America's Newspapers launches 2021 meeting and training schedule

Industry-leading programs for sales, content and management


America’s Newspapers has announced a broad series of 2021 programs designed specifically for newspaper leaders, managers and teams. 

“2020 was a challenging year and America’s Newspapers responded by providing a wide variety of webinars, conferences and training programs to meet the needs of our members,” said Dean Ridings, CEO of America’s Newspapers.  “We conducted 32 webinars and more than 11,000 newspaper professionals attended our virtual sessions.  For the immediate future, we’re living in a virtual world and our programming will reflect that.  However, we’re anxious to resume our live meeting schedule as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

“Quality training to meet the needs of the changing newspaper world is critical,” said Patty Slusher, director of programming for America’s Newspapers. “Our programs are solution and results based.  At the end of every session, the participants will walk away with actionable information and strategies.  Our programs for 2021 go deeper into the areas our members need most. From sales to content, circulation to human resources, there truly will be something of interest for every level of the newspaper industry.”

The programming schedule includes:

Monthly Webinars
Solutions for Managers and Leaders

At the center of the programming schedule are America’s Newspapers’ industry-leading webinars.  Each month will include at least two webinars conducted by industry experts, newspaper executives, consultants and media industry suppliers.  Webinars are focused on the latest industry studies and current events affecting newspapers and, most of all, they provide solutions for participants.

January webinars include:

  • January 27 — You Can Grow Revenue and Audience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    Who Should Attend: Publishers, ad directors, audience and distribution executives

America’s Newspapers Training Academy
Focused Training to Build Skills and Results

Quality training for newspaper teams is a must to stay in step with the changing newspaper world.  America’s Newspapers Training Academy provides intensive discipline-specific training modules delivered by industry experts in a concentrated learning environment.  Each Academy program will consist of approximately nine hours of comprehensive training for specific disciplines including Human Resources, Revenue, Audience Development and Subscription Management, Sales Training and Leadership.

Registration has begun for the following Training Academy sessions, with additional details coming soon:

  • April 14 and 15 — Sales Training
    Who Should Attend: Sales leaders, managers and key sales executives
    Registration will begin soon.

Executives Voices
Idea Exchanges on Urgent Industry Issues

Charting the future of the newspaper industry, Executive Voices programs are designed for senior executives to engage and share success strategies, solutions and insights with like-minded colleagues from across the country. There are no PowerPoints or formal presentations.  At Executive Voices, your needs — and those of your fellow participants — ARE the agenda. Executive Voices programs have limited capacity and are segmented by market size to ensure relevant and confidential discussions.

The next Executive Voices sessions will be held Thursday, May 20.

Who Should Attend: This program is limited to top-level senior executives from member newspapers only.

Family and Independent Owners
Targeted Discussions for Unique Newspaper Structures

Family owners have a long history of connecting as a result of the common challenges and opportunities that they face. These sessions are designed for newspapers that are stand-alone and group operations of daily and weekly newspapers in all sizes of communities.  Meeting topics range from tactical and strategic issues to the more familial issues such as tax and estate planning, succession planning, diversification of assets, editorial and community responsibility and more.  The participants themselves are multi-generational and the conversations are exclusive and highly confidential. 

Meetings are limited strictly to newspapers only and are open to owners, their families and designated executives.

The first Family and Independent Owners Conference of 2021 will be February 18 and 19.

Spring and Fall Conferences
Dedicated to Solutions for Newspapers

America's Newspapers conferences are known for their focus on the topics that matter most to newspaper executives and professionals.  From strategic discussions on the issues impacting the industry to presentations on actionable programs to grow revenue, these conferences are packed with information for every level of a newspaper team. 

The Spring virtual conference will be March 10-11. Registration will begin soon.

And save the date for what we hope will be our first in-person meeting of the year: the America's Newspapers annual meeting Oct. 17-19 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


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