Registration is now open for the 2019 New England Newspaper Conference
2019 New England Newspaper Conference: Schedule and Sessions
Thursday, October 10, 2019
AC Hotel Marriott, Worcester, MA (new location!)
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2019 Conference Schedule
10 a.m. Registration & Coffee
11 a.m. Conference Opens With Keynote Speaker Nicco Mele & Awards Luncheon (please don’t be late!)
Afternoon Sessions To Follow Awards Luncheon
5 p.m. Conference Cocktail Reception (cash bar)
6 p.m. Yankee Quill Dinner & Awards Presentation
About The Keynote Speaker
Headlining the event this year is Nicco Mele. Mele will talk about the future of journalism, and what business models might be the most promising to help sustain the industry. He will also discuss how newspapers can strengthen relationships with their audiences, while also developing diverse revenue streams.
During the New England Newspaper Awards Luncheon, the top awards from the region will be announced including the Newspaper of the Year Awards, the prestigious Publick Occurrences Awards, New England First Amendment Award, Allan B. Rogers Editorial Award and the Bob Wallack Community Journalism Award will also be recognized.
The New England Society of News Editors will present a panel on Possibilities and Pitfalls of Alternative Funding: Grants, Projects and Ethical Considerations. Seeking and utilizing “alternative funding” for projects has become more common in some newsrooms, and has long been part of the business model for public media. Panelists from The Boston Globe, Connecticut Public Broadcasting, The Ground Truth, and The Union Leader of Manchester, N.H., will discuss their experiences and challenges with this revenue stream.
- Charlie Sennott, Founder, The Ground Truth Project / Report for America
- Heidi Flood, Strategic Lead, Partners & Outreach, Boston Globe Media
- Mike Cote, Deputy Managing Editor, Business, New Hampshire Union Leader
- Tim Rasmussen, Chief Content Officer, Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network
Creative Approaches to New Revenue, will be presented by the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association. Faced with decreasing advertising sales, newspapers are getting creative – developing unique ideas to generate new sources of revenue. From special-focus websites and products to ongoing speaker series, these initiatives are reaching new audiences and even bringing in new advertising dollars.
In this program, panelists from several newspapers will describe initiatives they launched and discuss their overall impact on the bottom line.
- Jane Seagrave, Publisher, Vineyard Gazette
- George Arwady, Publisher & CEO, The Republican
- Peter Meyer, Region VP – GateHouse Media, President & Publisher – The Providence Journal, Group Publisher & President – GateHouse New England
Yankee Quill Awards Dinner
Capping the day will be the Yankee Quill Awards, where we will pay tribute to five individuals for their exceptional contributions to their communities and our industry.