MPI Presents: Google Tools For Your Newsroom

Join us for this one-day workshop to learn how all of the free Google tools can help your newsroom build interactive charts, maps, visualizations and more.

Tools we’ll cover include Google Trends, MyMaps, Earth Pro, Earth Engine Timelapse, Google Scholar, and data scraping with Google Sheets.

Join us Friday, June 29, in Champaign, Illinois by registering here
Join us Friday, October 5, in Bloomington, Indiana by registering here


Lead by Mike Reilley, founder of The Journalists’ Toolbox, this one-day workshop will also cover how to use Google’s Image Search/verification.

Coffee and lunch will be provided.

Mike Reilley is an Society of Professional Journalists digital trainer who has taught Google News Lab tools to more than 3,000 journalists and educators for more than two years. When he’s not on the road doing trainings, he teaches data and multimedia journalism at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

A former reporter at the LA Times and web editor at the Chicago Tribune, Reilley served for 13 years as a faculty member at Northwestern, Arizona State University and DePaul University, teaching digital journalism to hundreds of students and professional journalists.

He holds journalism degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (undergrad) and Northwestern University (masters). Mike founded and updates the research site The Journalist’s Toolbox ( for SPJ.

Find him on Twitter @journtoolbox or reach him via email:


MPI Presents: Great Bosses Boot Camp

Join the Mid-America Press Institute on Saturday March 24 for a workshop on how to be a great newsroom boss.

Lead by management expert Jill Geisler, this one-day interactive event will cover key topics from managing change, tough conversations, workplace integrity and creating an audience-focused culture.

Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM CDT
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 333 West State Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203.
Register today at

The workshop will be hosted from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, located at 333 W. State St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and includes sessions on:

Ten Things Great Bosses Know: A look at what sets the top managers apart from the others – in everyday, practical choices that pay big dividends

Creating an Audience-Focused Culture: An interactive exercise that will help you see how well your team is doing and what you can change. Bonus: You can use this exercise to improve other aspects of your newsroom culture, too!

Managing Change – Five Key Accelerators: How do you turn your good new ideas into action – quickly? These keys will help you succeed.

Tough Conversations and Workplace Integrity: As a leader, it’s your job to tackle tough issues – from mediocrity to misconduct. How do you find the words, the tone, the timing to have the all-important difficult conversations? We’ll use real-world issues for real-time practice.

Geisler is the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago and an internationally recognized expert in leadership and management. She is also the author of “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know” and “News Leadership at the Head of the Class.” She writes a monthly management column for the Columbia Journalism Review. Her podcasts, including “Q&A: Leadership and Integrity in the Digital Age” have had millions of downloads worldwide.

Cost to attend $40 for MPI members and $50 for nonmembers.

Lunch is included.

For more information, please contact MPI co-director Pam Dempsey at or call (505) 409-7070.

MPI Presents: News Literacy, Fake News and the First Amendment

Join us Sept. 20 for a one-day seminar on increasing your news literacy to better report stories for your audiences.

The one-day seminar — “News Literacy, Fake News and the First Amendment” —  will cover how to recognize and verify news, the role of the First Amendment and how to combat fake news.

Deadline to register is Wednesday, Sept. 13. The seminar will be at Briar Ridge Country Club 123 Country Club Drive Schererville, IN 46375

Stephanie Craft and Ben Holden, both of the College of Media at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Peter Adams of the News Literacy Project in Chicago will lead the day’s sessions.

Cost is $30 for MPI members, $35 for non-members and $20 for students. Lunch is included. Register online at

For more information, please contact MPI co-director Pam Dempsey at

Peter Adams is the News Literacy Project’s senior vice president for educational programs and is based in Chicago. Peter began his career in education as a classroom teacher in the New York City schools through Teach For America. He has also taught in the Chicago public schools and at Roosevelt University and Chicago City Colleges’ Wilbur Wright campus. In addition, he has worked with the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, with After School Matters and as an independent education consultant.

Stephanie Craft is an Associate Professor of Journalism at Illinois. Her research addresses news literacy, press practices and journalism ethics. With funding from the McCormick Foundation, Craft and two colleagues developed a measure of news literacy and conducted research demonstrating a relationship between news literacy and political participation and conspiracy theory endorsement. Her work has appeared in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, International Journal of Public Opinion Research and Journalism Educator. With Charles Davis, she is author of the journalism textbook Principles of American Journalism, published by Routledge. Before earning a PhD at Stanford University, Craft worked as a newspaper journalist.

Ben Holden teaches media law and news reporting in the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign College of Media and is a visiting faculty member at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. He was formerly an associate professor and director of the Reynolds National Center for Courts & Media at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). The Center is an affiliate of the National Judicial College on the UNR campus. Mr. Holden’s media consulting work includes assignments in the former Yugoslavia (Kosovo) on behalf of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the U.S. State Department to aid judges, journalists, and public information officers in developing professional press coverage of the courts. Previously, he practiced law at the Bay Area media law firm Cooper, White & Cooper and was Editor-in-Chief of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga., a McClatchy newspaper. He spent his daily news reporting career at The Wall Street Journal, where he was eventually the Journals national utilities correspondent.


For nearly 50 years, Mid-America Press Institute has trained hundreds of journalists and students in the Midwest through affordable seminars that connect experts, veteran reporters and industry leaders with its members to increase their skill set and networking opportunities. Visit online at or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @MidAmericaPress

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