Report from the President

A must-attend event and committees hard at work


If you haven’t registered to attend the December 6-7 Executive Voices program in Chicago, please do so...registration is “capped” at 60 attendees! As of this writing, we have already received over 40 registrations and fully expect to “sell out” the event. Executive Voices is an absolute must-attend event and will likely be the most important and relevant newspaper industry conversation you will participate and share in as you prepare for calendar year 2018.

We have secured several commitments from some of the best and brightest in the newspaper industry to lead and facilitate discussions. Facilitators and session leaders currently include Terry Kroeger, BH Media; P.J. Browning, Evening Post Industries; Amy Glennon, Cox Media Group; and Jeremy Gilbert, Washington Post, among others.

Executive Voices will address numerous pressing and important topics including, but no limited to: paywalls; publishing frequency (“If not daily, then how often?”); new revenue models and ideas; the future of content and engaging audiences; digital media; culture; “weathering the storm”; and of course, will feature many valuable networking opportunities with your Inland friends and industry peers. So, please “grab your seat at the table” and register today because seats are filling up fast!!!

I look forward to seeing everyone in Chicago in early December and I would be remiss if I didn’t thank and recognize Camille Olson and our long-time friends and partners at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP for hosting the Executive Voices event at their beautiful offices inside the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in downtown Chicago!

Since my last column, the Inland Executive Committee has been hard at work in determining the association’s 2017-18 committee structure and leadership. We have identified five committees to focus the work and mission of Inland for the coming year and have outstanding Inland leaders at the helm of each. The Inland committees include: Strategic Alliance, Foundation Investment and Fiduciary Oversight, Membership, Marketing, and Audience.

Doug Phares, Inland’s President-elect has generously volunteered to lead the Strategic Alliance Committee which will be tasked with continuing to identify and explore industry partnerships (like our wonderful partnership with SNPA and LMA for the Mega Conference and the recent Inland-SNPA Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs), alliances, co-sponsorships and opportunities with national and state press associations and media trade organizations to best position Inland and its valued members for continued success today and into the future.

Inland Foundation President Jeremy Halbreich will continue to chair the Foundation and oversee the newly refocused Foundation Investment and Fiduciary Oversight Committee, charged with protecting and managing the foundation’s investment portfolio. In addition, Jeremy and his committee will work with Inland’s financial advisors, Obermeyer Wood Investment Counsel, in developing revised and updated investment policies, as well as schedule quarterly meetings with Obermeyer Wood representatives to ensure the best possible financial and fiduciary oversight and returns for the Inland Foundation investment portfolio…vital in continuing the foundation’s mission and in providing the necessary operating capital required to successfully operate the association.

Cory Bollinger will take over leadership of the Inland Membership Committee and continue the good work of Doug Phares (who has stepped down from the Membership Committee to lead the Strategic Alliance Committee). Cory and his committee will continue to focus on the association’s valued current members with a renewed and strategic focus in growing the association’s overall membership targeting potential non-member family, private and group ownership currently not members of the Inland Press Association.

Matt McMillan has agreed to chair the Marketing Committee and will work alongside the Marketing Committee and Paul Camp, who will provide marketing and branding expertise and assistance (you may have noticed Inland’s recently renewed, creative and cutting-edge email marketing efforts…in large part, attributed to Paul!). Many of you know Paul through his long-time associations with the Tribune Company and Content That Works. We are very excited to have Paul on the team and the opportunity to leverage his marketing expertise on behalf of the Inland Press Association! The Marketing Committee will continue to focus on continuous improvement of The Inlander (a recently redesigned and much improved Inlander) and the Inland website, as well as a continued focus in branding and marketing the association.

Nelson Clyde will lead the Audience Committee charged with a twofold mission…placing a strategic focus and developing programming on the key topics of print and digital audiences, as well as circulation-related programming and engagement.

As we continue to look ahead, we are also making final plans and arrangements for the Inland Summer Board Strategic Retreat to be held next June. More details to come on the annual planning retreat as we develop the agenda and focus for the meeting.

Finally, I would be most remiss if I didn’t recognize a key and valued member of the Inland staff. Patty Slusher, Inland’s Director of Membership and Programming, celebrated her 25th anniversary with Inland September 15. Congratulations Patty and many thanks for everything you continue to do for the Inland Press Association!!!

In closing, thank you for your valued membership and your ongoing commitment to the Inland Press

Tom Yunt
President, Inland Press Association