Upcoming Trainings and Events

Professional Media Relations (PMR)

Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13 and Feb. 20

A series of five half-day trainings

Become your own publicist. This five-session, intensive series is designed specifically for nonprofit communicators to plan media campaigns around one of their own stories, while learning basic public relations skills. The training sessions will provide hands-on guidance, as attendees develop a story and pitch it to journalists.

Register here.


Social Media Bootcamp (SMB)

Feb. 27, March 6 and March 20

A series of three half-day trainings

Are you struggling to create a social media strategy or vision for your organization? In this intermediate, three-day training, you will have ample time to dig into your social media strategy and engagement. You will leave with a concrete online communications plan and social media policy for your organization. This hands-on training bootcamp is designed for communications staff looking to learn the essential tools and tactics necessary to advance their organization’s social media efforts.

Register here.

Past Programs

Spend an Evening with Alfredo Corchado

The Dallas Morning News Mexico Bureau Chief, Alfredo Corchado, will discuss his new memoir, Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey through a Country’s Descent into Darkness, as well as his experiences growing up and covering violence on the border between the United States and Mexico.


When:Wednesday, October 8th 6:00-9:00pm
Where: Room 219
Columbia College Chicago
33 E. Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL

No registration necessary, more event information available here.


Building a Better Communications Plan

Join us to learn how to develop a practical set of tools and exercises to clarify communications goals, target key audiences and produce messages that move people to action.

When: Thursday, October 9th 9:00am-Noon

Where: Room 311
Columbia College Chicago
33 E. Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL

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Featuring Gordon Mayer:

Gordon Mayer is the development and communications director at Gamaliel community-organizing network. An experienced communicator and trainer, Mayer is also a former journalist, having worked at the Gary Post-Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Chicago Defender.




Summer Communications Trainings in Chicago


Get ahead of the game this summer with professional development trainings from the Workshop.

Learn how to:

  • Tell your stories in numbers — making mining the data easy.
  • Pitch it real good: How to tell stories the news media is looking for and develop your own compelling, pitchable story.
  • Got Google+? It should be at the heart of your social media plan.
  • Advocacy does not = lobbying: Get beyond just meeting with legislators to actually changing public policy.
  • Develop an “elevator speech.”
  • Use your smartphone to tell and distribute your story, cheaply and easily.

Click here to take a look at all our Summer Trainings.






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    They come from everywhere. They come to start anew, to survive, to live just another day. They come to Chicago because it is where others settled, where they have links, or where there are hands willing to to accept them. Chicago’s has a legacy as a place of sanctuary.  This story about the flight of Assyrians […]

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