It’s Trivia Bowl time! Register today!

Chicago Now celebrates

It’s time for AAJA-Chicago’s annual trivia bowl, where the city’s brightest minds compete to see who knows the most minutiae about subjects like American history, sports and movies. The proceeds endow our scholarship fund, which provides stipends to college students completing summer internships at local media outlets. Last year, the trivia bowl raised more than $5,000 for scholarships!

Date: Saturday, Nov. 15
Time: Doors open at 1 p.m. and players can begin working on the picture round then. The Q&A rounds will start at 1:30 p.m. and the event will end at 4:30 p.m.
Location: Lewis Tower at Loyola University’s Water Tower Campus (map)

        820 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Teams: Each team can have up to eight players. You don’t need to have all your players lined up to register.
Fees: Entry fees must be paid in advance. $250 for corporations/media outlets, $200 for non-profits and $150 for students. If you’d like to play but don’t have a team, the individual fee is $30 and we will place you on a team on the day of the event. Our registration page has a PayPal link.Food and beverages will be provided! There will also be a super cool raffle.

Click here to register!

The registration deadline is Nov. 12.If you have any questions about the event or you’d like to volunteer instead of play, please email us at chicagoaaja@gmail.com.

Thank you for supporting AAJA-Chicago and see you at trivia bowl!

Chicago Tribune internship offered by AAJA Chicago for summer 2015

ChicagoTribuneLogoThe Chicago chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association is pleased to offer a college student or very recent graduate the opportunity to spend the summer working at the Chicago Tribune. You must be an AAJA member to apply.

The “World’s Greatest Newspaper” is the leading news source in Chicago and the Midwest and students can apply for a reporting, editing, photography, design or other type of internship opportunity across all newsroom departments. Click here for more details on the Tribune internship program.

The AAJA Chicago internship comes with a $2,500 stipend awarded by AAJA ­Chicago in honor of chapter co­founder David Ibata for his dedication in giving a voice to Asian Americans. The Chicago Tribune will also pay the standard rate of minimum wage.

Eligibility:
-Junior, senior, or 2014 graduate student
-Candidates must have completed at least one internship at a daily news organization other than their college paper

Details:
-­12 week internship
-$2,500 AAJA stipend+minimum wage
-40 hours a week
-No benefits

HOW TO APPLY:

  • Complete the online application at 2015 AAJA Chicago Internship or mail materials to address below.
  • Submit a resume and the names of at least two professional and one school reference (with titles, phone numbers and email addresses).
  • Four to 7 work samples that represent your best work and show your range of experience. Professional clips preferred over classroom work.
  • Submit a 400­word essay on the best or worst story you’ve ever written.
  • Applications must be postmarked by Nov. 15, 2014. The winner will be notified around the end of
    the year.
  • Send all materials to:
    Sally Ho c/o Chicago Tribune
    1717 N. Penny Lane Schaumburg, IL 60173
  • Questions? Email: saho@tribune.com

Students! Meet with hiring managers at AAJA Chicago’s 2014 resume event

AAJA Chicago’s popular resume critique event is back in time for summer internship application deadlines!

Students are invited to meet with hiring managers from Chicago’s finest news organizations, including Chicago Tribune, CBS2, WBEZ and DNAinfo.com Chicago. Bring your resume, clips and portfolios. Do not forget to bring your laptop if your materials require it.

This event is hosted in partnership with Columbia College Chicago. It is free and open to all journalism students.

DATE: Saturday, Oct 11

TIME: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

LOCATION: Columbia College, 33 E. Congress in Chicago
*Note: The best entrance will be from the Wabash side of the building. The Journalism department is on the second floor.

RSVP: Students are encouraged to RSVP at this link to secure a 15-minute meeting and to jump ahead of the line: click here.  Walk-ins are also welcome, although there may be a wait.

Melissa Clay is Senior Editor/Designer at Chicago Tribune. She manages a team of features designers. She also serves as technology liaison for the newsroom.

Melissa Clay is Senior Editor/Designer at Chicago Tribune. She manages a team of features designers. She also serves as technology liaison for the newsroom.

Jeff Kiernan is Vice President and News Director of CBS2

Jeff Kiernan is Vice President and News Director of CBS2

Carrie Shepherd is Lead Producer of Morning Shift on WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR station. She’s responsible for the editorial mission of the show which includes deciding the topics and guests to include on the daily show, working with the host to construct the interviews and managing producers and interns.

Carrie Shepherd is Lead Producer of Morning Shift on WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR station. She’s responsible for the editorial mission of the show which includes deciding the topics and guests to include on the daily show, working with the host to construct the interviews and managing producers and interns.

Shamus Toomey is Managing Editor of DNAinfo.com Chicago, overseeing its neighborhood news coverage in Chicago’s many diverse neighborhoods. Toomey came to DNAinfo.com from the Chicago Sun-Times, where he was the assistant managing editor/metro and supervised supervised the team that won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting.

Shamus Toomey is Managing Editor of DNAinfo.com Chicago, overseeing its neighborhood news coverage in Chicago’s many diverse neighborhoods. Toomey came to DNAinfo.com from the Chicago Sun-Times, where he was the assistant managing editor/metro and supervised the team that won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting.

A ‘front seat’ to Chicago for AAJA summer intern

281344_10150336794421823_769601822_9602380_5247255_nBY HAILEY LEE

There is no doubt that I have become a better journalist thanks to my reporting internship at Crain’s Chicago Business. And it is all because the Crain’s family treated me as a professional, fully contributing member of the newsroom.

In the ten weeks there, I wrote more than 45 breaking news and enterprise stories and independently produced three videos. I was not stuck doing background research and fact-checking for other reporters. Rather, I joined the newsroom as a principal investigator, responsible for my own stories and taking ownership for my reporting. 

My coverage of Chicago’s incredible food scene connected me with executive chefs and restaurant owners at the hottest joints in town. Breaking the news about Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s record-breaking donations landed me an interview with Yo-Yo Ma, world-renowned cellist, who insisted I call him Yo-Yo. My investigation on Divvy rental bikes’ effect on local bike shops was picked up by Chicago Magazine as one of the ’10 Best Stories Chicagoans Should Read This Week.’ 

(Ironically, a few weeks later, I was run over by a Divvy bike on my walk to work!)

The most formative, eye-opening story I covered this summer was also the most difficult. Chiro One had been one of Chicago’s fastest growing companies, but suddenly it was auctioning off nearly all of its assets. I was tasked to figure out what went wrong – but the company refused to speak to me. I worked one-on-one with Managing Editor Steve Reiss for three weeks to uncover this story. 

The highlight of my internship was spearheading the production of three videos for Crain’s Deconstructing Dining series. I researched and wrote the scripts, produced the videos on-site with a videographer, narrated the videos and helped edit the stories post-production.

In one video, Rob Levitt, one of Chicago’s first whole-hog butchers, led me into the world of gourmet beef and pork jerky. Then Goose Island’s master brewers took me behind the scenes in the makings of their Sour Sisters beer collection, aged in wine barrels. I even helped fill some of the barrels with sour cherries for the Madame Rose vintage! The final video, which airs in early September, features the daring snout-to-tail creations at The Purple Pig, such as fried pig’s ears.

Each story opened my eyes to a new facet of Chicago, providing a front-seat to the city’s history in the making and making me fall more deeply in love with the city I called home for three months. I plan on returning.

Lee completed a summer internship with Crain’s Chicago Business as AAJA Chicago’s 2014 David Ibata print internship winner.

AAJA Chicago’s Chapter Happy Hour at convention

Catch up with fellow Chicago attendees! Join the Chicago Chapter for Happy Hour during the AAJA National Convention this week. We’ll provide appetizers and the first round of drinks.

Date: Thursday, August 14
Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Location: Cuba Libre, 801 9th St. NW, Washington D.C.

Please let us know if you’ll be coming so we can get a rough headcount and look for you at the bar. Thanks and wishing everyone safe travels to Washington!

Radio news opening in Topeka

WIBW Radio in Topeka, the Kansas capital, is looking for a news reporter/anchor to join our team — the largest radio news department in the state!

 

There are a lot of exciting things happening here. Both our stations, WIBW 580 AM and The Big 94.5 Country, are market leaders in radio. We also operate the Kansas Information and Agriculture Networks for more than 40 affiliates throughout the state.

 

Plus, we’re in the process of acquiring a third station that’s already housed in our facility, which is just 12 years old.

 

But this Kansas radio giant’s not just radio — you can’t be to compete in media today. Our website‘s packed with text, audio and video.

 

WIBW’s director of digital media’s created for the Discovery Channel and other major companies, and he’s leading a drive to take our digital production to the next level. Our staff’s equipped with iPhones and iPads with more equipment on the way. 

 

We need someone who can write shorter, sharper and stronger, just like Mervin Block. Candidates should be social media savvy and driven to create web packages of text, audio and video. 

 

A strong on-air presence is mandatory. Candidates without such won’t be considered. You must be a self-starter and have professional experience.

 

We are NOT seeking sports journalists. We need a dedicated newsperson. If that’s you, send your resume, audio sample/aircheck, writing samples and any video work to bruce.harrison@radionetworks.com. If you have a website or blog, please send links to those. 

AAJA Trivia Bowl 2014 on Nov. 15

 Chicago Now celebratesStart gathering your teams for AAJA’s annual Trivia Bowl!

The Chicago media’s most favorite competition will be on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, 820 N. Michigan Ave.

There will be food, drinks, raffle prizes and the chance to beat last year’s champs, Crain’s Chicago Business.

The event raises money for AAJA Chicago’s scholarship fund.

More details to come. We hope you’ll join us!

Q&A with Linda Yu at AAJA Chicago’s Summer Mixer

LindaYu_160x200Chicago icon and veteran ABC7 anchorwoman Linda Yu will join AAJA Chicago at its annual summer mixer for a Q&A session. Yu, a founder of the chapter, will share her experiences in the world of Chicago news over the last three decades in a conversation moderated by Susanna Song, AAJA Chicago co-president and CBS2 reporter.

Come mix and mingle with food and drinks as we also celebrate our summer scholarship/internship winners and catch up with fellow AAJA members ahead of the national Convention in August. The event is free for AAJA members and $10 for non-members.

Date: July 11

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: CBS 2 Broadcast Center, 22 West Washington in Chicago (across from Daley Plaza)

RSVP: chicagoaaja@gmail.com with subject “SUMMER” by July 7.

 

 

RSVP for AAJA Chicago’s Summer Mixer

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Come mix and mingle with food and drinks at AAJA Chicago’s annual summer mixer! We’re celebrating our summer scholarship/internship winners and catching up with fellow AAJA members ahead of the Convention in August.

Date: July 11

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: CBS 2 Broadcast Center, 22 West Washington in Chicago (across from Daley Plaza)

RSVP: chicagoaaja@gmail.com with subject “SUMMER” by July 7.

The event is free for AAJA members and $10 for non-members.

AAJA Happy Hour with South Asian Journalists Association

Join us for drinks (cash bar) and free appetizers at a happy hour mixer with members of the South Asian Journalists Association.

When: 6:00-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 20
Where: Howells & Hood, 435 N Michigan Ave. in Chicago
RSVP: Email chicagoaaja@gmail.com with the subject line: SAJA MIXER