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Award-winning columnist Laura Washington featured speaker for AWJ Annual Meeting

Conversations with two of the savviest women in Chicago, reporter and news analyst Laura Washington and nationally recognized women’s advocate Rebecca Sive, will kick off a new year of programming for the Association for Women Journalists - Chicago.

Washington, an award-winning columnist for the Chicago Sun Times and on-air political analyst for WLS 7, will be the featured speaker at AWJ’s annual meeting, which will be held Wednesday, Feb. 1.  Click here to register for the annual picnic.

AWJ board member Linda Lenz will interview her about her work’s focus -- African-American affairs, local and national politics, race and racism, and social justice – as well as the state of journalism in Chicago.

Read Washington’s bio to see her wide ranging experiences in news media, her many honors and her civic involvement. FULL BIO  And read her most recent Chicago Sun-Times columns here.

This year's event will again be held at the very lovely Basecamp offices, 30 N Racine. Light snacks, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. The evening will begin with networking and food at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 7:15 p.m. with election of the board of directors for 2017. This lovely facility is near public transportation and some street parking is available in the area.

*Please note that entry to the annual meeting for dues-paying members is free, but we've made it easier to donate to AWJ and help benefit women in journalism by offering a $10 and a $25 donation ticket. All proceeds from those tickets will support AWJ's scholarship fund, programs and administrative costs. Your donation is tax-deductible.

Admission is free to AWJ members and $30 for non-members. We strongly encourage ticketed reservations by Wed., January 25, so we can plan the wine and noshes accordingly. Space is limited, but if you are unable to register beforehand, walk-ins are welcome at the door. Again, please note the non-member door price of $40. Door admission will be free for AWJ members.

March 9 -- SAVE THE DATE! As a speaker, consultant and writer, Rebecca Sive offers seasoned counsel on how women can make the world a better place while advancing their own stature and influence in business and the public square.

To celebrate National Women’s History Month, she will join AWJ on March 9 to discuss her smart new book, “Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House,” and, more broadly, covering women’s issues.

While “Every Day is an Election Day” is aimed at women interested in pursuing elective office, the book’s lessons can help journalists produce more insightful coverage of politics and women’s issues as well as help journalists advance their own careers.

Read Sive's bio to learn more about her high-powered work on behalf of women, including help developing women’s issues agendas for Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.  FULL BIO

Conversations with two of the savviest women in Chicago, reporter and news analyst Laura Washington and nationally recognized women’s advocate Rebecca Sive, will kick off a new year of programming for the Association for Women Journalists - Chicago.

Washington, an award-winning columnist for the Chicago Sun Times and on-air political analyst for WLS 7, will be the featured speaker at AWJ’s annual meeting, which will be held Wednesday, Feb. 1.  Click here to register for the annual picnic.

AWJ board member Linda Lenz will interview her about her work’s focus -- African-American affairs, local and national politics, race and racism, and social justice – as well as the state of journalism in Chicago.

Read Washington’s bio to see her wide ranging experiences in news media, her many honors and her civic involvement. FULL BIO  And read her most recent Chicago Sun-Times columns here.

This year's event will again be held at the very lovely Basecamp offices, 30 N Racine. Light snacks, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. The evening will begin with networking and food at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 7:15 p.m. with election of the board of directors for 2017. This lovely facility is near public transportation and some street parking is available in the area.

*Please note that entry to the annual meeting for dues-paying members is free, but we've made it easier to donate to AWJ and help benefit women in journalism by offering a $10 and a $25 donation ticket. All proceeds from those tickets will support AWJ's scholarship fund, programs and administrative costs. Your donation is tax-deductible.

Admission is free to AWJ members and $30 for non-members. We strongly encourage ticketed reservations by Wed., January 25, so we can plan the wine and noshes accordingly. Space is limited, but if you are unable to register beforehand, walk-ins are welcome at the door. Again, please note the non-member door price of $40. Door admission will be free for AWJ members.

March 9 -- SAVE THE DATE! As a speaker, consultant and writer, Rebecca Sive offers seasoned counsel on how women can make the world a better place while advancing their own stature and influence in business and the public square.

To celebrate National Women’s History Month, she will join AWJ on March 9 to discuss her smart new book, “Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House,” and, more broadly, covering women’s issues.

While “Every Day is an Election Day” is aimed at women interested in pursuing elective office, the book’s lessons can help journalists produce more insightful coverage of politics and women’s issues as well as help journalists advance their own careers.

Read Sive's bio to learn more about her high-powered work on behalf of women, including help developing women’s issues agendas for Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.  FULL BIO

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  • Conversations with two of the savviest women in Chicago, reporter and news analyst Laura Washington and nationally recognized women’s advocate Rebecca Sive, will kick off a new year of programming for the Association for Women Journalists - Chicago.  Washington will be the featured speaker at AWJ’s annual meeting, which will be held Wednesday, Feb. 1. Click here to register for the annual meeting.
  • Click here to read Chicago Magazine's article "With #MoreThanMean, Julie DiCaro and Sarah Spain Take On the Harassment of Female Journalists."
  •  AWJ-Chicago President Amy Guth has a lot of tough things to say about trolls and online harassment/abuse of women on Medium.com. Read her take and add your support.
  • Audio of Carol Marin's Keynote at AWJ's Annual Meeting (listen)
  • AWJ's 'Where We Stand' survey (pdf)

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