Sponsored by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Chicago Headline Club each year awards a cash prize for enterprising journalism that defends and protects everyday folks. The Watchdog Award honors Chicago-area news reporting that calls attention to situations in which the public is being harmed or poorly served.
This year, we received 12 Watchdog Award entries from a range of print, digital and broadcast news outlets in Chicago, including a number of collaborative efforts. We had three finalists for the 2020 Watchdog Award:
The finalists are:
1.) ProPublica Illinois “COVID Inequities” by Staff
2.) ProPublica Illinois “Grace: Failures in Michigan’s juvenile justice system” by Jodi S. Cohen & Duaa Eldeib
3.) WBBM CBS 2 “Left in the Dark” by Samah Assad, Christopher Hacker, Dave Savini
The judges’ choice for the Headline Club’s Investigative Reporting grant, out of six submissions, is an investigative project by a freelancer focused on a pattern of more than 50 unsolved murders of Black and Latina women and girls on the South and West sides dating back 20 years.