Chicagoland Journalism Events

July 30, 2024
  • Medill Solutions Journalism Summer Summit!

    July 30, 2024  9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Medill Solutions Journalism Summer Summit!

    Hey journalists and storytellers! Let’s talk about what's working. Join us in Downtown Chicago at Medill - Northwestern University for the inaugural solutions journalism Summer Summit co-hosted with Solutions Journalism Network. The all-star lineup includes you, so register now for this free conference on Tuesday, July 30:

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July 31, 2024
  • The Freelance Business Workshop

    July 31, 2024  8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    The Institute for Independent Journalists: Freelance Business Workshop

    Wednesday, July 31, 2024, from 8 am to 5 pm CT 

    Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605


    This full-day workshop will give freelancers the training and perspective needed to develop a business plan and path to financial and emotional sustainability as an independent journalist. While geared at people with a few years’ experience as entrepreneurs, even experienced journalists will pick up new ideas and tactics to take their practices to the next level — and newbies will understand what to expect in a freelance career. Topics include:

    • The 3 P’s model of structuring a freelance portfolio, how to track income and time on the same spreadsheet, and what to negotiate for in addition to higher pay. 
    • Effective networking, recruiting anchor clients, identifying your brand and niche, and when to say no. 
    • A range of organization, time management, and mental health strategies 

    For more information on the workshop, see: 

    Space is limited! There are two ways to attend. 

    1. If you're registered for the NABJ convention, fill out this form and forward your NABJ convention registration to in order to grab your place at a $25 discount.  (You will receive an email confirmation to secure your spot with a link for discounted workshop registration.)

    2. If you are not attending the NABJ convention, fill out this form and visit the registration link and pay $69 before July 17, or $99 regular registration after that time. Register here: 

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