Any AWJ member can volunteer to help with any event or committee any time during the year. We’ve included a list below of committees open to volunteers. Feel free to reach out to the chairs for more information. We’d love to hear from you!
Programming — oversees AWJ events like the annual meeting, summer picnic, panel discussions and trainings for established journalists. We need members to help us scout great AWJ event spaces, survey members on program ideas and score engaging panelists for our programs. Contact Kimberly Bellware firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholarships — administers AWJ scholarship offerings, networks with college journalism professors and departments in the Chicago area. Scholarship committee members serve as judges for the scholarship competition. It's a chance to review the work of young journalists and help them take the next steps in their careers. Contact Anne Johnsos email@example.com
Website/Communications — updates AWJ’s website and manages social media and communications about events and programs. Looking for members who can post regularly on our social media outlets and listserv about news and events of interest to our members. Committee members write and post wrap-up articles of our events and special articles (such as our AWJ Member Spotlight feature) to put on our website. Contact Felicia Oliver firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Bandle Young Critics — a program run in association with the Goodman Theatre in which AWJ members coach high school girls in writing theater criticism. We are looking for volunteer mentors for next season starting in the fall. Time commitment is eight to 12 hours a month from late September through late May. Contact Carla K. Johnson email@example.com
We hope you will consider joining one of these lovely committees to get more involved in the Chicago Journalism Community.
Now more than ever, journalism matters and we hope you’ll continue to support AWJ with your membership, your presence and talents, and with your social media networks.