Report from the President

Collaboration with industry groups paying off for Inland

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Inland is coming off the most successful Mega-Conference ever—further proof, I believe, that your board made a visionary decision to pursue a policy of smart collaborations with other industry associations.

How successful was the Mega-Conference in Las Vegas? Well, attendance once again surpassed more than 700 newspaper industry executives. And, we had record-breaking support from our industry R&D partners in the Exhibit Hall.

But perhaps the most important outcome of our collaboration with the Local Media Association, Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, News Media Alliance and Nevada Press Association was the exceptionally strong program we offered attendees. The roundtable discussions, new for this Mega-Conference, were especially popular for the lively exchange of ideas and success stories they prompted.

Inland has more collaborations already scheduled for the rest of 2019. This month, on April 26-28, we’re partnering with 360 Media Alliance for the Audience & Loyalty Mega Summit in St. Louis. We’re returning with 360 Media Alliance in the fall, on September 16-18 in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, for a Mega Summit East. Both offer valuable programs for those charged with audience development, digital and print circulation operations, memberships and more.

In June, from the 11th through the 13th, Inland, SNPA and The Blinder Group are joining forces to present Mission One: Revenue at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Our collaboration has created an agenda that’s all about helping you generate more revenue—and only about generating more revenue.

Later in the fall, from October 6-8, we’re once again partnering with SNPA for a joint annual meeting in Chicago. Those of you who attended our first joint annual meeting, in Colorado Springs, will recall wonderful networking opportunities that collaboration with SNPA provided.

Finally, April is a good time to remember Inland’s services for newspaper human resources professionals, who face unique challenges in workplaces that employ a range of workers from printers to journalists to office workers to digital specialists.

Inland’s Virtual HR Management Conference, the industry’s only conference dedicated to issues vital to newspaper HR pros, streams online and into your office April 10 and 11.

And the gold standard of compensation metrics—Inland’s Newspaper Industry Compensation Survey—will soon be releasing forms. Participate and see how your pay and benefits compare to peers across the industry at a time when recruiting talent to newspapers is as important as being smart about cost controls.