their purpose is to inspire journalists to follow Lisagor’s example of excellence.  

Until this year, the awards were limited to nominees based in Chicago and northwest Indiana. The Headline Club now is extending its recognition to the best journalism from the full state of Illinois in 2015.

“This is a state that needs and produces superb journalism, and those efforts need to be highlighted and encouraged,” said Odette Yousef, Headline Club president and a reporter at WBEZ 91.5FM.

Lisagor was an influential newspaper correspondent and columnist in the 1960s and ‘70s who regularly appeared on Meet the Press and Face the Nation. When he won a Peabody Award in 1973, the organization called him a “master of incisive interrogation” and said he was inspired by an editor who advised reporters to “walk down the middle of the street and shoot the windows out on both sides.”  

The Lisagor contest includes 128 awards in seven categories, including general interest, broadcast TV and radio, both daily and non-daily print, online, specialty/trade and documentaries. The Headline Club added two new awards this year: Best Data Journalism and Best Design.

The club also awards three special prizes: The Watchdog Award, for excellence in public interest reporting; The Anne Keegan Award, named after a former Chicago Tribune reporter who highlighted the plight and achievements of the common man; and The Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nominations must be received online by January 11, 2016, for work between January and December, 2015. Nominated work should be entered at betternewspapercontest.com. 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 awards@headlineclub.org or call 872-267-2242.

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Build your personal brand!

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.

Where:
ABA Journal, 321 N. Clark St. (21st floor), in downtown Chicago.

When: 9am-noon, Saturday Nov. 7

Cost:
$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:

9-10 a.m.
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)

10-11 a.m.
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.

11-noon
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.

 

Exclusive preview: “Spotlight” Nov. 2

See “Spotlight,”the film about the Boston Globe’s exposé of the Catholic Church pedophile cover up, before it opens to the general public!

WHAT: Sneak preview of “Spotlight” with the Headline Club!
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 2 at 7p.m.
WHERE: Lake Street Screening Room, 70 E Lake St. on the 16th floor
TICKETS: Buy your tickets ahead of time here!
Headline Club members + 1 guest, $10 each
Non-Members, $15
New members, FREE with paid membership before or at the screening! Please bring receipt to show as proof.

“It’s the ‘All the President’s Men’ for the 21st century,” says Dann Gire, Headline Club board member, Chicago Film Critics Association president, and Daily Herald movie reviewer.

Boston Globe editor Robby Robinson sat on their story about the Catholic Church’s pedophile cover-up until a final “i” got dotted, even though a rival newspaper was about to stumble over the story, rendering months of work at the Globe a waste.

“Spotlight” opens in theaters Nov. 6.

Open Road has decided to push all of the members of its large ensemble — among them Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci — in the supporting categories for the Oscars.

 

 

 

4th ANNUAL FOIA FEST!

Save the date!

The fourth annual FOIA Fest will be March 12, 2016 at Loyola University Chicago. The daylong conference kicks off Sunshine Week with panels and training sessions on everything from finding records hidden in plain sight to analyzing data for hard-hitting investigations!

What do you want to learn this year? Have an idea for a panel, or want to be involved in planning the fest? Contact FOIA Fest chair Kristen Schorsch at FOIA@HeadlineClub.org.

Covering Islam: How journalists can better report on Muslims, mosques and the Quran

From Chicago to Pakistan, Islam and Muslims are in the news every day.

Do you know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites?

How can you better cover stories involving a new local mosque?

Are your local schools giving kids the chance to take off class for Ramadan or Eid al-Adha?

Join the Chicago Headline Club for a panel discussion on how to better cover Islam.

Who:
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald
Mariam Sobh, WBBM Newsradio
Tahera Rahman, Radio Islam
Moderated by Manya Brachear Pashman, Chicago Tribune religion reporter

Where:
Columbia College, 33 E. Congress Parkway, Room 219

When:
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m.

Statement regarding Roanoke shootings

The Chicago Headline Club is saddened and horrified by the violent shooting deaths of Alison Parker and Adam Ward of WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia. As countless journalists do every day, Parker and Ward were simply out doing their jobs this morning. Journalists should not have to fear that they might be targets of an attack.

We extend our sincerest condolences to their families, coworkers and loved ones.

22 years of JobFile

I long ago lost track of how many hours I’ve devoted to this enterprise, but I remember the first JobFile very well.

You don’t think of time moving so quickly, or at least I don’t. In my mind, I’m 26 forever. But on October 13, 1993, when I entered the first seven listings – that’s all there were the first week — Job File didn’t go out by Web. The World Wide Web was still months away from being opened to the public. Instead, it went by that very 1980s innovation, the fax machine.

About a dozen people received it, all in college placement offices, along with the two clubs for which I then, and still today, produce it — the Chicago Headline Club, the Chicago professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. I was on the board of both organizations (I’m still on INBA’s board and was president of both groups simultaneously in 1996-97, which almost killed me, but that’s a story for another day) and they wanted me to do JobFile so that they could list some local openings in their newsletters, which were then delivered hard-copy on a monthly basis.

Within a couple of months, the Headline Club opened a voice mail bank with five (count ‘em!) extensions, to better communicate with the membership, and JobFile began to appear there, or at least seven of the latest jobs — all that would fit on my voice mail message.

The long-disconnected phone number was 312-714-LIES, something that was pointed out to us after it was in service for a while, and which gave us quite a few laughs. It all seems so quaint. The fax disappeared in about 1997, and the phone line hung on till about 2006.  There are some addresses I can still recite in my sleep because I read them on the phone message so often.

JobFile always listed print, television, radio and public relations jobs, but journalism education was added early and online about three years in. The focus became regional by late 1997, and when I met my wife (then a journalism student at the University of South Carolina) in 1999, I extended the listings to cover the Carolinas.

Today, JobFile usually runs a healthy 60 pages of agate each week, although it slimmed down to about 25 when the economy teetered on the edge of oblivion in 2008. Today, radio stations hire videographers, TV stations require reporters to write “A” Wire copy, only shorter for the Web, and ”print” journalists had better be able to master those Dark Arts that used to be considered ”broadcast.” If you can’t write both broadcast and AP style, shoot video and stills, edit copy/video/audio/everything, finding a job may be difficult.

And that’s what we’re still about here at JobFile. Finding people jobs. In the best of times, there have never been enough in this field, and let’s face it, I’m hard put to figure out when the good times start. The aura of Woodward and Bernstein disappeared long ago but those of us who have stuck it out know how important the First Amendment is.

A few people have asked me how many more years I’m going to do this. I’m not sure, and I don’t see anyone waiting in the wings to take it over.  But for now, it’s my gift to you, because no one has ever made a cent, that I know of, from publication of JobFile. I haven’t, and the clubs haven’t.  Any time people tell me they found jobs through JobFile, I’m pleased, and if they tell me it has prompted them to join the club, all the better.  That’s payment enough.  Use it, spread the word, see it on the Headline Club website (http://www.headlineclub.org), subscribe via the INBA Web site (http://www.inba.net) and as the SPJ Code of Ethics advises us, seek the truth and report it.  In the end, that’s what this is all about.

Bob Roberts

JobFile editor-for-life

Journalism: past, present and future

the topic at the CHC Foundation’s
annual Brownlee Party!

Featuring Susan Richardson, Myiti Sengstacke and Robert Chiarito

RSVP here now: https://lesbrownleesummerparty2015.eventbrite.com

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday August 23rd at 537 Judson Ave. in Evanston
We will meet at the beautiful home that Les Brownlee shared with his wife, Priscilla Ruth MacDougall, our hostess. Your $25 donation buys you Hecky’s BBQ, brats, burgers, beverages of all kinds, and brilliant conversation.

Our speakers:
–Susan Smith Richardson, editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter, veteran editor, reporter and columnist at the Chicago Tribune and elsewhere.
— Myiti Sengstacke Rice, founding editor in chief of Uptown magazine, granddaughter of late publisher John H.H. Sengstacke and author of “Chicago Defender.”
— Bob Chiarito, founder of The Chicago Ambassador, regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, and City News Bureau of Chicago and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin alum who studied under Les.

 Les was the first African-American member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the first black president of the Chicago Headline Club. He worked at the Chicago Daily News, Chicago’s American, Chicago Defender, WLS-TV (“Les Brownlee: Channel 7 Eyewitness News”), and taught at ColumbiaCollege.

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, IL60201.

You may purchase a copy of “Les Brownlee: The Autobiography of a Pioneering African-American Journalist” at the party. Also available will be new books by Kenan Heise, “He Writes About Us,” and by Allen Rafalson, “The Santa Claus Trial.”

RSVP via EventBrite above or to Susan S. Stevens at susanstevens@aol.com, 312-733-1936.

CHC annual Brownlee Party Sun. Aug. 23

Mark your calendar now!

            2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sun. Aug.23 

Our annual summer party honoring Les Brownlee

RSVP here now: https://lesbrownleesummerparty2015.eventbrite.com We will meet at 537 Judson Ave. in Evanston, the beautiful home near Lake Michigan that Les shared with his wife, Priscilla Ruth MacDougall, our hostess.

Your donation buys you BBQ, beer, brats, burgers, and brilliant conversation. 

 Les was the first African-American member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the first black president of the Chicago Headline Club. He worked at the Chicago Daily News, Chicago’s American, Chicago Defender, WLS-TV (“Les Brownlee: Channel 7 Eyewitness News”), and taught at Columbia College. If you were one of his students, he might have asked you to stand in class and shout, “I am great.”

 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.

At the party, you may purchase a copy of “Les Brownlee: The Autobiography of a Pioneering African-American Journalist” at the party. Also available will be new books by Kenan Heise, “He Writes About Us,” and by Allen Rafalson, “The Santa Claus Trial.”

RSVP via EventBrite above or to Susan S. Stevens at susanstevens@aol.com, 312-733-1936.