SNPA News Industry Summit

Disruption in the music industry: What newspapers can learn from the turnaround

Thursday afternoon, Oct. 11

Carol Hudler and Mark Montgomery
Carol Hudler and Mark Montgomery

Digital disruption is now decades old to both the music and the newspaper industry.  Massive shifts in platforms and business models have forced publishers and content creators to take new paths and learn some important lessons along the way.

On Thursday afternoon during the upcoming SNPA News Industry Summit, join industry veteran Carol Hudler as she interviews Mark Montgomery, a music industry veteran and serial entrepreneur to understand how the lessons learned and paths taken in the music industry might provide insights that could help local media operations today.

About our presenters:

CAROL HUDLER spent years navigating change as a senior executive for Gannett and other Fortune 500 media companies. She left her position as publisher of The Tennessean and president of the Gannett Company's South Group in 2013 and founded Hudler Success Strategies. In this role, she consults with media companies and other organizations undergoing transformation, places talent in interim leadership positions, and assists clients exploring or undertaking new opportunities.  She helped develop programs for several past Mega-Conferences and was one of the judges for this year's Mega-Innovation Award.

MARK MONTGOMERY has spent a lifetime bringing transformation and innovation to entrepreneurship, tech, music and consumer brands. Working with everyone from A-list artists to banks, venture firms, healthcare companies, spirits companies, large consumer brands, political campaigns and startups, he's generated hundreds of millions of dollars of shareholder value and economic impact. His current work is focused on empowering creative transformation: from guiding young entrepreneurs to advising C-Suites at banks, consumer data firms and disruptive tech companies. More at

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The SNPA News Industry Summit has topics for publishers, general managers, digital and advertising directors, newsroom leaders and other key leaders throughout your paper.

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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.

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