Friday, April 6, 2007

Learn how news decisions are made

Ever wonder how news organizations decide which stories to cover? Want to complain about The Gazette's recent decision to discontinue daily stock listings? Here's your chance to get answers, get angry or both. Leadership Pikes Peak will host "Meet the Press: How decisions are made in your local newsrooms," from 8 to 10 a.m. April 12 at the studios of KKTV Channel 11, 3100 N. Nevada Ave. in Colorado Springs.

A breakfast will take place at 8 a.m., followed by an 8:30 a.m. panel discussion including Jeff Thomas, editor and vice president of The Gazette; Ralph Routon, executive editor of the Colorado Springs Independent; Nick Matesi, Channel 11 new director; and Jim Arthur, KVOR radio program director. A pair of interactive role-playing sessions will take place at 9:30 a.m.: "Selling your story," a practice session to learn how to pitch story ideas and generate press for your organization or issue; and "Telling your story," how to address issues in front of a camera that will include live simulations on the KKTV set.

The event is open to Leadership Pikes Peak alumni and the public; the cost is $5. To attend, RSVP by April 11 to 632-2618 or

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