I hope to see absolutely everyone invested in Chicagoland media, good government and government transparency at this event! I can’t stress enough how important this is. Please spread this far and wide, because we want to have as large a crowd as possible.
This message is from the Chicago Headline Club president, Stephen Franklin. As you can see at the end, he’s happy to take your questions. I’m happy to take them as well. Find me at tooter2 (at) gmail (dot) com or 773-844-6302.
PUBLIC ACCESS IN CHICAGO
You know what happens when reporters can’t get information they need. Their stories are incomplete, delayed or worse yet, they die. That is one of the reasons the Chicago Headline Club undertook a sweeping survey of the state of journalists’ freedom of information and access rights.
I’m writing to you because I hope you will join us on Sept. 17 when we discuss the findings and results of conversations we have had since with public officials. We will report on some improvements on the situation as a result of our talks. But as you will learn from the report, serious obstacles exist across a wide range of agencies.
Officials from several of the agencies highlighted in the report will discuss the findings along with journalists.
We will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Lewis Towers at Loyola University’s Water Tower campus, 820 N. Michigan Ave. Our meeting is in the Regents Ballroom on the 16th floor and the entrance is on Pearson at Rush Street. A continental breakfast will also be provided.
The McCormick Foundation supported our work on the survey, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
This is one of the most important events that the Headline Club has undertaken in the last few years. And so, I hope you will take part as well pass the word along about this event.
We hope to hold a follow-up workshop soon on how to use your Freedom of Information rights and officials from the state Attorney General’s office will help conduct the workshop.
If you have any questions, suggestions, stories to tell, whatever, please let me know.
Stephen Franklin, President of the Chicago Headline Club
steve (at) chicagoistheworld (dot) org