Aug 27, 2020
Virtual (more details to come)
From management and legal issues to generating revenue and redesigning your paper and website, today’s most pressing topics for small community newspapers are addressed through this special, annual workshop.
PROGRAM — After a “Welcome and Get Comfortable” reception, the workshop starts with a roundtable discussion on Thursday evening, an opportunity to wrestle with your greatest challenges, share your best solutions, talk with others who do what you do every day. Friday features presentations on several topics including leadership and management, legal issues and ad sales.
REGISTRATION — Twelve fellowships are offered to weekly and small daily community newspaper publishers and managers. Included are all sessions, welcome reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, Friday breakfast, Friday lunch and refreshments as well as one overnight room accommodation.
ABOUT LIZA BEALE: An active and committed member of her community and the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, Liza Northrop Beale died unexpectedly at age 49, in 2009. She was the general manager of The Almanac in McMurray and was set to receive the PNA Foundation’s Newspaper of the Year Award for non-dailies when she took ill. She also served as editor of the magazines Southepointe Today and Suburban Living and was the former editor of The McDonald Record-Enterprise. She was a director on the board of the Observer Publishing Company. Liza served as Vice President of the PNA Foundation and was involved with the Washington County United Way, Washington Hospital Foundation Board, Community Action Southwest, Leadership Washington County, the South Hills Chamber of Commerce and the Canonsburg United Methodist Church where she was a deacon. An award-winning journalist, Liza was recognized for her writing with Keystone Press Awards, SPJ and was a finalist for the prestigious Golden Quill. Liza was interested in chronicling the events residents wanted in their community publications. As her cousin Tom Northrop remarked, “She just loved her job.”
The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation is honored to work with the Northrop family, former owners of the Observer Publishing Company, Washington, to produce this annual workshop. Through the generosity of Liza’s family, fee-free workshops have been held for PNA members each fall, since 2011.