2018 Media Access Chicago Workshop


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.

The Media Access workshop 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. 

Join us Friday, October 16 from 9am-12pm at WBEZ's Community Room located at 848 E. Grand Avenue in Chicago, IL.


Click here to RSVP on Eventbrite




Toan-Lam.jpegToan Lam is the host of the TruthDare podcast, a motivational speaker, multimedia consultant, university professor and founder of GoInspireGo.com, 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, 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 Intent.com. Follow Toan on Twitter at @ToanLamTV.





Op-Ed Presenter


Susie.jpgMichael Lev is a member of the editorial board of The Chicago Tribune, writing on local, national and international issues, including Chicago issues, the Illinois economy and the presidency. He joined the board in 2014. Previously, Michael spent five years as the Tribune’s associate managing editor for business. From 1996-2005, he was a Tribune foreign correspondent based first in Tokyo and then Beijing. As one of several correspondents in Asia for the Tribune, he wrote from more than 20 countries in the region, from Vietnam to North Korea. In the wake of September 11, he covered the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including the fighting and search for Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora. Before joining the foreign staff, he was a metro reporter for the Tribune in Chicago. Previously, Michael contributed to The New York Times as a full-time freelance reporter in the newspaper's Los Angeles bureau. He has a journalism degree from Northwestern University. Follow Michael on Twitter at @MichaelLev.







Susie.jpgAs a reporter for WBEZ's news desk, Susie An 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. Follow Susie on Twitter at @soosieon.






Bellware_Headshot.JPGKim 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. Follow Kim on Twitter at @bellwak.







laura_rodriguez.jpgLaura 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. She writes more than she cooks and enjoys a glass of rosé most Thursdays evenings. Follow Laura on Twitter at @LAURA_N_ROD.






MauricioPena.pngMauricio Peña covers Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop and Back of the Yards for Block Club Chicago. Before joining Block Club Chicago, Peña was an Associate Digital Editor at Chicago magazine. He previously worked as a breaking news reporter at DNAinfo, and an investigative reporter covering immigration and equality at the Desert Sun for the USA Today Network. His investigative, data-driven series on heat deaths and illnesses among farm workers won state and regional awards for highlighting the plight of California farmworkers. Peña was a Staff Research Associate at the UCLA School of Nursing where he managed a research laboratory before getting his master’s from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Follow Mauricio on Twitter at @MauricioPena.






8:30am – Registration/Check-In

9:00am – Welcome/Introduction

9:15am – Local News Panel

10:30am – Break

10:45am – Session 2: Op-Ed Presentation

12:00pm – End of Day


Questions? Contact Daniel Garcia, AAJA Program Associate, at danielg@aaja.org or at 415-346-2051 ext. 104.

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