It’s Time to Talk Access


Please Join Us Sept. 17

You know what happens when reporters can’t get information they need. Their stories are incomplete, delayed or worse yet, they die. That is one of the reasons the Chicago Headline Club undertook a sweeping survey of the state of journalists’ freedom of information and access rights.

I hope you will join us on Sept. 17 when we discuss the findings and results of conversations we have had since with public officials. We will report on some improvements on the situation as a result of our talks. But as you will learn from the report, serious obstacles exist across a wide range of public agencies.

Officials from several of the agencies highlighted in the report will discuss the findings along with journalists.

We will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Lewis Towers at Loyola University’s Water Tower campus, 820 N. Michigan Ave. Our meeting is in the Regents Ballroom on the 16th floor, and the entrance is on Pearson at Rush Street. A continental breakfast will also be provided.

The McCormick Foundation supported our work on the survey, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Please join us and, likewise, please pass this invite along to others who might have their own stories to tell or benefit from the discussion with public officials. 


Stephen Franklin, president, Chicago Headline Club