Investigative reporting and other workshops for ethnic news media

Here is a list of unusually great opportunities to improve your skills.

Investigative Reporting and in depth public service journalism

A free workshop in investigative reporting with the lead trainer for the Investigative Reporters and Editors, IRE.

The event will be held from 1:30 to 5 pm on Monday, April 18 at 1104 S. Wabash, Columbia College, Ludington Building, 8th floor.

But the spaces are limited so please contact me and I’ll make sure you are signed up. Write to –

Steve Franklin at


The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, based at Boston University,  is offering a free three-day training in May to help reporters and editors provide readers with more in-depth coverage of the budget crises facing states, cities and towns.    We’ll  be covering the cost of transportation, lodging and meals.

Here’s the link to  the webpage describing the workshop:

Other workshops supported by the McCormick Foundation. For information go to the website of each workshop;

for more info – go here—

And this workshop—registration no later than Tuesday, April 5—-for how to sell yourself, your product, your vision today in journalism.

For more information on this seminar, please contact Carol Ann Riordan at

Featured Discussion Leaders

Joseph Grimm

Visiting Professor, Michigan State University School of Journalism

Carol Ann Riordan

Vice President of Programming and Personnel, American Press Institute

This workshop is underwritten by  and presented in partnership with the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communication at Northwestern University.

Attendees must be registered no later than Tuesday, April 5. Walk-in registration will not be available.

Journalists — whether they’re working in a news organization, freelancing, blogging or job seeking — have one thing in common: They need to create a personal brand that identifies their talents and passions.

Building a brand is not about self-promotion. It’s about:

  • having a consistent message about the work you do and love … and what you bring to the table that makes you unique.
  • standing out from the crowd and being heard.
  • expanding your reach, developing new talents and skill sets … and being recognized as an expert.

It’s also about building financial security in a media world that is shifting beneath your feet.

That’s why you’ll want to attend the American Press Institute’s one-day regional workshop on “Building Your Journalistic Brand” on Friday, April 8, at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.


The workshop is open to ALL journalists, including, but not limited to:

  • Those who work for news organizations across all platforms
  • Bloggers, freelancers and other entrepreneurial writers, reporters and editors
  • Multimedia and visual journalists
  • Journalists trying to re-enter the workforce after being displaced by media downsizing
  • Independent news producers
  • University journalism students
  • University journalism educators

Help us spread the word about this workshop! Please recommend it to your friends and colleagues. (Tuition is only $15 and includes continental breakfast and workshop materials.)


You’ll discover:

  • Why it is dangerous to be generic in an age of specialties.
  • How an authentic and relevant personal brand will give you a competitive edge.
  • Steps for identifying brand characteristics that will set you apart from the crowd.
  • Tools that will help you solidify and spread a consistent professional message across multiple media.

You’ll also leave with concrete steps to build your professional brand and create a successful future.


At the workshop, you’ll complete a workbook that will become your customized branding blueprint. It will include:

  • An inventory of your value and values
  • The strands of your brand’s DNA
  • A rehearsed elevator speech
  • A toolkit and action steps to establish, enhance and protect your brand
  • A personal strategy for building your digital brand
  • Resources for further work

Written by on March 31, 2011



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