March 8, 2018 found the current LSP class gathering for Media & Communications Day at both MPR and Twin Cities Public Television. The day began with a storyteller/reporter activity facilitated by Damon Shoholm, the LSP Curriculum Lead, which helped the class examine the difficulty that journalists face telling complex stories in our ‘social media driven, short-attention span’ society. This segued to the ever-popular Media Panel on “How Does the News Get Made?” featuring, Charles Hallman from the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, Michael Olson of Minnesota Public Radio, Jana Shortal from KARE11, Dave Orrick from the Pioneer Press/TwinCities.com and it was moderated by Cathy Wurzer of MPR. The class also heard from the ever-engaging Chad Weinstein and his Ethical Leaders in Action interactive presentation. Tours of both MPR and tpt allowed participants to visually see how the news gets made and the class was also trained in social media trends and the importance of careful communications in day-to-day leaders’ lives by Goff Public.
Special thanks to Richard Fong of Granicus and Suzanne Thompson of the Pioneer Press, co-chairs of the day and their committee, Mary Huss of Catholic Charities and Brad Losee of Anchor Bank, all from LSP ’17. Julia Jenson, Curriculum Chair and Damon Shoholm, Curriculum Lead were instrumental in making sure the day was a success.