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Registration is now open for the annual New England Newspaper Conference and awards luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, October 11 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick, MA!

This is one of the most prestigious newspaper events of the year. The program features top experts who will speak about pressing issues confronting all of us today, including:

Philip Rucker, White House Bureau Chief, The Washington Post- Join us for an interview with Philip Rucker, the White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post, who has been leading its coverage of the Donald Trump presidency. He and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for their reporting on Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and he won the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for distinguished reporting on the presidency. Bill Kole, The Associated Press editor for New England will sit with Mr. Rucker to talk about covering the Trump White House, and the effects that the attack on journalism by the current administration is having on the public’s trust in us.

Burt Herman, Director of Innovation Projects, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism– Burt Herman will review some of the exciting projects that the Institute is involved in for local news innovation and sustainability for newspapers across the country. Burt co-founded Storify, a social media storytelling platform used by top media organizations, brands and non-profit organizations that has won numerous awards for journalism innovation. He is also co-founder of Hacks/Hackers, a global grassroots movement bringing together journalists and technologists. In his earlier work as a journalist, Burt covered stories around the world for The Associated Press as a correspondent and bureau chief for 12 years. He was a 2009 Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University, where he earlier graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Plus, we’ll start the day with interactive breakout roundtable discussions – a unique chance to learn how other papers in the region are tackling the challenges we all face, and share your own experience:

Sponsored Content – where do we draw the line when it comes to sponsored content? What are the current trends? Are we losing credibility with our readers because they can’t distinguish sponsored content from journalism? – discussion will be led by members of the New England Society of News Editors (NESNE).

Digital Subscriptions – how to increase your digital subscriptions (and subscription revenue) – a panel discussion with New England newspapers.

At the awards luncheon we will present the 2018 New England Newspapers of the Year, this year’s prestigious Publick Occurrences awards, the Allan B. Rogers Editorial Award, the New England First Amendment Award, the AP Sevellon Brown New England Journalist of the Year and the Bob Wallack Community Journalism Award.

The afternoon sessions will feature the annual New England Society of News Editors (NESNE) journalism conference. Seminars will include a stellar lineup of speakers and panels on the hottest topics in our industry. A panel discussion on “Fake News and Mis-information” will feature some of the brightest members of the region’s newspapers.

Plus, we’ll have a panel on Public Records including tips for obtaining them, and what to do when you encounter journalistic stonewalling.

The Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association will hold their annual meeting in the afternoon, and will present sessions that publishers from across the region will be want to attend. More information on the MNPA sessions will follow.

The evening events will include the Yankee Quill Cocktail Reception and Awards Dinner. Come raise your glass and enjoy light refreshments when you join us for a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. to catch up with new (and old) industry friends and celebrate the day’s achievements with NENPA, MNPA, NESNE and the Academy of New England Journalists .

Finally, you are encouraged to attend the 2018 Yankee Quill Awards Dinner that evening. This year’s honorees are David Randall Moats, former Rutland (VT) Herald Pulitzer Prize winning journalist; Wayne Phaneuf, executive editor, The Republican of Springfield, Mass.; Ken Squier, veteran journalist and American sportscaster; Lou Ureneck, Boston university professor of journalism and former journalist.The academy is also presenting the award posthumously to Henry Martyn Burt, (1831-1899) editor and publisher of the mountain-top newspaper Among the Clouds covering the White mountains of New Hampshire.

All of this will take place on Thursday, October 11 at the Crowne Plaza in Natick, MA. The price for the full day conference, including the awards luncheon, is just $109 per person. Tickets to the Yankee Quill Awards dinner are sold separately.

Our 2018 conference is shaping up to be one of the best ever in New England. A detailed schedule of events will be announced soon. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Questions? Please contact Christine Panek at c.panek@nenpa.com or 781-281-7284.

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