The Chicago Headline Club is holding a fund-raiser Thursday to help out journalists who lost their jobs and want to start over. Because CHC's own website recently collapsed, organizers Steve Franklin and Flynn McRoberts have been asking sites such as this one to lend a hand to make sure the word gets out. I'm happy to help.
The evening starts at 8 PM at the Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood (773 465-8005). The announcement I received from Franklin promises "several groups—most of them journalists- performing and doing jazz, blues and sing a long. Others have offered to tell jokes or stories and we’re open for that too." He says money raised "will go for freelancers who need moolah for minor expenses to get their work done or for classes or for equipment such as digital tape recorders. The Headline Club offers digital training classes and we'll use the money to pay for these classes for those who want them. The Community Media Workshop is donating training sessions as well and we welcome others to do the same.
"Donations are tax deductible because the money is going to the Headline Club's Foundation."
Franklin goes on to say, "We don't think we'll raise enough to allow us to offer large amounts to our colleagues, but we hope that this gesture will remind us that we don't forget those of us who have run into bad luck and that it will help us to work together to make sure we do our best to help out. Journalists in New Orleans and Detroit have held similar events and we think we should too.
"We are asking for a $10 donation at the door—$5 for students—or we'll gladly take donations from folks who can't attend. Also please pass this on to others."
Franklin can be e-mailed care of firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.