About the Community Media Workshop

Anything I’ve been part of with Community Media Workshop has been relevant and practical and, dare I say, fun.

- Christina Bronsing, New Communities Program Director, Enlace

Since 1989 Community Media Workshop has worked to diversify the voices in news and public debates by providing a unique mix of communications coaching for grassroots, arts and other nonprofit organizations and sourcing grassroots and community news for journalists. Connecting the community with media, the Workshop promotes news that matters.


Connecting the community with media, the Workshop promotes news that matters.
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We are communicators, journalists, producers, bloggers, event organizers and even musicians!
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Our unique and diverse members of our Board of Directors.
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Funding & Support


Making your giving go further! Support the Workshop through an in-kind donation and help other nonprofits tell their stories.

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Not just funders, but our collaborators, partners and allies in helping build Chicago’s neighborhoods.

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Read the real stories behind these nonprofit communicators and their path to success with the help from the Workshop.

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Community Journalism Projects


A grassroots news service providing journalists with stories and sources from Chicago-area nonprofits and community organizations.

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Insights, resources and training for Chicago’s emerging ethnic media landscape. Lead by award-winning journalist Steve Franklin.
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Surveying Chicago’s Online News ecosystem in partnership with the Chicago Community Trust.

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Resources & Services


For over 20 years we’ve provided nonprofit communicators their number one resource: Getting On Air, Online and Into Print. Availble now in print and online!
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From helpful articles by bloggers, journalists and more to practical tools such as our online Press Alert Generator, we’ve provided the right tools to help nonprofits tell their story.
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Not only do we provide ongoing training all year around, we also provide customized coaching and consulting for nonprofits.
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