MSU Michigan Political Leadership Program comes to WKAR

Posted on: August 17, 2012


Former legislator and MPLP co-director Steve Tobocman provides feedback to one of the Fellows.

WKAR’s studios were abuzz this morning with 22 Fellows of the Michigan Political Leadership Program experiencing what it’s like to be interviewed by professional political reporters with the cameras rolling. Under the overall direction of WKAR’s Dave Collins, each Fellow recorded a political campaign television spot, and participated in a radio interview as well. To help them prepare as potential candidates for future state and local races, professionals from WKAR as well as public relations experts from around the state provided feedback to the Fellows while CAS students ran the cameras, sound and other production equipment. 

Today’s session is one of ten long weekends within the prestigious MPLP program, designed to assist aspiring state political leaders in developing the skills needed to handle various political campaign and public policy situations.

In addition to participating in a peer review of their performances during the lunch break, the Fellows were given a digital copy to take with them for continued review.

The Michigan Political Leadership Program provides a multi-partisan learning environment for an annual group of 24 individual Fellows (12 women and 12 men). The program incorporates practical politics, public policy analysis and process, personal leadership development and effective governance. Since it's inception in 1992, an estimated 45 percent of MPLP alumni are serving or have served in an appointed or elected capacity. There are currently 15 program alumni serving in the Michigan House of Representatives. 

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