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News Literacy seminar postponed until October

September 15, 2014

Unfortunately, the News Literacy, First Amendment and the Future of News seminar scheduled Thursday at the Daily Herald is being postponed for a month due to low attendance. The speakers are checking their schedules to see what would be the best date in October to reschedule the seminar. We’re looking at one of three dates — Oct. 16, 22 or 23.

Stay tuned for more emails about the rescheduled seminar.

News Literacy seminar sessions set

August 26, 2014

Here’s the run down of the News Literacy, the First Amendment and the Future of News seminar Sept. 18 at the Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill. We are putting on this seminar thanks to a grant from the McCormick Foundation. The $25 registration fee will be waived for the first 50 attendees because of the grant. Have staffers register with me at

10:10 a.m. The Case for News Literacy: Why sorting fact from fiction is a vital 21st Century skill

In this session, the News Literacy Project’s senior vice president for educational programs, Peter Adams, gives an overview of the field of news literacy and explores the ways our rapidly changing information landscape makes these skills some of the most vital for 21st century students and citizens.

Keynote speaker: Peter Adams, senior vice president of education, News Literacy Project

11:15 a.m.

Engaging news consumers about News Literacy

David Porter, editor/publisher of the Lebanon (Ill.) Adverttiser and former communications director for the Illinois Press Association, leads this session on how to use your news product to engage readers/listerners on the importance of news literacy.

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m. The First Amendment: An amendment under fire

A panel discussion, led by Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute and its First Amendment Center, on today’s challenges to the First Amendment’s five freedoms from freedom of the press – along with assembly and petition – in Ferguson, Mo., to an attempt in Congress “to amend the amendment” to limit free speech for the first time since 1791.

2 p.m. The Future of News

First, news organizations strived to be “web-first.” Then came “digital-first.” Now there’s “mobile-first.” Emily Withrow, an assistant professor of Journalism at Northwestern University, discusses best practices for wading through new trends and technologies to determine where news online is headed, and when and how to jump on board.


News literacy next seminar topic for MPI

June 26, 2014

Mid-America Press Institute will hold a one-day seminar on news literacy Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Daily Herald, Arlington Heights. The seminar is being funded through a grant with the McCormick Foundation. Details to be announced soon.

June sports seminar to include sessions on social media, writing and beat reporting

May 15, 2014

The Mid-America Press Institute’s sports seminar June 23 at the Indianapolis Star will include sessions on social media, writing, beat reporting and life beyond print.

Registration for the one-day seminar is $25 and includes lunch. To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan at

Here’s the program:

10 a.m.  – Introduction

10:05 – Getting the most out of social media: Tyler James, South Bend Tribune; Carrie Ritchie, IBM, adjunct faculty at Indiana University and formerly the Indianapolis Star

11:15 – Beyond print: Rick Bozich and Eric Crawford, WDRB Louisville 41; formerly the Louisville Courier Journal.

12:30 – Lunch

1:15 – Owning your beat; getting the most out of game covers. Jason Recker, Jasper Herald; Justin Cohn, hockey writer/blogger/tweeter/videographer for the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette

2:30 – Tips on writing – Rick Bozich; Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.

3:45 – Takeaways – Seminar co-chairs Tim Ethridge (Evansville) and Bob Zaltsberg (Bloomington)


Sports seminar set for June 23 at Indianapolis Star

May 8, 2014

Next up for MPI is its annual summer sports seminar June 23 at the Indianapolis Star. A full program will be posted soon. To register contact MPI Executive Director John Ryan at

IRE watchdog seminar set for April 5, CAR training April 6 at University of Iowa

March 20, 2014

College and Professional journalists still have time to sign up for the Investigative Reporters & Editors Watchdog seminar Saturday, April 5 at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. with a session on “The Web for investigations” followed by a session at 10:30 a.m. on “Investigating caregivers.” A session on “Transparency in action: pinpointing influence of money in state politics” will follow at 11:40 a.m. A session on “Fighting successful open records battles” will start at 2 p.m. Then “Documents you can’t live without” and a panel to be announced will conclude the daylong seminar.

All the sessions will be held in room 107 of the English-Philosophy Building on the University of Iowa campus. To register for the conference, go to IRE’s web site, A campus map and other info about the conference can be obtained at the site.

Registration is $55 for professionals and $25 students.

An optional computer-assisted reporting training seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in room W340, Adler Journalism Building. That training costs an additional $30, and journalists can sign up for it at the same Web site.

Mid-America Press Institute is one of the co-sponsors for the seminars.

MPI leadership seminar to center on innovation as core competency Feb. 15

February 5, 2014

Making innovation a core competency will be among the sessions offered at the Mid-America Press Institute’s Feb. 15 “Leadership & Management” seminar at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Sessions on digital practices, audience engagement and standards and practices in the age of social media also will be offered at the one-day workshop. 
Registration is $25 and includes lunch. To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan at
Tom Warhover, executive editor for innovation at the Columbia Missourian, will kick off the seminar at 10 a.m. with a session on innovation as a core competency and creating a culture where failure is rewarded. 
Bob Rose, deputy managing editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, will lead a session at 11 a.m. on “Digital Practices,” which will include how to get more revenue for audience, pay walls and pay for digital, among other topics.
Gary Dotson and Elizabeth Donald of the Belleville News-Democrat will lead a session on “Audience Engagement” at 1:30 p.m.
Margaret Holt, standards editor at the Chicago Tribune, will lead a session on “Journalism in the Age of Social Media: Our Standards and Practices” at 2:45 p.m.
The seminar is designed so that journalists can drive in for the day. However, should someone wish to stay over they should contact Ryan by Friday, Feb. 7. He is setting up a room block at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel, 800 Washington Ave., at a rate of $129 per night.
Parking at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch will be free.

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