A program of renaissance for a newly merged association's annual meeting 7/9/19

Register by next Tuesday to take advantage of discounted rates.

When retired judge Frederic Rutberg and three other investors bought The Berkshire Eagle in western Massachusetts and three sister dailies in Vermont, he set what seemed like an audacious goal for papers that had suffered relentless cost-cutting under Digital First Media ownership.

"In 2016, new ownership announced its goal to make The Eagle the finest community newspaper in America," Rutberg wrote in a column earlier this year, "and we would do so employing a rather novel strategy: By improving the paper and its websites, we will attract more readers, which will guarantee sustainability for our staff, our readers and our community."

Three years later, the strategy is working.

The Eagle newsroom has been staffed up, with several of the 40 journalists concentrating on investigative reporting. Subscriptions are up and the community is responding to a product of local ownership focused on local news and issues.

Rutberg will tell the story of The Eagle's renaissance this October in Chicago during the first Annual Meeting after the formal merger of the Inland Press Association and SNPA.

The Eagle session fits well with the rest of the program that is coming together for the Oct. 6-8 Annual Meeting. One theme is emerging as sessions are added to the agenda: Strategies for sustainability – financially and journalistically.

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Add your company's name to our growing list of sponsors 7/8/19

The new association that will be formed by the merger of SNPA and Inland Press Association is honored by the commitment of some major sponsors for its Oct. 6-8 annual meeting in Chicago.

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Celebrate the merger of SNPA and Inland at the October Annual Meeting 7/1/19

For the next two weeks, discounted registrations are being offered for the 2019 Annual Meeting of SNPA and Inland Press Association. Through July 16, discounted rates of $695 are being offered to members of SNPA and Inland. The early-bird rate for non-members is $995.

We hope you will come celebrate the new association that is being formed through the merger of SNPA and Inland. Read more about the merger here.

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Tomorrow is deadline for early-bird discounts at Annual Meeting 6/25/19

Register for the 2019 Annual Meeting of SNPA and Inland Press Association by the end of the day Tuesday and save on your conference fees. Discounted early-bird rates of $695 are available to members through the end of the day on July 16. The early-bird rate for non-members is $995.

Here's a taste of what you'll hear in Chicago, Oct. 6-8:
  • Walter Hussman reports on the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's bold move to convert all its subscribers to digital subscribers.
  • Recruitment guru Laurie Kahn on what newspapers need to do to assemble a team of sales superstars.
  • The Post and Courier reveals results from the Google News Initiative – literally days after its conclusion.
  • News from Washington on the newspaper industry's fight to get a fair share of revenue from Facebook and Google.Springs.
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Bold new business models to be featured at Annual Meeting 6/13/19

While the discussions of new business models will doubtless grab the headlines of the Joint Annual Meeting, the agenda will also offer the kind of practical, real-life information that have made conferences at both associations so valuable.

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View photos from the Mega-Conference 3/5/19

View photos from the 2019 Mega-Conference on the SNPA Facebook page.

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More free P2P video conferences coming in 2019 11/20/18

SNPA's monthly P2P video conference calls for publishers and department heads provided members with more than a $1,000,000 in revenue and cost-cutting ideas in 2018 ... and more programs are coming in 2019!

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2019 Joint Annual Meeting of SNPA and Inland will be in Chicago 11/20/18

SNPA and Inland Press Association will team up for a Joint Annual Meeting this October.

SNPA and Inland, known for programming practical, actionable information in a collegial environment, will meet at the J.W. Marriott Chicago in the city's Loop from Sunday, Oct. 6, through Tuesday, Oct. 8.

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