On Feb. 6, in recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Coalition for Justice and Respect in conjunction with the Bayard Rustin Access Center and The Chicago Reporter hosted a roundtable discussion entitled “Seeking Efficiency in HIV Prevention of the African-American Communities.” The gathering drew more than two dozen HIV and AIDS activists, service providers and policymakers. Reporters Jeff Kelly Lowenstein and Kelly Virella presented findings from their recent investigations on the lack of HIV and AIDS prevention dollars for African Americans and the struggles facing many black-run HIV and AIDS nonprofits.

On March 11, during a dinner at the Chicago Cultural Center, Editor and Publisher Alden K. Loury and three other journalists will receive the prestigious Studs Terkel Award, an honor meant to celebrate the legacy of the late Chicago journalist and others who embody his community-focused approach to journalism.

The Reporter’s Kelly Lowenstein, Loury and Fernando Dí­az are featured in “Interrupt the Pipeline,” a documentary film by Flavian Prince that explores the impact of public
housing’s transformation on poor families. In his film, Prince, an educator, prominently features the voices of youth. A clip of the film can be found on YouTube.

Dí­az has left the Reporter to join the staff of Chi-Town Daily News, an online daily news publication, where he will cover labor, help manage the publication’s Web site and
oversee an upcoming Web redesign.