Scott Parrott, PF&R Chair
We have two professional tours lined up for Chicago, taking members into a famous newsroom and into the public media company responsible for one of the most popular podcasts in history.
The tours, which take place Friday, are scheduled so they do not interfere with our division’s research presentations and poster sessions. Each should last about an hour, leaving time for transportation between the conference and tour sites. Spots remain available, so please let us know if you are interested in the free trips.
First, at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, a small group of MCS members will tour the Chicago Tribune, located in the Tribune Tower two blocks South of our conference hotel.
On this tour, you will be able to attend the daily budget meeting for the Tribune. You will also get the chance to meet journalists such as Public Editor Margaret Holt.
Space is limited to 10 members. Therefore, we are taking reservations first-come, first-serve. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org . At the time of this writing (July 10), we have two spots available. You must be outside the Tribune building at 9:45 a.m. in order to sign in with Tribune security and attend the meeting.
At 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, we are going to tour Chicago Public Media on the Navy Pier about 1 mile east of the conference hotel. It is a 22-minute walk or short commute via public transportation, cab, Lyft or Uber.
Chicago Public Media is home to radio programs such as Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, This American Life, and S-town, a podcast that went viral in 2017 and set records for downloads. S-town tells the story of an eccentric Alabama man who lives in a small town about 30 minutes east of Tuscaloosa, home of the University of Alabama and site of our 2018 Southeast Colloquium.
On this tour, we will meet outside the Chicago Public Media building at 1:45 p.m. Space is limited to 30 members. At the moment, we have plenty of spots available.
If you are interested in either tour, or if you have questions, please email Scott Parrott at email@example.com.