We’re looking for new board members to join the Chicago Headline Club Board in our mission to promote journalism and support journalists across our region.
The #WeAreTheHeadlineClub campaign—designed by photographer E. Jason Wambsgans—is an effort to give our brand and our members more exposure. You’ll see these photos and questions across social media over the next few months, anchored to pages like these. Our spotlight this month is on: Robert K. Elder, the Chief Digital […]
Sometimes, common sense wins. On Saturday, Sept. 12, the SPJ delegates voted overwhelmingly to “adopt the Sponsorship Task Force report…and direct the board of directors to enact the proposed Sponsorship Policy as recommended.” What does that mean? The full sponsorship policy is below, but it directs SPJ to reject money […]
One of the most important votes in the history of the Society of Professional Journalists is coming up on Sept. 12.
I am humbled and honored to be selected to lead the Chicago Headline Club during its 100th anniversary year. Journalists are truthseekers, the last bastion of free speech upholding the basic fundamental values of a democratic society, tasked with keeping elected public officials in check and holding governments accountable. We […]
Usually, this report is delivered during our annual Peter Lisagor Awards banquet in May. This will be an online-only address, since the COVID pandemic made us go virtual. Check out our amazing Lisagor video, which features our Lifetime Achievement Awards to WBEZ’s Jim DeRogatis and Jet’s Clarence Waldron. For the […]
The Chicago Headline Club is happy to report that we’ve handed out 110 grants to struggling Chicago-area journalists, totaling $50,500—just above our $50,000 goal. This was our response to the COVID pandemic and the damaged it caused to already shrinking newsrooms. Thanks to Greg Karp, our indomitable treasurer, who designed […]
The Chicago Headline Club is deeply troubled by the arrests of Chicago-based journalist Omar Jimenez, producer Bill Kirkos and photojournalist Leonel Mendez while covering the unrest in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody. The arrest was unjustified and we join other journalism organizations […]
To Chicago Headline Club members and our sister chapters across the US : I’ve been asked to provide an update on the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) sponsorship task force and our unanimous recommendation to update the organization’s policy. In short, the SPJ board endorsed this recommendation on April 18, […]
A few chapter leaders asked for a history of the friction over sponsors accepted by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and its partners at the Excellence in Journalism (EIJ) conference, so here goes: I was asked to be on a sponsorship policy task force was formed, in part, to […]