Hotel rooms for the SNPA News Industry Summit 9/18/18

The News Industry Summit will be held at the Nashville Hilton. The SNPA room block at the Hilton has been released, but the hotel might have rooms available at its standard pricing. To check availability, call the hotel at (615) 620-1000 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or dial 1-800-HILTONS.

There are many hotels in and around downtown Nashville. To shop for the best available rate, check your favorite travel website like hotels.com and Travelocity.com

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Crisis PR: How to counter the assault on journalism and media credibility 9/11/18

In today's highly divisive political environment, the media and its credibility have become the news. Reporters and media outlets are under attack from all sides – the public, companies, social media, even the nation's highest office. How can local newspapers convince their audience to click and read when they're constantly warned of "fake news"?

During next month's SNPA News Industry Summit in Nashville, Tara Deering Hansen, principal of Sonder Public Relations, will discuss the importance of local newspapers developing a public relations strategy to strengthen trust and credibility in their communities. Like any reputable company, newspapers must know and own their brand.

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Getting paid for content: Rethinking fair use 9/10/18

The newspaper industry's practice of permitting digital platforms such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and others to exploit content created by publishers without compulsory or use-based compensation must change, says John Chachas, managing partner of Methuselah Advisors, a merger advisory firm specializing in serving media, digital and other industrial clients.

In a hard-hitting presentation at next month's SNPA News Industry Summit. Chachas will talk about his firm's evaluation of the economic model of the publishing industry. "Absent a major re-definition of the relationship between publishers and digital companies, the survival of many daily papers will be at risk," he says. Publishers of all SNPA member newspapers need to hear this presentation.

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Programming content like a YouTuber 9/3/18

YouTube is the next generation of television – the future of how people (especially young people) are consuming media.

"Every month, more than one billion people visit YouTube to watch more than six BILLION hours of video," says Kevin Grosch, co-founder and CEO of Made In Network, a Nashville-based media and technology company in partnership with AMG/Parade.

Grosch, who will address SNPA's News Industry Summit next month, says: "As users drastically increase every year, it is important for local media companies to think beyond and learn about how to successfully play in the creative YouTube arena."

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Best ideas from SNPA's Publisher-to-Publisher video conferences 8/27/18

A fast-paced session that will highlight the best ideas from SNPA's popular Publisher-to-Publisher video conferences will be a highlight at SNPA's News Industry Summit in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 10-12. It will be led by Tom Silvestri, president and publisher of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch.

Need ideas on revenue, cost-cutting, organizing your sales force, leveraging data to build audience and diversify revenue, ways news coverage impacts your revenue, and creating a digital agency? Then, you need to be in Nashville for the News Industry Summit.

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"We're taking a page out of the SNPA playbook that makes your participation in a program or conference pay for itself," Silvestri said. "In this quick-paced segment, we'll share an assortment of revenue ideas and other best practices gleaned from this year's new initiative called P2P."

These publisher-to-publisher video conference calls attracted more than 100 participants who detailed their winning ideas.

"Consider this Nashville session a super P2P," Silvestri said.
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How to build trust and understanding with your audience 8/19/18

At a time when audience trust and loyalty have never been more important, new research and ideas from the American Press Institute show many ways in which the press and the public misunderstand each other, as well as where they agree.

At SNPA's News Industry Summit, Oct. 10-12 in Nashville, learn how your newspaper can build a foundation of trust by better explaining what you do and why. Avoid the common pitfalls that confuse and alienate readers. Build the brand credibility that leads to subscriptions and long-term loyalty.

Jeff Sonderman, deputy executive director and executive vice president of API, will lead this News Industry Summit session. He says that issues of trust and understanding are linked. API's research, he said, shows that "understanding is the foundation for trust."

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Beyond problem-solving: Leading through the chaos and setting the course 8/7/18

The strategic plan developed by the SNPA Board of Directors encourages the creation of a publisher development program based on what members have identified as a training void in our industry.

Publishers attending the News Industry Summit in Nashville, Oct. 10-12, will get a taste of this new initiative.

Tom Silvestri, president and publisher of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch and chairman of SNPA's Executive Development Committee, said the committee "has outlined an approach and invited The Poynter Institute to help create such a program for SNPA members." Any program created would require SNPA Board approval.

He said an expanded segment at the fall SNPA conference in Nashville will "provide a sample of what such a development program could be."

He added, "This live demonstration will focus on helping current publishers and publishers-to-be lead through the chaos and uncertainty to constantly anticipate what's next and have the wherewithal to turn possibilities into positive results. You won't get a certificate for completing the Poynter-led overview, but you'll help SNPA further refine a development program that we hope will be career-changing for our publisher members."

Neil Brown, president of The Poynter Institute, will lead the segment at the News Industry Summit.

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A dozen reasons to head to Nashville 7/31/18

SNPA's 2018 News Industry Summit is not for everybody.

If you've already hit your 2018 revenue goals, you could skip it and experience Nashville any time.

If you know exactly how your company is going to navigate the digital environment and you have a plan in place to counter claims about your credibility, take a vacation instead.

But if your situation mirrors the experience of most newspaper executives ... find a way to be there. Attending this program will pay for itself many times over.

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Kirk Davis to address News Industry Summit this fall in Nashville 6/5/18

During the 2018 News Industry Summit, GateHouse Media CEO Kirk Davis will address how the GateHouse business model is evolving to build a sustainable future for local journalism.

In his discussion, he will address news and content innovation, building new revenue streams and the strategic way GateHouse is pursuing efficiencies. GateHouse Media parent, New Media Investment Group, has invested nearly $1 billion in local media in just 4 1/2 years. While the company has grown appreciably, Davis will explain how local journalism and quality remain at the forefront of their mission.

The News Industry Summit will be held Oct. 10-12 and, for the first time, in Nashville, Tenn.

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