PNA looks ahead to PA Press Conference focusing on modern newsrooms in Gettysburg

  • May 20, 2015

Nikki Rhoads, Communications Director

PressConferenceCoverThe 2015 PA Press Conference, “Connect with your community: Modern newsrooms and the push for high-impact journalism,” will be held in Gettysburg May 29-30.

This annual two-day conference caters to issues of importance to editors, reporters and broadcasters, and is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors (PSNE) and the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors (PAPME) in conjunction with the Pennsylvania AP Broadcasters Association (PAPBA), Pennsylvania Women's Press Association (PWPA) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

Highlights of the 2015 event include:

  • A Friday morning PNA Foundation Readership Workshop: Take a Closer Look at Your Audience
  • A joint PSNE/PAPBA session on the new faces of journalism
  • PSNE breakout sessions on topics including what your readers are really telling you, covering major breaking news, such as the Eric Frein manhunt, and a new Keystones winners panel discussing their exceptional work in areas such as investigative and enterprise journalism
  • PAPBA sessions on new digital tools and sharing content
  • Awards presentations, including the PAPME News Excellence and Newsphoto Contest Awards, PAPBA Awards, PWPA Awards, the SPJ Awards, and the prestigious Keystone Press Awards, which  recognize hundreds of outstanding writers, editors and photographers

“As the demands on journalists in Pennsylvania and elsewhere continue to grow in this ever-changing industry, the PA Press Conference represents that rare event where we actually get to step back and reflect on the important work we do each day,” said Nick Falsone, PAPME president. “As in past years, the PAPME is proud to be hosting its news excellence awards banquet that recognizes the best of that important work. This year’s banquet will feature a keynote address from Terry Mutchler, the first director of the state’s Office of Open Records. The timing is perfect given the recent debates in Harrisburg over the politicizing of this critical post.”

“As we plan this event each year, we strive to keep pace with changes and advances in the journalism industry,” added Chip Minemyer, PSNE president. “This year, that includes the addition of video presentations by winners of the Keystone Press Awards 'Sweepstakes' in each audience category. Those who attend the Press Conference will experience a variety of meaningful presentations and discussions, capped off by the annual Keystones banquet, as we celebrate the very best journalism from the past year at all levels across Pennsylvania.”

"Ever since we began holding the PAPBA Convention in conjunction with our print friends we have seen some great synergies," Mark Nootbaar, PAPBA board member, said.  “In fact, one of the things I’m most looking forward to this year is the ‘Building Partnerships and Sharing Content’ session exploring ways that newspapers and broadcasters can work together from day-one on a project to create great multi-platform stories.”

Read more on the PA Press Conference and register now. More details are also available in the conference brochure.

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