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Follow the Money — Tracking Companies'

Influence on Politics

Feb. 22, St. Louis

The 2012 election campaign promises to be one of the most expensive ever, with companies contributing even more because of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case in 2010. That ruling says that government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections.

But corporate influence on politics extends beyond campaign contributions to lobbying expenditures and contributions to independent groups trying to sway elections. Then, there’s the question of how to tie it all together – what’s the connection between corporate spending and legislative or regulatory actions?

Bring the name of a company you follow to this workshop and learn how to track its efforts at political influence from two experts: New York Times reporter Ron Nixon and Sunlight Foundation editorial director Bill Allison.

Click HEREfor more information and to register. Co-sponsored by the Illinois Press Association and the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism.

Casey Foundation offers fellowships

Seattle, WA– Marguerite Casey Foundation is pleased to announce its Fellowship Program on Poverty. The program, which aims to increase the public’s and policymakers’ understanding of poverty through journalism, consists of two components: fellowships (2) for professional journalists and scholarships (2) for students of journalism. 

IPA applauds cameras in the courtroom decision
Note: To read the Illinois Supreme Court press release, click HERE.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that it will begin allowing video and still cameras in some trial court proceedings.  The announcement was made by Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride  and was heralded by the Illinois Press Association as a move that will allow more openness and transparency in the judicial branch of government.


Growing readers, audience & service

Friday, Feb. 24 in St. Louis

Circulation Training for Today's Newspapers

During this interactive session hosted by the Missouri Press Foundation and Illinois Press Foundation, Steve Wagenlander will share industry leading best practices to increase circulation revenues, grow audience and improve overall customer satisfaction with your newspaper. In addition to ideas to grow volume or revenue, Steve will update the group on the latest in email marketing efforts and how this can translate into revenue and audience growth.


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