Deadlines loom for 2017 KPA convention

March 16, 2017

The deadline for registering for the 2017 Kansas Press Association annual convention is drawing closer.

Deadline for early registration for the convention, slated for April 7 and 8 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka, is March 17. Deadline for motel reservations at the discounted KPA rate is March 16.

The theme of this year’s convention is “Real News Is Our Business.”

Featured speaker will be Coffeyville native Kansan Mark Hamrick, Washington Bureau Chief of and past president of the National Press Club.

Other presenters will include Ed Henninger, who will have sessions on “Designing Great Ads: The Top 10 Things You Need to Know” and on how to spruce up your public notices to add value and keep them in the newspaper; and Denise Malan, training director of the Investigative Reporters and Editors, who will present two sessions.

The Friday night banquet will include the presentation of the Clyde M. Reed Jr. Master Editor Award, the Boyd Community Service Award, the Gaston Outstanding Mentor Award and two inductees into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame.

On Saturday, Morley Piper, a veteran of the D-Day landing at Normandy in World War II, will deliver an inspiring presentation on the events in 1944. Piper spent his career in newspapers and now has the title of clerk of the Newspaper Association Managers.

The Awards of Excellence, where newspaper staff members are recognized for outstanding work in news and advertising, will be featured on Saturday.

Here are other program highlights:


• Speed topics on KPA and Event Planning, How to use KanFocus to Cover Your Local Legislators Without Leaving Town, Important of Small Town Editorial Writing, with Rod Haxton of the Scott County Record, Q&A with KPA Hotline Attorney Max Kautsch and a session called Cameras, Cameras Everywhere!

• Daily and Non-Daily Roundtables.


• Annual Meeting of KPA to elect new officers and board members.

• The Changing Landscape of Agriculture, a panel discussion of the issues from Kansas’ No. 1 industry, presented by the Kansas Farm Bureau.

• Kansans Can, the Brain Drain and School Funding, with Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas commissioner of education.

• Let’s Talk Revenue, with Carol Grubbe of

To view the online registration form, the program and hotel information, go here.