To Our Chicago Journalists Association Membership, Friends and Supporters:
These are uncertain and scary times for many of us, in light of this week’s fast-moving COVID-19 developments. CJA prioritizes the health and safety of our members, event panelists and event audiences, and now that the World Health Organization has labeled the novel coronavirus a global pandemic, our attention must be on prevention and precaution, and ensuring the health and safety of Journalists, our families and communities.
Thus, we are joining the nationwide endeavor to contain this devastating virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has urged all Americans toward social distancing as a tool to minimize potential impact, urging that social events be limited to the necessary, to flatten the curve of exposure. The CJA Board of Directors has made the decision to postpone our March 31 “Millennials in Media” event, consistent with the essence of recent directives by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. This suspension affects all currently planned CJA events through April 30.
CJA will continue to monitor short- and long-term developments, communicating with constituents as they unfold, relying on universal guidance to determine an optimum date for return to normal programming. We are grateful for the work invested in all events being postponed, and appreciate the understanding of our audiences and panelists in these unprecedented times. Thank you to our Membership, Friends and Supporters for your continued commitment to our mission to highlight the immense talent within Chicago Journalism, and to celebrate this craft so critical to our Democracy.
Board of Directors
Chicago Journalists Association