CJA Issues 30 Certificates to First MasterJourno Class Cohort

The Chicago Journalists Association, one of the city’s oldest journalism organizations, awarded more than 30 individuals with certificates this summer for mastering the basics of freelance journalism, the organization announced.

The local and international recipients successfully completed CJA’s first multi-part training series, “Freelance MasterJourno Class,” which detailed essential tools and strategies for individuals interested in becoming full-time freelance journalists. The sessions were held virtually over three consecutive weeks and featured award-winning journalists, editors and social media experts.

“It’s truly a privilege to provide this opportunity to fellow journalists near and far,” said CJA president Stephanie Choporis. “We were absolutely thrilled to have such a great response to the inaugural MasterJourno Class.”

More than 100 people, some of whom resided as far as Pakistan and South Africa, registered for one or more of the panels. Those who tuned in for all three sessions were eligible for a certificate of completion and resume/pitch review, provided by CJA’s Board of Directors.

Choporis said she hopes to hold future MasterJourno Classes. The 83-year-old group plans to work with Chicago area newsrooms to tailor future programming.

The Chicago Journalists Association is a nonprofit organization boasting a storied membership of active/veteran print, broadcast and digital journalists, media and communications professionals, associated journalism educators and college journalism students in Illinois/Northwest Indiana. CJA’s core mission is the advocacy and rewarding of journalistic excellence through prestigious journalism award competitions; professional development of our members; and mentoring of the next generation of journalists.

Membership is currently free. To join our storied organization, submit a CV/resume to chicagocja@gmail.com.