Chicago Public Radio’s Goli Sheikholeslami on the impact of smart, real journalism

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Goli Sheikholeslami, CEO of Chicago Public Radio, explained why strong, non-partisan journalism matters to the health and wealth of our communities, our country and every citizen during the City Club of Chicago lunch program on May 25, 2017.

Shannon Heffernan and her story Excruciating Choice: Trading Parental Custody for Mental Health Care was mentioned as an example of a story that helped move the State of Illinois to act to stop psychiatric lockouts and helped legislators access data about lockout previous unattainable. (Heffernan’s work garnered a 2017 Lisagor Award.)

Sheikholeslami also mentioned an investigation that revealed that more than 300 young people were kept at Cook County Juvenile Detention Center for for as long as a week after release orders were signed. One young man waited 190 days for DCFS to pick in up. Due to that report, a monitoring system is in place and fewer young people are stuck in jail needlessly.

She also shared the audio from a story about why people pick up guns.

Distrust of media, threats to our fragile media landscape, drastic newsroom staffs reductions and their affects our country were discussed, as well as the opportunities and threats that lies ahead for hers and other media outlets.

Hear her whole 30+ min. address here.


Crain’s Lynn Marek talked to Goli in 2015.

Ode to Chicago’s Very Own Media Guide

We happened upon this ditty Karen Kring composed back in 2005.

“I spent a lot of time working on and writing about the media guide, so eventually rhymes presented themselves,” Karen says.

Back in the day Karen was the new media manager for the Community Media Workshop, now called Public Narrative. She didn’t just do web work. One of her responsibilities included supervising the updating and production of the media guide–now called Chicago Media Guide–and promoting it.  It remains a reliable resource for connecting with journalists and news outlets and communicating strategically.

“It wasn’t unusual for people to contact us asking if we knew of such a comprehensive media guide in their town,” Karen says. “I’m still not aware of any.”

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This piece certainly reflects how things have changed on Chicago journalism landscape has changed, as well as the guide, which is all online now.

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Updated from article first posted July 2009.

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