Missouri Association of Publications 5th Anniversary Publishing Summit Registration Opens!


MARCH 5 & 6, 2009

The publishing association’s 5th Anniversary Summit features award-winning, highly rated, nationally and internationally recognized and in-demand speakers for the professional development of our members and others wishing to enhance the effectiveness of their print and electronic publications.

Compare our conference and hotel rates to other conferences featuring this caliber of speakers!  We believe that you will not find a better combination.

Keynote Speakers

Tom Junod, Friday afternoon
Tom Junod started his journalism career at Atlanta Magazine, before moving on to Life, Sports Illustrated, GQ, and Esquire. At GQ, Junod won two National Magazine Awards, the first for a profile of an abortion doctor, the second for a profile of a rapist undergoing therapy while enduring what is known as “civil commitment. At Esquire, Junod has written profiles of Kevin Spacey, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Fred Rogers, and FBI counter-terrorist expert John O’Neill, among others, and reported on American hostages in Equador. His 2003 piece, “The Falling Man,” is a finalist for a National Magazine Award this year. This is the 10th time he has been a National Magazine Award finalist.  Junod, 51, whose first job out of college was selling handbags, splits his time between Atlanta, Ga,. and Shelter Island, N.Y., with his wife, Janet, and their daughter Antonia Li.

Jim Spencer, Thursday night
Jim Spencer is president and founder of Newsy.com and has helped lead several successful Internet start-up and established online companies. Jim was a founding VP of Ask Jeeves (Ask.com) where he was responsible for all search queries and helped lead the company to the 14th most popular site on the Internet and through a successful initial public offering. Prior to Ask Jeeves, Jim was the GM of News and Information Programming at AOL (News, Sports, Health, Research and International) leading the content, business and partnership operations for one of AOL’s major programming business units. He also served as director of strategic partnerships at NBC for MSNBC.com, leading the design and direction of the web site and the coordination of the newsrooms of NBC News in New York and MSNBC.com’s newsroom on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, WA. Jim began his online career as GM of New Media at Multimedia, Inc. in 1993. Prior to graduate school, Jim represented and distributed motion pictures including Academy Award-winning movies, foreign films and U.S. independent cinema. Jim earned his MA in journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and his BFA from New York University’s Film School.

Session Presenters

Don Ranly, Ph.D.
Don Ranly, professor emeritus of the Missouri School of Journalism, was head of the magazine sequence for 28 years.  Dr. Ranly has worked as a newspaper reporter, a magazine editor, a weekly columnist, a radio host and television producer, director and host. He has conducted more than 1,000 communication seminars for corporations, associations, organizations and individual newspapers and magazines. He has been a featured speaker at The Folio: Show, a national magazine conference, for the past two decades. He has co-authored News Reporting and Writing; Beyond the Inverted Pyramid and Telling the Story: The Convergence of Print, Broadcast and Online Media and is author of Publication Editing. In 1995 Dr. Ranly received a University of Missouri-Columbia Faculty-Alumni Award and was named the O.O. McIntyre Distinguished Professor of Journalism for 1995-96. In 1998, he received a Gold Chalk Award for outstanding service in the training and mentoring of professional students. In June 2002, he was named a Fellow of the International Association of Business Communicators. In 2003, he won a William T. Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching.  In 2005 he received  a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Business Publications Editors.  He founded MAP in 2004 and now serves on its Board of Directors.  Regularly, the highest rated speaker at every conference in which he presents, Don continues to be in high demand for national and international conferences in major cities.

Jacqui Banaszynski
Jacqui Banaszynski is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who now holds the Knight Chair in Editing at the Missouri School of Journalism and an Editing Fellow at the Poynter Institute. She worked in newsrooms for more than 30 years, and now leads workshops for journalists around the world.

Tim Bingaman
Tim Bingaman, President & CEO of Circulation Verification Council founded CVC in 1992 with 13 member publications.  CVC was created give advertisers all the information they need to evaluate publications for media buys.  CVC now audits 4,981 publications with a combined circulation of over 72,,000,000 nationwide.  Tim travels the country 26 weeks a year to talk to publishers and advertising professionals about the benefits of working with audited publications.

Heather Mansfield
Owner of DIOSA | Communications, Heather Mansfield (heather@diosacommunications.com) has over ten years of nonprofit fundraising and online community organizing experience.  Originally from Springfield, MO, Heather moved to Los Angeles at 19 to pursue a bachelors of arts in political theory from U.C.L.A. After college Heather moved to Washington, DC where she worked by day at the Pew Center for Civic Journalism.  In 1999, Heather went on tour with the Lilith Fair Music Festival as a spokesperson for Global Exchange. She then worked with Asista.com and Passporta.com – both of which went out of business in the dot.com bust of 2001. In late 2001, she became the Communications and Outreach Director for International Development Exchange.

Heather’s career in web and e-mail communications received national recognition when she launched her own eActivist.org on July 23, 2000.  She spoke at conferences all over the country and built one of the most popular e-activism websites on the Internet. She sold eActivist.org in 2004 to Capitol Advantage in Washington, DC.

In late 2004, Heather returned to Springfield to take a job as Web Editor at Drury University. She launched DIOSA | Communications in February 2006 and then delved into the online metropolis of MySpace and launched myspace.com/nonprofitorganizations. She has become one of the leading experts in the nation on how nonprofit organizations, higher education, and small businesses can use MySpace, Facebook and YouTube to advance their online communications and development strategies. In 2007, Heather left Drury University to become the Nonprofit Community Manager for Change.org and focus on her own business.

Gary Whitaker
Gary Whitaker bought 417 Magazine, the monthly lifestyle magazine serving Springfield and southwest Missouri, in 2001, and made it the flagship title of a new firm called Whitaker Publishing. Since that time, 417 Magazine has grown from 44 side-stitched pages to a perfect-bound, 200-page magazine with more than 130,000 readers. In 2003 and 2004, the City and Regional Magazine Association ranked 417 Magazine number one, among all members, in percentage of increased ad pages. Along with 417 Magazine, the company now publishes the semiannual 417 Bride, the quarterly 417 Home, a luxury-lifestyle magazine for Baby Boomers called 417 Encore and a biweekly Springfield news and entertainment title, GO Magazine. Whitaker Publishing also takes on custom projects and publishes the Web sites 417mag.com and springfieldgo.com. Gary is a 1975 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, with an emphasis in broadcasting. Prior to forming Whitaker Publishing, he spent 25 years in television news and management. His wife, Joan, is co-owner of Whitaker Publishing and serves as the company’s general manager.

Charlene Finck
Award-winning journalist Charlene Finck is Vice President, Editorial for
Farm Journal Media and Editor of Farm Journal magazine. She oversees all
of Farm Journal Media’s content in print, television and online

John Fennell
John Fennell has served as editor of Milwaukee Magazine, an award-winning monthly city magazine. The publication won some 160 awards during his 13-plus years tenure, including a nomination for the National Magazine Awards and two for the Gerald Loeb Award for Business and Financial Journalism. Fennell has just completed a book about the life of Harry V. Quadracci, the late founder of Quad/Graphics, the third largest printer in North America. John is a former newspaper reporter who worked as assistant to the Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Mike Royko. He was also editor of the international design journal, Step-By-Step Graphics.  Currently, he is the Meredith Chair professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Fred Parry
Fred Parry is the owner and publisher of Inside Columbia magazine. He has worked for newspapers in Chicago , Washington , D.C., and Pittsburgh, and spent three years on the advertising faculty at the MU School of Journalism . He worked as an advertising executive for the Gannett newspaper chain before he and his wife started their own publishing company, Parry Publishing, Inc., in 1994. In 1999, the Parrys merged their company’s seven publications with the radio stations of the Premier Marketing Group. Parry hosted the KFRU “Business Times” radio program on Sunday mornings for six years before becoming the permanent co-host of the Morning Meeting in April 2001. Parry sold his remaining interests in Parry Publishing in January 2005 and started Inside Columbia. Parry is very active in the community, serving as an elected member of the Board of Trustees for Boone Hospital Center, commissioner for the Columbia Housing Authority and former president of Columbia’s Northwest Rotary Club. He also serves on the boards of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. In June 2006, Parry was named the 2006 Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.  Fred is MAP’s 2008 President-elect.

Sandra Davidson, Ph.D., J.D.
Sandra Davidson, Ph.D., J.D., teaches Communications Law and Internet Law at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Media Law at the School of Law.  She is the attorney for the Columbia Missourian.  She has won the prestigious Kemper Fellows award for her teaching and a Faculty/Alumni Award.

Brant Houston
Brant Houston is a Professor and Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois. In addition to teaching investigative journalism at Illinois, he trains professional journalists throughout the world and is developing new programs for international and ethnic media journalists. He also is exploring ways to use the latest software and database technology for in-depth reporting.  Prior to coming to Illinois in 2007, he served as executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a nonprofit group of more than 4,000 members, for more than 10 years and was a professor at the Missouri Journalism School. Before IRE, he was an award-winning investigative reporter for 17 years in Boston, Kansas City and Hartford, Conn. He has authored “Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide” and co-authored “The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook.”

Jennifer Rowe
Since fall of 1998 Jennifer has taught six magazine classes in the Missouri School of Journalism including Magazine Editing, Magazine Design, Advanced Magazine Design, Magazine Staff, Intermediate Writing and Lifestyle Journalism. She is also editorial director of Vox, an award-winning weekly city magazine that appears in the Columbia Missourian newspaper and is distributed throughout Columbia. She worked as communications coordinator and editor for an association in St. Louis from 1989 to 1996. Jennifer also served as president of an association of editors during that time. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. Having served as a contributing editor for Italian Cooking and Living magazine as well as the Magazine of Cucina Italiana for more than five years, Jennifer has had freelance articles in Elle, Real Simple, Westways and Missouri Life magazines, among others. A speaker at a variety of conferences and workshops across the country she has also presented at the FOLIO: show in both New York City and Chicago. In 2004 Jennifer was a recipient of the Provost¹s Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award at the University of Missouri.

Reuben Stern
Reuben Stern is the print and graphics editor in the Futures Lab of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. Reuben was previously the managing editor for the Columbia Missourian, where he oversaw the day-to-day news operations and its web operations.

Mike McKean
Mike McKean is a professor and founder of the Convergence Journalism
Faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism.  McKean directs the Futures
Lab, a multi-platform newsroom and technology testing center at the Reynolds
Journalism Institute.

Edward T. Biamonte
Edward Biamonte has served the last 4 years as the Photo Editor/Head Photographer for the award winning regional magazine 417. His extensive photographic career started in Chicago in the early 80’s which took him to all the major hubs of catalogue and fashion photography
including, Italy every fall for the Fall Collections; and Chicago, Dallas, New York, Paris, Milan, Rio De Janeiro, Australia, Russia, Poland, Austria, Germany, Alaska, and many other locations.

Edward has a master’s in Communication Mass Media from MSU, in Springfield Mo. Currently some of his clients include; 417 magazine, Newsweek, Flypmedia, AmericanStyle Magazine, AARP, Direct Marketing Magazine, Healthcare Regional Marketing, Euro World Design, Killian Group, Rita Baron Associates, Barley + Pfeiffer Architects in Dallas, Unique Tile, Ocean Zen and the Titanic in Branson.  Edward taught Photography for 10 years at Evangel University, developing 4 advanced photography classes and designed a state of art photography lab.  He co-authored The Cave Detectives (2007).

At present, Edward travels extensively and continues to build his portfolio which reveals a wide range of work in beauty, fashion, Food, life style, photojournalism, product and fine art photography for the advertising, commercial and editorial industries.  His ethno-photographic study called “The Face of Russia” was on display at the Art Hall of MP Global.

Jan Colbert
Jan Colbert is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism where she teaches magazine design, writing, cultural issues in journalism. She chairs the magazine faculty and studies visual storytelling and creativity.  She has been managing editor and art director for two magazines, The IRE Journal and the National Book Critics Circle Journal. She is the co-editor of the second edition of the The Reporter’s Handbook, published by St. Martin’s Press;  and a photo editor and designer for many books.

Summit Registration and Hotel Room

(Registration includes all sessions, Thursday reception, Ranly Awards Banquet and Keynote, Friday breakfast and luncheon w/keynote.)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION!  SAVE $75!  Requires Registration by February 14, 2009.

MEMBERS CAN SAVE NEARLY $175!!  Become a member and register early.


Member, Individual, Early Bird                         $149
Members, Group, Early Bird                               $135 p/person in member group
Non-Members, Individual, Early Bird             $245
Non-Members, Group, Early Bird                      $230 p/person in non-member group

Registering after February 14, 2009:
Member, Individual                              $224
Members, Group                                  $210 p/person in member group
Non-Members, Individual                   $320
Non-Members, Group                         $305 p/person in non-member group

To register and book room at the conference hotel* at the group rate, go to http://www.missouripublications.org. You may join or renew your membership when you register.

*The group rate is valid as long as rooms are available, up to and including 14-Feb-2009.

Preliminary Program
5th Anniversary Publishing Summit, March 5 & 6, 2009

Thurs. 1:00-2:00
On-site registration
Exhibit Hall Open
Silent Auction Begins

Thurs. 2-3:15
EDIT:  Joint session with Publishing:  Copyright and Other Legal Matters in the Internet Age.
Sandy Davidson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Journalism Law
Description:  Although courts apply old law to new technology, the Internet has created some challenging legal issues.  This presentation will focus on understanding the law and avoiding potential problems in the areas of copyright, libel and jurisdiction.

DESIGN:  Magazine Design: A Look at the Basic Principles
Jen Rowe, Associate Professor, Missouri Journalism School
Description:  A primer in design principles provides participates with foundational
knowledge to increase their visual literacy. See how applying these principles, from unity to contrast, will give your publication added punch.

PUBLISHING/SALES & MARKETING:  Joint session with Publishing: Copyright and Other Legal Matters in the Internet Age.
Sandy Davidson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Journalism Law
Description:  Although courts apply old law to new technology, the Internet has created some challenging legal issues.  This presentation will focus on understanding the law and avoiding potential problems in the areas of copyright, libel and jurisdiction.

Thurs. 3:30-4:45
EDIT:  Let’s Do A Feature!
Don Ranly, Missouri School of Journalism Professor Emeritus
Description:  Writing features does not mean writing fluff.  What it does mean is writing copy of all kinds with a flair that readers find compelling and enjoyable.   Through use of narrative and literary devices (similes, metaphors, examples, etc.), you’ll have more fun, and your copy will spring to life.

DESIGN:  You CAN judge a book by its cover.
Panel: Ed Biamonte, Jan Colbert, John Fennell, Jen Rowe.
Description:  You can judge a book by its cover if the book is a magazine.  At least the cover has much to do with whether your magazine gets into the hands of readers — either off the newsstand or in the home.  Four experts will lead a discussion with examples of the elements of a strong cover.

PUBLISHING/SALES & MARKETING:  Using social media to expand your brand.
Heather Mansfield, DIOSA Consulting.
Description:  Come learn how editors, publishers and circulation managers can use social media (MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, etc.) to provide more reader and customer insight, expand communication channels and measure their impact and effectiveness.

Thursday 5:00 Reception, 6:30 Ranly Awards Ceremony and Banquet
Keynote: Jim Spencer, Newsy.com:  Innovation and Global Media – sparking creativity and economic development in a global economy.
Description:  In June of 2008 a team of entrepreneurs started a global news venture in partnership with the Missouri School of Journalism. How and why did this happen and what has been achieved? What can the Missouri Association of Publications learn from their efforts and how can members benefit from them?

Friday, 7am

Friday 8:15-9:30
EDIT:  Grammar I:  Grammar is Power.
Jennifer Rowe, Associate Professor, Missouri School of Journalism
Description:  Learn how understanding the basic power structure of grammar, from types of clauses, phrases and sentences to the ins and outs of comma and punctuation
placement. With exercises and clear guidelines, you’ll join this most popular session, and brush up on all those things you once learned but might have forgotten.

EDIT:  Blueprints for sound storytelling.
Jacqui Banaszynski, Knight Chair in Editing at Missouri School of Journalism.
Description:  The challenges of organization and focus plague even the most experienced writers. But there are some common blueprints that help writers build sound, elegant stories. Those blueprints provide a safe, reliable structure on which both creativity and clarity can stand, and give editors a framework to help coach complicated stories.

DESIGN (Advanced):  Magazine design in the digital era.
Reuben Stern, Managing Editor, Columbia Missourian.
Description:  What does the future hold for print design in an increasingly online world? This session will go beyond the basic principles of design to explore new ideas, tools and tips for engaging readers visually in print and across platforms. The presentation will showcase some of the latest developments in publication design for both print and electronic media and provide specifics on how to integrate these emerging trends into your own work.

PUBLISHING/SALES & MARKETING:  What media buyers need to know about your publication.
Tim Bingaman, President & CEO of Circulation Verification Council in Kirkwood.
Description:  Is your publication the “path of least resistance” for media buyers evaluating advertising purchases for your market?  This session will present how to effectively present your circulation, rate card and media kit, reader demographics and SRDS listings so media buyers have the information they need to include your publication in their media mix.

Friday 9:45-11:00
EDIT:  Grammar II:  More (Grammar) Power to the People.
Jennifer Rowe, Associate Professor, Missouri School of Journalism
Description:  For those who want to master more advanced techniques of grammar, style and
usage. we’ll delve further into the mysteries of the English language. This
session is for all of you who are closet grammar geeks or wannabes.

EDIT (Convergence):  Multimedia Reporting: Not Just an Add-on to the “Real” Story.  Joint session with publishing
Mike McKean, Convergence Chair of Missouri School of Journalism.
Description: Stop paying lip service to cross-platform journalism and start evaluating the best way to tell each story with all the tools available to your staff.  See and discuss real examples of real convergence.

DESIGN:  Advanced photography.
Edward Biamonte. Photo Editor of 417 Magazine.
Description:  Edward Biamonte has served the last 4 years as the Photo Editor/Head Photographer for the award winning regional magazine 417. His extensive photographic career started in Chicago in the early 80’s which took him to all the major hubs of catalogue and fashion photography.

PUBLISHING/SALES & MARKETING:  Joint session with EDIT (Convergence):  Multimedia Reporting: Not Just an Add-on to the “Real” Story.
Mike McKean, Convergence Chair, Missouri School of Journalism.
Description: Stop paying lip service to cross-platform journalism and start evaluating the best way to tell each story with all the tools available to your staff.  See and discuss real examples of real convergence.

Friday 11:15-12:30
EDIT:  Making the Web and databases work for you.
Brant Houston, Knight Chair of Investigate and enterprise reporting at U of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign.
Description:  This session will show how to use computer-assisted reporting to produce new and different stories, become more efficient in Web searches, and how to save and make time in the digital world.

DESIGN:  Type and resonance in the digital world.
Jan Colbert Magazine Journalism Chair, Missouri School of Journalism
Description:  Typography used to be the territory of a few; now everyone is an expert. Come figure out how to separate the faddish from the stylish and how to enhance storytelling with meaningful type decisions.

PUBLISHING/SALES & MARKETING:  Best sales and marketing idea roundtable.
Gary Whitaker, Fred Parry, Charlene Finck.

Friday 12:30-2:00
ANNUAL MEETING LUNCHEON:  Tom Junod, Keynote Speaker.

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One Comment on “Missouri Association of Publications 5th Anniversary Publishing Summit Registration Opens!”

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