Welcome to AWJ Chicago

Nominate a Journalist for AWJ-Chicago's Women's Journalism Hall of Fame

Chicago Women’s Journalism Hall of Fame, presented by Association for Women Journalists Chicago Hall of Fame Association for Women Journalists (AWJ) Chicago is an online museum and monument, whose purpose is to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to further women’s recognition in Chicago journalism. The Hall of Fame was conceived and developed through a crowd funding initiative.

The Association for Women Journalists Chicago is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization, supporting women in journalism and promoting the respectful treatment of women by the news media. We are working journalists, academics, and students from national, local, and regional news outlets, as well as all major journalism schools in the area. We are inclusive of people of all genders involved in every aspect of the media industry and across all mediums.

In order to celebrate and honor individuals making significant contributions to women’s journalism and how women are treated in the media we will present two awards annually:

  • Chicago Women’s Journalism Hall of Fame Induction
  • Distinguished Achievement Award

Inductees and honorees for both awards are identified and nominated by the AWJ Chicago Hall of Fame Committee board members or members in good standing. Each year the Hall of Fame Committee will review the nominations and choose the most appropriate candidates. Nominations may be made at any time throughout the year via email, or by hand, to the committee chair of the Hall of Fame Committee.  All nominations will be retained for future consideration, for five years. After which time, if not chosen, nominees will need to be re-nominated. Nominations should include information listed here, as well as a completed application.



AWJ Members: We Invite You to Join One of our Committees!

Any AWJ member can volunteer to help with any event or committee any time during the year. We’ve included a list below of committees open to volunteers. Feel free to reach out to the chairs for more information. We’d love to hear from you!

Programming — oversees AWJ events like the annual meeting, summer picnic, panel discussions and trainings for established journalists. We need members to help us scout great AWJ event spaces, survey members on program ideas and score engaging panelists for our programs. Contact Kimberly Bellware k.s.bellware@gmail.com

Scholarships — administers AWJ scholarship offerings, networks with college journalism professors and departments in the Chicago area. Scholarship committee members serve as judges for the scholarship competition. It's a chance to review the work of young journalists and help them take the next steps in their careers. Contact Anne Johnsos annejohnsos@gmail.com

Website/Communications — updates AWJ’s website and manages social media and communications about events and programs. Looking for members who can post regularly on our social media outlets and listserv about news and events of interest to our members. Committee members write and post wrap-up articles of our events and special articles (such as our AWJ Member Spotlight feature) to put on our website. Contact Felicia Oliver felicia.oliver@gmail.com

Cindy Bandle Young Critics — a program run in association with the Goodman Theatre in which AWJ members coach high school girls in writing theater criticism. We are looking for volunteer mentors for next season starting in the fall. Time commitment is eight to 12 hours a month from late September through late May.  Contact Carla K. Johnson earthsutra@me.com

We hope you will consider joining one of these lovely committees to get more involved in the Chicago Journalism Community. 

Now more than ever, journalism matters and we hope you’ll continue to support AWJ with your membership, your presence and talents, and with your social media networks.





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News & Events

  • Apply  today for the 2018 AWJ Intern Scholarship.  Award is $1,000 plus a one-year student membership to AWJ.  Application deadline is Jan. 6, 2018. Click here for more info and to apply.
  • Chicago Women's Journalism Hall of Fame, presented by Association for Women Journalists Chicago 
  • Click here to read Chicago Magazine's article "With #MoreThanMean, Julie DiCaro and Sarah Spain Take On the Harassment of Female Journalists."
  • AWJ's 'Where We Stand' survey (pdf)


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