Report from the President

Looking forward to seeing you in Chicago! Register now!

Tom Yunt
Tom Yunt

Welcome to the August Edition of The Inlander! We are literally weeks away from the 133rd Annual Meeting scheduled September 9-11 in Chicago. Registration has been brisk and vendor sponsorship sales are well on track. We have an extremely robust, timely and valuable program planned. (Check out the complete 133rd Annual Meeting program on pages 8-9 of this issue and on the Inland website!).

Some of the meeting topics, session titles and presenters include:

• Now hear this: Podcasting’s successful second act, featuring Jason Lederman, Associate Producer, Popular Science

• The softer and more effective side of building powerful teams, featuring Everton Weeks, the Weeks Group

• Why newspapers still matter, a wide-ranging panel discussion

• Alexa, what are some case studies of newspapers making money from voice-enabled devises?, featuring Jeremy Mims, SpokenLayer

• Leveraging the power of audience to grow revenue: The Herald-Mail Media Experience, featuring Charity Huff, Maroon Ventures plus Andy Bruns and Brittany Hamilton, Herald-Mail Media

• Sixty newspaper sales tips and success stories in 60 minutes!, featuring Ryan Dohrn, Brain Swell Media

As you can see, we have an outstanding annual meeting program awaiting you in Chicago. The valuable instant ROI program combined with Inland networking and idea exchange opportunities is a winning combination! So…if you (or one of your associates!) haven’t registered, please do so. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

You can read on page 10 some of the results from the member survey Inland conducted earlier this year. The bottom line: You see a lot of value in being part of membership—and Inland is doing a great job of providing the programming and communication that you want.

For example, you say you want programming that focuses on audience development, business strategy, sales training and newsroom strategy. We hear you! Just look below at the upcoming events for this year and 2019. You can meet every one of those goals with these meetings. Not to mention by attending—free of charge because you are a member—the many webinars Inland offers.

It was gratifying to see that you are well aware of the unique products from Inland, including Publisher Benchmarks and the Newspaper Industry Compensation Survey. These are important tools Inland has developed—alongside expert media consultants such as Mather Economics LLC—that help you optimize the performance of your organization in its business units and departments, across the board.

We can chalk up that awareness to another pleasing result from the survey: You believe Inland is doing a terrific job of communicating with our members. In fact, it seems that your second-favorite means of getting Inland messages is right here in the print or e-edition of The Inlander! I’m delighted to do my little part with this column to keep in touch with our members—the key to all Inland does.

Mark Your Calendars

Inland has several upcoming major meetings and conferences you just don’t want to miss and that will provide “an instant ROI” for your participation. It’s also not too late to start planning for late 2018 and 2019 meetings!

133rd Inland Annual Meeting: September 9-11; Chicago, Illinois at the JW Marriott in the Loop.

Family Owners & Next Generation Leadership Conference: September 7 & 8, Chicago, Illinois at offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP on the 60th floor of The Willis Tower

Executive Voices 2.0 (Attendance strictly limited to 75 executives!): December 4-5; Chicago, Illinois. Hosted by Seyfarth Shaw LLP at their Willis Tower conference room.

2019 Key Executives Mega Conference: February 25-27, 2019, Las Vegas Paris hotel

In closing, thanks for everything you do to contribute and improve the Inland Press Association. See you in Chicago!