I’ve told you much over my last several columns about the strong program lineup for this year’s Key Executives Mega-Conference.
But, do you know why I’ve mentioned it so much? It’s because this conference is an important event in the life of our association – both from a programmatic standpoint and financially. As you know by now, Inland is just one of four key sponsors of the three-day event. The three original sponsors include Inland, the Local Media Association, and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. This year, the News Media Alliance joined as a sponsor and we welcome their participation. Inland is always ready to collaborate with other industry associations and this meeting is a great example of that kind of collaboration. The conference program offers vital sessions covering the range of issues facing our great industry.
Over time, the meeting has also become an important venue for learning about what’s new from our industry partners. In fact, the conference has grown into one of the largest showplaces where newspaper executives can see all of the cutting-edge solutions offered by industry partners – under one roof.
But there’s much more ahead for Inland this year, including our annual meeting. The meeting is returning home to Chicago Sept. 9-11 after the very successful annual meeting held last year in Colorado Springs – co-sponsored with our friends at SNPA. You’ll be hearing much more about this meeting through the spring and summer. Make plans to attend.
We’re also once again holding The Revenue Conference. This year, the conference will be held April 11-12 in Chicago. Last year’s conference was a resounding success, so be sure to register early for this conference.
You’ll also want to alert your HR team to the Virtual Human Resources Conference, which will include four half-day sessions, covering a variety of important topics for human resource professionals. The sessions are: Legal Update, March 20; Workforce Management and Talent Development, May 22; Sales and Management Motivation, July 24; and Leadership and Career Development, Sept. 25.
Finally, we’re excited to announce our Executive Voices 2018 Conference will be held Dec. 4-5 in Chicago. We sold out the 2017 conference so you’ll want to register early for this event. The conference will kick off with a reception and dinner on the evening of Dec. 4. Then there will be a full day of sessions on Dec. 5, touching the most critical subjects facing newspaper owners and executives. The conference features guided discussions about these important subjects. Many of the participants in last year’s conference told us it was the best newspaper event they attended for the year.
I also want you to know that our committees remain busy and highly engaged. The Marketing Committee has approved a comprehensive and aggressive marketing plan to support our major initiatives -- from our large meetings and conferences, our research services, and membership development and growth.
And speaking of membership development, your Membership Committee continues its outreach to newspapers not in membership. That contact is paying off. I can tell you that you’ll be hearing soon about two major successes that will dramatically strengthen our membership numbers.
Finally, Inland continues to co-sponsor the very successful Support Real News campaign, initiated by the News Media Alliance. The alliance just released the third wave of this campaign that reinforces the key role newspapers play in providing real and verifiable news and information in their communities. The campaign has developed a wealth of messages, supporting the message in a variety of media including print and online ads, video, and social media. You can find links to these materials on our website www.inlandpress.org.