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MPI board sets programs for 2012

November 4, 2011

Mid-America Press Institute

Workshop Schedule for 2012

This year we have seven workshops planned. Three will be two-day seminars and four will be  one-day seminars. Two will be based in St. Louis and five will be held in various parts of the MPI membership region. Mark your calendars and plan on attending a workshop near you in 2012.

Feb. 11-12

Managing Change

Planning for our first workshop of the year is under way. The conference will be held at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel & Suites, and will coincide with our annual board meeting. The workshop will center on management issues and the ever-increasing digital demands on newspapers.

April

Watchdog Journalism

Being awarded a McCormick Foundation grant, MPI and Investigative Reports & Editors Inc. will team up for a one-day workshop in the Chicago area. An exact time and place will be announced soon.

May

Watchdog Journalism II

MPI will present a variation on its April workshop in May in Indianapolis. Plans are under way for a repeat performance of the one-day April workshop.

June 17-18

Sports issues (coincides w/St. Louis v. Kansas City Royals game)

Our annual sports workshops have become very popular, especially when our keynote speakers the past two years have been the general manager of the Cards and the vice president of the Rams. Start making plans for this year to see what we do special. The workshop again will be held at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel & Suites.

Sept. 27-28

Elections & New Media

In our effort to continue to reach out to our membership, we are partnering with the Wisconsin Press Association for a two-day workshop in Madison. In 2011 we partnered with APME’s NewsTrain and the Wisconsin Press Association for a tremendously successful conference in Madison. In 2012, we will match those results with a workshop on the election and social media.

October

Smart-phone Technology and the News

We’re planning another one-day workshop in either St. Louis or Nashville or some place in between on the smart-phone and how to use it to gather news. We will be joining forces with the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute at a location to be determined.

November

Law & Ethics

Join us in Springfield, Ill., at the Illinois Press Association headquarters for a one-day session on setting standards, discussing ethics, examining Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act and discussing legal issues.

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