(CHICAGO)—Public Narrative is excited to announce the winners of its 26th annual Community Media Awards

The Studs Terkel Award is given to Chicago reporters, editors, producers, videographers, and photographers who exemplify the values of Terkel’s journalism by taking risks in covering social issues. We also give two additional awards: the Uplifting Voices Award, honoring an individual–journalist or otherwise–who elevates the voices of people in Chicago communities; and the Ripple Effect Award, granted to a journalist anywhere in the U.S. whose work has had an impact in Chicago and beyond.

The winners of the 2021 Studs Terkel Community Media Award are:

The winner of the 2021 Uplifting Voices Award is:

The winner of the 2021 Ripple Effect Award (the second ever, after Nikole Hannah-Jones in 2019) is:

Join us in honoring these winners at the virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, May 13, at 5:30 p.m. CT. Event registration is free this year!

Click here to register for the event for free.  

Because there’s no ticket cost this year, more people will be able to attend the awards than ever. But that also means we’re relying on the support of those who are able to pay to make it happen! If you’re one of those people, you can support us in one of two ways: Click here to make an online donation in any amount. Or, if you’re interested in sponsoring this year’s event, click here to learn more about becoming a sponsor.

Click here to read the news as it was announced in Rob Feder’s media column this morning.