Registration is open for the 2019 New England Newspaper Conference. This year the conference will focus on revenue, alternative funding and future business models for newspapers.
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 is a lecturer in public policy and previous director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Mele took over leadership of the Shorenstein Center in 2016 after serving as Senior Vice President and Deputy Publisher of the Los Angeles Times and as the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism at the University of Southern California. He is the author of The End of Big: How The Internet Makes David the New Goliath and co-founder of EchoDitto (now Echo & Co.), a leading internet strategy and consulting firm. Mele also is a board member of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.
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 Journalist 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 will discuss their experiences 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
- Deidre Tavera, Sr. Vice President for Strategy and Development, 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.
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.