News Industry Summit
(annual convention)
Oct. 5-7, Charles Morris Center and The Brice Hotel, Savannah, Ga.

The News Industry Summit offers an executive-level perspective of challenges facing the newspaper industry and how successful companies are re-imagining their businesses and processes to serve a changing audience.  

Top speakers – from inside and outside the newspaper industry – will talk about how innovators will survive the disruption of the Internet, how to lead change and create a culture of innovation, strategies that are finding traction at newspapers in the U.S. and around the world, new business models and the changing ways that readers get news.

Between now and Sept. 15, the registration fee is $695. The special rate for first-time attendees is $495. Costs will increase after Sept. 15.

The News Industry Summit will be held Oct. 5-7 at the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees Gardens.

Getting to Savannah
This is the first News Industry Summit to be held in Savannah.  More than 50 million people have visited Savannah in the last 10 years, drawn by its elegant architecture, ornate ironwork, fountains and green squares.  Savannah's Historic District was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966.  It is one of the largest historic landmarks in the country.

The Brice Hotel, 601 East Bay Street, is located in Washington Square within walking distance to River Street and the Historic District.

The nearby Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is just 10 miles from the hotel.  Door-to-door driving directions can be found on the hotel's website: www.bricehotel.com/downtown-savannah/map-directions.html

While The Brice does not provide service to and from the Savannah airport, K Shuttle is the most economical way to travel at $20 one-way and $30 roundtrip. A taxi averages about $31 (one-way), plus tip. Reservations can be made by going online to K Shuttle. The number of downtown hotel stops will depend on the destinations of others on the bus.

Sponsorships and Exhibits
The program also features 16 companies that are exhibiting their newest and most innovative products and services – all designed to streamline operations, generate revenue or open doors to new business opportunities. 

Post-Conference visit to Hunter Army Airfield Base
For those who can extend their stay in Savannah, SNPA has planned a five-hour tour, briefing and hands-on experience at Hunter Army Airfield Base on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 7.  

Participants will have lunch with soldiers on the base, hear a briefing on U.S. engagement throughout the world, see an impressive array of aircraft and test their skills in flight and engagement simulators. Details here.

For more information, call SNPA at (404) 256-0444, check this site frequently (snpa.org/summit.html) and read the weekly SNPA eBulletin for up-to-date program descriptions and details.

 
The Charles Morris Center in Savannah, Ga., is adjacent to The Brice Hotel. (Photo: James Byous)

 
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