Report from the President

Summertime means long-range Inland planning by your hardworking boards

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Tom Yunt
Tom Yunt

It’s finally summer, and summertime is a busy one for the Inland Press Association, staff and boards!

As you read the June edition of The Inlander, the boards of Inland Association and Foundation will have held their annual Inland summer board meeting. I’m honored to host this year’s joint meeting along with United Communications Corporation CEO and Inland Board member, Lucy Brown Minn. The boards gathered to consider and update Inland’s strategic plan. Topics discussed included membership, marketing, programming, fiscal sustainability, Foundation investments and possible strategic alliances. I’ll follow up with a more detailed summer board meeting report and resulting outcomes in my July column.

As part of our planning for this meeting, we conducted our annual membership survey. The insights from that survey are invaluable as we consider how we can better serve Inland’s membership. We received nearly 300 responses to this year’s survey, which covered all aspects of Inland’s offerings. Interesting fact: The average time to complete the survey was just under seven minutes.

Mission One: Revenue conference: We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta June 19-21 for this unique and timely conference focused on and devoted to all the ways newspapers can generate everything revenue…print, digital, mobile, events, video and beyond. You simply can’t miss this meeting…one practically guaranteed to pay for itself and provide a return on investment—not to mention spurring numerous revenue generating ideas and opportunities.

Mission One: Revenue is all about equipping you and your revenue team with the ideas, strategies and tools to generate more “top line” revenue bolstering your “bottom line” profitability!

APG Media: Our membership continues to grow with the recent addition of eight dailies and more than 100 weeklies from the Adams Publishing Group. With these additions, all APG newspapers are now Inland members. Thanks to Jeff Patterson, Inland Foundation Board member and APG Media/West Division president and to Patty Slusher for their efforts in securing our newest Inland members! Kudos, Jeff and Patty!

Inland’s Fellows Program is now accepting applications for the next class of this two-year opportunity. The program is aimed at early-stage newspaper professionals, with a preference given to candidates who are racial or ethnic minorities, women or members of the LGBT community. But all Inland member newspaper employees with management potential are eligible to apply. Fellows are paired with mentors, and participate in Inland meetings and conferences. Applications are due by July 13. Information and applications can be found online at www.inlandpress.org/membership.

Mark your calendars!Upcoming Inland Meetings and Events:

Audience Development and Circulation Management: A timely and much-needed circulation and audience development-focused conference August 8-9 in Dallas hosted by The Dallas Morning News

Family Owners & Next Generation Leadership Conference: This popular and uniquely positioned family/next generation-focused conference—the only one of its type in the entire media sector—will return to Chicago September 8-9, in conjunction with, and preceding, the 133rd Annual Meeting.

The 133rd Inland Annual Meeting, Real Revenue, Real Newspapers, Real Success: The Inland Annual Meeting also returns to Chicago September 9-11 to the ever-popular JW Marriott.

Executive Voices 2.0: The Conversation Continues: A repeat performance of the extremely successful 2017 Executive Voices program will be conducted once again in Chicago, December 4-5 at the Willis Tower, again graciously hosted by our friends and stalwart Inland supporters at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. This is a limited seating event that is a must-attend.

As you have read in recent editions of The Inlander, we continue to feature members, vendors and staffers. If you have suggestions for individuals we should feature in future editions, please feel free to contact me or Tom Slaughter with any Inlander story ideas or suggestions.

In closing continued thanks for your valued membership, commitment and contributions to the Inland Press Association!