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Explore ideas in the land of 10,000 lakes
Sept. 25-28, 2008
Saint Paul, MN
Riverfront
Crowne Plaza Hotel
National Newspaper Association's 122nd Annual Convention and Trade Show

New format proves popular for attendees

NNA convention visits St. Paul, MN

There was overwhelming support for the new Thursday to Saturday format for the National Newspaper Association’s convention.

By the second day of the 122nd convention and trade show, members were commenting on how much they liked the new format. Nearly 270 members and guests attended the convention in the Crowne Plaza St. Paul-Riverfront hotel.

“If it wasn’t for this new format, we wouldn’t have been able to make it here,” said Judy Griffin, co-owner of the Forney (TX) Messenger. She and her husband, Carey Griffin, publisher of the weekly paper attended several sessions over the course of the convention.

Many weekly newspaper publishers have a Wednesday deadline for meeting their press run. In addition to the shift in convention days, one of the most well liked sessions, the great idea exchange, was moved to Saturday. This change allowed more people to attend.

Jody Hansen, publisher of the Echo Press in Alexandria, MN, noted that with the money generated from the ideas she’s picked up during past great ideas exchanges, she’s been able to pay for her trips to NNA’s conventions. She said she intends to implement some of the ideas she learned this year, too.

From singing “Puff the Magic Dragon” with Peter Yarrow, to learning how to save on postal costs, to how to make a 40-second omelet, NNA members were enthralled with this year’s convention.

Dennis Anderson, publisher of the Antelope Valley Press, said Yarrow’s presentation about Operation Respect, brought back strong memories of the ’60s. Yarrow exchanged hugs with many of the members who he had called up on the podium with him during his talk.

Additional convention coverage will be available in the November Publishers’ Auxiliary and online. It will include articles about the workshops and roundtables.

During the business meeting, the board decided to continue with this format for the 2009 convention, which will be at the Renaissance Riverview Park Hotel, Sept. 24-27 in Mobile, AL.