Spring Trainings Have Arrived


Looking to spruce up your social media strategy this spring? We have three one-day trainings and another round of Social Media Bootcamp coming up. For more detailed information, check out our Trainings Page.

Spring Trainings

Spring Trainings:

  • Storytelling with Impact: Wednesday, April 1, 9am – noon
    Learn how to make your story stand out at this training. We will show you how to turn a story from just another spiel into something that will captivate the media as well as potential funders and volunteers.
  • Spokesperson Training: Wednesday, April 8, 9am – noon
    When the media calls, will you be ready to interview like a professional? This workshop will teach you how to stay on message and in control, while sharpening your stories to increase you organization’s visibility.
  • Essential Social Media – Twitter: Wednesday, April 29, 9am – noon
    Have you started tweeting? Do you know where to start? Twitter is a powerful online tool that can help your organization promote events, raise funds and design programming by discovering and engaging in conversations about your issues. This class will help the beginner and intermediate social media communicators easily fold Twitter into their daily workflows and their organization’s communication plans.
  • Social Media Bootcamp: Friday, May 1, 8 & 15, 9am – noon
    Our Social Media Bootcamp was so popular that the first round sold out. Register early to reserve your spot! This series of three workshops will introduce you to the basics of creating a communications plan and policy, which platforms are best for your audience and how to most effectively use them, and how to create and curate effective visual and written content. Columbia College Chicago, Room 509, 33 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60605

Check back soon; more trainings may be added in the coming weeks. All trainings will be held at Columbia College Chicago, Room 501, 33 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60605 unless stated otherwise.

Keeping the Peace, Peacefully: McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute

A workshop on police and community relations for journalists

The state of police community relations is a critical issue today. This two-day workshop will arm journalists with facts, analyses and reporting strategies to make their reporting matter. Scholars and experts from across the United States will cover issues ranging from race and community relations and police strategies to control violence, to police accountability and the mental health challenges police officers face, on and off the job.

We will also visit Chicago neighborhoods confronted by the contagion of violence to hear about the challenges and successes faced there.

The costs of your travel and stay in Chicago for the workshop will be covered. The workshop will be held on Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th at Columbia College Chicago. There will be a brief reception on the evening of Thursday, April 23rd.

Applications are due by March 9th. Click here for more information on the institute and on how to apply.


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