Steve James and Gordon Quinn to receive Studs Terkel Award

The Community Media Workshop will honor Kartemquin documentary filmmakers Steve James and Gordon Quinn with 2014 Studs Terkel Community Media Awards.

The Studs Terkel Community Media Awards honor outstanding media professionals for excellence in covering and reflecting Chicago’s diverse communities. The awards highlight communicators who take risks in covering social issues by offering new or unusual perspectives on topics of general concern, from housing to neighborhood safety and beyond.

Steve and Gordon have worked together at Kartemquin since the 1980s, collaborating on projects such as Hoop Dreams, The New Americans and The Interrupters. Steve's latest project is the forthcoming Life itself, about the life of Roger Ebert, while Gordon is working on '63 Boycott, a transmedia project centred on the 1963 Chicago Public School Boycott.

Steve and Gordon will receive the awards at the Community Media Workshop’s 25th anniversary benefit March 6, 2014 at Columbia College Chicago’s Film Row Cinema. Also honored were Fred & Nikki Will Stein; Steve Bogira of The Chicago Reader; and Alejandro Escalona of Telemundo.

Building on Studs Terkel’s legacy, the Community Media Workshop has, since 1989, empowered thousands of people and organizations with the necessary tools to share their stories - helping to paint a more complete picture of the people, communities, and issues that impact each of us in Chicago and beyond.

“Terkel believed that everyone had a story to tell,” Workshop president and co-founder Thom Clark said in a statement at RobertFeder.com. “And today more than ever, in the midst of shouters passing for civic discourse, we need to celebrate our common bonds.”