A busy week is coming up for nonprofit communicators who want to learn more about accessing public data; the present and future of hyperlocal news; or honoring journalists who are especially good at bringing unofficial sources and community voices into their reporting.
On Wednesday I’ll be moderating a discussion about the growth of hyperlocal news sites at the Publicity Club of Chicago’s monthly luncheon. Featured panelists include: John Lampinen of the Daily Herald, Ronald Roenigk of Inside Publications, Brian Slupski of Patch, Shamus Toomey of DNAinfo, and Peter Kendall of the Chicago Tribune. All at a wonderful family-style luncheon at Maggiano’s on North Clark Street. RSVP here .
The Chicago Headline Club kicks off FOIA Fest , a three-part series exploring the ins and outs of gaining access to government records and public data you can use to bolster your organization’s impact. Of special note is the Tuesday, March 12 forum featuring Citizen Advocacy Center’s Terry Pastika, the Northwestern University Knight Lab’s Joe Germuska and Smart Chicago Collaborative’s Dan O’Neil. They will discuss efforts to influence policy and legislation and how technology can improve access to public records. Food and refreshments will be served at the event, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. at the auditorium of Columbia College Chicago’s journalism school, 33 E. Congress Pkwy., 2nd floor.
Finally, please join the Workshop  at our annual Studs Terkel Community Media Awards benefit Thursday, March 14, from 5p to 8p at Columbia College’s Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash. Purchase your tickets here .