Join us April 26 for AAJA Chicago’s Media Access Workshop


Calling all Chicago community groups, non-profits and activists: Learn how to get your stories in the news. Our free, all-day workshop will cover using social media, pitching decision-makers at local media outlets, writing op-eds and more. Speakers include Jason Knowles, consumer reporter at ABC 7; Marissa Bailey, weekend anchor at CBS 2; Marcia Lythcott, Commentary page editor at the Chicago Tribune; and Mei-Ling Hopgood, a veteran journalist and associate professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Admission to the Media Access Workshop is free of charge. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments will also be included. Free parking at Navy Pier will be guaranteed to the first 50 registrants.

This event is presented by the Chicago chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and WBEZ.

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Preview the Asian American Film Festival with AAJA!


AAJA Chicago is proud to co-host “Almost FAAIMous, A Preview Party for The 19th Annual Asian American Showcase.”

AAJA members are invited to attend the free event with free food and drinks as we screen trailers for the Asian American Film Festival with the Foundation of Asian American Independent Media.

Date: March 28

Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

RSVP: by March 27

Location: John Barleycorn, 149 W Kinzie St. All attendees must be 21+ with valid ID

More details here:

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MEMBERSHIP: Don’t forget to renew your AAJA membership! 2013 memberships expired in December. Sign up here:

Lunar New Year Mixer

AAJA Chicago’s Lunar New Year Mixer
When – Tuesday, Feb 4, 5:30-8:30 pm
Where – VORA, 1028 North Clark
Free for all members (RENEW NOW if you haven’t for 2014)
$10 for non-members

FOR ALL AAJA CHICAGO MEMBERS AND FRIENDS! Come meet the new 2014 board and mingle with friends and journalists you haven’t seen for awhile. Hope to see you there!

RSVP by Feb 3:

Crain’s Chicago Business Wins 2013 Trivia Bowl

Congratulations to Crain’s Chicago Business, the winner of this year’s annual trivia bowl!

Crain's Chicago Business

Thanks to all the teams that participated this year, helping us raise money for journalism scholarships. We’d also like to extend our appreciation to our presenting sponsor, Buick, and our host, Jenner & Block, for their generous support for this year’s trivia bowl. Thanks as well to the many local restaurants that donated food and beverages, and to the sponsors that donated our raffle prizes.

See you at next year’s trivia bowl!

Internship tips from Angela Rozas

Thanks to everyone who attended last month’s internship critique session with Chicago media professionals. Here are some pointers from Angela Rozas, a metro editor at the Chicago Tribune.

Register for the 2013 Trivia Bowl

Registration is now open for AAJA-Chicago’s annual charity trivia bowl tournament on Saturday, November 9.

The entry fee is $250, the same as last year. If you’re a non-profit organization, the entry fee is $200. For teams made up of students the fee is $150. Please register by using this form. You can use PayPal to make your donation by credit card or electronic transfer.

We’d like to thank Jenner & Block for hosting our event again this year at its beautiful conference center at 353 N. Clark Street. Space is limited, so please register early to secure a table for your team. Teams can have up to 8 participants. If you don’t have all your players when you register, that’s OK. Go ahead and sign up your team. You can recruit players until Wednesday, Nov. 6, when we’ll need a list of all guests for building security.

Doors will open at 1 p.m. on Nov. 9. The competition will begin at 2 p.m. sharp and we’ll try to finish by 5 p.m. Please encourage your teammates to arrive early because teams can work on the picture round between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. We usually have 8 rounds of trivia plus the picture round. Like last year, you’ll be able to double your score in two rounds for a small donation to AAJA-Chicago.

If you have questions or would like additional information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ameet Sachdev (312-222-3489). We look forward to seeing you on November 9!

Nominate Candidates for the 2014-2015 Board

It’s time to elect chapter officers for the 2014-2015 term. We are collecting nominations for the following positions: co-presidents, national board representative, secretary and treasurer. Candidates must be full members of AAJA in 2013 (candidates for treasurer may be associate members) and, if elected, remain in good standing during their time in office. Student members can vote but cannot run for office. Members may nominate themselves.

Those elected will take office Jan. 1, 2014 and serve for two years.

Those wishing to nominate candidates can do so by completing this form. Detailed descriptions of each position can also be found there. We will accept nominations from Sept. 23 – Oct. 4.

If you’re interested in getting more involved with AAJA and the local chapter, please consider running!

It’s Trivia Bowl Time!

AAJA Chicago’s annual charity trivia bowl tournament will be Saturday, November 9.

Join us at Jenner & Block’s conference center (353 N. Clark Street) for a spirited competition testing your knowledge on a variety of subjects. General registration will begin soon – stay tuned for more information.

If you have questions or would like additional information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ameet Sachdev. We look forward to seeing you on November 9.

Internship Resume Critiques

Internship application season is here, and some of Chicago’s top newsroom managers will be on hand to meet with students at AAJA Chicago’s Resume Critique event. Angela Rozas, a Chicago Tribune metro editor, will speak about what exactly she’s looking for in a star intern.

Come ready to show resumes, clips, websites, portfolios and tapes.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 12
Time: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Medill Newsroom, 105 W. Adams St., Suite 200, Chicago

Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Click here to sign-up and guarantee an appointment with one of our four professionals.

Walk-ins are also accepted, although there may be a wait.

Critiques provided by:

Angela Rozas
Metro Editor
Chicago Tribune

Carrie Shepherd
Senior Producer

Justin Breen
Senior Editor

Jeff Kiernan
Vice President & News Director
CBS2 Chicago

A Successful Summer

It’s been a great summer for our scholarship winners, Junru Huang and J.C. Lee, who completed internships at the Chicago Tribune and WBEZ – 91.5 FM.

Check out Junru’s video piece on the 2013 Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival. She also shot this portrait of British drummer Martin Atkins for the Tribune’s Business section and captured scenes from the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Over at WBEZ, J.C. did pieces on an arts festival in Bridgeport, a motorcycle and scooter rally, a new personal chef service launching in Chicago, and a record number of major studio productions being filmed in the city.

Congratulations to Junru and J.C. on the fantastic work they produced this summer!