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When I was a communications staff for a regional nonprofit organization here in Chicago over 10 years ago, I spent plenty of time calling and faxing city news desks and assignment desks very early in the day of an event or press conference to ensure that we were included in their agenda. Through this on-going communication and development of relationships with assignment desk editors I found out what times they were meeting, what information they needed and exactly who would be possibly covering our story or event. This practice got us coverage, helped expand our relationships with the media and pushed our mission forward to the public.

This practice started with one essential resource that I obtained for free at the Community Media Workshop–the Media Event Quick Contact Sheet.

This contact sheet lists the phone numbers, fax lines and emails of Chicago’s major daily newspapers and broadcast stations and has been published through the Workshop’s annual Getting On Air, Online & Into Print media guide for over 20 years. Find out more about the media guide, gain tips and download the 2012 Contact Sheet and other sample pages here for free.

You might also want to check out the Workshop’s online version of the media guide at or sign up for one of our upcoming communications training sessions. If you need help with creating a press alert, use our free generator.

If you think there is a communications resource we should research and create for the public, let us know. Feel free to comment below.

Happy communicating!

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  1. […] The 2012 Media Event Quick Contact sheet and other sample pages from the 2012 Getting On Air, Online & Into Print media guide are now available. Download the resources on our media guide page or read more on our NPCommunicator blog. […]

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