Educational opportunities

MPI/APME Chicagoland NewsTrain for educators

newstrain_logoNote: 20 College Educators will receive a grant to cover their attendance at this workshop. See details below.

APME / MPI NewsTrain / Chicagoland

Become a more effective editor. Two days of training in editing and management skills for online news and print.

Friday-Saturday, March 26-27, 2010
Sign-in begins about 8:30 a.m. Workshop runs approximately 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. each day.

The conference will be held at the Daily Herald, 155 E. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005

$50 registration fee to attend one or both days. This includes lunch and coffee breaks.

Workshop registration:
Workshop information:

Program highlights:
Track 1: The Nimble Leader
-News Ethics and Values
-The Skeptical Editor
-Creating a Constructive Culture
-Story Planning for Multiple Media and Multiple Deadlines

Track 2: The Evolving Journalist
-Your Data Strategy – What info to collect and what you can do with it
-Alternative distribution – Putting links, RSS and social networking to work
-Covering communities in new ways
-Knowing Your Audiences

Journalism educator awards:
A grant from the McCormick Foundation is funding awards for 20 college journalism educators to attend the two-day NewsTrain workshop. Award winners will also be able to attend a seminar designed exclusively for them. The awards are valued at up to $400 each. Deadline for scholarship applications and letters demonstrating departmental support is 2/15/10, with notification of recipients by 2/23/10. For more information, please contact John Ryan, Mid-America Press Institute,, or Elaine Kramer, APME NewsTrain,

To apply for a journalism educator award:

Faculty members:

Mark Briggs is an author and entrepreneur. His book “Journalism Next: A Practical Guide to Digital Reporting and Publishing” was published in fall 2009 by CQPress. It updates his popular online guide “Journalism 2.0” and explains how to use the latest software, tools and concepts to help journalists harness technology and take control of their futures in journalism. As CEO and co-founder of Serra Media, a Seattle-based technology company, Mark connects local publishers with interactive applications and digital platforms that power online innovations. As a speaker, teacher and presenter, he works with students and professionals throughout the U.S. and Europe to do better journalism through technology. He blogs at Previously, Briggs worked The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash., and at The Herald in Everett, Wash. He was named to Presstime magazine’s “20 under 40” list for 2007.

Mitch Pugh is the editor of the Sioux City Journal, a 40,000-circulation daily newspaper in northwest Iowa and one of Editor & Publisher’s “10 That Do It Right” in 2009. Prior to his tenure in Sioux City, Pugh was a managing editor for the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis. He has also served as an editor and writer for news operations in suburban Chicago and Denver. In 2009 he led an APME Online Journalism Credibility Project called Breaking News Without Breaking Trust, which explored the practical issues of breaking news via digital platforms while maintaining high levels of credibility with readers and ethical standards of journalism.

More faculty members to be named.

Your $50 fee is expected in advance of the workshop to hold your spot. You may pay by credit card online, or mail in a check.

Checks should be payable to: APME NewsTrain
Mail checks to: John M. Ryan, Professor of Journalism, Director of Student Publications, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

For more information:
APME NewsTrain Project Manager Elaine Kramer,, (412) 805-0812
John Ryan, Mid-America Press Institute,

Local partners:
Mid-America Press Institute
The Daily Herald
Chicago Tribune
Community News Matters
GateHouse Media
Stevens Point (Wis.) Journal
Illinois State University
Northwest Herald
Columbia College
Illinois Press Association
Quad Cities Times