The Sixth GEN: Hugh Osteen absorbs new ideas for an old family 12/5/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Hugh Osteen comes from a newspaper family. He was so well-acquainted with SNPA that he applied for the NEX GEN program as soon as he could – too soon, in fact.

It was suggested that Osteen get some more experience and develop his skill set before re-applying. A couple of years later he joined the 2016-17 class of the mentoring program for up-and-coming executives.

"I've been going to SNPA conferences since I was five years old," said Osteen, 28. "I am the sixth generation in our family in the newspaper business, so I kind of grew up going to all these things."

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Looking past tomorrow's paper 11/21/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Tony Elkins, director of innovation for GateHouse Media, said his NEX GEN year with SNPA focused more on ideas than on personal development. He and his mentor often talked in the abstract and then focused on how to apply ideas and avoid repeating the mistakes of others.

Elkins enjoyed the NEX GEN program so much that he accepted an invitation to be a mentor to a participant in this year's class.

The year-long NEX GEN program offers newspaper professionals with executive potential the opportunity to develop their industry knowledge, analytical skills and aptitude for innovation.

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Short-term challenges, long-term goals 11/14/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Carlene Cox says her NEX GEN experience was less structured than most because her mentor was in the same city. That made getting together easier, which became important when she changed jobs.

Cox, 34, was director of newsroom development at GateHouse Media in Austin, Texas, when she was accepted into SNPA's mentoring program. At the time, she knew a job change was possible within the GateHouse corporate structure, but the specifics were still being worked out.

Ultimately, she was named director of specialty content.

The year-long NEX GEN program offers newspaper professionals with executive potential the opportunity to develop their industry knowledge, analytical skills and aptitude for innovation.

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NEX GEN program helps Vic Bowers with job transition 11/6/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Vic Bowers of The McClatchy Company says SNPA offered him practical application as opposed to theory during his 2016-17 NEX GEN year. "How to work in a changing environment. How to adapt. How to manage up as well as manage down."

The year-long NEX GEN program offers newspaper professionals with executive potential the opportunity to develop their industry knowledge, analytical skills and aptitude for innovation.

Bowers' assigned mentor was Nancy Solliday, vice president/advertising sales for The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla.

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Mentors are named for NEX GEN Class of 2017-18 8/29/17

Nine of the brightest talents in the newspaper industry will be serving as mentors for SNPA's NEX GEN Class of 2017-18.

The NEX GEN protégés will meet for the first time with their mentors at the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 10-12. The 2017-18 NEX GEN experience will culminate with a presentation at SNPA's 2018 News Industry Summit in Nashville.

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Nine executives selected for 2017-18 mentor program 8/8/17

The SNPA Foundation has selected nine newspaper executives to participate in the 2017-2018 NEX GEN program. Each of the nine participants will be paired with one of the brightest talents in the newspaper industry.

The year-long NEX GEN program offers newspaper professionals with executive potential the opportunity to develop their industry knowledge, analytical skills and aptitude for innovation.

Meet the Class of 2017-18!

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Meet the NEX GEN class of 2017-18 8/8/17

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Keeping things in perspective 1/3/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

One of the benefits of the NEX GEN program for Bobby Youngs was learning more about the basics of newspaper publishing and how other newspapers operate. He said his mentor, Steve Dorsey, vice present/innovation and planning at the Austin American-Statesman, "exposed me to other aspects of the industry that I don't know if I would have gotten so quickly."

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Mentoring is a commitment 11/29/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Laura Ray Iwanski says much of her job with Morris Communications markets in Savannah, Ga., and Bluffton, S.C., entails helping traditionally trained print account executives to "embrace and adopt digital" and educate their clients about the benefits. Her NEX GEN mentor, Christian Hendricks, was helpful with that, she said. "We talked a lot about innovation and propelling a team that might not seemingly be ready to move forward."

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An opportunity to learn something new 11/14/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

As enterprise editor for LNP Media Group in Lancaster, Penn., Lison Joseph says 80 percent of his job is focused on print. When he applied for SNPA's NEX GEN mentoring program, he wanted to learn more about digital journalism from someone with hands-on experience.

Joseph was matched with Christy Oglesby, then managing editor/audience growth for Cox Media Group in Atlanta. With CNN also on her resume, Oglesby had expertise in using video to drive traffic to a website.

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