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Michigan Collegiate Press Association plans fall workshop at Olivet College
Aug 26, 2010

Journalism basics as well as the industrys future will be the focus of the annual Michigan Collegiate Press Associations (MCPA) fall workshop. The program will be held Saturday, Sept. 18 from 8:30 am. to 3:30 p.m. in Dole Hall on the campus of Olivet College. The event is open to the public.

Media professionals and academics from around the state will offer a variety of concurrent workshops. Topics include sports reporting, editing, photography, Photoshop, staff management, internships and career advice, community/campus media partnerships, creative non-fiction writing, and navigating the Internet to increase a reader base and profitability.

There will also be resume reviews and roundtable discussions, and two guest speakers from the Lansing State Journal: Executive Editor Michael Hirten and Reporter Tricia Bobeda.

The MCPA is committed to providing local, low cost training and networking opportunities for state student media staff and those interested in media professionally or academically, said Joanne Williams, MCPA president and assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at Olivet College. The MCPA has a history of involving and engaging students in a variety of learning opportunities. We work with the Michigan Press Association in fostering the quality and professionalism of todays information providers.

Hirten, who has been at the Lansing State Journal since 2001, will address the future form and focus of media in a 9:30 a.m. keynote speech. The journalist, editor and speaker is a member of the MPA and a frequent columnist for the Lansing State Journal.

Bobeda, a staff reporter for the newspaper, began with and recently revisited one of Mid-Michigans biggest news stories, the disappearance/murder of 7-year-old Ricky Holland. She will talk about her growth in local media and what she has learned from her experiences.

Cost for the conference is $20 in advance (by Sept. 15), $25 at the door for MCPA members and $30 in advance, $35 at the door for non-MCPA members. The fee includes the workshops, speakers, lunch and refreshments. To register, and for information, contact Williams at (269) 749-6630 or jwilliams@olivetcollege.edu.


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