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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.

Missouri’s Warhover to keynote MPI Leadership & Management seminar Feb. 15

January 30, 2014

Tom Warhover, executive editor for Innovation at the Columbia Missourian, will be the keynote speaker Feb. 15 at Mid-America Press Institute’s “Leadership & Management” seminar at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 900 N. Tucker Blvd.

Warhover’s job at the Missourian is to transform the newsroom for the future, experimenting with new approaches and technologies in content and delivery. He also is chair of the print and digital news faculty at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Prior to joining the university, he worked for The Virginia-Pilot. He also has co-authored a journalism textbook, “Getting the Whole Story: Reporting and Writing the News.”
Registration for the one-day seminar is $25 and includes a box lunch. To register, contact MPI Executive Director John Ryan at or 217.581.2923.
If you might stay over night in St. Louis to attend the seminar, let Ryan know. If enough MPI members stay over, he will get a group rate at a downtown hotel.

Becoming digital first will be topic of Nov. 13 MPI seminar at Illinois Press Association

October 22, 2013

Sarah Morin, digital editor at the Herald-Times in Bloomington, Ind., will head Mid-America Press Institute’s Social Media seminar Nov. 13 at the Illinois Press Association in Springfield.

Morin, who runs, will lead a session on “Is Your Newsroom Digital First?” A graduate of Indiana and New York universities, Seitz covered city hall, the youth culture beat and edited INstride, a monthly health and fitness magazine, before moving to the digital-only side of her newspaper.

Attorney Esther Seitz will lead a session on “Social Media and Laws,” and Adam Gerik, digital editor of the Peoria Journal Star in Peoria, will lead a session on “Tools of the Trade.”

Mike Turley, content team manager at GateHouse Media Inc., and Erin Orr, managing editor of The State Journal-Register, Springfield, will lead a “Best Practices and Great Ideas” session to close the seminar. Turley and Orr are co-chairs of the seminar.

Registration can be made by emailing John Ryan, MPI executive director, at Registration is just $25 and includes lunch. The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude by 3 p.m. The IPA is located at 900 Community Drive, just off Interstate 55 south of Springfield.


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