The 2013 Studs Terkel Community Media Awards


Where: Film Row Cinema, 8th Floor, 1104 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605 (see map)

When: March 14, 2013, 5-8 p.m.

It’s one of the best parties of the year – a hearty mix of community activists, downtown policy experts, journalists and public relations folks. We will once again honor media professionals who, like Studs Terkel, bring the voices of ordinary people to mainstream attention.

We honor journalists who go the extra mile to report news “from the people who made Chicago, news that’s bottom up rather than up, down,” as Studs said at our 2007 awards event. “That’s what this is all about.”


Past Winners and More About the Awards

View the 2012 Awards Photo Gallery


Megan Cottrell
Reporter/Blogger, Chicago Reporter

“My stories are often about the bizarre conundrums of living in poverty and how services and systems are designed to help people and often end up hurting them or overlapping in ways that don’t help them at all… When they’re meant to give them a leg up.”

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Fernando Diaz
Managing Editor, Hoy Chicago 

“Stories still matter. There’s nothing more boring than a processed story that is numbers, and data, and talking heads… But people love stories about people. That’s what I learned from Studs, and that’s what I’m trying to get us to do.”

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Dave Hoekstra
Reporter, Chicago Sun-Times

“I like to find out how something started and what the genesis of it was… If you learn about the very basis of a community, what makes the community tick from the bottom, it opens a lot of doors.”

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Lorne Clarkson
Studs Terkel Scholarship Award Winner
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