MDDC is planning a professional development series that will begin in Fall 2014 and we need your input on the topics and venues you would like to see in the programs. Thank you for your feedback!

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* 1. Please rate your level of interest in the following topics for online WEBINARS:

  Very interested Interested Possibly interested Not interested
Using iFOIA.org to track FOIA requests and documents
What makes for good, effective ad design in print and online?
Forming a breaking news team ad hoc and on a permanent basis, with limited resources
Fair use law, with special attention to social media
What are the pros and cons of various digital platforms and metrics for websites?
Using social media as reporting tools
Understanding the digital reader and building a consistent audience; understanding total audience
Overview of the Maryland Public Information Act for reporters
Converting readers into subscribers online
Community contributors: welcome them without becoming overwhelmed
Covering sensitive crime and homicides; reading police reports
Creating an internship program that works
Tips for hiring the best people
Building your own brand: Using Twitter, blogs and other social media
The least you need to know about libel and invasion of privacy
Building your own brand: Using LinkedIn
Covering legal issues and the courts

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* 2. What days and times work best for one-hour WEBINARS?

  9:30 am 11 am noon 1:30 pm 3 pm I would not attend a webinar
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

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* 3. Please rate your level of interest in the following topics for in-person WORKSHOPS:

  Very interested Interested Possibly interested Not interested
Effectively covering city hall and town councils
Large databases and publicly available records: pull, analyze and present critical information for readers
Presenting yourself on stage and at public events
Becoming a digital-first news operation
Skeptical editing: beyond grammar, style and libel and on to the premise and sourcing of the story
How newspapers are using apps
Libel issues and how to avoid them
Training for new editors
Covering sensitive crimes
Covering environmental issues (regulation, water & environmental reports, science)
Open source and free software that newspapers can use
Covering elections and politics, including campaign reports, polling data
Shooting video: telling compelling stories from your smartphone
Changing the culture of an organization when there is resistance to change
Covering legal issues and the courts
Juggling online, print and social media coverage: covering all the bases; writing headlines for print, online and SEO
Using Google analytics to inform editorial decisions
Building an online audience with SEO, Google Adwords, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media outlets
Page design for print and web for older people
E-newsletters: get advertisers, maximize layout, avoid spam filters and get readers to open and click
Readers, scanners & seekers: Satisfying the different audiences in print, web and digital
Developing employees on a shoestring budget
Cultivating sources & building your beat; getting from questions to stories

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* 4. How likely are you to attend in-person WORKSHOPS that last:

  Very likely Likely Somewhat likely Not at all likely
90 minutes
3 hours
all day

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* 5. How likely are you to attend in-person WORKSHOPS located in the following areas?

  Very likely Likely Somewhat likely Not at all likely
Frederick, MD
Baltimore, MD
Washington, DC
Annapolis, MD
Salisbury, MD
Wilmington, DE
Hagerstown, MD
Dover, DE

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* 6. Please rate your level of interest in the following topics for small group, ongoing COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST:

  Very interested Interested Possibly interested Not interested
Public speaking, presentation skills
Support group for new managers
Improving your writing with a writing coach
Current FOIA issues roundup

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* 7. Please rate your level of interest in the following ideas for OTHER EVENTS.

  Very interested Interested Possibly interested Not interested
Quarterly best idea conference call for sales managers
Panel with industry leaders and professors / internship coordinators from various colleges & universities to discuss skills needed in industry and what is being taught at the university level.
Agency day for newspapers: MDDC provides a venue for members to pitch agencies.
Regional happy hour
All day conference geared to small, weekly papers
Quarterly members-only regional dinner with discussion on a specific topic.

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* 8. Please share the name and contact information for anyone you would highly recommend as a presenter (including yourself) for any of the topics in the survey. Please make sure you indicate which topic you think a presenter is highly qualified to present. You may recommend more than one potential presenter for any of the topics.

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