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Rick Hummel, Baseball Hall of Fame sports writer, to keynote June sports seminar

June 5, 2012

Rick Hummel, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Baseball Hall of Fame sports writer, will be the keynote speaker at MPI’s June 17-18 sports seminar at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel & Suites, 400 S. 14th St.

Hummel, known as “The Commish,” has covered the St. Louis Cardinals for more than 35 years. He is among a select group of sports writers in the Hall of Fame, joining Ring Lardner, Red Smith and Peter Gammons in the hall in 2007.

Hummel will speak at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 17, to kick off the two-day sports workshop, which will unofficially begin with a Cards v. Royals game at 1:15 p.m. MPI still has tickets available for the game.

Journalists can register for the conference by emailing Executive Director John Ryan at Registration is $50 for the first staffer and $40 for each additional staffer. Staffers could just come for the sessions on Monday for $30. Ryan still has Cards tickets for participants to purchase for $30.

MPI has a $109 room rate at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center, 314-231-5007. Hotel reservations must be made by Monday, June 11.

Here is the program:

Sunday, June 17

 8 p.m. Keynote address: Rick Hummel, MLB Hall of Fame sports writer.

Reception to follow in the MPI suite. Libations, snacks will be served.

*Cards v. Royals at 1:15 p.m. Sunday before the start of the workshop. See MPI Exec Director John Ryan for tickets.

Monday, June 18

8 a.m. Registration: Coffee, rolls and newspapers will be provided.

9 a.m. Getting the most out of your beat: How to develop sources while keeping them at arms length. Dustin Dopirak, Herald-Times.

10:15 a.m. Covering the Big Story:

Big stories come no matter what size your newsroom. Speakers will discuss ways they covered their big stories for their newspapers and offer suggestions on how to prepare for the big story in your newsroom. Paul Klee, Chamapign News-Gazette; Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

12 p.m. Lunch.

1 p.m. Sports writers in the digital age:  How do you do it all – writing for print, online, mobile, covering it live while getting audio, video, chats, in-game reports and Twitter? Dustin Dopirak, Herald-Times; Paul Klee, Chamapign News-Gazette; Jeff Gordon, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

2 p.m. Telling a story in three dimensions: Just writing the game story isn’t enough any more. Readers expect audio, video, online chats and more. Mike Sherman, The Oklahoman.

3 p.m.  Brainstorming: Share story ideas and innovations as a group. John Beck & Bob Zaltsberg, chair and vice chair of MPI.

4:15 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting: MPI board members meet to discuss next year’s programming, MPI Suite. Executive Committee includes Chair John Beck, Past Chair Margaret Holt, Bob Zaltsberg, Joe Hight, George Garties, and Susan Duncan.



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