KPA-CPA joint convention set May 20-21

Posted April 21, 2021

In the two states’ first attempt to join forces in an annual convention, the Kansas and Colorado press associations are putting the final touches on the program set for May 20-21.

The theme of the convention, “Succeeding Through Collaboration,” seems appropriate following more than a year of isolation and disruption during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the schedule remains somewhat fluid, members of the two associations who join the virtual convention can look forward to timely information on a variety of newspaper topics.

Several of the speakers are veterans of past KPA conventions, including Russell Viers, Kevin Slimp and Jim Pumarlo.

Viers will speak on how to more creatively utilize Adobe products. Slimp will discuss how to produce more effective advertising, while Pumarlo will lead a discussion of sensitive issues that arise in covering a community.

Emily Bradbury, KPA executive director, said, “This is a great opportunity to network with peers from two states, share ideas and learn from industry experts how to produce better journalism, build more innovative and sustainable businesses and contribute to stronger and more informed communities.”

Sessions will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

The convention also will include a number of leading speakers on journalism and newspaper management issues, including David Chavern, president and CEO of the News Media Alliance; Laura Frank, Colorado News Collaborative; Sandra Fish, a data journalist specializing in political reporting; Niki Turner, a novelist, journalist and blogger; and Priscilla Waggoner, a Denver Post reporter. More speakers will likely be added.

The schedule will include joint roundtable discussions about digital issues and also joint meetings of daily and nondaily participants.

Participation in both convention days costs only $59 per newsroom, with no added charge for additional individual attendees.

Include as many employees as you’d like — and access archived content from all the conference speakers for up to one year.

One team member from your newsroom must register for the $59 ticket. All others can be added under the “Additional Attendee” ticket option.

While Colorado will have its editorial and advertising awards program during the same week, KPA won’t conduct its Awards of Excellence presentation until June.

In addition, the President’s Gala, traditionally conducted on the Friday night of the KPA annual convention, won’t take place until some time this fall so KPA can properly honor Hall of Fame inductees and other special award recipients.

KPA sponsors of the joint convention as of now include Kansas Farm Bureau, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Coda, eType Services, the Eureka Herald, Kansas Gas Service, Midwest Energy, Inc., Town News and the Kansas Newspaper Foundation.

Click here to begin the registration process.