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* Social Media BootcampSocial Media Bootcamp

Time: 9:00 am

This hands-on training is designed for communications professionals looking to learn essential tools and tactics to advance their organizations' social media efforts. In this intermediate, three-session training, you will learn how to craft a concrete online communications plan and social media policy for your organization.

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* Social Media BootcampSocial Media Bootcamp

Time: 9:00 am

This hands-on training is designed for communications professionals looking to learn essential tools and tactics to advance their organizations' social media efforts. In this intermediate, three-session training, you will learn how to craft a concrete online communications plan and social media policy for your organization.

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* Social Media BootcampSocial Media Bootcamp

Time: 9:00 am

This hands-on training is designed for communications professionals looking to learn essential tools and tactics to advance their organizations' social media efforts. In this intermediate, three-session training, you will learn how to craft a concrete online communications plan and social media policy for your organization.

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Spring Trainings


Storytelling with Impact

9am-noon, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

If you can tell your story, you can connect to others. That’s when you create impact. Your story is the most powerful tool you have, if you are able to strip away the day-to-day noise and be truly heard. 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 or volunteers.

Register here.
Trainer: Susy Schultz
Cost: $95
Location: Room 501, Columbia College Chicago, 33 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL

 

Spokesperson Training

9am-noon, Wednesday, April 8, 2015

When the media calls, will you be ready to interview like a professional spokesperson? This workshop will show you how to stay on message and in control, while sharpening your stories to increase your organization’s visibility. With practice, you can reduce your anxiety about speaking to the media. We will also teach you interview performance tips, like “bridging” and “flagging.” You will get hands-on experience through the opportunity to participate in a five-minute mock interview and critique.

Register here.
Trainer: Susy Schultz
Cost: $95
Location: Room 501, Columbia College Chicago, 33 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL

 

Essential Social Media – Twitter

9am-noon, Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Have you started tweeting? Don’t know if you should? Twitter is a powerful online tool that can help you discover, listen to, and engage in conversations about your issues. It can help your organization promote events, raise funds and design programming. Learn best practices for how to use the social media platform to target and engage audiences. This class will help the beginner and intermediate social media communicators easily fold Twitter into your daily workflows and your organization’s social media communications plans.

Register here.
Trainer: Susy Schultz
Cost: $95
Location: Room 501, Columbia College Chicago, 33 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL

 

Social Media Bootcamp (SMB)

9am-noon, Fridays, May 1, 8 & 15, 2015

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 social media strategy and engagement. You will leave with a concrete online communications plan and a social media policy for your organization. This hands-on social media bootcamp is designed for communications staff looking to learn essential tools and tactics to advance your organization’s social media efforts.

Register here.
Trainer: Susy Schultz
Cost: $295
Location: Room 509, Columbia College Chicago, 33 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL


Check back soon; more trainings may be added in the coming weeks.

All trainings are held at Columbia College Chicago, 33 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60605 unless stated otherwise.

 

 

There are no webinars currently scheduled.

 

Learn to tell your stories better, using all the tools of communications, advocacy, outreach, and marketing, such as: media relations, using new media/technology, developing print materials, planning strategy, holding events, and other types of public relations. We are known for:

  • Hands-on, practical training
  • Emphasis on how to create compelling stories to increase visibility among media,funders and other audiences
  • Providing tools to integrate Web 2.0 and social media into your communications and fundraising efforts
  • Leading workshops that honor the ways adults learn, are interactive, and engaging
  • Providing handouts you can use, not put on a shelf

Learn more about real people’s successes using what they learned from us by viewing some recent success stories.

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Our workshops are for nonprofit communicators–staff and volunteers responsible for telling their organizations’ stories. They come from grassroots and community organizations, arts groups, hospitals and universities, social-service agencies, philanthropy, and other types of nonprofit.

While we do not turn for-profit communicators away, for popular workshops we may wait-list them to make sure there are seats for all the nonprofit communicators who wish to attend. If you are in corporate communications or at a for-profit PR firm, we encourage you to visit the sites of  our colleagues in PR, such as Ragan Communications, the Publicity Club of Chicago, PRNewswire, or the Public Relations Society of America.

To learn more about our participants, you can download a list of groups who accessed our services last year.

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We are half grant-funded and the rest of our revenue comes from selling workshops, trainings, and our Chicago-market media guide, Getting On Air, On-line, & Into Print to other nonprofits.

This allows us to keep the costs of our workshops at a fraction of the price of equivalent sessions in the private sector. Workshop prices take into account fees for our trainers (typically much-reduced from what they typically charge as a service to the nonprofit community), other fixed costs such as serving coffee, water, and meals during workshops.

Scholarships are always available to organizations with budgets under $100,000—please view our Scholarship Policy. You may also want to check the details of our Cancellation Policy.

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We are happy to provide custom sessions that respond to specific needs or to reinforce core messages at your organization.

Organizations we have worked with recently include ACCESS, Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University, Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Latinos Progresando, Local Initiatives Support Corp., Michigan Nonprofit Association, National Association of Charter School Authorizers, Progressive Technology Project, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

To learn more about our custom training view our services and contact Maggie Walker (maggie@newstips.org), or call us: 312-369-6400.

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Unless noted elsewhere, our trainings take place at Columbia College Chicago at 33 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL.

 

Walk-in Location:

Community Media Workshop

at Columbia College Chicago

33 E. Congress Parkway

Suite 610H

Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: 312-369-6400

Fax: 312-369-6404

Email: cmw@newstips.org

 

Mailing Address:

Community Media Workshop

600 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60605

 

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