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.”

Read More

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.”

Read More

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.”

Read More

Lorne Clarkson
Studs Terkel Scholarship Award Winner
Read More


Do your part to support community voices in the media.

Click here to purchase your tickets to the 2013 Studs Terkel Community Media Awards Benefit or pledge a sponsorship.





RSS The Nonprofit Communicator

  • So, Your Boss Wants to Use Facebook… September 13, 2013
    Well, here’s a little Facebook 101 to get them started. Long gone are the days when Facebook was solely for personal use to keep in touch with classmates, friends and family. Now, many nonprofits, brands, and small businesses are using Facebook’s platform to reach their audience. Here at the Workshop, Facebook is a tool we […]

RSS Newstips by Curtis Black

  • Low Wage Workers Forum, TONIGHT 2/11, 6 p.m. February 11, 2014
    The surge of groups speaking today for low wage workers is unprecedented in Chicago. What do they want? Who are they? What’s likely to happen? Tonight – Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. these workers, the groups that represent them, and the community organizations and others that are standing behind them will meet to discuss […]

RSS Chicago is the World

  • A dance at night in Hermosa September 30, 2014
    It’s nearly night-time and the street is quiet. Business is good in the taqueria across the street, but there’s nobody in the panaderia. The day’s goods are sold. Working class Hermosa readies for the end of the day. Hermosa is the neighborhood where Puerto Ricans have gathered anew. They’ve moved out from Humboldt Park, leaving […]

Community Partners:

CAN TV is a network that belongs to the people of Chicago. For updates on local programs, and live, timely coverage of community events, sign up at