Upcoming Events

Data Driven: Using Public Information and Google Tools for Storytelling – September 17, 2020, at 6-8:30 pm CT

The Chicago chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association is proud to present a FREE online workshop on data journalism, featuring local journalists Mike Reilley and Jasmine Mithani.

6-7:15 pm: Learn how to build interactive graphics and maps with Google Flourish and scrape data with Google Sheets with Mike Reilley.

7:15-8:30 pm: Learn how to explore data and craft pitches based on your beat in this hands-on data journalism workshop with Jasmine Mithani.

Register at bit.ly/AAJAdataworkshop

WORKSHOP IS FREE FOR AAJA CHICAGO MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS. ZOOM LINK TO BE SENT VIA EMAIL.

ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS

Mike Reilley is an SPJ digital trainer who has taught Google News Initiative tools to more than 6,500 journalists and educators in the past four years. He also is founder of and trainer in the Penny Press Digital LLC, a consulting and training company. When he’s not doing trainings, he teaches data and multimedia journalism at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has been a full-time faculty member for five years.

Jasmine Mithani (she/her) is a reader, writer, and diagrammer currently working as a visual journalist at FiveThirtyEight. She is also on the board of South Side Weekly, where she got her start in journalism. She’s wrangled data and made information accessible to the public as a part of DataMade, NPR and Graphicacy.

First Thursdays Virtual Happy Hour – October 1, 2020, at 7-8 pm CT

We are hosting monthly virtual happy hours this fall and winter, each with a unique theme. This is a great opportunity to connect with some of your peers who you might not have had a chance to meet yet.

Blurred Lines: Navigating Objectivity in Journalism – October TBD

Stay tuned for more details!

First Thursdays Virtual Happy Hour – November 5, 2020, at 7-8 pm CT

We are hosting monthly virtual happy hours this fall and winter, each with a unique theme. This is a great opportunity to connect with some of your peers who you might not have had a chance to meet yet.

Pitch Perfect: Making It as a Freelancer – November TBD

Stay tuned for more details!

First Thursdays Virtual Happy Hour – December 3, 2020, at 7-8 pm CT

We are hosting monthly virtual happy hours this fall and winter, each with a unique theme. This is a great opportunity to connect with some of your peers who you might not have had a chance to meet yet.

Trivia Bowl Fundraiser – December TBD

Stay tuned for more details!

Past Events

AAJA Fest – August 9-15, 2020

This year, AAJA is hosting the national convention virtually! Join us on August 9-15, 2020, for the first ever AAJA Fest! #AAJA2020

Announcement: https://aajachicago.org/2020/07/01/meet-us-virtually-at-aaja-fest-august-9-15-2020/

Official site: https://www.aaja20.org/

The Summer of Extremes: Racism, Health Inequity and Heat – June 23-25, 2020

COVID-19 Collides With Climate Crisis on 25th Anniversary of Chicago Heat Waves

Journalists are invited to dissect lessons on racism and health inequity learned from Chicago’s 1995 heatwave replayed during the pandemic. Hosted in partnership with Chicago Journalists Association, NABJ-Chicago, NAHJ-Chicago, The Headline Club, Kartemquin Films, the Macarthur Foundation, and others.

Announcement: https://aajachicago.org/2020/06/13/the-summer-of-extremes-racism-health-inequity-and-heat-june-23-25-2020/

Reporting on Race Virtual Panel – April 9, 2020

How can we better cover communities of color? Please join the Chicago chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association for a virtual panel on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.

Featuring:  Katie Kim, NBC 5 Chicago (moderator), Maudlyne Ihejirika, Chicago Sun-Times, Laura Rodríguez Presa, Chicago Tribune, Esther Yoon Ji-Kang, WBEZ

Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjU7YQsEyOo

Lunar New Year Mixer – January 30, 2020

AAJA Chicago is teaming up with AMEJA (Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association) for a Lunar New Year Mixer! Come by the downtown Lao Sze Chuan for free bites and a chance to get to know some fellow Chicago journalists.