Election hangover?

The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association invites you for some post-primary, pre-election group therapy on Friday, May 11, 2012, on the NIU-DeKalb campus. Please join editors and reporters, along with their guests, from across northern Illinois in a discussion of what non-daily newspapers can teach daily publications, and vice versa, to improve local election coverage.

The event will be free for attendees who are NINA members or who work at member news organizations. (Join now if you’re not one). The charge for non-members is $15 each. Register here. Registration deadline is May 4.

How are you connecting with candidates? With voters? How are you connecting voters with candidates?

Our “town hall” discussion will need the participation of you and your staff, as well as anyone you want to bring along to add voices to the discussion: voters, election officials, candidates, whoever might be interested in how the media cover elections.

The May 11 program will be:

• 9:30-10:40 a.m. – “What’s Wrong (and What’s Right) with Election Coverage?” Moderator Dirk Johnson will referee the discussion on best (and worst) practices of election coverage. Bring your own examples.

• 10:40-10:50 – Break

• 10:50-Noon – “Media Coverage of Elections in the New Media Age.” Moderator Roger Ruthhart will facilitate a sharing of techniques for using new media to enhance local election reporting. Your ideas welcome.

• Noon – Hang around for post-session discussions with fellow reporters and editors, or continue the discussion with colleagues over lunch at a local restaurant.

Get out of the office, get involved in a vigorous discussion of the business, and network with other northern Illinois journalists.



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