Monday, February 25, 2013

Springfield, Ill., NewsTrain, April 29-30

NewsTrain will be in Springfield, Ill., on April 29-30, for a two-day workshop on watchdog journalism, government coverage, social media skills, working with data, covering diverse communities, and more. NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by the State Journal-Register; Rockford Register Star, Peoria Journal Star; Quad City Times (Iowa); Illinois Press Association; the Associated Press and the AP editors board in Illinois. Other members of the planning committee include the AP editors boards in Indiana and Wisconsin; Belleville (Ill.) News Democrat, St. Louis Post Dispatch; Indianapolis Star; Chicago Tribune; and the Mid-American Press Institute.
Location: Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL.
Registration: Cost is $75 for the workshop and food service. Registration available at this link.
Accommodations: Discount hotel rates are available for workshop participants at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel. The rate is $89 per night. For reservations, call 217 544-8800 or 1-866-788-1860 and ask for the NewsTrain or APME rate.  
Questions: Contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director, Bob Heisse, State-Journal Register,, 217-788-1505.
Special Event: In conjunction with the 10th anniversary year of NewsTrain, those attending the workshop are invited to a free reception and performance of Freedom Sings, a musical program from the First Amendment Center, on the evening of April 29. The event will be held at the Old State Capitol and is sponsored by the Associated Press Media Editors Foundation, the Illinois Press Association & Foundation, and the Old State Capitol Foundation.

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