Symposium to focus on innovation

Posted November 19, 2020

The 2020 Montgomery Family Symposium will feature former Kansas journalist Rob Curley’s thoughts on innovation.

The symposium, scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 4, will be conducted virtually.

Registration is required, but participation is free of charge. To register, click here.

In addition, Tim Stauffer, managing editor of the Iola Register, will discuss how his newspaper capitalized on the 2019 Montgomery Fund Innovation Incubator grant.

Curley, currently editor of the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., is a native of Osage City, Kan.

His past experience includes stints at the Topeka Capital-Journal, Lawrence Journal-World, Naples (Fla.) Daily News, Washington Post and Las Vegas Sun.

John D. Montgomery, formerly of Harris Enterprises but now with TownNews and whose family established an endowed fund in the Kansas Newspaper Foundation in the mid-2000s to underwrite the symposium, said he asked Curley to share some of the experiences from his career.

Curley will discuss what it takes to make innovation happen in a newspaper and where he thinks Kansas newspapers should be looking for innovation opportunities in areas such as digital media, subscription growth, alternative revenue streams, events and philanthropy.

A new Montgomery innovations grant opportunity will be announced during the symposium.

Attendance at the symposium is required to apply for grant.