2021 Conferences

Due to the challenges that continue to exist with the COVID-19 pandemic and our desire to ensure the safety of our attendees and staff, the conference hosts – America’s Newspapers, Local Media Association and the News Media Alliance – have not scheduled plans for a 2021 Mega-Conference.  When the situation improves and the next Mega-Conference can be scheduled, we will post the information here and communicate directly with our members.  In the meantime, we will post news about in-person events for 2021 on this site and all other events will be posted at newspapers.org, localmedia.org and newsmediaalliance.org.  And, we look forward to the time when we all can come together in person in the future!

America's Newspapers —
2021 Annual Meeting

America's Newspapers will hold its 2021 annual meeting at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. Mark your calendars for Oct. 17-19.  The room rate is $262 per night, with a $32 resort fee.  Additional information will be posted in the spring of 2021 at newspapers.org.

2020 Mega-Conference

Newspapers’ culture, journalism provide firm basis for successful revenue strategies

The key to successful revenue diversification strategies isn’t so much stumbling on a brand-new business model, but investing in newsroom culture and journalism, three executives from three very different-sized newspaper companies told attendees at the Key Executives Mega-Conference.

The path to profitability? Find it with confident leadership

One theme that emerged from discussions of revenue growth and profitability during the three days of the Mega-Conference was that leadership and company culture are the key drivers for success.

Dispatches from Mega-Conference: New ideas for consumer revenue, branded content, alternative funding

The Tuesday morning session on digital subscriptions and consumer revenue models highlighted the past year’s work and local case studies from the Google News Initiative Subscriptions Lab, covered examples of growth in digital subscription acquisition and retention, and the approaches that helped newspaper companies large and small achieve that growth.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is awarded the Mega-Innovation Award

"When people comment on how innovative our digital replica iPad program is, I think about the tale my father once told me about the rabbit who climbed the tree," said Walter E. Hussman Jr., publisher. "When someone said rabbits don’t climb trees, the response was: this one had to do it to survive.”

Mega-Conference PowerPoints

PowerPoints from most Mega-Conference sessions may be downloaded at this link.  These PowerPoints (in PDF format) are intended for use by conference participants.  They may not be reproduced or further distributed without the permission of the speakers and Mega-Conference organizers. Special thanks to our Communications Sponsor — Video Intelligence
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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!"