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Feb. 13, 2006

Women's Center Offers Training On Working With Media

"Getting on the Air and into Print" is the third seminar in the 2005-06 year of the Women's Resource and Action Center's Social Change Training Program series. The workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in 424 North Hall on the University of Iowa campus. Pre-registration for the workshop is required; call 319-335-1486 to sign up. The fee for the workshop is $50.00; a limited number of scholarships are available on a first-registered, first-served basis.

In this seminar, led by the Community Media Workshop of Chicago, participants will learn the steps for planning a media campaign around an issue, while learning public relations skills. The training will teach participants how to develop and tell newsworthy stories, craft a media strategy, pitch stories to reporters, plan media events and handle broadcast interviews. Opportunities to practice and build skills will be provided.

The Community Media Workshop (CMW) of Chicago was founded by a journalist and community activist, and has been providing nonprofit organizations with hands-on training and coaching for their newsworthy efforts since 1989. More information about CMW is available at http://www.newstips.org.

Founded in 1971, The Women's Resource & Action Center is one of the oldest university-based women's centers in the United States. Among its services - which are available both to UI students, faculty and staff and to the general public - are information and referral, advocacy, support and discussion groups, individual counseling and a variety of educational programs including seminars, workshops, festivals and discussions.

More information about the Center and its activities is available on the web at http://www.uiowa.edu/~wrac.

For further information, to register for the workshop and/or to arrange a needed accommodation to participate, call the Center at 319-335-1486.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Laurie Haag, 319-335-1486, laurie-haag@uiowa.edu; Writer: Linda Kroon.