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The trauma you cover

March 29, 2012 0

Journalists and Trauma,
How to Cover it and How it Impacts You 

CHICAGO — Frank Ochberg, a psychiatrist and founder of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma writes that “after a murder, a rape, or the bombing of a building, there is a story to be told”…

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Lisagor Finalists

March 25, 2012 0

Peter Lisagor Awards — May 3, 2013
Check out the LIST OF WINNERS for the 2011 Chicago Headline Club’s Peter Lisagor Awards. 
About Peter Lisagor
Peter Lisagor, the Chicago Daily News’ Washington bureau chief from…

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Missed our FOIA training? Here’s a recap

March 25, 2012 0

When Natalie Brower Potts asked how many journalists had filed Freedom of Information Act requests, a majority of the hands in the room went up. When she asked how many received responses without any problems, only one hand went up.
One reporter immediately brought up a problem. She had been told…

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Statement: CPD disregards reporters’ rights

March 18, 2012 0

The Chicago Headline Club is deeply troubled by the action taken this weekend by Chicago police against two TV news staff. 
While covering public reaction to a yet another sad loss of life from violence, they were handcuffed and briefly taken into custody near a Chicago hospital. They deny claims from…

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Why We Fight For Access

March 1, 2012 0

The following is a story written by Patrick Boylan that reflects the importance of open meetings and respecting reporters’ rights and privileges.

His website is

And this is what we’ll be talking about at a workshop at noon Saturday, March 17, at Chicago Kent College of Law, 565 Adams, Room 580.