Tuesday, April 4


*Times and dates are subject to change

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
And, the Winner is ... Mega-Innovation Award
The two finalists for this year's Mega-Innovation Award will talk about their entries and how your organization can learn and benefit from their innovations. Award to be announced by Jason Taylor, president, Ventures, Gannett Media

FINALIST: Honolulu Star-Advertiser / Oahu Publications, Inc.
Entry presented by Aaron J. Kotarek, senior vice president, audience and operations

FINALIST: Richner Communications
Entry presented by Zachary Richner, director, and Stuart Richner, CEO

9:00 a.m.
Buy or sell. What is your newspaper worth?
Mike Blinder, publisher of Editor & Publisher Magazine, will host a panel of some of the industry’s most respected media brokers who will offer the latest insights into the current buy/sell environment.  With Sara April, partner at Dirks, Van Essen & April, and John Thomas Cribb, director of Cribb, Cope & Potts

9:45 a.m.
Coffee break in the Town Square

10:15 a.m.
Concurrent sessions

Modernize Your Recruiting to Deliver Top Talent
Noted recruitment expert Julian Placino will lead this session on how newspapers can get creative and ignite their recruitment culture now. In a competitive job market, it’s critical for newspapers to modernize how they recruit employees by focusing on people first (the who) and then focus on what they’re trying to accomplish.  You’ll leave this session with a practical and actionable roadmap on how to energize your recruitment efforts. 

GNI America’s Newspapers Cohort - Program Takeaways
Moderator and cohort participants to be announced soon

11:15 a.m.
Digital Transformation Strategies to Future-Proof Your Business Model
Digital engagement experts discuss strategies, tactics and philosophies that yield tangible results.  Case studies and proof of concepts will be explored that detail how to increase digital audiences, revenue, retention levels and overall engagement and identify key performance indicators to scrutinize potential barriers to success.  Panel moderated by Aaron Kotarek, senior vice president, audience and operations, Oahu Publications, Inc.

12:15- 1:15 p.m.
Lunch in the Town Square

1:15 – 2:30 p.m.  
Idea Exchange Roundtables
Exchange ideas directly with other attendees and come away with as many ideas as possible.

Tables/Topics include:

  • Best Print Ideas for 2023
  • Magazine and Niche Publishing
  • Advocating for Newspapers
  • Print Frequency
  • Community-Funded Newsroom Positions
  • America’s Newspapers National Survey Recap
  • GNI Program Takeaways, shared by members of America’s Newspapers

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Advocating for Newspapers
Learn about the latest advocacy efforts to protect local journalism, what the future holds for legislation and how publishers can get involved to help protect local journalism.
Dean Ridings, CEO, America’s Newspapers
Danielle Coffey, executive vice president and general counsel, News/Media Alliance

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Refreshment break in the Town Square

3:30 p.m.
Buses depart for The Dallas Morning News

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Dallas Morning News Sessions:

Reenergizing Your Newsroom to Reach New Readers with Audience-Focused Data  
Katrice Hardy, executive editor, The Dallas Morning News
Pete Doucette, senior managing director, strategy, Mather Economics

Unlocking Revenue Through Cause Marketing
Gillian Breidenbach, partner + chief community officer, Medium Giant

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Closing Mega Reception hosted by The Dallas Morning News

6:30 p.m.
Conference Adjourns

Dinner on your own in Downtown Dallas!


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