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"Media Training for Law Enforcement Leaders"

Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC) 

Springfield, Missouri

April 25th and 26th, 2023                       


Location:                 MOCIC Headquarters

                                 2255 W. Sunset

                                 Springfield, MO  65807

Length:                    Two days

Class Starts:           8:30 a.m. each day

POST-Certified:     12 Hours

Cost:                        $455.00



Training Provider:  Media Training for Law Enforcement, LLC



This two-day course, 12 hours of which are certified by Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), is hosted by Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC). The class teaches First Responders, Command Staff, and Public Information Officers (P-I-Os) how to quickly and efficiently respond to urgent news demands. Students will learn how to build successful news media relations programs that deliver their agency’s messages to citizens through traditional and social media.


The class combines lectures with hands-on exercises and includes on-camera training. Students will encounter “crisis” scenarios and will brief "reporters" on “breaking” news. Classmates will play the role of aggressive reporters. Critiques and discussions will follow.

The course traces the development of news media, providing the history that has led to the emergence of social media as an important force. Students will exchange “Best Practices” in the use of social media to promote their agencies’ objectives.


 Participants will learn how to:


  • Be proactive in dealing with the news media

  • Improve on-camera performance

  • Control TV, radio, online, and print interviews

  • Stage and conduct successful press conferences

  • Write press releases that shape the story and encourage coverage

  • Manage media relations in a crisis when it "hits the fan”

  • Anticipate media demands and understand what drives coverage

  • Build trusting relationships with reporters and editors

  • Enhance an agency's reputation by promoting its good works


Students are asked to bring their own media horror stories to discuss how they could be handled differently after training.


Instructors for this class are:


Gary Nurenberg is a veteran television correspondent with more than two-dozen awards for his national and local reporting.  He has covered major stories, including the 2018 elections,  the drug wars in Washington, DC,  the September 11 attacks,  the Oklahoma City bombing, the Beltway Snipers, and the trials of Timothy McVeigh, OJ Simpson, the Unabomber, and the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.  For more than a decade, he has coached television performance clients from both private industry and federal agencies.  Nurenberg is a member of the bar in both Vermont and Washington, D.C.


Joe Paglia, a nationally recognized marketing and public relations professional, is also a former television news reporter and the winner of several journalism awards.  As a media trainer for corporate executives and organizational leaders, Paglia serves as a media relations representative, spokesperson, copywriter, editor, and speechwriter. Paglia directed marketing communications and public relations for various business units at Eastman Kodak Company.  He was the Director of Public Relations for Monroe Community College, where he managed crisis communications during a historic, community-wide disaster.


Here are some comments from participants in previous classes:


  • "One of the absolute best classes I have ever taken to assist me in doing my PIO duties at this point in my career. A must-take class for command staff." — Student at the April 2022 MOCIC class

  • “Yours was one of the very best classes I’ve had in my career.” — Lieutenant, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia

  • “The class was most awesome. All command staff and supervisors should attend this course.” — Lieutenant, Newport Rhode Island Police Department

  • “Your class was one of the best trainings I’ve had in years. I left with more than I expected and know I’m more prepared for what I will encounter with my PIO duties.” — Public Information Officer, United States Postal Inspection Service s  



Hilton Garden Inn is offering the Government Rate for your stay during this class.


Attendees must use this link to receive the Government Rate. If the link fails, please copy and paste it into your browser:,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT 

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