(CHICAGO)—Nominations have been officially reopened for the 26th Annual Studs Terkel Community Media Awards, and will be open through March 31. Originally scheduled for the fall of 2020 and postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event is now slated to happen in the spring of 2021 (date TBA soon). Nominations that were submitted last year will still be included.

“At a time when there’s so much mis- and disinformation out there, who are the journalists who have kept you grounded in truth? Who’s told the stories that few others are telling? Whose Twitter profile do you look to when the news is overwhelming, and you need to hear reporting from someone you trust?” said Mareva Lindo, Public Narrative Project Manager & Blog Editor. 

Timuel Black and Studs Terkel

Click here to nominate a journalist before the March 31 deadline.

At left: Activist and historian Dr. Timuel Black with writer and oral historian Studs Terkel.

The Studs Terkel Community Media Awards:

  • Recognize a body of work, rather than a single article or series. 
  • Are open to any journalist on any platform at any stage in their career.
  • Must demonstrate quality journalism, authentic storytelling, and be exemplary when it comes to Studs’ gift of elevating people’s voices above power. 

Once chosen by Studs himself, today the Terkel Awards are chosen by a committee of past winners. Since 1994, the Terkel Awards have honored over 90 journalists whose work is driven by service and connection to their communities. Named for Chicago radio, television, and storytelling legend Louis “Studs” Terkel, past honorees include Tracy Baim, Maria Hinojosa, Rick Kogan, and Deborah Douglas. 

Read the news as it was announced this morning on Rob Feder’s media blog.