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You’ve only got so much time and money, right?

You don’t believe you can afford to chase every opportunity that’s out there. And even if you could, you’re not sure you or your team would know how to do so in an efficient, effective manner.

Plan now to join your peers Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15, at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute on the beautiful campus of the University of Missouri. You’ll learn how community news organizations – weeklies, small dailies, and their websites – went from overwhelmed to overjoyed as they successfully tackled new opportunities.

You'll have the opportunity to not only learn the basics of social media, but actually build a page for your organization.

You’ll find out how a family-owned group of weeklies brought in $400,000 in business in just 10 days. Does that get your attention? Want more? Save your spot and register today. It's free.

 

Previous Walter B. Potter Sr. Conferences

This will be RJI’s fourth iteration of the Walter B. Potter Sr. Conferences.

In October 2011, RJI brought together dozens of publishers and editors for “Community Newspapers: Tomorrow has arrived.” In a jam-packed two days, participants covered mobile, paid content, digital lessons from the Joplin, Missouri, tornado, making money in the digital age, community newspapers and the Web, social media and engagement and much more.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, top faculty from the Missouri School of Journalism assembled best practices in paid online content, stacking digital dimes and social media for journalists and took them on the road. Stops included the Key Executives Mega-Conference, American Society of News Editors (ASNE) annual convention and state press association conventions in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York and Virginia.

In November 2014, 16 news organizations shared 32 great ideas that improved their enterprise during the previous year. These “great ideas” included news-editorial improvements, new products and services, new and-or enhanced revenue strategies, audience development and digital services. How-to details on how to replicate these ideas are on the Potter website for the benefit of all participants’ news organizations.

 

Mike Blinder, The Blinder Group

Mike Blinder, president and founder of The Blinder Group, is an author and internationally recognized expert on media advertising. 

The Blinder Group has worked with more than 350 media companies worldwide, assisting in maximizing their revenue through effective on-site sales training and revenue generation programs. The Blinder Group’s motto is, “Train in the car as well as the classroom,” which means that Blinder’s team of sales trainers makes more than 5,000 appointments a year on small, medium and large advertisers in a “four-legged sales call" setting with traditional ad reps, closing tens of millions of dollars of new business for his client media companies.

Blinder’s book, "Survival Selling," reviews the fundamentals of B2B sales and has been acclaimed as a must-read by managers and sales people of all industries.

 

Ben Jones, Tableau Software

Ben Jones is the director of Tableau Public for Tableau Software in Seattle and the author of "Communicating Data with Tableau" (O'Reilly, 2014). He leads a team of data visualization specialists that works with journalists and bloggers to share interactive data on the Web. He's also an avid data visualization practitioner himself, publishing projects and tutorials at dataremixed.com. Jones has a background in mechanical engineering (BSME, UCLA) and business (MBA, CLU), and is co-chair of the Tapestry Data Storytelling Conference.

 

 

Bryan Jones, The Versailles Leader-Statesman and Morgan County Press

Bryan E. Jones is the owner/publisher of The Versailles Leader-Statesman and Morgan County Press, central Missouri weekly community newspapers he purchased from Vernon Publishing in December 2015.

He writes a locally popular weekly editorial, “Nickels and Sense.” The column has twice earned him a first-place award for best serious column in the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. The column also garnered awards by the Missouri Press Association.

He served as editor from March 2014 to November 2015 at the Missouri Press Association in Colulmbia.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M.

He published his first children’s book, illustrated by Stacey Embry, in Oct. 2009, titled “Somebody Stole My Yawn!”

His one-act play “It All ADS up!” was a winner in the Ozark Writer’s Guild playwriting contest. The play, about a small-town newspaper in the 1940s, was performed at the Royal Theatre in Versailles, Missouri.

He was raised in the rural mountains of New Mexico and enjoyed an uncomplicated upbringing. He has been employed as a farm hand, warehouse stockman, youth minister, computer operator, prison chaplain, loan officer, small-church pastor and public information specialist for a major university, before settling in as a newspaperman.

He has traveled to several other countries, once surviving taking a group of pre-teen students to England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. He’s kissed the Blarney Stone, but says he probably didn’t really need the help. He spent a month in Guatemala, engaged in charity work, and, while there, climbed an active volcano and visited ancient Mayan ruins. While in the interior of Mexico, he explored abandon mines, visited orphanages and enjoyed the food from street vendors.

He lives in Versailles, Mo. with his wife, Angela. He has two stepdaughters, Bailey and Brittany; one son, Brandon; and one daughter, Tiffani; several small dogs, some eccentric felines, and squirrels and moles.

 

Kevin Jones, The St. Louis American

Kevin Jones has more than 30 solid years of newspaper experience.  He spent several years at the Suburban Journals, where, at age 23, he managed a 24-person advertising staff, representing all 45 Missouri and Illinois Journal papers at the time. 

Jones joined The St. Louis American in 1992 and oversees all operations of The St. Louis American newspaper (sales, accounting, production, printing, distribution), stlamerican.com, American Publishing Company, Inc. and the St. Louis American Foundation. The St. Louis American is now the single largest weekly newspaper in Missouri. 

Jones serves on the Board of Directors of Missouri Press Association/Service and is chair of the Advertising, Marketing and Communications Committee. He has made presentations at several conferences, including Missouri Press Association’s annual convention and the National Newspaper Association’s annual convention.

 

Hope Kirwan, Here Say

Hope Kirwan is a reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio. Based in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Kirwan covers the southwest portion of the state and hosts a regional talk show, “Newsmakers.” Before joining WPR, Kirwan was a health and wealth reporter for KBIA-FM in Columbia, Missouri, where her work earned her several awards, including a National Edward R. Murrow Award. While earning her bachelor’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism, Kirwan helped create Here Say, a multimedia community storytelling project.

 

Ryan Martin, The Indianapolis Star

Ryan Martin is the editor of The Indianapolis Star's breaking news and public safety team. Martin has a history of growing website and social media audiences, leading journalists through lasting digital change and working across departments to build new brands and products. His redesign of elkharttruth.com has been recognized by Local Media Association, Inland Press Association and Hoosier State Press Association, and he was named to Editor & Publisher's 25 Under 35 list in 2015. Martin previously worked as associate regional editor for Patch.com, where he oversaw 10 community news and information websites and led a team of six local editors. He started with Patch in August 2010, when he launched the first Patch website in Missouri. Martin holds a bachelor’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism and an MBA from Washington University’s Olin Business School.

 

Joy Mayer, engagement strategist

Joy Mayer is an engagement strategist whose work focuses on the continually evolving notion of audience engagement in journalism — how communicators can foster two-way conversations, collaborate with their communities and know who they’re serving and how well they’re doing it. She is a consulting fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and an adjunct faculty member at the Missouri School of Journalism and The Poynter Institute. Until recently, she had spent 13 years as an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, where she created an engagement curriculum and a community outreach team in the newsroom of the Columbia Missourian and taught Web design and print design.

 

Jeff McNiell, Houston Herald

Jeff McNiell is the editor of the Houston Herald, an award-winning weekly newspaper in southern Missouri. A 2002 graduate of the University of Missouri, McNiell worked four years as the assistant sports editor at the Daily American Republic in Poplar Bluff before returning to his hometown of Houston in 2006. His responsibilities at the Herald include design work, sports coverage and administering social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.

 

 

Mark Nienhueser, Missouri Press Service

Mark Nienhueser, who has worked in sales and advertising for 25 years, is the advertising director for Missouri Press Service which is an advertising representative for Missouri newspapers and an affiliate organization of the Missouri Press Association. He is the project lead for MPS' 2015-2016 RJI institutional fellowship, which is focusing on the creation and testing of revenue-generating digital services that smaller newspapers could provide to local merchants.

Before coming to MPS in 2013, Nienhueser managed a team as vice president of sales for Service Noodle, a digital startup in Columbia. Previously, he worked as a senior account executive for Yellowbook.

Nienhueser holds a marketing degree from the University of Central Missouri.

He resides in Jefferson City, Missouri, with his wife Paula and their two daughters. Nienhueser enjoys reading, playing golf and watching/listening to business shows like those on CNBC.

 

Aaron Pellish, Missouri School of Journalism Convergence Journalism

Aaron Pellish is a senior at the University of Missouri. He is majoring in journalism with an emphasis in convergence media. Last year, he worked as a consultant for the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune to develop a video production model for their digital platform. 

 

 

 

 

Walter B. Potter Jr., retired community newspaper publisher

Walter B. Potter Jr. grew up in Culpeper, Virginia, and delivered papers for the local newspaper as a boy. Eventually he sold advertising, reported and edited for that paper. Later, Potter reported for three big city dailies including The Kansas City Times, where he was also assistant business editor. In addition, Potter was a reporter for Presstime, the journal of the Newspaper Association of America. Potter was publisher of the Independent-Messenger in Emporia, Virginia, a paper his grandfather co-founded. Potter earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He is retired and lives in Falls Church, Virginia.

 

Sara Shahriari, KBIA-FM

Sara Shahriari is the assistant news director at KBIA-FM, where she hosts the weekly talk show Intersection, produces the community storytelling project Here Say, and works with many of KBIA’s talented student reporters. She previously worked as a freelance journalist in Bolivia for six years, where she contributed print, radio and multimedia stories to outlets including Al Jazeera America, the Guardian, the Christian Science Monitor, Deutsche Welle and Indian Country Today. Shahriari's work often focuses on women’s and children’s rights, policies affecting indigenous peoples and their lands, and the environment. She is a two-time recipient of funding from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

 

Ishmael Sistrunk, The St. Louis American

Ishmael SistrunkIshmael H. Sistrunk is the website, IT and promotions coordinator for The St. Louis American, the largest weekly newspaper in Missouri. He is in charge of stlamerican.com and all of The American’s social media platforms. He is a University of Missouri graduate who has been with The American for more than six years. He also pens "In the Clutch," a weekly sports column. He was awarded Best Sports Columnist in 2015 by the Missouri Press Association.

Upon arrival at The St. Louis American, Sistrunk oversaw a complete re-design of stlamerican.com, and is currently preparing for another redesign of the website. Stlamerican.com has received two first-place awards from Missouri Press Association for Best Newspaper Website (among weeklies in its class), as well as two first place national honors for Best Newspaper Website from the National Newspaper Publishers’ Association. Stlamerican.com is a two-time finalist for an EPPY™ Award, presented by Editor & Publisher, which honor the best media-affiliated websites across 31 diverse categories.

 

Judd Slivka, Missouri School of Journalism

Judd Slivka is an assistant professor of convergence journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism.

He has worked as a reporter at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Arizona Republic. His work has appeared in Slate, ESPN: The Magazine, The American Spectator and the Los Angeles Times. Slivka has served as the lead legal investigator in police brutality cases against “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” and served as principal investigator in a number of multimillion dollar civil lawsuits.

Slivka served as the communications director for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, where he was responsible for all internal and external communications as well as the digital marketing of the Missouri State Parks system. He also served as the agency’s director of information services, responsible for all Web presence, social media and IT infrastructure, as well as representing the State of Missouri on joint state-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency committees for information security and electronic transactions.

All sessions take place at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. See the travel page for location details.

Thursday, April 14

Noon

Registration Opens

RJI Second Floor

Registration is open throughout the afternoon.

1-1:15 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Randy Picht, RJI executive director

Walt Potter, retired community newspaper publisher

Smith Forum 200

1:15-2:15 p.m.

Why Journalism Should be Social

Joy Mayer, 2010-2011 RJI Fellow

Smith Forum 200

Joy Mayer, an industry leader in news organizations’ engagement with citizens, will facilitate a conversation among participants to identify and share some of their work in social media, and jobs yet to be done. Joy will also explore why it is important for news organizations to continue to grow their efforts in community engagement. This energetic opening to the conference will set the stage for the next day and a half.

2:15-2:30 p.m.

Break

2:30-3 p.m.

Community Connection: Small-Town Newspaper Websites

Mark Nienhueser, Missouri Press Service advertising director

Bryan Jones, owner/publisher, The Versailles Leader-Statesman and Morgan County Press

Smith Forum 200

3:05-3:25 p.m.

Here Say: Interactive Audio Storytelling for the Airwaves and the Web

Hope Kirwan, founder, Here Say

Sara Shahriari, assistant news director, KBIA-FM

Smith Forum 200

Here Say is a multimedia community storytelling project. Each week, student reporters and producers choose one place in mid-Missouri where they record interviews and then produce a four-minute radio show that airs on KBIA 91.3 FM. The project’s student Web and outreach manager adds those stories to an interactive map that allows users to click and listen on KBIA.org. In this presentation, Hope Kirwan details how she, along with two other seniors in the Missouri School of Journalism, built this project from the ground up. Sara Shahriari explains how she transitioned the show from successful student project to a teaching lab for journalism students.

3:25-3:40 p.m.

Break

3:40-4 p.m.

Introduction to Tableau Public: Interactive Data Stories, No Programming Required

Ben Jones, director of Tableau Public, Tableau Software

Smith Forum 200

Journalists in news organizations around the world are using Tableau Public to tell the stories of our time using interactive data. See examples of how they are engaging with readers and making an impact, and learn how they are doing all of this without writing a single line of code. If this session interests you, be sure to attend the group training session Friday after lunch.

4:05-4:25 p.m.

Engagement is More Than a Click

Kevin Jones, chief operating officer, The St. Louis American

Smith Forum 200

Successful community engagement comes in many flavors. While digital efforts are important and need to grow, news organizations continue to find that old-fashioned face-to-face meet-ups are one of the most powerful ways to build community connections and loyalty. And no, you don’t have to be a big metro paper with a large staff to produce successful events. The benefit is not just about connecting your news organization to the community, but creating an opportunity for the community to come together and have an experience among themselves and your operation. Kevin Jones of the weekly St. Louis American will tell you how. Kevin is a recent past president of the Missouri Press Association.

4:30-4:50 p.m.

Video Production and Training for Community Newspapers

Aaron Pellish, convergence student, Missouri School of Journalism

Judd Slivka, assistant professor, Missouri School of Journalism

Smith Forum 200

The findings and results from a semester of research into the development of a video production model for the Columbia Daily Tribune, including examples of how other community newspapers use video to expand their digital platform and tips on how community newspapers can start doing video.

5:30-7:30p.m.

Drinks and Dinner

The Industry at The Tiger Hotel

Available for those registered for dinner.

Friday, April 15

8 a.m.

Registration Open

RJI Second Floor

Coffee is available and the registration table is open throughout the morning.

8:30-9 a.m.

The Potter Listening Tour, Parts I & II

Walt Potter, retired community newspaper publisher

Smith Forum 200

Walt toured Missouri community newspapers last year to discover how they’re dealing with new technologies, blogging what he learned on the RJI website. This spring Potter toured a second time, but visited papers in other parts of the country whose audiences differ ethnically, geographically and in other ways from the first tour’s classic rural Midwest papers. Potter will report on both tours, discussing the new technology challenges that all community newspapers face as well as how different audiences may or may not require different responses.

9:05-9:25 a.m.

Don’t be a Social (Media) Outcast

Jeff McNiell, editor, Houston Herald

Smith Forum 200

Jeff will share the impact social media has in connecting the Houston Herald with its community and why every newspaper should do the same. His presentation will include successful tips and tools to be both effective and efficient on social media platforms.

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Stop Overthinking and Just Sell Audience!

Mike Blinder, president/founder of the Blinder Group

Smith Forum 200

The process of blending digital components to our existing legacy products has to be simplified. The value propositions that digital offerings bring to advertisers must be made clear and easy to understand. And, the sales team needs to be trained on the proper ways to present the features/benefits of these solutions to local business owners.Mike Blinder will offer a real world case study revealing how Pamplin Media’s weekly and monthly newspapers developed a profitable native advertising program blending digital and print sponsored stories with social media and audience extension. During the first 10 days of of taking this solution to market, dozens of new advertisers signed up for full year participation, netting more than $400,000 in new revenue from small and medium sized businesses.Attendees will leave with actionable ideas, sales methods and the actual sales materials used in the field to replicate this program.

10:15-10:30 a.m.

Break

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Creating the Blueprint to Start or Grow a Social Media Presence

Ryan Martin, breaking news and public safety editor, Indianapolis Star

Smith Forum 200

Information overload and too many choices can lead to inaction and the desire to keep things the way they are. One path to avoid inertia is to come up with a plan that works for your organization right now. Ryan Martin did just that at the Elkhart (Ind.) Truth and has plenty of experience in what works and what doesn’t work. He’ll provide the next steps so you can roll up your sleeves when you get home and dive in.

11:30 a.m.-noon

What’s next for you and the Potter conferences?

Brian Steffens, director of communications, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Smith Forum 200

Brian Steffens will work the room to explore what’s working, and what’s not; what your next steps are as you return home; what you still need that you didn’t get at this meeting; and what you might want the next Potter conference to accomplish. Bring your to-do list, your wish list, your ideas and enthusiasm. These conferences are about you, for you … don’t be shy about sharing.

Noon-1 p.m.

Lunch

Palmer Room 100A

Lunch is available for those registered for lunch.

1:15-2:45 p.m.

Breakout Training Sessions

You have the opportunity to attend one of these sessions during this time frame.

  • Group Session: How to Create Engaging Interactive Data Graphics with Tableau Public

      Walter Williams Hall 247

      In this 90-minute hands-on workshop, Ben Jones, director of Tableau Public, will show you how to turn a spreadsheet of data into a richly interactive data graphic that you can easily publish to the Web and embed on your site.
  • Group Session: How the St. Louis American Grew its “Likes” From 10,000 to 40,000

      Lambert Room 200A

      This was a sellout session at last fall’s annual meeting of the National Newspaper Association. The audience was two to three deep around a large ballroom table. Ishmael Sistrunk, the St. Louis American's IT and promotions coordinator, will show how community publishers can create an active, engaging presence on Facebook. 
  • One-on-One Training: Build a Social Media Account

      You will receive an email with your individual location

      This session requires pre-registration. We will have student trainers available for one-on-one sessions to help you build a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat account. The deadline to register for this hands-on social media training is March 31.

      If you indicate that you are not interested in attending a group training session when you register, we will schedule your one-on-one training for 1:15 p.m.

      If you indicate you are interested in attending a group training session from 1:15-2:45 p.m. when you register, we will schedule your one-on-one training for 3 p.m.

  • 3-4:30 p.m.

    One-on-One Training: Build a Social Media Account

    You will receive an email with your individual location

    This session requires pre-registration. We will have student trainers available for one-on-one sessions to help you build a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat account. The deadline to register for this hands-on social media training is March 31.

    If you indicate that you are not interested in attending a group training session when you register, we will schedule your one-on-one training for 1:15 p.m.

    If you indicate you are interested in attending a group training session from 1:15-2:45 p.m. when you register, we will schedule your one-on-one training for 3 p.m.

    Hotel

    RJI is offering to pay for one night at The Tiger Hotel for the first 40 organizations that register before March 31. If you requested a room before this date, you should have received confirmation after you registered for the event. All attendees receiving a free hotel room will also receive another confirmation email the week before the event.

    The Tiger Hotel is located just a few blocks from the Reynolds Journalism Institute. Parking is available for $12 a night. 

    If you are not receiving a free night on us, there are several other hotels options that may have availability:

     

    Getting to Columbia

    RJI is located at 401 S. 9th St., Columbia, MO, 65211.

    Driving

    Columbia is located in the heart of Missouri between St. Louis and Kansas City, about two hours from each city. It can be accessed by Highway 63 from the north/south and Interstate 70 from the east/west.

    Columbia Regional Airport 

    Columbia Regional Airport has a few flights a day from Dallas and Chicago. It is located about 20 minutes from downtown Columbia. Ground transportation options include taxis and car rental. It is advised to call and reserve a taxi when you get to your connecting airport (Taxi Terry's is a reliable option).

    St. Louis International Airport

    St. Louis International Airport is about two hours away from Columbia. This airport offers more flight options than the other two airports. Ground transportation options include Columbia's MoX shuttle service (door-to-door service available), or car rental. 

    Kansas City International Airport

    Kansas City International Airport is about two and a half hours away from Columbia. This airport is a little smaller than the St. Louis airport. Ground transportation options include Columbia's MoX shuttle service (door-to-door service available, although there are less frequent shuttles to Kansas City than St. Louis), or car rental. 

     

    Parking

    The Tiger Hotel parking

    Parking is available at the hotel for $12 a night. The Tiger Hotel is located just a few blocks from RJI.

    Campus parking 

    Parking is available at the Hitt St. Garage on campus for those who are not staying at The Tiger Hotel. You must request a parking permit when you register, or contact Event Coordinator Amanda Gastler at gastlera@rjionline.org.

    Permits are available for pickup at the registration table on the second floor of RJI starting at noon on Thursday, April 14. They will be available throughout the event. There is a loading zone in front of RJI on 9th St. and street parking you can temporarily park in while you pick up your permit.

     

    About the area

    This map includes pins showing a walking path between the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Tiger Hotel, and the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Hitt St. Garage, for those not staying at the Tiger Hotel and need to park on campus.

     

    The District

    The Reynolds Journalism Institute is located at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in downtown Columbia, also known as The District. There is an abundance of restaurants, coffee shops, retails stores and more in downtown Columbia. To explore the area, visit discoverthedistrict.com.

    Herb Austin
    Schuyler County Times

    Lorraine Austin
    Schuyler County Times

    Deborah Baker
    St. Louis Call Newspapers

    Laurie Bassett-Edmonds
    North Cass Herald

    Bruce Behymer
    Newton Now

    Clyde Bentley
    Missouri School of Journalism

    Melody Bezenek
    Missouri Press Foundation

    Mike Blinder
    The Blinder Group

    Les Borgmeyer
    Columbia Daily Tribune

    Nate Brown
    Reynolds Journalism Institute

    Kayla Castille
    CNHI

    Gary Castor
    News Tribune/Central Missouri Newspapers

    Beth Chism
    Republic Monitor

    Kimberly Combs
    Wayne County Journal-Banner

    Bea Corbin​
    St. Louis Call Newspapers

    Doug Crews
    Missouri Press Association

    Allen Edmonds
    North Cass Herald

    Mary Garrison
    The Cadiz Record (Paxton Media Group)

    Linda Geist
    University of Missouri Extension

    Barrett Golding
    RJI Fellow

    Kelcee Hill
    Republic Monitor

    Rachel Hixson
    Hutchinson News

    Josh Hoppe
    Douglas County Herald

    Mike Jenner
    Missouri School of Journalism

    Ben Jones
    Tableau Software

    Bryan Jones
    Pipistrelle Press (Versailles Leader-Statesman and Morgan County Press)

    Kevin Jones
    St. Louis American

    Whitney Jones
    Summersville Beacon

    Hope Kirwan
    Wisconsin Public Radio

    Michele Longworth
    Metropolis Planet

    Crystal Lyerla
    Republic Monitor

    Mark Maassen
    Missouri Press Association

    Rebecca Martin
    News Tribune/Central Missouri Newspapers

    Ryan Martin
    The Indianapolis Star

    Fines Massey
    Lebanon Daily Record

    Joy Mayer
    2010-2011 RJI Fellow

    Jeff McNiell
    Houston Herald

    Echo Menges
    The Edina Sentinel

    Zachary Mize
    Avila University

    William Milligan
    St. Louis Call Newspapers

    Jennifer Nelson
    Reynolds Journalism Institute

    Mark Nienhueser
    Missouri Press Association

    Aaron Pellish
    Missouri School of Journalism

    Tina Plank
    Summersville Beacon

    Walt Potter
    Retired Community Newspaper Publisher

    Kevin Rogg
    Hutchinson News

    Michael Schuver
    Branson Tri-Lakes News

    Peggy Scott
    Leader Publications

    Sara Shahriari
    KBIA

    Ishmael Sistrunk
    St. Louis American

    Brian Steffens
    Reynolds Journalism Institute

    John Thornburgh
    Wayne County Journal-Banner

    Trevor Vernon
    Vernon Publishing, Inc.

    Maggie Walter
    Missouri School of Journalism

    Andy Waters
    Columbia Daily Tribune

    P Richelle White
    Multiplatform Investigative Journalist

    Matt Wright
    Lebanon Daily Record

    Joey Young
    Kansas Publishing Ventures

    Cost and deadline

    There is no cost to register for this event, but registration is required before April 8. Registration is closed.

    What does registration include?

    • Admission to the event. 
    • Group training sessions Friday afternoon.
    • Hands-on social media training Friday afternoon. Leave with a new Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat page for your organization. Deadline to request training is March 31.
    • Dinner Thursday night.
    • Lunch Friday.
    • We are offering one night at The Tiger Hotel on us for the first 40 organizations to register before March 31. See the travel page for more information.

    How to register

    Registration is closed.

    1. Decide if you would like to participate in hands-on social media training where you can build a social media page for your organization and/or a group training session on Friday from 1:15-4 p.m. We are offering one hands-on social media training for up to 18 papers, so please decide who will sign up for that before you register if your organization is interested. Check out the schedule for training session details. You will be asked at the time of registration if you want to participate in either or both of these training opportunities. The deadline to sign up for social media training is March 31.
    2. If multiple people are attending from your organization, decide who will receive the free room at The Tiger Hotel on April 14. For now, we are only offering one room per organization. You will be asked about hotel during registration.
    3. You can register everyone from your organization at the same time. Select the number of people you want to register and then the "Register" button. You can also visit the Eventbrite page to register. 

    How to view your registration information after you register

    After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with your registration information. You can also visit Eventbrite and log in using the same email address you used to register. 

     



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