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Professional journalism services:

ARAB NEWS WIRE: Post your press release on the Arab American Media Service NEWS WIRE. This FREE news wire service is monitored by the nations top mainstream American editors.

We ALSO publish Press Releases, News and Feature articles written by freelancers of Arab heritage or who live in the Middle East and need exposure to the mainstream American media. . (Get more information on Arab & Arab American journalists like Mar'i at the web page of the National Arab American Journalists Association --

ARAB MEDIA DIRECTORY: Constantly updated National Directory of Arab and Muslim American media, organizations, businesses, leaders and key contacts listings. This is must have for any organization seeking to market or outreach to the Arab or Muslim American community. Printed by Order online today and strengthen your media outreach.

SPEAKER: We offer speeches, presentations and historical background on the Arab and Muslim American community and on the Middle East to organizations, academic, groups, functions, events. We also provide presentations on "defining the moderate Arab voice", on "the power of humor in conflict", "encouraging peace dialogue between Arabs and Jews."

VIDEO PRODUCTION: We write, script and produce video Public Service Announcements, documentaries of any length (VHS, DVD formats), and all types of online content for your company or web site.

MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING: We provide training in media and communications to help you focus your message, design a media and communications system to effectively convey your objectives, and more. We can also help you design an effective Alternative Media Strategy using the Internet and other non-conventional media techniques. More than 30 years of hands-on experience.

FLASH: We can easly design a FLASH routine to promote your web site using existing images and components. Very inexpensive and effective.

An extensive career, experience & skills:

Ray Hanania is a veteran Chicago journalist. Today, he is a FREELANCE writer and columnist who analyzes Middle East events and Chicagoland events for newspapers in Illinois and around the world. His community activism is limited to assisting Arab Americans and Muslims to recognize the parameters of professional communications and does not serve as an advocacy consultant on issues. Hanania shares his knowledge of journalism and communications in his services to assist everyone to better understand the power of communications, honest and accurating messaging, and the importance of accuracy in journalism. He is an active member of several professional journalism societies including the Society of Professional Journalists, the Asian American Journalists, the New American Media, and the National Arab American Journalists Association.

He  covered Chicago City Hall politics and regional Illinois politics from 1977 through 1992, including seven years with the Chicago Sun-Times. His work included political column writing as well as daily news reporting, and feature and "big picture" analysis. It also included 18 months as the political writer for the "insider column," Page 10.

He won several awards for his journalism, including two Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and earned a nomination for a Pulitzer Prize from the Chicago Sun-Times for a series of stories exploring the Palestinian rebellion (Intifada).

During that time, he hosted live call-in radio talk show programs, including for 10 years with the 50,000 Watt giant WLS Radio, and substituted often for the morning drive personalities.

He was a regular on television's #1 Political Interview program "City Desk" hosted by Dick Kay on WMAQ-TV (NBC affiliate), appearing an average of 28 times each year to question political guests that ranged from governors, to senators and local officials. And, he appeared as a regular commentator on Joel Weisman's popular political roundtable every Friday, Chicago Week in Review (WTTW Channel 11 PBS), appearing as the City Hall reporter an average of 20 times each year. He appeared on and off on every single Chicago television news talk show program as an authority on Chicago politics, and co-hosted the Friday roundtable broadcast each week by NPR Chicago affiliate WBEZ, exploring regional political trends.

Ray also served as a panelist on the Chicago Mayoral debate in 1990, a contest that launched the mayoralty of Richard M. Daley.

In 1992, he launched the political campaign consulting Urban Strategies Group which provided political consulting, after experiencing a political campaign firsthand running as a "suicide candidate" in the 38th Illinois House District as a Democrat. (It's good to see how vicious some reporters in the news media who have no scruples can be, and to understand firsthand the experiences candidates have in the "fish bowl.") Candidates and clients included a wide assortment of Chicago's colorful political landscape, writing speeches and designing web sites for Mayor Daley, designing web sites and message strategies for city agencies, managing and directing political campaigns for countless Chicago aldermen, Chicago Democratic committeemen, state legislators, county commissioners, and three successful candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. S everal clients included those with serious public relation challenges requiring extensive crisis management. And, experience includes international communications consulting.

Hanania also provided basic media training also to the Ministry of Information in the Palestine National Authority, working with Yasser Abed Rabbo who surfaced as one of the country's leading moderates speaking out against violence and in support of compromise with Israel. Hanania has been a longtime outspoken critic of violence and advocate of peaceful relations between Palestinians and Israelis. His work seeks to define the moderate Palestinian Arab voice.

Hanania was tapped by the U.S. State Department and the US Information Agency to provide media training sessions, meetings and presentations during the past decade to foreign media and government officials. He participated in meeting with President Clinton and Israelis and Palestinian officials towards strengthening the Oslo Peace Accords. And, Hanania provided media training to the staff of Lebanese Legislative caucus leader Michael Aoun in Beirut prior to the recent Israeli-Hezbollah war.

Hanania has more than a decade experience as a senior manager for a Chicago Public Relations firm, overseeing B2B and B2C media and PR strategies. He also managed public affairs and grassroots campaigns for several major Illinois corporations in gaming, telecommunications, aviation, healthcare, liquor industry, and education.


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Arab American Media Services offers a free NEWS WIRE for press releases and by-lined news and feature stories that involve or address Arab and Muslim issues.

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News releases and news and feature articles posted every day and viewed by major editors around the country. Submit your press release for FREE placement in TEXT format in the body of your email. Do not attach files. Press releases MUST HAVE full attribution and source with all contact information to be considered for placement.

We feature new Arab and Arab American journalism voices on the wire service hosted by Arab American Media Services, voices that offer a perspective that is not found in the often bias mainstream American and Western news media.



We design, script and shoot small documentaries for organizations and grassroots movements that can be used for fundraising, issues advocacy and community relations.

We produce a monthly cable TV interview program that is intentionally designed to have a folksy flavor. We bring the digital camera and equipment to onsite interview subjects and topics, edit polish and distribute the 30 minute mini-interview documentaries to several cable TV broadcasters in Chicago, the Chicago Suburbs and for national audiences through Bridges TV and others.

We have also produced Public Service Announcements for not-for-profit clients and agencies.

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We design FLASH routines to place on your web site. These can also be used in any other circumstance (videos, PowerPoint and more).

Contact us about adding Flash to your web site today.




We provide communications training to help you focus your voice, to navigate in today's world of hi-tech communications through print, broadcast and Internet media, and to understand the mainstream American media. This is a journalism course that we offer to anyone interested in better understanding the mainstream American news media.

We can help you design and implement an Alternative Media strategy to convey your messages and agenda. (We do not consult on designing that message or on the strategy of your message. We only focus on the media and journalism training aspects.)


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