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Long ago documents prove to be Inland’s compass to this day


Your Inland staff has been doing some thorough spring cleaning at our headquarters in Des Plaines, Illinois, and have unearthed some fascinating documents.

There are photos of gatherings decades ago, of revered journalists and of politicians including future presidents. There are agendas from Annual Meetings stretching back to the early days of Inland, all reflecting concerns both timeless and of the moment.

Among the documents we found are the original association incorporation documents from 1887. All these artifacts remind me not only of Inland’s long service to the newspaper industry—but also how they provided a compass for more than a century, ensuring that your association would remain committed to bettering the business and the journalism of members and the industry at large.

The documents are also a reminder that we continue to offer practical, actionable information to this day, with conferences such as the upcoming Mission One: Revenue convening at the Richmond Times-Dispatch June 11 through 13. This is a don’t-miss conference laser-focused on growing your revenue. You’ll see that from the agenda and speaker biographies starting on page 12.

Inland also just concluded another of our unique offerings: The Virtual Human Resources Management Conference, the industry’s only training program focused on the issues newspaper HR professionals confront every day.

Looking ahead, planning is already underway for the program of our Joint Annual Meeting with the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association in the fall. This promises to be a very special annual meeting indeed. As many of you know, Inland is in discussions with SNPA about a possible merger and you’ll hear more about that in the coming weeks. Here are the dates for the Annual Meeting: October 6 through 8 in Chicago.

Finally, those of you who participated in the very successful Executive Voices last December should be on the lookout for yourvoice, a new newsletter that each month will follow up on the issues raised during the conference.