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Education reporting seminar set for June 24 at Hyatt Place in Champaign

June 7, 2016

Journalists still have time to register for Mid-America Press Institute’s June 24 education reporting seminar, which has been moved from The News-Gazette to the Hyatt Place hotel, 217 N. Neil St., Champaign, Ill.

Sessions on “Engaging a Younger Audience” and “Mining Data,” among others will be offered during the one-day workshop.

Speakers will include Jim Rossow, editor of The News-Gazette; Brant Houston, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois; Mary Kalantzis, dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois; and Diane Rado, education watchdog reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan at jmryan@eiu.edu. Registration is $25 and includes lunch. The seminar will run roughly from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The seminar was to be held at the News-Gazette’s conference room. However, city storm sewers backed up after a recent storm and flooded the conference room.

The Hyatt Place is offering a special $139 plus tax and $9 for parking rate for the seminar should anyone need to stay over. Reservations must be made by Friday, June 10, however.

 

Watchdog Journalism, Education Reporting next two MPI seminars set for May, June

May 5, 2016

Mid-America Press Institute has two great one-day seminars planned for May and June and there is still plenty of time to register for them.

First up: Watchdog Journalism on Tuesday, May 24, at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Co-sponsored by MPI, Investigative Reporters & Editors Inc., the Journal Sentinel, and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the seminar will center on using the web and social media to assist in investigative stories, among other topics.

IRE Training Director Alex Richard will leads sessions on digging deeper with data and keeping track of non-profits and charities. Ellen Gabler of the Journal Sentinel will lead a session on FOI and open records.

The seminar will run roughly 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is $25 and includes lunch. To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan, jmryan@eiu.edu.

Second seminar: Education Reporting: Expanding your beat beyond meetings, budgets and tests on Friday, June 24, at The News-Gazette, Champaign, Ill.

Sessions on expanding coverage, engaging younger readers, data mining and other topics will be featured. More details will be forthcoming.

The seminar will run roughly 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is $25 and includes lunch. To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan, jmryan@eiu.edu.

IRE’s Richards to lead watchdog journalism seminar at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

April 27, 2016

Alex Richards, training director for Investigated Reporters & Editors Inc., will lead a one-day seminar on Watchdog Journalism Tuesday, May 24, at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Co-sponsored by Mid-America Press Institute, IRE, the Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the seminar will center on using the web and social media to assist in investigative stories, among other topics.

Joining IRE in December 2014, Richards had been a reporter with the Chicago Tribune, specializing in investigative data journalism. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2011 and was awarded the Goldsmith and the Scripps Howard Farfel investigative reporting awards, among others, for the Las Vegas Sun series “Do No Harm” with ProPublica’s Marshall Allen. More recently, he shared IRE’s FOI medal for a series on Chicago’s truancy epidemic.

In addition to web searches, Richards also will lead sessions on digging deeper with data and keeping track of non-profits and charities. Ellen Gabler of the Journal Sentinel will lead a session on FOI and open records.

The seminar will run roughly 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is $25 and includes lunch. To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan, jmryan@eiu.edu.

 

 

Watchdog Journalism seminar scheduled for May 24 at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

April 13, 2016

Mid-America Press Institute and Investigative Reporters & Editors are teaming up for a Watchdog Journalism seminar Tuesday, May 24, at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Co-sponsored by the Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, registration for the seminar is $25. Journalists can register by emailing MPI Executive Director John Ryan at jmryan@eiu.edu.

The one-day seminar will run from approximately 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include lunch.

Alex Richards, an IRE trainer, will lead the seminar, which will center on using the Internet in deadline and long-term investigations.

 

Registration under way for March 5 management seminar at The Star

February 4, 2016

Registration for Mid-America Press Institute’s March 5 management seminar at The Indianapolis Star is under way.

Three leading media managers will lead the one-day seminar at the newspaper, 130 S. Meridian St.

Registration is $40 and includes lunch. Registration can be made by contacting MPI Executive Director John Ryan at jmryan@eiu.edu.

The seminar faculty includes Jill Geisler, the Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Management Integrity at Loyola University, Chicago and formerly affiliated with the Poynter Institute; Marty Kaiser, retired editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and Mizell Stewart, managing director of content for the Journal Media Group and now with Gannett.

The schedule:

 

9:30 – Welcome from Mid-America leadership; intros

9:45 – 11am  Managing Change: 5 Key Accelerators – Jill Geisler (Poynter, Loyola University) and Marty Kaiser (retired editor of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

11-11:15 – Break

11:15-12:30 – Assessing and Upgrading Your Culture – Geisler/Kaiser

12:30 – 1:15 – Lunch. Guest Speaker – Mizell Stewart  (formerly with Scripps, Journal Newspapers and now Gannett)

1:30 – 3:00 – Accountability and Challenging Conversations – Geisler/Kaiser

3:00 – 4:00 – Front Line Ideas and Issues  – Open Forum with Geisler/Kaiser/Stewart

 

MPI has a room block at the Hampton Inn, 105 S. Meridian St., 317-261-1200. The room rate is $134 for Friday, March 4, and $189 for Saturday, March 5.

Media managers to lead March 5 seminar on newsroom leadership at Indianapolis Star

January 22, 2016

Three leading media managers have agreed to lead Mid-America Press Institute’s next seminar for managers and future managers on Saturday, March 5, at the Indianapolis Star, 130 S. Meridian St.

Jill Geisler, the Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Management Integrity at Loyola University, Chicago; Marty Kaiser, retired editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and Mizell Stewart, managing director of content for the Journal Media Group, will lead the one-day seminar.

Geisler and Kaiser will lead sessions on: leading creative people, which will include an overview of motivation and training; and assessing your culture, an interactive session on determining what culture you want and how to get there, among other sessions.

Stewart will lead a session on “Leading Change in Your Newsroom. He will emphasize practical ways to take charge of change and to move your team forward while staying true to the values of journalistic integrity and community service.The seminar will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include lunch, which will be included in the $40 registration fee. To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan at jmryan@eiu.edu.

2016 membership drive under way

December 9, 2015

MPI’s 2016 membership drive is under way. Consider being a member and support low-cost, mid-career training for working journalists. Contact MPI Executive Director John Ryan at jmryan@eiu.edu.

We have an exciting year of seminars planned:

March 5: Leadership & Management in Indianapolis
April/May: Watchdog Journalism, Milwaukee
June: Covering Education, Champaign-Urbana
September: Sharpening Skills for 21st Century, Arlington Heights
October: Sharpening Skills for 21st Century, St. Louis

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