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Investigative reporting seminar set

May 15, 2017

Mid-America Press Institute will hold a two-day seminar on investigative reporting June 8-9 at the University of Illinois College of Media, 810 Wright St., Urbana, Ill.

Participants may attend one or both days of the seminar.
The first day will cover the fundamentals of investigative reporting – better interviewing and cultivating sources, getting a document state of mind, using databases for investigations, using FOIA for investigations, writing and verifying the investigative story. All of this will be for journalists who have a beat to cover and may have limited resources.
The second day will concentrate on data journalism for investigations with a full half day of hands-on training.
Registration for MPI members is $25 for those attending just the first day and $50 for those attending both days. Non-members are welcome but registration is $10 more. To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan at jmryan@eiu.edu.
Brant Houston will lead the two-day seminar. Houston is the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois.

Next up for MPI: Digital Reporting May 17 at State Journal-Register, Springfield

March 21, 2017

Mid-America Press Institute will once again team up with Google News to offer a digital news gathering seminar May 17 at The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill.

Mike Reilley, Google News Labs Trainer and MediaShift.org Business Development Director, will lead the seminar on digital newsgathering, mobile reporting and data analysis and visualization. In essence, Reilly will show reporters and editors how to use Google more effectively in their newsrooms.

In the fall, Reilley led MPI seminars on digital reporting at The Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill. and at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. They were well received and attended.

To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan at jmryan@eiu.edu. Registration is $25 for MPI members, $30 for non-members, and includes lunch.

MPI also is planning seminars on investigative reporting in June, fake news and news literacy in September and ethics and social justice in October.

Management seminar set for Feb. 18 at The Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill.

January 11, 2017

Mid-America Press Institute will hold a management seminar for newsroom leaders on Saturday, Feb. 18, at The Daily Herald, 155 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Jill Geisler, formerly affiliated with the Poynter Institute and currently the Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Management Integrity at Loyola University, Chicago, will lead the one-day seminar.

Seminar topics include “Ten Things Great Bosses Know,” Assessing and Upgrading Your Culture,” “Feedback With Impact,” and “Accountability and Challenging Conversations.”

“Ms. Geisler seminar on leadership and management is exceptional,” said John Ryan, MPI executive director. “It is inspirational for all managers, especially editors facing their first assignment supervising staffers.”

Last year, Geisler led a similar seminar for MPI in March in Indianapolis, Ryan said. “It was the best management seminar we’ve ever held.”

She will cover two of the same topics she did a year ago but will add two new sessions, he said. Her sessions are interactive.

To register for the seminar, email Ryan at jmryan@eiu.edu. Registration for the seminar is $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Lunch is included in the registration fee. The seminar will run from 930 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

In the past, participants needing to stay over have stayed at the Holiday Inn Express, 2111 S. Arlington Heights Road, 847-956-1400, which is just a few blocks from the Daily Herald. Several other motels are in the vicinity, too.

 

 

 

 

2017 membership drive under way

December 14, 2016

Mid-America Press Institute’s 2017 membership drive is under way. Membership entitles staff members of news organizations to attend MPI’s five annual seminars at a discount rate. MPI held seminars on management/leadership, watchdog journalism, education coverage and digital reporting in 2016, and is currently planning seminars for 2017. Contact Executive Director John Ryan, jmryan@eiu.edu, if you would like to join and help support low-cost, mid-career training for working journalists.

Two digital reporting seminars set for fall; one in Chicago area, one in St. Louis

September 19, 2016

There’s still time to register for one of Mid-America Press Institute’s fall seminars. MPI is teaming with Google News to offer a digital news gathering seminar in two locations.

Mike Reilley, Google News Labs Trainer and MediaShift.org Business Development Director, will lead two day-long seminars on digital news gathering, mobile reporting and data analysis and visualization.

The first seminar will be Wednesday, Sept. 28, at The Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill. The second seminar will be Monday, Oct. 17, at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan at jmryan@eiu.edu. Registration is $25 and includes lunch

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.