2019 New England Newspaper Conference: Schedule and Sessions

Registration is now open for the 2019 New England Newspaper Conference

Thursday, October 10, 2019
AC Hotel Marriott, Worcester, MA (new location!)

Let people know you are attending and feel free to live tweet during the event using the hashtag #NENewsConference.

For more information please contact NENPA at 781.281.2053 or c.panek@nenpa.com.
Venue >>

AC Hotel Worcester NENPA Conference




AC Hotel Worcester
125 Front Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01608

Reservations Closed

2019 Conference Schedule

  • 10:00 a.m.
    Registration & Coffee
  • 11:00 a.m.
    Conference Opens With Keynote Speaker Nicco Mele
  • 12:30 p.m.
    Awards Luncheon (please don’t be late!)
  • 2:30 p.m.
    NESNE session – Alternative Funding/Revenue Sources
    MNPA Board Meeting
  • 3:45 p.m.
    MNPA session – Creative Approaches to New Revenue
    NESNE Board Meeting
  • 5:00 p.m.
    Conference Cocktail Reception (cash bar)
  • 6:00 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.

Awards Luncheon

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.

Afternoon Sessions

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 Project, and The New Hampshire Union Leader, will discuss their experiences and challenges with these revenue streams.

Panelists include:

  • Charlie St. Amand, Panel Moderator, Practitioner in Residence, Communication & Journalism Department, Suffolk University
  • 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.

Panelists Include:

  • Marianne Stanton, Panel Moderator, Editor & Publisher, The Inquirer and Mirror
  • 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.

View the 2019 honorees