2021 Tri-State Newspaper Convention draws more than 500 attendees from 13 states
Newspaper professionals from 13 states participated in this week’s 2021 Tri-State Newspaper Convention, presented by the Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin newspaper associations.
More than 500 registered for the two-day, virtual event that offered more than 20 sessions on subjects from “Publishing Through a Pandemic” to “Covering Misinformation and Disinformation” and “Reporting on Race.” Attendees also interacted with peers and sponsors during roundtables and idea exchanges.
The event — the first of its kind among the three groups — was a partnership prompted in part by the coronavirus pandemic, as the associations worked to serve members while adhering to gathering restrictions and other COVID-19 safety recommendations.
Attendees will receive access to a video archive of all sessions, along with speaker handouts and resources, expected within the coming week.
The 2021 Tri-State Newspaper Convention was sponsored by Coda Interlink, Modulist, Metro Creative Graphics, Software Consulting Services, the Star Tribune, Our-Hometown.com, Tecnavia, Town News and Grimes, McGovern & Associates.
MNA’s virtual BNC Awards Gala took place Thursday, January 28. It was so great to see (virtually) so many familiar faces. If you missed the fun, you can view the Professional and College presentations here.
And visit the BNC page of our website to get links to view all the winners in the Gallery or download the Winners book.
No MNA convention would ever be complete without Mark Anfinson’s Legal Update, which was held virtually on Friday, January 29. If you missed it, members can access the Members Only section of the website under Legislation Resources to watch a recording of the session.
Thank you to our generous 2021 convention sponsors:
Established in 1959, one of the nation’s preeminent mergers and acquisitions advisory firms. Grimes, McGovern & Associates was formed in 2018 by the acquisition of the Global Media, Events & Information Services and US Newspapers groups from W.B.Grimes & Company. For more than 60 years, W.B. Grimes has been a leader in Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory Services for Media, Events, Newspaper, Technology and Information Services companies, with a special focus on small- and medium-sized markets. Contact: John McGovern: JMcGovern@mediamergers.com
Coda is a ROI-driven newspaper research and consulting firm specializing in your success. We quantify your total audience footprint across all your media platforms – print, web, social, apps, newsletters and more. Our research will help you showcase the buying power of your readers and turn data into advertising sales. Contact us today to learn how you can turn research into revenue for your newspaper. Contact: Dave Storey – firstname.lastname@example.org
Interlink helps more than 1900 newspapers navigate the postal system to obtain the best delivery at the lowest cost. We believe in newspapers and our products are designed specifically for them. Whether through our complete circulation software package or stand-alone postal presort that integrates with any circulation system, Interlink delivers a streamlined process that is intuitive, efficient and effective. Brad Hill: Brad@ilsw.com
Modulist specializes in the processing of user-generated paid content, helping media “Publish life’s stories” about people in their community. Our world-class, easy-to-use, online portal allows users to submit paid content, such as obituaries, announcements, and other milestones to multiple publications with a single transaction. We benefit our partners by decreasing their production costs and increasing revenue in integral content categories. Contact: Devlyn Brooks – email@example.com
Our-Hometown is growing rapidly – as more & more publishers are discovering the remarkable simplicity of working with us & the tremendous value we add to their newspapers. Our-Hometown customers start making additional profits as soon as they get online, with almost zero effort on their part. With an open-sourced content management system based on WordPress, we can develop solutions for newspapers on demand. If an Our-Hometown customer has an idea for a feature, they have access to our engineering department to get it developed and implemented. Contact: Matthew Larson, firstname.lastname@example.org
SCS provides advertising, production and digital asset management software to the newspaper industry. Family-owned and employing a staff of US-based developers, sales and support staff, SCS has long been a trusted vendor for publishers of all shapes and sizes. Our managed service plans allow you to enjoy all the benefits of the software while we take care of the maintenance. Phil Curtolo : email@example.com
TownNews equips local media organizations with the digital services and guidance to transform their business models and flourish in the digital age. Our tools and expertise in print, digital, video, OTT, and advertising enable forward-thinking media organizations in dynamic markets to efficiently engage their audiences, increase security and grow revenue. Fueled by a passion for local media and a 30-year proven track record of success, more than 2,000 news organizations have benefited from the platform and tools we’ve built specifically for the media industry to thrive. Contact TownNews today to learn how we can help you thrive in the digital age. Contact Phil Pracht, firstname.lastname@example.org
Star Tribune is a locally owned and managed news media company with a goal to provide the news and information that matters most to Minnesota. All day, every day. We have the largest newsroom in the upper Midwest, staffed with 200+ local journalists who tell stories in print and online. We print and deliver the Star Tribune paper 7 days a week throughout the state, and publish online 24/7 at Startribune.com and through our news app. We are interested in partnering with other newspapers on delivery and printing, please reach out to Jeff Sebesta at email@example.com. We have situations already where other newspapers deliver us and we deliver other newspapers, a conversation could help each company!