The first-ever joint convention of the Colorado Press Association and Kansas Press Association is scheduled for this Thursday and Friday, May 20 and 21. Once again, it will be a virtual convention.
Over the two days, participants will be able to network with peers across the state and into a neighboring state, share ideas and learn from industry experts to produce better journalism, build more innovative and sustainable businesses and contribute to stronger and more informed communities.
The full schedule is detailed below and the fee is just $59 per newspaper with no extra charge for additional attendees.
Emily Bradbury, KPA executive director, said the lineup has something for everyone.
“We’re excited to offer this wide-ranging list of opportunities from sales development to newsroom management and just about everything in between,” she said. “Having the convention virtually has increased our ability to offer such deep content dives for our members.”
Deadline for signup is 5 p.m. Wednesday so those signed up to attend can receive their email instructions and codes on how to tune to each of the sessions.
The annual Awards of Excellence presentation, usually conducted during the annual convention, won’t take place until June, so stay tuned.
Following is the schedule for each day:
Thursday, May 20
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Audio Articles and Autonomous Podcasting, with Matt Larson, president and CEO of Our-Hometown.
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Collaborating for Success, keynote address presented with Laura Frank, executive director of the Colorado News Collaborative.
11 a.m. to noon – Reporting on Race: Here’s How We Can Do Better in 2021, with Ron Smith, editor, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
11 a.m. to noon – Government Responses to Platform Dominance, with David Chavern, president and CEO, News Media Alliance.
Noon to 1 p.m. – Mis- and Dis-information Panel, led by Sandra Fish and including Nora Benavidez.
Noon to 1 p.m. – Integrating Newsletters into Your Newsroom, with Chris Sopher, CEO, WhereWith.US & Letterhead, and Rebekah Monson, co-founder and COO, WhereWith.Us.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Daily Editors and Publishers Roundtable. Grab your lunch and join colleagues from Kansas and Colorado to share ideas and discuss industry trends in the two states.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Nondaily Editors and Publishers Roundtable. Grab your lunch and join colleagues from Kansas and Colorado to share ideas and discuss industry trends in the two states.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Digital Roundtable. Grab your lunch and join colleagues from Kansas and Colorado to share ideas and discuss industry trends in the two states.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Ad Sales Roundtable. Grab your lunch and join colleagues from Kansas and Colorado to share ideas and discuss industry trends in the two states.
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Collaborating on Big Reporting Projects, a conversation with Niki Turner, Priscilla Waggoner and Susan Greene.
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.– Your Success & The Relevance Project, with Tom Silvestri, executive director.
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – How to Use COLab, the Colorado News Collaborative, with Laura Frank, executive director.
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Using FREE U.S. Census Data to Report on Your Community, with Bianca Gamez, senior media specialists, U.S. Census Bureau.
4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Academic Roundtable, with newsroom and academic representatives discussing ways to partner on curriculum.
4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Growing Your Email Newsletter List, with Claudia Laws, marketing and analytics director, The Salt Lake Tribune.
4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Deepening Your Newsroom Coverage of Communities of Color, with Tina Griego, journalist, Colorado News Collaborative.
Friday, May 21
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Journalists Need to Advocate – for Journalism, with Angie Howes and Katie Wolf Perkins, lobbyists, and Susan Greene, COLab.
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Show, Don’t Tell – The Power of the Case Study in Selling Ads, with Charity Huff, CEO, January Spring.
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – The Art of the Interview, with Susan Greene and Tina Griego, journalists, COLab.
11 a.m. to noon – Bad News and Good Judgment: A Guide to Reporting on Sensitive Issues, with Jim Pumarlo, author, “Community Newsroom Success Strategies.”
11 a.m. to noon – Campaign Strategies to Drive Donations, with Claudia Laws and Liz Morales, director of supporter and corporate relations, Salt Lake City Tribune.
Noon to 1 p.m. – How to Cultivate – and Keep – Sources, Susan Greene, COLab.
Noon to 1 p.m. – Finding Our Way Without Losing Ourselves, with Ross McDuffie, vice president, sales and marketing, Capital Newspapers.
Noon to 1 p.m. – Building Reader Trust, with Lynn Walsh, assistant director, TrustingNews.org, and Scott Yates, founder, JournalList.net.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – 9 Things to Get a Handle on Before Launching a Membership Program, with Ariel Zirulnick, fund director, Membership Puzzle Project.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Using the Tools of Investigative Reporting, with John Ferrugia, investigative journalist, COLab.
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Beyond the Inverted Pyramid, with Tina Griego, COLab.
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Increase Your Revenue by Designing More Effective Ads, with Kevin Slimp, speaker, Newspaper Academy.
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Adobe Tools, with Russell Viers, speaker and photographer.
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Journalism Ethics in Practice, with Fred Brown, adjunct instructor, media ethics, Denver College, and Laura Frank, COLab.
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Succession Planning for Owners and Newsroom Leaders, with Elizabeth Hansen Shapiro, CEO and co-founder, National Trust for Local News, and Jim Iovino, West Virginia University.
KPA sponsors for the event include eType Services, Midwest Energy, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Gas Service, Coda Ventures, Eureka Herald, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, TownNews, ModuList, Our-Hometown, BOK Financial, AARP, Kansas Electric Cooperatives and Kansas University.