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NewsTrain, MPI stop next in Nashville: AP’s Curley, Tennessean’s Seigenthaler headline Sept. 23-24 workshop

August 26, 2010

The president of The Associated Press and a Tennessee journalism icon will both deliver keynote addresses Sept. 23-24 at the APME and Freedom Forum NewsTrain workshop in Nashville, Tenn.

In addition, Freedom Sings, the First Amendment Center’s group that performs concerts of censored music, will perform its “Fight the Power” concert at the workshop.

Tom Curley, the president and CEO of The Associated Press, will deliver the first keynote address, kicking off the two-day workshop on Thursday. He will speak on the “Renewed Power of the Press.”

John Seigenthaler, chairman emeritus of The Tennessean, will deliver the secondkeynote address, kicking off the second day of the workshop. He will speak on “The First Amendment, a Cornerstone of Democracy.”

A former president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Seignethaler served for 43 years as an award-winning journalist at the Tennessean, retiring as editor, publisher and CEO of the morning newspaper.

He also was founding editorial director of USA Today and founder of the First Amendment Center, where the NewsTrain workshop will be held. He is currently senior advisory trustee of the Freedom Forum.

The NewsTrain workshop will include two-tracks, one on the “Nimble Leader” and one on “The Evolving Journalist.” Attendees can attend one or both days of the workshop. Registration is $50. MPI members can pay MPI and send checks to Executive Director John Ryan, or they can make checks payable to APME NewsTrain and send them to Teresa Cooper, NewsTrain program assistant, 402 Cheltena Ave., Jenkintown, PA 19046.

Workshop participants have two choices for lodging. They can stay in dormitory-style rooms at a nightly rate of $62 plus tax at the Scarritt-Bennett Conference Center, 1008 19th Ave. South, Nashville, Tenn., one block north of the First Amendment Center, 615-340-7500. Attendees also can stay in two-room suites for $119 a night at the Embassy Suites/Vanderbilt, 1811 Broadway, Nashville, Tenn. 37203, 615-320-8899.

The NewsTrain workshop will be one of two scheduled for MPI members this fall. A workshop on politics will be held Oct. 9-10 at the Millennium/ Four Points Sheraton Hotel in St. Louis. A separate MPI Reporter on that workshop will follow this one.

Elaine Kramer, APME NewsTrain project manager, will be running the September workshop. Participants can attend one of the tracks on one day or attend both tracks over the two days.

Journalism educators also will attend the seminar on grants from the McCormick Foundation. They also will take part on a third track, “Extra Jolt,” which will include a session on “Coaching Narrative Storytelling” and “A Course for Educators: Journalism Class Exercises That Work.”

The Scripps Howard Foundation is funding scholarships valued up to $300 to help journalists from diverse backgrounds attend the workshop. Scholarships will pay registration and most lodging expenses.

The two-day workshop is nearly identical to the NewsTrain workshop held March 26-27 at the Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Like the March workshop, the Nimble Editor track will include sessions on news ethics and values, creating a constructive culture, story planning for multiple media and multiple deadlines, among other topics.

The Evolving Journalist track will include sessions on data strategy, alternative distribution, covering communities in new ways and knowing your audience.

Faculty will inclue Ronnie Agnew, executive editor of the Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss.; Jacqui Banaszynski, Knight Chair in Editor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism; Patrick Beeson, content manger for Scripps Interactive Newspaper Group, Knoxville, Tenn.; Bobbi Bowman, publisher, editor and reporter of the McLean Ear, McLean, Va.; and Michael Roberts, deputy managing editor for staff development, The Arizona Republic.

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