Registration for Mega-Conference has begun 9/3/19

Registration for the 2020 Mega-Conference has begun and this is your chance to register at discounted rates. The Feb. 17-19 conference in Fort Worth, Texas, will mark the 10th anniversary of the Mega-Conference.


Lee Enterprises announces board and corporate governance enhancements 7/15/19

Lee Enterprises, Incorporated has announced that digital media expert Megan Liberman has been appointed as a new independent director to the company's board. The company also announced several corporate governance enhancements.


Reserve a hotel room 7/10/19

The Key Executives Mega-Conference will be held at the Paris Las Vegas. Full details are available here about hotel accommodations.


The Buffalo News: A new kind of paywall 2/26/19

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

The Buffalo News was a finalist for the Mega-Innovation Award presented Tuesday afternoon at the Key Executives Mega-Conference.

Top honors went to GateHouse LIVE. Statesman Media also was a finalist.

On his first day in the newsroom of The Buffalo News, David Adkins asked about the paywall that was then operated by a third-party paywall technology company. Someone who was trying to be helpful told him, "Don't worry, you can get around it."

Having just come from a Florida paper that also operated with a problematic paywall, Adkins looked into the matter further. The result was the development of a proprietary paywall that largely closed the "leakiness" and brought dramatic increases in digital subscription revenue.


Statesman Media: Music to the bottom line 2/26/19

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Statesman Media (Studio Sessions) was a finalist for the Mega-Innovation Award presented Tuesday afternoon at the Key Executives Mega-Conference.

Top honors went to GateHouse LIVE. The Buffalo News also was a finalist.

Austin, Texas, calls itself the "Live Music Capital of the World," and Statesman Media capitalizes on music to make money with Austin360 Studio Sessions.

Studio Sessions is a live-stream half-hour music show produced in the Statesman Media studio used by both the American-Statesman newsroom and the company's advertising and production agency. It mainly showcases local music but also features up-and-coming regional bands, bands passing through town and the occasional national act.


GateHouse Live puts on the show 2/26/19

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

GateHouse Live was the recipient of the 2019 Mega-Innovation Award presented at the Key Executives Mega-Conference.

Putting on events has much in common with publishing, according to Jason Taylor, president of GateHouse Live and New Media Group Ventures.

Publishers, he said, create content that attracts an audience, and they try to monetize that audience. "An event does the exact same thing."


Innovation Award finalists to share success stories, lessons learned 2/5/19

The finalists for the Mega-Innovation Award have been announced. Read this story to see which companies placed in the top three. The winner will be announced Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Mega-Conference.


Register for Mega-Conference by Nov. 26 and save $100 10/23/18

Don't miss 2019's biggest industry event, where you will hear from the best in the country on how they are transforming their newspaper companies into dynamic multi-media entities.

Our speakers will feature top executives from both large and small organizations who are at the forefront of the dramatic changes in consumer and advertiser attitudes.

The Key Executives Mega-Conference is brought to you by SNPA, the Inland Press Association, Local Media Association and News Media Alliance.

This year we are dialing in the focus with two programming tracks – B2B and B2C.


Unauthorized housing warning -- conference hotel rooms 8/2/18

Please be vigilant if approached by any company or service that implies or claims to be an official housing provider for MEGA. Other housing companies or travel agencies may aggressively pursue you, or your company, to book your guest rooms through their company at supposedly significant discounts. The only way to book your rooms for MEGA is to use the channels provided on the Paris Las Vegas website.


New app, new strategy 2/27/18

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Block Communications markets NewsSlide as "more than an app." Instead, it's a new way to present news and advertising combining the best of print, TV and internet with the goal of immersing the reader.

Block executives call it a game-changer.

"It starts with the content," said Lisa Hurm, vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We needed a content strategy that appeals to people who really wanted to know what the news of the day was."

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