A full day of events is planned for the MPA’s Fall Conference on October 18 including informative sessions, Hall of Fame Inductee Luncheon, the annual Scholarship Auction, and The 2014 Better Newspaper Contest Awards Dinner & Banquet.

The day’s events kick off at 8:15 am with the Annual Business Meeting followed by advertising, editorial and photography/video sessions from 9:00 am to 11:45 am, and the Hall of Fame Luncheon at Noon. Catch up with your MPA comrades and friends at the Scholarship Auction at 5:30 pm for some lively bidding, then join us for The Better Newspaper Contest Awards Dinner and Banquet at 7:00 pm.

MPA Fall Conference Schedule of Events
8:00 am – 9:00 am Annual Business Meeting
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Photo & Video Help Desk
9:00 am – 10:15 am Reporting on Suicide: Safe Reporting Guidelines (editorial)
9:00 am – 10:15 am Keeping it Fresh Roundtable (editorial)
9:00 am – 10:15 am Keeping it Fresh Roundtable (advertising)
10:30 am – 11:45 am Going Digital: Managing Change in a 21st Century Newsroom (editorial)
10:30 am – 11:45 am What’s NOW and What’s NEXT! (advertising)
12:00 pm Hall of Fame Luncheon
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Scholarship Auction
7:00 pm Better Newspaper Contest Awards Dinner & Banquet

MPA Fall Conference Sessions

Reporting on Suicide: Safe Reporting Guidelines (editorial) 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Each year, approximately 200 people die by suicide in Maine and the past decade has seen those numbers increase. Sometimes the loss occurs in a manner or to a person that is newsworthy. How media reports on a suicide death can have a significant impact on the risk for suicide contagion in other vulnerable people. The recent death of Robin Williams presents us with a good example of such a newsworthy death by suicide. This session will look at suicide in Maine and recommendations on reporting suicide in a manner that increases help-seeking not additional suicides. Led by Greg A Marley, LCSW, Clinical Director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Maine and a well-known suicide expert in Maine. Marley has developed and presented suicide prevention and assessment education to multiple partners across Maine and the USA. He lives and reads the local media in Rockland.

Keeping it Fresh Roundtable (editorial) 9:00 am – 10:15 am
How many times can you cover the same meeting, annual event, or similar events, without boring yourself and your readers to tears? Do you cover the 4th of July fireworks with just a photo or do you ask some folks what they think is so special about the occasion? Been to your 100th Baked Bean Supper? Who there will share the secret family recipe? Town council fighting over the budget again? Hard to make readers care when the reporter obviously doesn’t. This session will collect concerns and frustrations from participants and share ways others have found to keep the pages of our papers and websites fresh and interesting. Moderated by Earl Brechlin, Editor, Mount Desert Islander.
Keeping It Fresh Roundtable (advertising) 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Tired of that same old special section? Can’t bear the thought of gearing up to sell another county fair bannered page? Come to this session to hear and share ideas on how to freshen up your approach to selling advertising. Bringing new ideas to customers is the best way to position yourself as a marketing expert and someone who cares about the results you generate for your customer.
Photo & Video Help Desk 9:00 am-Noon
The doctors are in! Have a nagging question about the best way to approach a visual assignment? Do wish you knew what all those buttons on your camera did? Do you need a better digital workflow? Wondering what’s the best way to get rid of ‘camera shake’ in your videos? Do you just want to talk shop and pick the brains of Maine’s best photojournalists? Now you can. Maine Press Association Vice President Troy R. Bennett has assembled a crack team of the Pine Tree State’s best shooters. They’ll be on hand all morning to answer questions, brainstorm solutions and shoot the breeze. If they can’t guide you to an answer, nobody can.
Going Digital: Managing Change in a 21st Century Newsroom (editorial) 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Do you sometimes find yourself saying, “there’s got to be a better way, I just don’t know what it is”? Newsrooms, and the way news is produced, is changing at a rapid rate. It’s no longer enough to create excellent journalism on a deadline. Considerations must also be made for print, web, social media, mobile apps and multimedia tie-ins when assigning and crafting a story—sometimes simultaneously. How are you navigating this change? Who is responsible for what? How has this changed the production process and what resources have you found to help you? What HAS worked in your newsroom—or better yet—what HASN’t worked? Come and share your experiences and learn from others who are also grappling with these issues. Moderated by Faith DeAmbrose, Managing Editor of Penobscot Bay Press, publishers of The Weekly Packet, Castine Patriot and Island Ad-Vantages.
What’s NOW and What’s NEXT! (advertising) 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Mobile, SEM, Audience Extension, E-mail, Social – With all of today’s choices what digital products are advertisers in Maine buying? What’s working and what’s next? Our panel of experts will look at the challenge and choice in today’s digital marketing landscape. Moderated by Mark Hardin, Digital Sales Manager at MaineToday Media. Panelists include Chris Stanley of Lamey-Wellehan Shoes; Abbie McGilvery, owner of Abbie McGilvery LLC; Hillary Dow, owner of Live Work Play Maine; and Jenika Pouliot, Marketing Director of Page One Web Solutions.

Bid early, Bid Often at the MPA Scholarship Auction
The MPA is seeking items for the ever-exhilarating annual auction to benefit its scholarship fund for journalism students at the University of Maine. Each year, the auction gives bidders a chance to buy items at a substantial discount off retail while supporting a good cause. Among the more popular items in past years are stays in Maine vacation cottages, whale watch tickets, passes for rounds of golf, hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, ski lift tickets, as well as books, videos and promotional merchandise from member paper sway closets.
Auctioneer Earl Brechlin of the Mount Desert Islander notes the success of the auction depends entirely on the generosity of members and friends of the MPA. “It’s a great chance to help younger folks on the way up and have a lot of fun doing it,” said Brechlin.
Items can be brought to the conference so they can be displayed prior to the start of the live auction. Some larger items may be done by silent auction bidding.
The auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. prior to the annual banquet and awards, during the annual Fall Conference. If you have something to donate, please contact the MPA at mainepressmail@gmail.com.

Ellsworth, ME – The New England Newspaper & Press Association on Oct. 9 named The Ellsworth American the “Newspaper of the Year” among large-circulation weekly newspapers in New England. That announcement came later in the week after the National Newspaper Association (NNA), at its annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, named The American the second best large weekly newspaper in the country. The Taos (N.M.) News took first place in that competition.
Of The American, the NNA judges wrote: “This paper screams local. Great job covering all facets of your community. We can’t help but think that readers must spend hours with this paper every week. It’s packed with news.”
“It’s been a great week,” said Publisher Alan Baker. “We’re grateful. The distinctions are much appreciated. I can say only that the awards belong to the staff. We’re blessed to have so much talent and so many conscientious people doing their best, week after week, year after year.”
This is the fourth year in a row that The American has been named Newspaper of the Year by the New England Newspaper & Press Association.

A full day of events is planned for the MPA’s Fall Conference on October 18, including editorial and advertising sessions, plus a Photo & Video Help Desk. Here are the session details:

New Session! Reporting on Suicide: Safe Reporting Guidelines (editorial) 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Each year, approximately 200 people die by suicide in Maine and the past decade has seen those numbers increase. Sometimes the loss occurs in a manner or to a person that is newsworthy. How media reports on a suicide death can have a significant impact on the risk for suicide contagion in other vulnerable people. The recent death of Robin Williams presents us with a good example of such a newsworthy death by suicide. This session will look at suicide in Maine and recommendations on reporting suicide in a manner that increases help-seeking not additional suicides. Led by Greg A Marley, LCSW, Clinical Director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Maine and a well-known suicide expert in Maine. Marley has developed and presented suicide prevention and assessment education to multiple partners across Maine and the USA. He lives and reads the local media in Rockland.

Keeping it Fresh Roundtable (editorial) 9:00 am – 10:15 am
How many times can you cover the same meeting, annual event, or similar events, without boring yourself and your readers to tears? Do you cover the 4th of July fireworks with just a photo or do you ask some folks what they think is so special about the occasion? Been to your 100th Baked Bean Supper? Who there will share the secret family recipe? Town council fighting over the budget again? Hard to make readers care when the reporter obviously doesn’t. This session will collect concerns and frustrations from participants and share ways others have found to keep the pages of our papers and websites fresh and interesting. Moderated by Earl Brechlin, Editor, Mount Desert Islander.

Keeping It Fresh Roundtable (advertising) 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Tired of that same old special section? Can’t bear the thought of gearing up to sell another county fair bannered page? Come to this session to hear and share ideas on how to freshen up your approach to selling advertising. Bringing new ideas to customers is the best way to position yourself as a marketing expert and someone who cares about the results you generate for your customer.

Photo & Video Help Desk 9:00 am-Noon
The doctors are in! Have a nagging question about the best way to approach a visual assignment? Do wish you knew what all those buttons on your camera did? Do you need a better digital workflow? Wondering what’s the best way to get rid of ‘camera shake’ in your videos? Do you just want to talk shop and pick the brains of Maine’s best photojournalists? Now you can. Maine Press Association Vice President Troy R. Bennett has assembled a crack team of the Pine Tree State’s best shooters. They’ll be on hand all morning to answer questions, brainstorm solutions and shoot the breeze. If they can’t guide you to an answer, nobody can.

Going Digital: Managing Change in a 21st Century Newsroom (editorial) 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Do you sometimes find yourself saying, “there’s got to be a better way, I just don’t know what it is”? Newsrooms, and the way news is produced, is changing at a rapid rate. It’s no longer enough to create excellent journalism on a deadline. Considerations must also be made for print, web, social media, mobile apps and multimedia tie-ins when assigning and crafting a story—sometimes simultaneously. How are you navigating this change? Who is responsible for what? How has this changed the production process and what resources have you found to help you? What HAS worked in your newsroom—or better yet—what HASN’t worked? Come and share your experiences and learn from others who are also grappling with these issues. Moderated by Faith DeAmbrose, Managing Editor of Penobscot Bay Press, publishers of The Weekly Packet, Castine Patriot and Island Ad-Vantages.
What’s NOW and What’s NEXT! (advertising) 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Mobile, SEM, Audience Extension, E-mail, Social – With all of today’s choices what digital products are advertisers in Maine buying? What’s working and what’s next? Our panel of experts will look at the challenge and choice in today’s digital marketing landscape. Moderated by Mark Hardin, Digital Sales Manager at MaineToday Media. Panelists include Chris Stanley of Lamey-Wellehan Shoes; Abbie McGilvery, owner of Abbie McGilvery LLC; Hillary Dow, owner of Live Work Play Maine; and Jenika Pouliot, Marketing Director of Page One Web Solutions.

Don’t miss the tour!
One of the most highly anticipated events at this year’s annual conference in Lewiston-Auburn will be a lively tour of the Twin Cities during Saturday afternoon’s open session. Join us as we start with a Baxter Brewery tour and sampling, and end at Lisbon Street’s The Vault for a wine tasting. In between, our tour bus will take the group to view or visit several community highlights. Details to come, but they will likely include brief stops at Museum L-A, the Kora Temple Shrine and the Basilica at Saints Peter and Paul, the largest cathedral north of Boston.

The tour will begin at 2 p.m. at the conference venue, the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch, and end at about 5 p.m. After the wine tasting, the bus will return to the Hilton for the ever-popular Scholarship Auction and the evening’s festivities. The tour is free and open to the first 40 people to sign up. Contact Mark Mogensen at the Sun Journal at 689-2805 or mmogensen@sunjournal.com to register.

Going, going, gone? Auction items sought
The MPA is seeking items for the ever-exhilarating annual auction to benefit its scholarship fund for journalism students at the University of Maine. Each year, the auction gives bidders a chance to buy items at a substantial discount off retail while supporting a good cause.
Among the more popular items in past years are stays in Maine vacation cottages, whale watch tickets, passes for rounds of golf, hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, ski lift tickets, as well as books, videos and promotional merchandise from member paper sway closets.
Auctioneer Earl Brechlin of the Mount Desert Islander notes the success of the auction depends entirely on the generosity of members and friends of the MPA. “It’s a great chance to help younger folks on the way up and have a lot of fun doing it,” said Brechlin.
Items can be brought to the conference so they can be displayed prior to the start of the live auction. Some larger items may be done by silent auction bidding.
The auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. prior to the annual banquet and awards, during the annual Fall Conference. If you have something to donate, please contact the MPA at mainepressmail@gmail.com.

Please join us at the MPA Fall Conference on October 18 at The Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch. Here’s a schedule of the day’s events:
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Annual Business Meeting
9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Photo & Video Help Desk
9:00 am – 10:15 am: Reporting on Suicide: Safe Reporting Guidelines (editorial)
9:00 am – 10:15 am: Keeping it Fresh Roundtable (editorial)
9:00 am – 10:15 am: Keeping it Fresh Roundtable (advertising)
10:30 am – 11:45 am: Going Digital: Managing Change in a 21st Century Newsroom (editorial)
10:30 am – 11:45 am: What’s NOW and What’s NEXT! (advertising)
12:00 pm Hall of Fame Luncheon
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Tour of the Twin Cities
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Scholarship Auction
7:00 pm Better Newspaper Contest Awards Dinner & Banquet

AUBURN — Two distinguished Maine journalists will be inducted into the Maine Press Association (MPA) Hall of Fame at the group’s annual conference in October.
This year’s honorees are the late Robert Crocker, a long-time Associated Press state house reporter and Richard Dudman of Ellsworth and Islesford, retired St. Louis Post Dispatch correspondent and editorial writer for the Bangor Daily News.
“We are proud to be inducting such superbly-qualified candidates into this year’s Hall of Fame,” said MPA President Kelly Morgan of The York Weekly.
Mr. Dudman has been a lifelong newspaperman.
A high point of his reporting career was his capture in Cambodia while covering the Vietnam War for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He wrote an account for the newspaper and later expanded it into a book, “40 Days with the Enemy.” He wrote an earlier book, “Men of the Far Right.”
In 1978, he escaped death again in Cambodia when a terrorist fired at him.
In his 31 years with the Post-Dispatch, as a reporter and Washington and foreign correspondent, he covered the takeover of Cuba by Fidel Castro, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, secret preparations for the invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, the Watergate scandal and President Richard Nixon’s resignation, the Iran-Contra scandal in the President Ronald Reagan’s administration, and numerous other wars and revolutions in Latin America, the Middle East and the Far East.
After retiring from the Post-Dispatch and moving to Maine, Mr. Dudman went back to work for the newspaper on brief special assignments. For nine years, he worked every winter as a managing editor for South-North News Service in Hanover, N.H.
In 1993, after learning the identity of the Vietcong officer who had captured him and later released him, Mr. Dudman visited the retired general in his remote village in the Vietnam delta for several day of interviews.
Honors include the 1993 George Polk career award, the New York Press Club’s award for best reporting from Asia, the Edward Weintal award for diplomatic reporting, and two fellowships in 1994 and 1996 as a media adviser under the Knight International Press Fellowship Program.
In recent years, he has written more than 750 editorials for the Bangor Daily News.
During his distinguished career, Bob Crocker proved to be the consummate professional both in the service of journalism and the American Newspaper Guild.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bates College in 1938 and later he joined the Lewiston Evening Journal as a reporter the following year.
Two years later he left Lewiston to join the Worcester, MA, Evening Gazette and returned to Maine in 1947 as the State House Correspondent for the Associated Press.
During his Augusta years, he was active as a member of the Wire Service Guild, a nation-wide local of the American Newspaper Guild, and served as its president. He also served as president of the Maine State House Newsmen’s Association.
He was prolific, filing several thousand stories each legislative session.
As a researcher, he was unparalleled. Most of it – legislative history, members, and controversial issues – was in his head, the product of more than 20 years covering Maine government.
When the Legislature issued its joint proclamation honoring him in 1967 it was fellow State House journalists who had started the ball rolling.
Governor Kenneth M. Curtis praised Mr. Crocker for his accounts of State House proceedings, and “his uncanny eye towards public impressions and public service…. He symbolizes those men of the Press who have given Maine citizens a light so they can act on governmental matters with some confidence when they enter their polling places.”
Mr. Crocker continued to serve the AP as its State House correspondent for two more years, after which he was elected in 1969 Secretary-Treasurer of the American Newspaper Guild in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Dudman and Mr. Crocker will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at a luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch.

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