2018 New England Newspaper Conference: Schedule and Sessions

Registration is now closed. For more information please contact NENPA at 781.281.2053 or info@nenpa.com.
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8:00 am Registration and Coffee

9:00 am Roundtable Breakout Sessions

Discuss pressing issues in our industry with newsroom leaders from around New England. Choose one of the following moderated roundtable discussions to start your day.

> Digital Subscriptions with James Normandin – how to grow them successfully
> Sponsored Content with Lynn Santa Lucia & Ernesto Burden (Moderator: Terry Williams, President & COO, The Keene Sentinel)– are we helping or hurting ourselves? Sponsored by New England Society of News Editors

10:15 am Featured Speaker – Local News Innovation Projects, Burt Herman, Director of Innovation Projects, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism

11:00 am An interview with Philip Rucker, White House Bureau Chief, The Washington Post
Join us for an insightful interview on what it’s like covering the White House in these turbulent times. We’ll also talk about how the public’s trust in our industry has been affected by attack on journalism from the current administration.

Burt Herman, Director of Innovation Projects, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
Burt Herman, Director of Innovation Projects, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
Philip Rucker, White House Bureau Chief, The Washington Post
Philip Rucker, White House Bureau Chief, The Washington Post




MNPA Annual Meeting and Sessions – For the first time, the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association is holding its annual meeting in conjunction with the New England Newspaper Conference. The meeting will consist of two sessions:

2:30 pm  Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association Annual Meeting and Election of Officers (MNPA session) – During the annual meeting, the MNPA will hear reports on its legal and legislative activities during 2018, elect a new slate of officers and members, and approve an operating budget for 2019.

3:30 pm Anonymous Sources: Law, Policies and Practices (MNPA session)– Thanks to an anonymous op-ed in The New York Times and an explosive book by Bob Woodward, the use of anonymous sources is once again at the forefront of the news. What should a newspaper’s policy and practice be around the use of anonymous sources? What are the legal issues? We’ll debate and discuss these issues with a panel of journalism veterans:

  • Mike Bello, Deputy City Editor, Boston Globe. Mike Bello has been deputy city editor at the Boston Globe for 12 years, covering crime, spot news and court arraignments.
  • Wayne Phaneuf, Executive Editor, The Republican. Wayne Phaneuf is executive editor of The Republican in Springfield, where he has worked since 1969.
  • Peter J. Caruso Sr., Esq. is a media lawyer who has represented many news organizations and associations during his legal career.
  • Tracey Rauh (moderator), Managing Editor, The Eagle-Tribune. A 30-year veteran of newspapers and magazines, Tracey Rauh is managing editor of The Eagle-Tribune, a twice Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, its affiliated website, four weekly newspapers, and 16 glossy magazines.

Expert Panel Discussions– A panel of speakers talk about the issue, and offer ways to help educate journalists.

2:15 pm Fake News and Misinformation with Aimee Rinehart, Peter Huoppi & Paul Pronovost (Moderator: Dwayne Desaulniers, Director, New England Media at The Associated Press)-Charges of fake news have been growing louder and reaching wider in this country — from the White House to the man on the street, and the media industry is having to defend itself against a cacophony of angry voices as well as physical threats, in some cases. Some news organizations have protested the politically charged label by becoming more transparent, confronting misleading or untrue charges, even from the White House, to more than 300 news organizations nationwide committing to a coordinated effort by the Boston Globe to run editorials the same day on freedom of the press. This session will look at the issue of fake news and misinformation and what the media is and should be doing.

3:30 pm Open Records with Todd Feathers, Tom Zuppa & Rob Bertsche (Moderator: Emily Sweeney, Reporter, The Boston Globe)– With the media under attack, transparency in coverage has become an ever-important tool to inform and connect with the public. However, access to public information seems to be getting harder, even information available just a few years ago.

4:45 pm Annual NESNE Business Meeting

5:00 pm Joint MNPA/ Yankee Quill Cocktail Reception – Join the MNPA and the Academy of New England Journalists for a joint cocktail reception.

6:00 pm Yankee Quill Dinner and Awards Presentation