FREE Media Workshop: Get Your News in the News

FREE Media Workshop: Get Your News in the News
October 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
WBEZ Community Room
848 E. Grand Ave.
IL 60611

FREE Media Workshop: Get Your News in the News

How can your nonprofit or community-based organization promote your work, draw media attention and highlight your mission?

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is hosting a FREE Media Access workshop for organizations like yours to learn about the most effective ways to build partnerships with local media organizations and get coverage. If you’ve ever asked yourself questions like…

  • “Why isn’t the local media covering my news and events?”
  • “Is anyone reading my press release?”
  • “How can I make sure the local media covers my community fairly and accurately?”

…then this is the workshop for you.

Media Access is free and open to nonprofits and community-based organizations in Chicago and surrounding areas. The sessions will cover media literacy, media access and op-ed writing featuring a moderator and a panel of local journalists.

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Toan Lam is the host of the TruthDare Podcast, a motivational speaker, multimedia consultant, university professor and founder of, a nonprofit multimedia platform that uses storytelling and social networking for social change. After eight years as a television news reporter, Toan left his job to start GoInspireGo, a nonprofit organization that scours the globe for “street corner”-style heroes to produce authentic and touching stories, all while leveraging social media to raise visibility and support for those featured. His work has been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, Disney and Hallmark channels. Toan’s blogs have also been shared on The Huffington Post and Deepak and Mallika Chopra’s


Susie An is a reporter for WBEZ’s news desk and produces content for daily newscasts and WBEZ’s website. She also anchors, delivering news live on WBEZ. She directed WBEZ’s Schools on the Line monthly call-in show. Her work has also been heard on NPR, CBC and BBC. Susie joined WBEZ as a news desk intern in September 2007. Prior to joining WBEZ, Susie worked at the Peoria Journal Star newspaper and worked as an acquisitions editor for Publications International,Ltd. Susie has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Kim Bellware is a freelance reporter writing about how politics, criminal justice policies, race, culture and legal affairs shape our lives. She’s a former breaking news reporter for HuffPost and a recent reporting fellow with the Chicago-based civic journalism lab, City Bureau. Her recent work has snuck its way into outlets like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Chicago Magazine and others.

Laura Rodríguez is a bilingual multimedia journalist and producer for HOY, Chicago Tribune’s Spanish-language newspaper. For almost four years, Rodríguez has focused on exposing the often untold and compelling stories of the Latino community in the Chicago area and beyond. Her work ranges from human interest pieces and entertainment, to some politics and breaking stories. She was awarded a Chicago Tribune Beck Award for outstanding professional performance for HOY in 2018. Born and raised in Guanajuato, Mexico and a DePaul graduate, Laura is a mariachi fanatic and a country music lover.

When: Friday, October 19,  9:00am – 12:00pm

Where: WBEZ Community Room, 848 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

Agenda: (Subject to Change)

8:30 am – Registration/Check-In

9:00 am – Welcome/Introduction

9:15 am – Session 1: Local News Panel

10:15 am – Break

10:30 am – Session 2: Op-Ed Presentation

12:00 pm – End of Day

Questions? Please contact Daniel Garcia, AAJA Program Associate, at .

The Media Access workshop this Friday from 9am-12pm at WBEZ.  There are still spaces available.

This free Media Access workshop aims to teach local community leaders, nonprofits and business owners how to “get their news in the news”, promote their work and highlight their mission to the public. By the end of the training, participants will better understand how news stories get placed, how the media works to share news with the public and how they can work together with their communities to become stronger partners and resources for local journalists. Since the inaugural workshop in 2014, AAJA Media Access alumni have gone on to appear on local and national television, including C-SPAN, MSNBC and NBC’s Today Show. They have published editorials and been featured in major news publications across the country.

Click here for more information or to register for this free event.



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