Chicago journalists David Jackson, Burt Constable, Dahleen Glanton and Laura Washington to be honored November 20

This in from the Chicago Journalists Association

Chicago Journalists Association invites the public to join an audience of national and international purveyors of journalism for its annual awards celebration–where we will hear from keynote speaker Chris Fusco, Lifetime Achievement Award winner Better Government Association’s David Jackson and the 2020 Dorothy Storck Award finalists Daily Herald’s Burt Constable, Chicago Tribune’s Dahleen Glanton and ABC7 and Chicago Sun-Times’ Laura Washington–Friday, November 20, 8-9 p.m. presented via Zoom.

David Jackson, a Chicago native and Pulitzer Prize winner, is Senior Investigative Reporter at the Better Government Association. He joined BGA in August after 29 years at the Chicago Tribune. Jackson’s achievements are without question — a body of work that has consistently led to indictments and legislative reforms, and sparked broad civic conversations on racial inequities and brutal conditions in government programs serving the poor.

David Jackson is the Chicago
Journalists Association’s
2020 Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

Jackson shared the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service with colleagues at the Washington Post, for a five-part series examining the unusually high rate of police shootings in D.C. — an exposé more pertinent today than ever. So too is the subject matter of his four Pulitzer Prize finalist nominations with the Tribune — in 1996 for investigative reporting; in 2000 for national reporting; and again for investigative reporting in 2012 and 2015.

Jackson’s investigations often have focused on the injustices faced by children born in poverty. Other notable work has brought to light the staggering prevalence of sexual violence in Chicago Public Schools; revealed financial ties between organized crime figures and Chicago police brass; patient-on-patient rapes and assaults in Illinois nursing homes; food illness outbreaks at schools nationwide; the easy lives of international fugitives; rapes and prostitution in residential centers for troubled youth; mortgage swindles by Chicago street gangs; and the high price small towns pay for America’s cheap pork.

The Chicago journalism community was inspired — during this difficult year for journalism and our nation — by Jackson’s leadership role in the Chicago Tribune Guild’s valiant effort to find a civic-minded owner for the Tribune and its sister newsrooms, resulting in a poignant New York Times op-ed by Jackson and Gary Marx. When the Guild lost that battle, Jackson resigned to continue his commitment to systems reforms on behalf of society’s most vulnerable, at the BGA.

Earlier this year, Jackson established the Gary Marx Journalism Fund to both honor his longtime investigative reporting partner and trusted newsroom colleague, and cultivate the next generation of Chicago investigative reporters. The fund has given out $100,000 to date through journalism scholarships at Columbia College Chicago, paid BGA internships, and training through IRE/NICAR.

This year’s event is sponsored by Chase Bank. For free virtual tickets, RSVP to chicagocja@gmail.com. A Zoom link will be sent upon registration.

Chris Fusco keynotes this year’s Chicago Journalists Association awards event on Friday, November 20, 2020.

Headlining this event will be Keynote Speaker Chris Fusco, Founding Executive Editor of Lookout Santa Cruz, the flagship news outlet of Lookout Local, Inc., a network of local news and information sites recently launched by longtime industry analyst and Newsonomics Founder Ken Doctor. Fusco will provide industry perspective and speak on challenges impacting the industry. Fusco, who oversees all editorial operations at the Central California news startup, is a respected veteran of Chicago journalism who up until September was Executive Editor of the Chicago Sun-Times. Fusco joined the Sun-Times as an investigative reporter in 2000, after working as a reporter for the Daily Herald and the Northwest Herald. He was named the Sun-Times’ Managing Editor in 2016, Editor-In-Chief a year later, and took the Executive Editor helm in May.

The November 20 event will also honor a highly respected columnist or op-ed journalist in Illinois or Northwest Indiana with the lauded $1,000 Dorothy Storck Award, recognizing the best commentary/op-ed of the past year.

Named for the late syndicated newspaper columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winner who passed in 2015, the award was established by Storck’s family and her partner, University of Illinois at Chicago political science professor Dick Simpson, in 2017, to honor a columnist sharing Storck’s dedication, impact and commitment to craft.

This week the Chicago Journalists Association announced Daily Herald’s Burt Constable, Chicago Tribune’s Dahleen Glanton and ABC7 and Chicago Sun-Times’ Laura Washington as the 2020 Dorothy Storck Award finalists.

Burt Constable (left) Dahleen Glanton and Laura Washington
are the 2020 Dorothy Storck Award finalists.

The Dorothy Storck Award is unique given that it annually honors two second-place winners, as the work of these journalists is too critical to judge slight differences in the style in which they give voice to the voiceless.

Previous winners include Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune (2019); Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times (2018); and Rex Huppke, Chicago Tribune (2017). Taking home finalist awards were Natasha Korecki and Scott Jacobs of online news sites Politico and The Week Behind (2017); Mick Dumke and Deborah Douglas of online news sites ProPublica Illinois and The Chicago Reporter (2018); Barry Rozner and Natalie Moore of The Daily Herald and WBEZ Radio (2019).

About the 2020 Dorothy Storck Award finalist

Burt Constable: Since joining the Herald in 1981 from the Washington (Iowa) Evening Journal, Constable has held positions from police reporter to copy editor. As a reporter, he covered beats from general assignment and sports to courts and crime, before becoming a full-time columnist in 1988, alongside legendary Chicago Columnist Jack Mabley.

Constable, who previously worked for the Lafayette (Ind.) Journal & Courier, grew up on a farm in Goodland, Ind., where he learned how to plant, cultivate, rotary hoe and be fearful of cows. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School, and is the recipient of myriad awards, including CJA’s 2019 Sarah Brown Boyden Award for Best Feature. His work covering and interpreting tragedies has earned numerous citations, but he considers his biggest accomplishment being the first person to tout Barack Obama as future president way back in March of 2003.

Dahleen Glanton: Since joining the Tribune in 1989 from the Los Angeles Times, Glanton has held positions ranging from associate metro editor to Atlanta Bureau Chief. As a reporter, she covered some of the biggest stories of the past two decades, including Hurricane Katrina, President Barack Obama’s 2008 election and military families during the Iraq War. As a columnist, she addresses diverse subjects with a keen interest in encouraging dialogue on race, poverty and violence.

Recipient of myriad awards from groups such as the National Association of Black Journalists and Society of Professional Journalists, Glanton earned a 2017 finalist nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary, cited by the Pulitzer Prize Board “for bold, clear columns by a writer who cast aside sacred cows and conventional wisdom to speak powerfully and passionately about politics and race in Chicago and beyond.” She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia.

Laura S. Washington: A former mayoral press secretary who served under the late Mayor Harold Washington, Washington was Publisher/Editor of the nationally recognized investigative news outlet The Chicago Reporter from 1990 to 2002. She was previously an investigative unit producer at CBS-2-Chicago, and a correspondent with WTTW-TV’s “Chicago Tonight.” She has written an op-ed column for the Chicago Tribune. Her Sun-Times column has been published since 2001. From 2003 to 2009, she served as Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor at DePaul University; and as Visiting Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics in 2015 and 2019.

Specializing in African-American affairs, local and national politics, social justice, race and racism, her myriad awards including two Emmys, the Studs Terkel Award, Peter Lisagor Award and the YWCA’s Racial Justice Award. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School, and was a founding inductee of Medill’s Hall of Achievement, as well as the Chicago Women’s Journalism Hall of Fame. Newsweek named her among its “100 People to Watch” in the 21st Century, and she serves on several boards, including The Field Museum and Block Club Chicago.

For more information, contact CJA at chicagocja@gmail.com or 773-789-9488.

The Chicago Journalists Association is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization boasting a storied membership of more than 300 active/veteran print, broadcast and digital journalists, media and communications professionals, associated journalism educators and college journalism students in Illinois/Northwest Indiana. CJA’s core mission is the advocacy and rewarding of journalistic excellence through prestigious journalism award competitions including the Lifetime Achievement Award, Daniel Pearl Award, Dorothy Storck Award and Sarah Brown Boyden Awards; professional development of its members through ongoing training and newsmaker forums on industry issues; and support and mentoring of the next generation of journalists, through scholarships.

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Dorothy Storck Award applications due November 6.

The Chicago Journalists Association is seeking the best columns written by a print, broadcast or online journalist, published from July 2019 to July 2020, for the lauded Dorothy Storck Award competition.

The columnist or commentator must meet two of three criteria: Live in Illinois or Northwest Indiana, work for an Illinois or Northwest Indiana-based publication, TV or radio station, or write for an online publication whose work is seen within Illinois.

Deadline for entries is November 6, 2020. The fee for each submission is $75. Entries—which must be three columns or commentaries in English—must be submitted electronically to awards@chicagojournalists.net. Payments may be made online. For more information, contact CJA at awards@chicagojournalists.net or 773-789-9488.

One talented Illinois/Northwest Indiana columnist/op-ed journalist will take home the $1,000 prize in the Dorothy Storck Award competition.

Previous winners include Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune (2019); Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times (2018); and Rex Huppke, Chicago Tribune (2017).

Three Dorothy Storck Award finalists will be announced on November 12.

The winner will be announced November 20 during the Chicago Journalists Association’s 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony streaming live from 8-9 p.m. CST. Free tickets to this virtual event require a RSVP to chicagocja@gmail.com. A Zoom link will be sent upon registration. This year’s event is sponsored by Chase Bank.

The competition is named for the late syndicated newspaper columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Dorothy Storck, who passed in August 2015. A longtime member of CJA, Storck’s family and her partner, University of Illinois at Chicago political science professor Dick Simpson, established the annual award to honor a Chicago area print, broadcast or digital columnist sharing Storck’s dedication, impact and commitment to craft.

The Chicago Journalists Association is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization boasting a storied membership of more than 300 active and veteran print, broadcast and digital journalists, media and communications professionals, associated journalism educators and college journalism students in Illinois/Northwest Indiana. CJA’s core mission is the advocacy and rewarding of journalistic excellence through prestigious Journalism award competitions; professional development of our members through ongoing training and newsmaker forums on industry issues; and support and mentoring of the next generation of journalists, through scholarships.

Karen Kring talks to National Public Radio’s Cheryl Corley

In episode 7 of Media Curious award-winning journalist Cheryl Corley talks about what it means to cover the Midwest and beyond for National Public Radio’s national desk, serve as one of the outlet’s criminal justice reporters, the time Chicago got “out-Chicagoed”, and other memorable stories.

Media Curious collaborators include Chicago Public Square, The Eventors, CAN TV and the lovely and talented Jane Ricciardi who through her post-production skills adds polish to each episode.

Karen Kring started Media Curious in June 2020 to help bridge the gap between the media-consuming public and “the media”. Karen believes the media, the news media specifically, tend to be individuals who’ve dedicated themselves to being a conduit for the truth, to accurately reflect facts they’ve learned while covering their beats. That said, Media Curious lets the public make up their own minds. Karen talks to news media workers about their jobs, what goes on behind the scenes in their newsrooms and their perceptions about the industry in the current era.

To learn about new episodes minutes after they go live, subscribe to the Media Curious YouTube channel and/or the Media Curious Facebook group.

Other journalists interviewed include Garrard McClendon, Dorothy Tucker, Mary Schmich, Phil Vettel, Tracy Baim and Maudlyne Ihejirika.

Karen Kring talks to Chicago Reader’s and Windy City Times’ Tracy Baim

Karen Kring here: To offer the public the chance to get better acquainted with Chicago area news and media workers, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some Chicago news rooms and to gain some perspective on what producing media is about in the 21st century, I started Media Curious.

At first it was just a Twitter account, @Media_Curious. Now it’s a YouTube channel with much help from designer and video editor Jane Ricciardi. Maybe it will become a podcast too.

Episode 2 has Chicago media veteran Tracy Baim talking about her first 20 months as publisher of the Chicago Reader, a bit about her family and her ambitions for community journalism, journalism education and our society.

For a look-see at Episode 1, featuring a conversation with Chicago Sun-Times’ Maudlyne Ihejirika, click here.

To read up on some of the details of Tracy’s career, click here.

Karen Kring interviews Chicago Sun-Times’ Maudlyne Ihejirika for Media Curious

Karen Kring here: I’d been sharing news stories that offer glimpses into what it means to be a journalist in this day and age on Twitter via @Media_Curious for a few years now.

It has been my ambition to start a podcast that would offer the public the chance to know Chicago area news and media workers better, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some news rooms and to gain some perspective on what media is about in the 21st century.

I still might do the podcast, but upon getting familiar with Zoom’s technology, I chose to start with video.

So at last at the end of May I did my first interview with my friend and colleague Maudlyne Ihejirika.

She is an award-winning columnist with the Chicago Sun-Times. She writes the paper’s Chicago Chronicles, long-form columns on what makes the city click. She recently penned a book about her family’s survival during the Nigerian-Biafran War and the miracles that brought them to the U.S. in 1969, Escape from Nigeria: A Memoir of Faith, Love and War.

Journalist Anne Johnsos on her family, new book and “mommy juice”

I’m a print journalist, a photographer, editor and designer, now getting into podcasting and radio. I have so many friends and colleagues who are veterans in radio and brilliant at what they do. Anne Johnson is one of those. She was one of the first to encourage me as I ventured into a new medium, which I’m forever grateful to her for.

A former TV anchor, former Northwestern professor, former WGN radio producer, Anne has ventured into print.

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Anne’s recently published book, POTTY-MOUTHED: Big Thoughts from Little Brains, shares conversations she and her husband have had with their daughters starting when their youngest was about 2 years old.

Constantly curious, I lobbed these questions to Anne and she sent them back with answers.

K: What were your girls’ reactions when they first learned you were documenting what they’d been saying?

A: They had no idea until I started writing the book. For years I typed their words and wonders onto my iPhone, stowing them away for later. Occasionally I posted the most humorous bits to Facebook, but the kids had no idea what Facebook was. It was only after I drafted the manuscript that we all sat down and read through the hundreds of moments. The girls laughed with glee when they realized they were a) funny and b) just a little bit famous.

K: What was it like getting permission from your family to publish this book?

A: When we went through the manuscript, the girls let me know what was OK and what was not. Poop and toots are funny up to a certain age (in my case 100!), but as kids round the corner toward “tweendom,” privacy becomes more important. My oldest also was quick to point out the moments in which my written thoughts were slightly unkind. She told me not to include them because they made me look, well, unkind. And while we all have our “judgy” moments, it’s best not to highlight them. (Note: The conversation we cut had to do with my daughter’s attempt to learn the violin. Anyone who has tried to play the violin knows it’s a slow start. I merely observed that in one of my posts.)

K: How did you pick which of their remarks made it into the book?

A: We chose the ones we considered to be funny, poignant and relevant. Some of my favorite conversations centered on pop culture and were too time-sensitive to last. Think Bieber, Blurred Lines and Daft Punk. Need I say more?

K: Social media has played a part in the way you created this book. Do tell.

A: Without social media there would be no book. The reaction I got to the early posts inspired me to keep recording the girls’ conversations. I loved getting positive feedback from friends and fellow parents. It was a former journalism student of mine who first suggested the book, and the idea gained momentum from there. When I took the plunge to write, I asked my Facebook hive for possible illustrators and reconnected with a friend from college. The idea was to have just a smattering of drawings, but his work was so good, POTTY-MOUTHED became a comic book.

K: Tell me more about “mommy juice”. Must it be Italian or can it be from any region?

A: “Mommy juice” is famously cheap and of low quality. After my husband and I realized our exciting social lives were firmly in the past, we resorted to bulk buying wine from Trader Joe’s. Turns out Two Buck Chuck isn’t so bad.

K: You protect your girls’ privacy, but they have been going to some of your book events. How are they dealing with the attention they are getting?

A: They seem to enjoy it, but I’m aware of the potential pitfalls. Right now they really want to read some of their own funny moments. That might change as they get older. The important thing is: They approved the content, so they aren’t surprised. Last night at a reading, some of the toot jokes made my older daughter “facepalm,” but she laughed because she knows the actions of a 4-year-old do not draw a straight line to the 11-year-old of today. Note: I also regularly add money to the therapy jar.

K: Are you still documenting the nuttier conversations you have with your girls? Can we expect a sequel?

A: A sequel is ready and waiting if this book is successful. I have hundreds more moments to share, and many of them are funnier and smarter than the current book because the girls are older. I still write down and share some current conversations, but less frequently. Now that the girls know what I’m doing, they occasionally ask me to write down what they say, and that’s too meta for me. Also: No matter how funny puberty might be, it’s just too personal. I value my daughters’ trust too much to cross that line.

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Joe Ricketts shutters DNAinfo and Gothamist

November 2, 2017: A day that will be infamous in U.S. journalism history.

Below is what DNAinfo, staff, readers and advertisers were greeted by when they went to DNAinfo’s New York City and Chicago website that Thursday.

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