MPI Weekly: Free tickets, foster care in your state, and newsletters for engagement

Limited number of free tickets for MPI Members | People-Powered Publishing Conference Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 Chicago. 

There are a limited number of free tickets for Mid-America Press Institute members to the upcoming People Powered Publishing Conference by Illinois Humanities in Chicago on Thursday, Nov. 15 and Friday, Nov. 16.

Speakers from CNN, ProPublica, Alaska Public Media, Philadelphia Inquirer and Report For America will be on hand to discuss how to better engage with audiences.

Please email Pam Dempsey at if you are interested in a free ticket.

Can this network of lit-to-be-local newsletters unlock younger civic engagement? | Nieman Lab

Younger Americans are paying for news in greater numbers. Younger generations are better at telling fact from opinion, though adults under age 29 are also the only age group to think “most news reports are fairly inaccurate.” Younger Europeans are turning to newspaper websites over TV news.

Using digital communication to drive digital change | MIT Sloan Management Review

Leaders trying to get their organizations to adopt new technologies or new ways of thinking tend to kick things off with big, inspirational speeches. “When we’re finished,” they like to say, “we’re going to be the Apple of [insert niche industry here]!” This gets everyone fired up about the change.

And then … silence.


Tickler File: Foster care in your state

New federal data on the number of children in foster care was released this week and shows the number of children in foster care steadily increased between 2013 and 2017.

Yet, a project by the Chronicle of Social Change published last month found:

  • the supply of non-relative foster homes has dwindled in many states;
  • the system increasingly relies on relatives to care for foster kids, but doesn’t compensate them adequately;
  • with a new federal law restricting funds to group homes poised to take effect next year, 31 states saw rates of children in these placements go up from 2012 to 2016.

Other resources to cover this topic include Child Welfare Information Gateway (data, statistics, reports), Casey Family Programs (state by state information) and the Children’s Bureau (reports, statistics).

From your state press associations:

Illinois Press Association: Build and nurture relationships with new lawmakers

Hoosier State Press Association: Election front pages from across Indiana

Minnesota Newspaper Association: What advertisers care about

Missouri Press Association: Latest Missouri Press Association Bulletin 

Wisconsin Newspaper Association: Recapping a historic midterm election in Wisconsin

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