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Fall seminar line up includes seminars on News Literacy and NewsTrain

July 21, 2015

Sept. 17 — News Literacy at Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. Speakers include Peter Adams of the News Literacy Project and Gene Policinski of Newseum/First Amendment Center. Registration of $25 waived for the first 50 registrants thanks to a grant from the McCormick Foundation. Email MPI Executive Director John Ryan,, to register.

Oct. 29-30 — APME’s NewsTrain at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. Sessions on producing enterprise stories, conducting data journalism, maximizing social media, shooting effective video and watchdog journalism, among other topics. Registration is $75. To register: Go to

Cards beat reporter to headline June 29 sports seminar at St. Louis Post-Dispatch

May 21, 2015

St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Cardinals beat reporter Derrick Goold will headline the Mid-America Press Institute’s annual sports seminar Monday, June 29, at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Sessions on using social media to report and promote sports coverage, covering the big story and video and real time reporting, among other topics, will follow.

To register for the seminar, send an email to MPI Executive Director John Ryan at The registration fee is $25 and includes lunch.

Should participants want to come in on Sunday, June 28, and stay over, MPI has a room block for Sunday, June 28, at the St. Louis City Center Hotel, 400 S. 14th St., 314-231-5007, formerly a Sheraton hotel. MPI’s room rate is $115 a night. Reservations must be made by June 18.

The St. Louis Cardinals play the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, June 28, but tickets are selling out and ticket prices are escalating. MPI is not purchasing a block of tickets this year but leaving it up to individuals to make their own plans.

Registration under way for Watchdog Journalism seminar set for May 20

April 21, 2015

Registration is under way for Mid-America Press Institute’s Watchdog Journalism seminar May 20 at the Briar Ridge Country Club, Schererville, Ind.

Sessions on investigations on the beat, doable computer-assisted reporting projects, navigating public records laws, figuring out the real story and covering Indiana’s religious freedom law will be offered.

Registration is $30 and will include lunch and drinks. To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan at

Bob Heisse, editor of The Times of Northwest Indiana, will serve as host for the seminar. Non-MPI members are welcome to attend.

The tentative schedule calls for registration to begin at 9:30 a.m., the first session at 10 a.m. and the last session will conclude about 3:30 p.m.

Ethridge succeeds Zaltsberg as MPI chair

March 2, 2015

Tim Ethridge, editor of the Evansville Courier & Press, was named chair of MPI at the board of directors annual meeting Saturday at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Dan Corkery, managing editor for administration at The News-Gazette, Champaign, Ill., was named vice chair.
Bob Zaltsberg, moved from chair to past chair. Bob led MPI for the past two years. Please thank Bob for his leadership and hard work on behalf of MPI for the past two years.

Motivating staffs, digital innovations and diversity of coverage in changing times part of MPI’s February management seminar

January 27, 2015

Motivating staffers in an era of no-raises, few promotions and increased demands will be a topic Feb. 28 during Mid-America Press Institute’s one-day management seminar at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Other sessions at the seminar will include changing ethics in the digital age, digital innovations in the newsroom and diversity of coverage in changing times.
To register for the seminar, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan at Registration is $25 and includes lunch. A full program will be forthcoming.

One-day management seminar set for Feb. 28 at St. Louis Post-Dispatch

January 21, 2015

Mid-America Press Institute will hold a one-day management seminar on Saturday, Feb. 28, tentatively at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The seminar will include sessions on changing ethics in the digital age, time management, digital development, staff motivation and diversity. A program will be forthcoming.

Registration for the seminar will be $25 and include a box lunch. To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan at

Program set for News Literacy, the First Amendment and the Future of News seminar Oct. 22 at the Daily Herald

October 15, 2014

News Literacy, the First Amendment and the Future of News seminar will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill. The program includes:

10 a.m. Welcome and introductions

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

Publishing platforms, digital metrics, mobile apps: Tim Kelley, digital media manager for Captial Newspapers in Madison and director for digital engagement for Lee Newspapers, will review fast-changing trends and technology, try to target the best opportunities for future digital efforts using limited resources, and maybe even explore the question: Can robots replace journalists?

Registration is $25 and includes lunch. However, the first 50 to sign up will have their registration waived thanks to a grant by the McCormick Foundation, which is sponsoring the seminar. To register contact MPI Executive Director John Ryan at


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