There are several different ways that AILA members can reach out to local media such as writing opinion pieces and Letters to the Editor. Another way to interact with local media is to host a Reporters' Roundtable on Immigration.
A Reporters' Roundtable on Immigration (RRI) is a great way for an AILA chapter to reach out to members of the press in their local area, particularly ethnic and community press, to share information about immigration issues and how they affect your community. It is ideal in several ways for the AILA chapter:
The NYC Chapter partnered with a local graduate school of journalism to hold a RRI in late-January, using many of the steps listed below. The result? A full room of reporters and journalism students who asked questions and discussed immigration issues for nearly two hours. And this was before ANY of the information about the Senate bipartisan principles or the White House plan had come out. Reporters from community outlets were joined by national outlets (it was NYC) and even a staff member from a local Councilman's office interested in immigration issues. Questions covered a range of topics, including deportation numbers, prospects for CIR, legal immigration, and what the immigration court backlog means. Since then, the AILA members who participated have been contacted by the reporters, quoted in stories, and have raised the awareness of immigration issues in their community.
The [XXX] Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the [co-hosting organization] are proud to present a
Reporters' Roundtable on Immigration
As immigration reform takes over the front pages of newspapers across the country, join us for an interactive presentation on immigration issues and prepare yourself more fully to cover immigration-related stories. A panel of immigration experts will be present to explain key terms and concepts, and answer your questions.
The program is free and open to members of the press but space is limited. Please RSVP to [Contact information for primary contact]