Check out the conference sessions

The Mega-Conference schedule is filled with important topics that address the issues media executives are most concerned about. AI, innovative strategies for revenue growth, politics, digital product development, growing audience and more — and that's just the opening morning of the conference. There's so much more on the agenda over the course of two days!

While the timing of sessions is subject to change, take a look at conference agenda and make plans to join us.

Curious as to which companies will be represented at Mega? Take a look here.

New strategies for AI, philanthropy and local sales at the 2024 Mega-Conference

Jeremy Gilbert

AI is impacting the local news environment at a rapid speed. It's not just about content, it's also changing the way sales and operations will be run. Jeremy Gilbert, professor and Knight Chair in Digital Media Strategy at Medill, Northwestern University, will delve into the ways AI is transforming the landscape of local news media, from content creation to audience engagement.

Additional sessions will focus on how AI-powered tools and technologies can streamline workflows and improve productivity from distribution to human resources and sales. 

Strategic Philanthropy — Stacy Sullivan, director of local philanthropic partnerships at USA TODAY Network | Gannett, will discuss how philanthropic partnerships can be utilized to meet the coverage needs of local communities. Discover innovative approaches to community engagement and support through strategic philanthropy.

Putting Local in Local Sales — Mike Blinder, publisher of E&P Magazine, will lead this fast-paced panel discussion with three industry leaders focusing on where their local sales success is coming from and how you can adopt their ideas into your local operation, today. 

Building high-performance sales teams takes center stage at the Mega-Conference

Learn the art of assembling and nurturing high-performance sales teams in today's dynamic media environment. From recruitment to training, from motivation to retention, the Mega-Conference sales track will provide invaluable insights and actionable practices to empower your team members and maximize their potential.

This year's Mega-Conference will be held April 14-16 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Informative, fast-paced sessions will focus on:

  • Sales optimization and scheduling
  • Modern sales training techniques
  • Compensation models that motivate
  • Building stronger sales and marketing programs
  • The results of the America’s Newspapers 2024 Advertising Effectiveness Study. Find out how local newspaper advertising stacks up against the competition in the most profitable segments!
  • Plus, using AI to build business efficiencies, driving subscriber revenue, advocating for local newspapers, protecting public notices and more. 
Register today

Overview of conference schedule
Subject to change

Plan your schedule

Coming to Mega?  Plan your schedule to arrive in time for the opening reception at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14.  Sessions will conclude on Tuesday, April 16, at 2:30 p.m.

Overview of conference schedule:

Sunday, April 14

1:30 p.m. — Conference registration desk opens

3 p.m. — Meeting of the America's Newspapers and America's Newspapers Foundation boards

5:30-6:30 p.m. — Opening reception in the Town Square (sponsored by Kodak)

Dinner on your own

Details about exhibitor set-up will be sent directly to all exhibitors.

Monday, April 15

7:30-8:30 a.m. — Breakfast in the Town Square (sponsorship available)

8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. — Conference programming.  Includes a Group Lunch (sponsored by SCS)

5:30-6:30 p.m. — Evening reception in the Town Square (sponsored by Gannett)

Dinner on your own

Tuesday, April 16

7:30-8:30 a.m. — Breakfast in the Town Square (sponsored by INDIGO TRIGGER)

8:30-2:30 p.m. — Conference programming. Includes a Group Lunch

Conference adjourns at 2:30 p.m.