Think of Executive Voices, convening December 6 and 7 in Chicago, as a brainstorming session—super-sized.
Executive Voices is no ordinary industry conference. In fact, it’s not really a conference at all with the usual plenary sessions, PowerPoint presentations and prepared speeches. Instead, it’s a gathering of the industry’s most involved executives—limited to just 60 participants—taking on the issues that have posed the most challenges and opportunities in this utterly changed media environment.
The intense discussions ignited during Executive Voices will be led by the industry’s best thinkers and doers, including PJ Browning, president of Evening Post Industries’ newspaper division; Jeremy Gilbert, director of strategic initiatives for The Washington Post; Amy Glennon, publisher, vertical businesses for Cox Media Group; and Terry Kroeger, president and CEO of BH Media Group. Invitations to two other facilitators are pending.
They’ve set an agenda that will resonate with any newspaper executive charged with expanding revenue and audience while navigating a constantly morphing media landscape.
• Paywalls. How is it that deep into the digital era paywalls remain an unsolved issue? What’s working, what’s not—and what will work?
• Print frequency. Is it time to take the daily out of dailies? How will we know?
• New revenue streams. This will be a deep dive into search for new and sustainable revenue sources.
• Content. What do our audiences want, and what should we provide—in what kinds of presentations?
• Digital media. Again, why, deep into the digital era, does digital not pull its weight in revenue generation? What will kick-start digital production?
• Culture. How do we recruit and retain the best of the best—especially young talent?
• Weathering the storm. How do we turn around this utterly false perception that the newspaper industry has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel?
This groundbreaking gathering of top executives—being held in the offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in the downtown Chicago skyscraper Willis Tower—is surprisingly affordable: $169 includes all discussions, an opening reception, lunch and dinner at one of Chicago’s best northern Italian restaurants.