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Registration opens for the 2016 Mega-Conference

Registration has begun for the 2016 Key Executives Mega-Conference, to be held Feb. 22-24 in Austin, Texas.  The theme for this year's conference is "Recasting Success: Building a Vibrant and Sustainable Future."

Join more than 600 media executives as we explore new approaches, new solutions and new business models.

In making travel plans, please note: The conference opens at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22 (with a pre-conference BONUS SESSION at 10 a.m. that morning).  The conference adjourns at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

The conference will be held at the JW Marriott, Austin, Texas.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jeff Jarvis, blogger, director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at CUNY, media adviser and author of "Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News"
  • Tim Griggs, publisher of the Texas Tribune, former Knight Fellow and executive director of cross-platform monetization for The New York Times
  • Randy Siegel, president of Advance Local, and Pam Siddall, president of Advance Central Services
  • David Arkin, senior vice president of content and product development at GateHouse Media
  • Mike Boland, senior analyst and vice president of content, BIA/Kelsey
  • Agnes Varnum, director of events, Texas Tribune
  • Tarun Nimmagadda, founder and co-chief executive officer of Mutual Mobile
  • David Lemin, senior strategist for Convince & Convert, and author of "Manipurated."

New this year:

  • Mega-Conference Innovation Award: This award will honor the media operation that has demonstrated success in navigating the transformation of the media industry, specifically in terms of digital transformation, audience development, diversifying revenue and applying innovative sales and marketing approaches.  Details will be announced soon, with entries due no later than Jan. 7, 2016.
  • Revenue Stage: On our trade show floor!

About the conference:  The Key Executives Mega-Conference is a joint effort of three media associations with an estimated combined membership of 3,000 publishers.  Hosts are the Local Media Association, the Inland Press Association and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. In its sixth year, Mega-Conference attendance ranges from 600-900 attendees.   Most of the attendees are owners, publishers, digital officers or revenue officers of media operations with both print and digital assets, serving their local communities.  A sizable trade show is associated with the conference.

Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities view all

Registration for exhibit space and sponsorships will open in mid-October. Download this advance information now -- to assist in budgeting and making decisions about the many options available.

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