Category Archives: Events

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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Eventbrite - Chicago Media Access Workshop


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

Summer Mixer with Mary Anne Mohanraj

Please join us on July 19 for our annual summer cocktail party on the patio of WBEZ’s Navy Pier studio. Our special guest speaker is  Mary Anne Mohanraj, an author and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Date: Friday, July 19
Time: 6 pm
Place: WBEZ studios at Navy Pier (848 E. Grand Ave.)
Cost: Free for AAJA members; $10 for non-members
RSVP: Please RSVP to by July 18

Food and drinks will be provided.

Author photo by Alberto Yáñez

Author photo by Alberto Yáñez

Mary Anne Mohanraj is the author of Bodies in Motion, a Sri Lankan-American novel-in-stories and nine other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards and has been translated into six languages.

Mohanraj is also a clinical assistant professor in UIC’s English department and associate coordinator of Asian and Asian American Studies. Her honors include the 2009 Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women and a 2006 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. In addition, she is the executive director of DesiLit, an arts organization focused on South Asian literature.


An Evening with Medill Dean Brad Hamm

We are pleased to have Brad Hamm, the dean of Northwestern University’s Medill School, join us for a conversation about how to educate the next generation of journalists.

Date: Tuesday, April 23
Time: 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Crain Communications, 150 N. Michigan Ave., 18th floor (map)
RSVP: (required for security)
Cost: Free

Hamm became the dean on Sept. 1. Now that he has been in Evanston for a few months, it’s great time to ask about his plans for the school and share your thoughts about what students need to know as they enter our changing profession.

We’ll kick off the event with a networking hour and then begin the Q&A. Refreshments will be provided. Students are welcome to join us and network with Medill alums.

AAJA-Chicago would like to thank Crain’s Chicago Business and the Medill School for sponsoring the event.

About Our Guest:


Brad Hamm is the dean of Medill. Previously, he was the dean of the Indiana University School of Journalism. Hamm’s PhD is in mass communication research from the University of North Carolina, with a master’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina and an undergraduate degree from Catawba College in North Carolina. He was the associate dean of the School of Communications at Elon University in North Carolina. Hamm has taught in study abroad programs in Japan, China and Great Britain and started his career as a newspaper reporter. His teaching and research interests are in journalism history and media theory, particularly agenda setting theory.

Lunar New Year Party

Please join us on Monday, Feb. 4 for a mixer to celebrate the Lunar New Year! We will be meeting at Tamarind (614 S. Wabash) at 6 p.m. The event is free for AAJA members and $15 for non-members.

If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to We hope to see you there!

Summer Cocktail Party

It’s summer! Join the chapter for food, drinks and conversation with special guest Mei-Ling Hopgood, author of Lucky Girl and How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm. WBEZ is generously hosting and providing treats, and we’ll also have beer courtesy of Goose Island.

Date: Friday, June 15
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Location: WBEZ’s Navy Pier terrace (848 E. Grand Ave., next to Riva restaurant)
Cost: Free for AAJA members/$11 for non-members

Please click here to RSVP.

 Mei-Ling Hopgood is the author of Lucky Girl and How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm. She’s also a freelance journalist who has written for various publications, ranging from National Geographic Traveler and Marie Claire to the Miami Herald and the Boston Globe. She has worked as a reporter with the Detroit Free Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and in the Cox Newspapers Washington bureau. A recipient of the National Headliner Best in Show, she has received several national and international journalism awards. She is an associate professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Visit her website here.

Chicago Headline Club Events

The Chicago Headline Club has two upcoming events that it would like to share with our members. Please spread the word and invite other journalists that might be interested in attending.

 The Chicago Headline Club, Citizen Advocacy Center and Center for Open Government present:

 Open Government Training for Journalists and Citizen-Journalists

Free training seminar for journalists, citizen-journalists and any interested individuals. Celebrate Sunshine Week by learning the best practices for obtaining access to government records and helpful methods for effectively using the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and Illinois Open Meetings Act.

When: Saturday, March 17, 2012, 12 – 2 p.m.
Where: ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams, Room 580

Maryam Judar (Citizen Advocacy Center), Natalie Brouwer Potts (Center for Open Government) and Angela Caputo (The Chicago Reporter) will address:

  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): the nuts and bolts of making a request, getting help from the Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor, appealing FOIA denials, obtaining records in the most useful format, submitting standing requests and how to sue the public body. We will review sample FOIA letters and discuss common FOIA problems.
  • Open Meetings Act (OMA): monitoring government meetings, how to spot and challenge an improper closed session, and typical First Amendment issues. We will review examples of OMA violations.

We will leave time for general questions from the audience. For specific advice, you will have an opportunity to speak with the attorneys after the training to set up a free consultation.

RSVP: Please email the Chicago Headline Club at to confirm attendance by March 16, 2012. Please indicate any specific topics you would like the training to address in the RSVP.


 The Chicago Headline Club presents

Journalists and Trauma: How to Cover it and How it Impacts You
A panel discussion moderated by WGN’s Randi Belisomo

When: Tuesday, March 27, 6 pm
Where: Loyola University, 820 N. Michigan Ave. (entrance on Pearson) Regents Hall, Lewis Towers, 16th Floor


Frank Ochberg, MD, a psychiatrist, mental health expert, and one of the founding fathers of modern psychotraumatology who has helped to define and research post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), especially Victimization Symptoms as a distinct subcategory of PTSD, and Stockholm Syndrome, among his many accomplishments for which he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He has received the Golden Award of the Academy of Traumatology (1998), and a Senior Fulbright Scholarship (South Africa) in 2002.

Ochberg has recently devoted much of his time to educating journalists about trauma, and, in recognition, the Dart Center’s Ochberg Fellowship was named for him. Ochberg Fellows, like Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, must demonstrate exceptional writing skills as well as thorough investigation of their topics.

Julia Lieblich is an award-winning human rights journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Time, Life, and Ms. A former religion writer for the Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press, she is an assistant professor of journalism at Loyola University Chicago.

After receiving a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Harvard’s Divinity School, Lieblich went on to work as the religion writer for the Associated Press and the Chicago Tribune, a business writer for Fortune magazine, a correspondent for ReligionLink, and was honored as an Ochburg Fellow at the well-known Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.

Her new book, Wounded I am More Awake, follows the story of Esad Boskailo, a doctor who survives six concentration camps in Bosnia and emerges with powerful new lessons for healing in an age of genocide. The gripping account raises questions for healers, survivors, and readers striving to understand the reality of war and the aftermath of terror. Is it possible to find meaning after enduring crimes against humanity? Can people heal after trauma?

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein serves as the Database and Investigative Editor for Hoy, the Chicago Tribune’s Spanish-language newspaper.

Prior to working at Hoy, Lowenstein was a staff reporter for five years at The Chicago Reporter, a bimonthly publication that does investigative work around race and poverty issues. He is also president of the Dart Society, an organization of journalists that works to tell stories about trauma and violence with sensitivity and compassion, and that also works to help journalists deal with the impact of doing that work.

Jeremy Lin Viewing Party with TAP-Chicago

Jeremy Lin’s coming to town!

We can’t get tickets to see him play in person, so here’s the next best thing – a viewing party of the Bulls vs. Knicks game! Join AAJA-Chicago and the Chicago Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP-Chicago) for a joint viewing party.

Date: Monday, March 12
Time: Drink specials start at 6:30 pm. Tip-off is at 7 pm.
Place: Theory Sports Bar & Grill, 9 W. Hubbard

For more information, check out the Facebook page for the event. We hope to see you there!

Reminder: Early Bird Unity Registration Deadline

The deadline for Unity early bird registration is coming up fast. If you sign up by Friday, March 16, the rate is $325 for professionals and $150 for students. After March 16, the cost will be$400 for professionals and $225 for students.

For more information on Unity, which will be held August 1-4, 2012 in Las Vegas, click here.