Magazine article The Masthead

Kansas City Convention Pays Dividends for You and Your Boss: Digital Production, Reuniting America

Magazine article The Masthead

Kansas City Convention Pays Dividends for You and Your Boss: Digital Production, Reuniting America

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Its hot. News is slow. Your budget's in a vise. What to do? Convince your publisher/ editor/self that the time is right to invest in your future.

How?

The Web is our future. Opinion drives the Web. You want your news organization to be the destination for your community conversation, in print, broadcast, and online. But you need a little training, new ideas, and great news items to run with.

Have I got a deal for you.

Get yourself an incredible fall bargain airfare to Kansas City in late September so you can enroll in a first-ever online editorial boot camp, experience a full-day professional critique of your pages, and return home with a CD filled with innovative ideas from more than one hundred editorial pages.

Need more?

Our theme "Reuniting America" can be transplanted to any editorial page or broadcast in the next year. We'll have sessions on military strategies today, featuring leaders from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas and Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri (home of the stealth bomber). You'll hear two Missouri Republican state senators--allies on many issues--argue opposing sides in the stem cell research debate. Learn how elected officials manage to reunite politically divided communities to win office. Meet social conservative and presidential contender Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas and Kansas' two-term governor, Democrat Kathleen Sebelius, considered a possible vice presidential candidate.

Come to the home of Truman, jazz, and barbecue; visit the nation's official World War I Liberty Memorial museum; tour the just-opened addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; and visit the American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Consider how arts and music bring communities together.

Does your writing need a lift? Hear how Ernest Hemingway credited The Kansas City Star writing style guide for his later works. Or jot down ideas from editorial pages posted throughout the convention.

Prepare for '08 elections with a conference geared to help you reunite your communities, in advance of the divisive election season.

Stay a little longer

If possible, consider expanding your stay beyond the September 26-29 events. Just a two-hour drive away in the Kansas Flint Hills is Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, considered a more endangered ecosystem than the rainforest. (The National Park Service tour guides will be happy to explain more.) Or add time for interviews at Hallmark Cards headquarters; H&R Block headquarters; the NASCAR track in Kansas City, Kansas; the about-to-open downtown Sprint arena; or the sprawling Sprint-Nextel campus in suburban Overland Park, Kansas. You could also consider touring the Stowers Institute for Medical Research (funded with billions from the founder of American Century Investments) or the Kauffman Foundation, a national organization that advocates entrepreneurial education. …

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