Tickets now available for the Studs Terkel Community Media Awards!

Great journalism holds up democracy.

It’s really that simple, that complex.

The Studs Terkel Community Media Awards honors journalists, who through their work and their caring have changed people’s lives.

We recognize not only those names you know, but amazing journalists you may not yet know.

Help us to keep doing this. Sponsor the awards today. Sponsor us at a higher level than you did last year. Give us a little bit more this year, to help us do a little bit more next year. We can’t do it without you.

And please join us on March 12th for a wonderful celebration.

Buy your tickets to the awards or submit your sponsorship pledge today. You can do so online, or mail donations to the Community Media Workshop, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605.

Thank you so much.

Call for Nominations: 2015 Studs Terkel Community Media Awards

The Studs Terkel Community Media Awards and Scholarship

Call for 2015 nominations — Deadline: Dec. 1, 2014

“I’m celebrated for celebrating the uncelebrated.”

~ Studs Terkel


WHO: You. We need you to nominate a phenomenal journalist.

WHAT: The Studs Terkel Community Media Award is named for legendary Chicago writer Studs Terkel. For 20 years, the Community Media Workshop has honored Chicago journalists—nearly 70 of them—whose work amplifies authentic community voices, thereby illuminating Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and complex issues. This award was not just named for the great storyteller, but, until he died in 2009, Studs was integral in selecting the winners. Since then, the Workshop continues to honor his legacy by identifying journalists whose work embodies the Studs Terkel spirit of storytelling. But as we can’t be everywhere, we need your help.

WHEN: Please submit nominations via email by Dec. 1 to Maggie Walker (

  • The award recognizes a body of work, rather than a single article or series, and is open to journalists working in both traditional and new media, at any stage of his or her career.
  • The work must demonstrate quality journalism, authentic storytelling and be exemplary when it comes to Stud’s gift of giving voice to the voiceless.
  • Nominations must include the reporter’s name and media outlet, as well as at least three examples of his or her work. Please include a 100-word-or-less explanation of how the nominee’s reporting has given voice to Chicago’s diverse communities and made an impact on a community or cause.
  • Nominations will be evaluated by a committee of journalists, communicators, academics and nonprofit leaders.


WHERE: Awardees will be announced in January and honored on the evening of March 12, 2015.

QUESTIONS: Please contact Maggie Walker ( or Susy Schultz (@Susys,, or call the Community Media Workshop at 312-369-6400.

PAST WINNERS: 2014: Steve Bogira, Alejandro Escalona, Steve James & Gordon Quinn 2013: Megan Cottrell, Fernando Diaz, Dave Hoekstra, 2012: Mick Dumke, Maria Hinojosa, Chip Mitchell, 2011: Linda Lenz, Kari Lydersen, Antonio Olivo 2010: Kate Grossman, Natalie Moore, Progress Illinois 2009: Thom Clark, David Jackson, Alden Loury, Scott Simon 2008: Tom McNamee, Dawn Turner Trice, WRTE 90.5FM Radio Arte 2007: Mary Helt Gavin, Stephen Franklin, WRTO 1200 AM La Tremenda 2006: Mark Brown, Mary C. Johns & The Editorial Staff of Residents’ Journal, Renee Ferguson 2005: Tracy Baim, John Conroy, Mary Schmich, James Weinstein 2004: Alex Kotlowitz, Linda Lutton, Phil Ponce 2003: Rick Kogan, Jorge Mota, Tom Weinberg 2002: Shirley Jahad, Phil Kadner, Curtis Lawrence, WVON – AM 1450 2001: Cornelia Grumman, Martha Irvine, Salim Muwakkil 2000: Lee Bey, Ira Glass, Teresa Puente 1999: John Anderson, Hank DeZutter, Harry Porterfield, Laura Washington, John White 1998: Ben Hollis, Chinta Strausberg, Eric Zorn 1997: John McDermott, Mary Mitchell, Don Terry 1996: Carol Marin, Achy Obejas, Ray Suarez 1995: Vernon Jarrett, Ben Joravsky, Charles Nicodemus 1994: Cheryl Corley, David Moberg, M.W. Newman.





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