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Connor to deliver keynote address at Oct. 8-10 ‘Election Night & Beyond’ workshop in St. Louis

September 29, 2010

George Connor, chairman of the political science department at Missouri State University, will deliver the keynote address at Mid-America Press Institute’s “Election Night & Beyond” workshop Oct. 9-10 in St. Louis.

Connor, whose research areas are American political thought and the Congress, will speak on “Beyond the 2010 Election” to participants at MPI’s final workshop for 2010, which will be held at the Millennium/Four Points Sheraton Hotel, St. Louis.

Connor earned his Ph.D. from the University of Houston. He most recently co-edited “The Constitutionalism of American States” with Chris Hammons.

The program also includes sessions on the new populism, what makes good election coverage and a panel of local candidates discussing what they think should be covered during campaign season.

There is still plenty of time to register for the workshop. Registration for member papers is $50 for the first person and $40 for each additional person. Registration for non-member papers is $75 for the first and $65 for each additional person from that newspaper. Registration can be made by e-mailing John Ryan, MPI executive director at

Participants will also need to make reservations at the conference hotel, the Millennium, 200 S. Fourth St., St. Louis, 314-241-9500. The MPI rate is $106 a night. MPI will hold a welcoming reception at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, and the workshop will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct., 9, and conclude at noon on Sunday, Oct. 10.

MPI Vice Chairman John Beck of the News-Gazette, Champaign, Ill., and MPI Board member Mizell Stewart III of the Evansville Courier & Press are co-chairs of the workshop.

The Program:

Friday, Oct. 8

8 p.m. Reception

Saturday, Oct. 9

8 a.m. Coffee & rolls with newspapers & registration

8:30 a.m. Welcome and introductions

9 a.m. Beyond the 2010 election – overview of key themes

10 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. The new populism – What are the long-term implications of the tea party and other grassroots groups?

Noon – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch (speaker on the 2010 Census and redistricting?)

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – What makes good election coverage? Panel

discussion and audience interaction with tips and ideas on how to make

coverage of the run-up to the mid-term elections relevant and useful to

your readers and viewers.

2:45 p.m. – Break

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – What local candidates wish news organizations would

cover during campaign season: Candidates for local office on the November

ballot share their thoughts on local news organizations’ coverage of their


Sunday, Oct. 10

8 a.m. – Coffee and rolls with newspapers

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. – The 2010 Census and redistricting: Control of state

legislatures and apportionment boards hangs in the balance in November –

and population estimates from the 2010 Census can shape state politics for

years to come. What to look for when the numbers come out next year.

10 a.m. – Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Technology and election night: The latest

examples of how newsrooms are using new online tools to cover local and state elections.

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Wrap up and Q&A

12:15 p.m. – End of workshop


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