Happy Holidays from the Workshop!

The Workshop offices will be closed from December 20 through January 3

We on the Community Media Workshop’s team are so grateful for YOUR engagement with our community of communicators. As we move into the year-end holiday season (our Columbia office follows the college’s building schedule, so we’re closed from December 20 through January 3), we look forward to a dynamic New Year of helping you tell your story.

Despite the budget challenges most nonprofits continue to face as we recover from the Great Recession, the Workshop continues to provide a multi-faceted approach to helping organizations get their stories out to the shifting media landscape, and beyond. We continue to provide affordable basic communications planning trainings alongside a heavy mix of social media tool building. Through scheduled trainings, custom workshops and our Making Media Connections annual conference, almost 900 organizations and some 1800 individuals engaged the Workshop for your communications needs over the past year.

We also strive to serve journalists as news gathering and publishing shifts increasingly to online platforms: through our ongoing Newstips project, Chicago Is the World engagement with ethnic media, We Are Not Alone/No Estamos Solo anti-violence reporting, ChicagoStories.org for visiting journalists around the NATO Summit, The NEWnews2012 examination of the online ecosystem, and the well-received Local Reporting Initiative which produced some 30 independent journalism projects focused on issues facing under-covered West & South Side communities.

Again, we thank you for your support.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season, the Workshop looks forward to our communication encounters in the coming new year!

Fourteen New Local Reporting Awards Approved


Fourteen New
Local Reporting Awards Approved

for Community News Projects on South and West Sides

CHICAGO – The Chicago Community Trust’s Community News Matters program approved $70,000 in Local Reporting Awards for 14 community news projects focusing on issues affecting the south and west sides of Chicago. The community news projects will highlight various issues, from realities facing the LGBTQ community within the criminal system to the effects of domestic violence and mental health on residents in the Back of the Yards community.

 

“The Trust is pleased to support innovative approaches to share stories written by and about the south and west side of Chicago,” said Ngoan Le, Vice President of Program at The Chicago Community Trust.  “We can all benefit learning more about issues important to these communities.”

Each project will receive $5,000 to support original reporting or data analysis. This is the second round of Local Reporting Awards, which are funded by The Chicago Community Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.  Winners this year were chosen from among proposals requested from the 31 winners of 2011 awards.

The Community Media Workshop, is administering the Local Reporting Awards program for The Chicago Community Trust and is providing social media trainings for the awardees.

“This highly evaluated project which draws on the expertise of community leaders and organizations brought to public attention a variety of new voices and impactful journalism from often under-reported neighborhoods,” said Workshop president Thom Clark.

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