SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting

Habit Forming: What Northwestern's Medill School discovered about the real keys to sustainable digital subscriptions

Tim Franklin, Edward Malthouse and Christine Taylor
Tim Franklin, Edward Malthouse and Christine Taylor

Extensive research and data analysis by the Local News Initiative at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications identified reader habits as vital to retaining online subscribers - but they also encountered some surprises along the way. For instance, subscribers who read a lot of stories and read them more deeply were not more likely to keep their subscriptions.

On Tuesday morning at the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting, our presenters will detail what really works to cultivate readers willing to pay for your valuable digital news content.

Our presenters are:

  • Tim Franklin, senior associate dean and head of the Local News Initiative, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communication, Northwestern University
  • Edward C. Malthouse, Erastus Otis Haven Professor, Northwestern's Media Management Center, and research director, Medill IMC Spiegel Research Center
  • Christine Taylor, managing editor, audience, Chicago Tribune

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First-time newspaper attendees - those who have never attended an Inland or SNPA annual meeting before - can register at the first-time rate of $595 (members) or $895 (non-members).

Team discounts also are available to newspapers that send five or more employees from the same paper.  Contact Carley Lintz at to request the team discount for the fifth (and additional) staff members.


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