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
Overview of the Maryland Public Information Act for reporters
The least you need to know about libel and invasion of privacy
Tips for hiring the best people
Building your own brand: Using Twitter, blogs and other social media
Creating an internship program that works
Covering legal issues and the courts
Using iFOIA.org to track FOIA requests and documents
What are the pros and cons of various digital platforms and metrics for websites?
Covering sensitive crime and homicides; reading police reports
What makes for good, effective ad design in print and online?
Fair use law, with special attention to social media
Understanding the digital reader and building a consistent audience; understanding total audience
Community contributors: welcome them without becoming overwhelmed
Converting readers into subscribers online
Using social media as reporting tools
Building your own brand: Using LinkedIn
Forming a breaking news team ad hoc and on a permanent basis, with limited resources

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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
Building an online audience with SEO, Google Adwords, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media outlets
Changing the culture of an organization when there is resistance to change
Libel issues and how to avoid them
Cultivating sources & building your beat; getting from questions to stories
Training for new editors
Covering environmental issues (regulation, water & environmental reports, science)
Becoming a digital-first news operation
Covering legal issues and the courts
Covering elections and politics, including campaign reports, polling data
How newspapers are using apps
Covering sensitive crimes
E-newsletters: get advertisers, maximize layout, avoid spam filters and get readers to open and click
Skeptical editing: beyond grammar, style and libel and on to the premise and sourcing of the story
Page design for print and web for older people
Large databases and publicly available records: pull, analyze and present critical information for readers
Readers, scanners & seekers: Satisfying the different audiences in print, web and digital
Open source and free software that newspapers can use
Using Google analytics to inform editorial decisions
Shooting video: telling compelling stories from your smartphone
Effectively covering city hall and town councils
Juggling online, print and social media coverage: covering all the bases; writing headlines for print, online and SEO
Presenting yourself on stage and at public events
Developing employees on a shoestring budget

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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
Wilmington, DE
Washington, DC
Hagerstown, MD
Salisbury, MD
Frederick, MD
Annapolis, MD
Baltimore, 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
Current FOIA issues roundup
Support group for new managers
Improving your writing with a writing coach
Public speaking, presentation skills

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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
Quarterly members-only regional dinner with discussion on a specific topic.
Agency day for newspapers: MDDC provides a venue for members to pitch agencies.
Regional happy hour
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.
All day conference geared to small, weekly papers

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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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