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“Sports Journalism Now” coming to Indianapolis June 17

May 31, 2013

Sessions on changes in high school sports coverage, beat reporting, ethics and writing will be features at the Mid-America Press Institute’s summer sports seminar Monday, June 17, at the Indianapolis Star, 307 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis.

“Sports Journalism Now,” a one-day seminar, will begin at 9:15 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. Registration is $40 and includes lunch. Registration can be made by emailing MPI Executive Director John Ryan at

The schedule for the seminar:

9:15 a.m. Welcome and introductions

9:30 a.m. How high school sports are changing
Courtney Linehan, sports editor, The Times of Northwest Indiana; Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star; and Pat McKee, formerly of the Star and now a coach.

10:50 a.m. Getting the most out of covering your team
Beat writers talk about their craft, with heavy emphasis on the digital imperative. LaMond Pope, Gary Post-Tribune; Jeff Rabjohns,, and Dustin
Dopirak, The Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind.

12 p.m. Lunch.

1 p.m. Sports, new media and ethics
Ethical issues in a 24-7 Twitter-driven universe with citizen journalists, blogs and a million different perspectives swirling around. John Strauss, faculty member, Ball State University, formerly a reporter with The Associated Press and the Indianapolis Star

2:20 p.m. What makes sports writing the best in the paper and on the Web?
Writers explain how they go about their craft, who they like to read and why. Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star; David Haugh, Chicago Tribune; Dave Reynolds, the Peoria Journal Star.

3:30 p.m. Brainstorming
Share story ideas and takeaways as a group. Bob Zaltsberg, The Times-Herald, Bloomington; and Tim Etheridge, Evansville Courier & Press.

Free Parking: The Indianapolis Star is going to allow us to park in its employee parking garage behind the Star. Enter the garage off of Delaware Street. A map will be emailed to seminar-goers. Press the button on the speaker at the gate and give the security guard your name. He’ll then let you in. You can enter the Star via the Employee Entrance from the parking garage. The seminar is on the Sixth Floor.

Seminar Hotel: The Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown, 10 E. Market St., has agreed to give us the Star’s corporate rate of $139 a night. If you need to stay over for the seminar, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan,


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