SNPA's News Industry Summit: Oct. 10-12 in Nashville

How to build trust and understanding with your audience

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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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In his role at API, Sonderman helps to lead its use of research, tools, events and strategic insights to advance and sustain journalism.

He is a leader in helping modern journalism thrive through the right blend of technology, audience engagement, data-driven content strategy, integrated business models, and transformative leadership. He has worked as a writer, editor, manager, coach, trainer, speaker and consultant with diverse types of news publishers across the country.

He is the architect and developer of API's Metrics for News analytics software that reinvents how publishers use data to inform content strategy. He also edits API's Need to Know newsletter, a uniquely designed resource for spreading fresh, useful insights across the industry, and designed API's Strategy Studies research format for in-depth strategic guidance. And he consults with publishers on a range of issues related to content strategy, organizational transformation, audience development, newsroom structure and workflows, product management, and much more.

He has taught digital journalism at Georgetown University. Before joining the American Press Institute in 2013, he was the digital media fellow of The Poynter Institute. His earlier journalism background includes digital news – helping to launch TBD.com, a local digital news startup in Washington, D.C. – and various roles in newspapers, as an award-winning reporter, online editor and metro editor of The Times-Tribune in Scranton, Pa.

He graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and resides in Falls Church, Va., with his wife and daughter.

Hotel Rooms
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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