Opportunities at the Workshop

Unpaid Journalism/New Media Internship Position Opening
(Federal Work- Study available for qualifying college students)

Dates of internship: year-round

Number of Openings: 1

Date to Start: ASAP

Position Title: New Media/Newstips intern (Federal Workstudy)


This intern will work directly with the Workshop’s New Media Manager, helping to coordinate and create content, write, and report stories for our multiple social media and web platforms (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, et. al). This is not a reporting position, but interns are encouraged to pursue stories that interest them, and must have a strong interest and passion for Chicago community news.

Duties may also include contacting and researching news media outlets and updating them in our database. Take part in community building sessions between news media and their community. Take part in effort to organize and provide support for an alliance of ethnic news media outlets.


  • Must be majoring in Journalism or a related field.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Must be able to submit 2-4 writing examples.
  • Must have an interest in community journalism, social media and writing in a professional manor.
  • Must be able to commit to a 2-3 month internship (internship expansion can be discussed)
  • Data entry skills
  • Phone skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Fast learner in software packages
  • Knowledge of Macintosh computers
  • Social media savvy (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Google+)
  • MS Word, Filemaker Pro, Pagemaker, Internet applications a plus
  • Ability to work independently and follow through on assignments



Unpaid Graphic Design Internship Position Opening
(Federal Work- Study available for qualifying college students)

Dates of internship: year-round

Number of Openings: 1

Date to Start: January 2014

Position Title: Graphic Design intern (Federal Workstudy)


This intern provide visual media development and execution for print and online marketing strategies including but not limited to: postcards, programs, advertisements, handouts, brochures, flyers, posters, signage, social media (Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, blogger badges, etc.). Familiarity with the elements of design needed for content layout with and without templates. Responsible for developing visuals that are both creative and on-brand.

Responsibilities are not limited to creative work; there will be general administrative responsibilities (answering phones, updating databases) involved as well. Multimedia/Communications students with a “good eye” for design as well as a hunger to get involved with Chicago media and nonprofits are encouraged to apply.


  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite – Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
  • Working knowledge of Google apps
  • Knowledge of content management systems is not required, but helpful.
    • Attention to detail, customer-service orientation, and creativity in problem-solving
    • Ability to work in a team and can successfully incorporate art direction and feedback from multiple sources
    • Experience working with nonprofits a plus



Unpaid Marketing Communications Internship Position Opening
(Federal Work- Study available for qualifying college students)

Dates of internship: year-round

Number of Openings: 1

Date to Start: ASAP

Position Title: Marketing Communications intern (Federal Workstudy)


This intern will provide support in the areas of media relations, communications, sales and marketing. Projects will include, but are not limited to: drafting copy for promotional brochures and emails; drafting PSAs, press releases, etc.; distribution of marketing materials; attending events (fairs, expos, industry-related, etc.); assisting with securing sponsorships for annual benefit and conference; blogging.

Required Skills:

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Knowledge of building a communications plan, marketing strategy & media lists
  • Knowledge of press release & media alert elements
  • Working knowledge of the AP Style Guide & copyediting
  • Working knowledge of social media (Twitter, Facebook, & LinkedIN)
  • Comfortable making phone calls and communicating with clients
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proficiency in Mac OS and Adobe Creative Suite a plus, but not required

Other qualifications:

  • Attention to detail, customer-service orientation, and creativity in problem solving
  • Ability to work in a team and can successfully incorporate direction and feedback from multiple sources
  • Experience with event setup and promotion is a plus


For more information or to apply for any of these positions, contact Maggie Walker, at 312-369-6402 or email resume to maggie@newstips.org
Website: www.communitymediaworkshop.org



Associate Board Members

Do you care about Chicago’s community and media? Looking to get more involved in both while also building valuable leadership experience? Community Media Workshop is looking for entry-to-mid-level professionals to join our Associate Board.

Title: Member, Associate Board of Directors

Term: Two years, renewable

Reports to: Chair, Junior Board of Directors


1. Establish strategic direction to the organization in accordance with mission.

2. Promote the financial stability of the organization through leadership and participation in the organization’s marketing, alliance building, and fundraising


3. Represent the organization to the community and the organization’s constituents.

Specific duties:

1. Attendance at quarterly junior board meetings.

2. Attendance at meetings of standing committees (i.e. volunteer committee, social committee, fundraising committee) to which appointed.

3. Become a financial supporter of the agency at an appropriate level (i.e. commit to a minimum of 200 USD annually. The $200 can be reached by means of a personal donation, purchase of event tickets, matching gifts, etc.).

4. Assume junior board leadership responsibilities as requested and as possible (committee, chairperson, elected officer, etc.)

5. Represent the organization at community events, organizations and with private individuals.

6. Be informed about organizations programs, policies and services.

7. Be informed about the needs of the organization’s contracted artisans and customers.


Email maggie@newstips.org  for more information on Associate Board membership.


Since its start at Malcolm X College in 1989, the Community Media Workshop, a non-profit organization, has provided the necessary link between the news media and community and civic groups that are making our city a better place to live and work. More than 1500 groups have purchased, Getting On Air, Online & Into Print, our highly-praised directory of Chicago-area media. Our Newstips is the only independent news service in Chicago that exclusively covers community issues. We have trained over 1000 community leaders and activists in our Professional Media Relations Workshop, which teaches them how to communicate effectively with reporters and editors about the news value in their work, whether it’s job training in Humboldt Park or community policing in Englewood. The Workshop connects the community with media, the Workshop promotes news that matters.