Monday, April 3


*Times and dates are subject to change

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Breakfast in the Town Square (East Atrium)
Sponsored by PAGE Cooperative

8:30 a.m.
(Stemmons Ballroom)

Welcome to Dallas and Mega 2023
Grant Moise, CEO, Dallas News Corporation and publisher, The Dallas Morning News

Let the Research be Your Guide
America’s Newspapers will reveal highlights from the just completed national study and leave you with a road map of key points to reference and reflect on as you make your way through sessions over the next two days.
Greg Watson, chief marketing officer, America's Newspapers
Marianne Grogan, president, Coda Ventures

9:15 a.m.
The Ultimate Transformation: What does it take to move beyond print?
The shift of news audiences to digital products has accelerated, just as the print delivery model is starting to break down. Now is the time to prepare for a reduction in print and the introduction of new news products. It’s not a sudden process, and it requires strategic planning across the newspaper enterprise — from circulation, editorial, marketing, technology. We’ll hear from industry leaders about how they are moving beyond print as their core product.
Curtis Huber, senior director, circulation/audience revenue, The Seattle Times
Bill Patterson, owner/publisher, Denton Media Company, Denton, Texas
Kelly Ann Scott, editor-in-chief and vice president of content, Alabama Media Group
Moderator: Amy Kovac-Ashley, head of national programs, The Lenfest Institute

10:15 a.m.
Coffee break in the Town Square

10:45  a.m.
Going ‘Phygital’:  Transforming Your Organization
Learn how one organization transformed its operation to successfully balance between print and digital, including how to make the tough, entrepreneurial decisions required for future success.  This session will examine best practices for building your organization for the future of news and how to rebrand, and build your brand, to get recognized by your print and digital customers.
John Garrett, president, Community Impact

11:30 a.m. 
SOLUTIONS SHOWCASE: Real-world revenue solutions
Three industry experts — Birdeye, and Wehaa — provide revenue opportunities every newspaper can take advantage of today.

12:15 p.m.
Lunch in the Town Square
Sponsored by Whiz Technologies

1:15-2:45 p.m.
Solutions Roundtables (Stemmons Ballroom)
This fast-paced session provides attendees with the opportunity to meet in a no-pressure, small group environment with a variety of companies that will provide overviews of how their products tackle some of today’s challenges. This popular session — which is only open to newspaper attendees and the table hosts — will provide valuable information to develop strategic plans.  Check out the roundtable topics!

Table hosts are:

  • AffinityX
  • CitySpark
  • Column
  • Creative Circle Media Solutions
  • Easy Tax Credits
  • ICANON Newzware
  • Jobcase (Recruitology)
  • King Features
  • Marfeel
  • Mather Economics
  • Piano
  • SceneThink
  • Seyfarth
  • Social News Desk
  • Software Consulting Services
  • TakeAds

2:45 p.m.
Refreshment break in the Town Square

3:15-4:00 p.m.
Concurrent sessions:

Connecting with Your Audience to Grow Subscribers and Engagement (Stemmons Ballroom)
Rob Curley, editor, The Spokesman-Review

Events are back in a big way. Are you maximizing your opportunities? (Carpenter Ballroom)
Bob Woodward, publisher, TH Media and vice president, community media, Woodward Communications
Vince Johnson, group publisher, Gulf Coast Media/The Sumter Item

4:00 p.m.
Break to change sessions

4:15–5:15 p.m.
Concurrent sessions:

Building and Monetizing Your First-Party Data (Stemmons Ballroom)
Newspapers are sitting on massive databases and first-party data and segmented audiences are the future of their business; they will drive conversions and subscriber revenue.  This session will uncover how to learn what they have, how to grow first-party data, and how to target that audience for monetization. You will learn first-hand from media organizations that have successfully gained new revenue from their first-party data and how you can, too.
Presenters and panelists:
Julie Foley, senior customer success manager, Second Street
Liz Huff, senior director of customer success, Second Street
Vince Johnson, group publisher, Gulf Coast Media/The Sumter Item
Allison Shirk, director, digital content/engagement strategy, WEHCO Media, Inc.

America's Newspapers Local Newspaper Study (Carpenter Ballroom)
This session is for newspaper attendees only.
Get a deeper look at the results of the 2023 Local Newspaper Study. This session will provide an overview on how Americans consume local news and how they perceive the role of local newspapers for delivering content as an advertising source.
Marianne Grogan, president, Coda Ventures

5:30–6:30 p.m.

Reception in Town Square
Sponsored by Cribb, Cope & Potts

Dinner on Your Own


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