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All rise! An update on the legal issues affecting essentially all aspects of the industry

At the Mega-Conference, top attorneys from Seyfarth Shaw LLP who specialize in the legal matters facing the newspaper industry will help you navigate this thicket of issues. You would pay hundreds of dollars — per hour! — to get access to this valuable legal analysis. Find answers to these answers and so much more at Mega! Feb. 17-19 in Fort Worth.

Revenue strategies and diversification

During the opening General Session at the Mega-Conference, learn about new ways to build agency services, how to keep and even increase revenue from retailers moving away from FSIs, and where the opportunities still lie in marketing and advertising.

The keys to keeping digital subscribers — and their revenue

Are you getting but not keeping your digital subscribers? The Mega-Conference has answers! Learn what research — and practical experience — is now telling us about how exactly to keep your digital subscribers engaged, and paying.

Clear paths to profitability in an unclear media environment

A breakout session on the opening day of the Mega-Conference will reveal the strategies of media organizations that are turning profits right now and are designed to sustain a robust bottom line despite whatever “disrupter” emerges tomorrow.

How women leaders are transforming newspapers

The challenges women face as they rise through the ranks in media organizations, the perspectives they bring and what this means to the future of the newspaper industry will be the subject of the kick off session at the Tuesday morning General Session during next month's Mega-Conference.

Finalists announced for Mega-Innovation Award

The finalists for the Mega-Innovation Award have been announced. The winner will be announced Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Mega-Conference.

Value Proposition: Spread the word about your newspaper’s worth to your community

Newspapers tell stories about their communities. In 2020, let’s tell our communities our story. Tell them how we improve their civic life every day. How public service is our core mission. How we are transforming to serve our readers and our advertisers even better. On the opening day of the Mega-Conference, this session will focus on a practical and comprehensive list of talking points that our audiences need to know about us.

Discounted registration rates for the Mega-Conference

Discounted conference rates for the Mega-Conference are being made available to specific groups of individuals to ensure broad participation across the industry.

The networking opportunities and continuing professional development opportunities at this conference will be invaluable to industry executives, journalism school professors and students, alike.

The Mega-Conference will be held Feb 17-19 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.

View discount opportunities and register at the links below:


"Bring the Team" discount for any newspaper that sends more than one person:

Pay the full registration fee for the first person, and bring as many other people from the same newspaper as you want for half price — a 50% discount!  This special rate offer is only available to employees of single newspapers.
Contact Paulette Sheffield  at 847-282-9850, ext. 1 or psheffield@newspapers.org  to register with this offer.


Small Newspaper Rate:

A $395 rate is available to staff members from independently-owned papers with five or fewer employees.
Enter SMNEWS2 in the Promotion Code box at the top of this registration page.


University and Journalism School professors/staff:

A $200 rate is available to journalism school deans, professors and staff.
Enter UNI in the Promotion Code box at the top of this registration page.


Journalism School students:

A $25 rate is available to journalism school students.
Enter STUDENT in the Promotion Code box at the top of this registration page.


First-Time Attendees (from Newspapers):

A rate of $495 is offered to newspaper employees who have never attended the Mega-Conference before.
Enter NEW in the Promotion Code box at the top of this registration page.


Attendees from Weekly Newspapers:

A rate of $495 is offered to newspaper employees from weekly newspapers that are members of  America's Newspapers, Local Media Association, News Media Alliance or the Texas Press Association.  The non-member rate is $995.
Enter WEEKLY in the Promotion Code box at the top of this registration page.


Attendees from Newspaper Corporate Office:

Discounted rates are available for three or more executives from the same newspaper corporate group. The first two individuals from a newspaper corporate office pay full price; additional executives from the same office will receive a 35 percent discount.
Contact Paulette Sheffield  at 847-282-9850, ext. 1 or psheffield@newspapers.org  to register with this offer.

Publishers will find solutions to industry concerns on Mega's Solutions Stage

A wide range of topics that are on the minds of newspaper publishers will be addressed on the Solutions Stage at the Mega-Conference next month in Fort Worth. One person can't attend all of the great sessions at Mega.  So, we're offering some "bring the team" discounts for newspapers and newspaper corporate offices that send multiple attendees.

Bonus Sessions at the Mega-Conference begin at 10 a.m. Monday

Take full advantage of everything the Mega-Conference has to offer by joining us for the Monday morning Bonus Sessions, prior to the kick-off of the General Session on Feb. 17. Side-by-side tracks will offer two choices at 10 a.m., followed by two more options at 10:45.  Each session will run 30 minutes, with a 15-minute break between sessions.
Breakout Session

Branded Content: The business of storytelling

Branded content is a growing opportunity for local publishers. During a two-part breakout session at the Mega-Conference, hear from publishers who are innovating in this space.

Reserve your exhibit space and sponsorships

The Key Executives Mega-Conference is the only major newspaper industry conference of 2020. This is your chance to talk face-to-face with newspaper executives from across the country.
Immediately prior to Mega ... and Just for Family Owners

Generation gaps, preserving independent papers and family stories will fill the agenda for the Family Owners & Next Generation Leadership Conference, Feb. 15 and 16 in Fort Worth. Family owners: Register to be part of this important conference ... and then stay for the Mega-Conference.

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Nicole Zuccaro

"Brainworks Software felt there was only one way to introduce our newest and latest media industry specific product, Stratica Advertising & CRM, and that was at the Mega-Conference in Las Vegas in 2019. The Mega-Conference attracts the high level executives that we wanted to showcase our company and latest product to, so it was a no-brainer to be a proud sponsor. The customer service provided by the event organizers is and always has been top notch. You can tell they really care about their sponsors by their professionalism, quickness to respond and strategic guidance leading up and during the event. The continuous success of the Mega-Conference is a direct reflection of the event organizers' constant drive and desire to see their sponsors succeed. We are looking forward to being a proud sponsor in Fort Worth in 2020!"

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David Dunn-Rankin

"There are only two reasons I go to a conference: hallway conversations and stimulating seminars. The Mega-Conference is hands down the best place to do either."

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Walter Hussman

"The Mega-Conference was very valuable. By newspaper associations going together, the attendance was larger and attracted better speakers and more vendors. It was definitely worth attending and I look forward to next year with numerous others from our newspapers." 

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Kevin Craig

"The Mega Conference has quickly become one of the can't-miss gatherings in our industry. Fort Worth in 2020 promises to be another successful, well-attended event for print & digital publishers, vendors and owners alike. "

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Michael Keever

"NTVB Media has been working with the newspaper industry for more than 30 years, and the Mega-Conference is a great opportunity for us to see a vast majority of our 180+ TV Weekly partners as well as to promote our syndicated entertainment content program to papers of all sizes and frequency. The beauty of the Mega-Conference is it attracts publishers, editors, advertising/marketing executives and circulation managers, which gives exhibitors and attendees the unique opportunity to talk to the decision-makers they need to reach at one event. "

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Jason Taylor

"Mega-Conference is the must-attend event of the year in our industry.  The depth and breadth of programming offers attendees a much needed return on their investment."

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Donna Barrett

"Peer networking is the best part of the Mega-Conference. With key executives from these great organizations on hand, idea sharing is off the charts. I strongly encourage newspaper publishers to put this conference on their calendars."

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Deb Dreyfuss-Tuchman

"The Mega-Conference brings our industry together for superb conversations. It is an opportunity to gather annually with many current partners, while also connecting with potential new customers. All are genuinely interested in sharing their challenges and successes, while learning about best-practices and new strategies. This is our never miss show, as it always produces results."

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Steve Mattingly

"The Mega-Conference is a tremendous venue that provides an opportunity to learn, grow, network and build the newspaper business – vendor and member partners together. We look forward to fully participating and exhibiting at the Mega-Conference with anticipation."

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Rick Rogers

"The Mega-Conference is the most valuable event that TownNews attends each year. It is the one event a year that allows us to showcase our products and services to a large audience that includes hundreds of our current partners and future prospects. We also use the big impact that Mega-Conference provides to debut new programs that will make a positive impact on our industry. If we had to pick one event each year that is a best attend event for TownNews, it would be the Mega-Conference."

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Mike Kline

"The show is well run and always a must-do for our company!"