2016 FPA-FSNE-SNPA News Industry Summit

A combined FPA-FSNE-SNPA Convention was held September 14-16, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota.

Conference Presentations
Download PowerPoints in PDF format from a number of sessions at the News Industry Summit. These PDFs are for the use of conference attendees and may
not be reproduced or further distributed without the written permission
of the presenter.

Wednesday Sessions:

Building a Balanced and Sustainable Business

  • Peter Newton, CEO, Propel Business Services, and chief revenue officer, GateHouse Media, Pittsford, N.Y.
  • Paul Tash, chairman and CEO, Tampa Bay Times/Times Publishing Co., St. Petersburg, Fla.

How Other Industries Handle Disruptive Innovation

Thursday Sessions:

How to Build a Multi-Platform Audience: Delivering the Right Content on the Right Platform

  • Tim Burke, publisher, The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Events Grow Revenue and Enrich Customer Engagement

  • John Newby, publisher, Muskogee Phoenix, Muskogee, Okla.
  • Tim Smolarick, publisher, Venice Gondolier Sun, Venice, Fla.

Data Visualization

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  • Kara Dapena, data visualization editor, Miami Herald
  • Nathaniel Lash, data reporter, Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Eli Murray, news apps developer, Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Bigger is Better

Breaking Down the Walls: How a 100-Year-Old Tri-Weekly Became a Champion of Innovation

Want to Get Really Digital? Get Rid of Digital!

  • Howard Saltz, publisher and editor-in-chief, Sun-Sentinel Media Group, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Why Data is the Fundamental Building Block of Audiences ... and Your Viability

  • Tom Ratkovich, managing partner, LEAP Media Solutions, Old Saybrook, Ct.

Scenario Planning: The Kind of Thinking That Can Change Your Future

  • Steve Gray, vice president of strategy and innovation, Morris Publishing Group, Augusta, Ga.

Digital Revenue: 'How To' Instructions

  • Emily Walsh, publisher, Observer Media Group, Sarasota, Fla.

Covering the Pulse Tragedy

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  • John Cutter, managing editor, Orlando Sentinel
  • Christal Hayes, breaking news reporter, Orlando Sentinel
  • Lisa Cianci, local news editor, Orlando Sentinel
  • Todd Stewart, interactive and visuals manager, Orlando Sentinel

Increase Revenue from Obits by 30%

Thriving in a Networked Age

  • Penny Abernathy,
    Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics, School of Media
    and Journalism, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Blitz Selling: Recipes for Success

  • Glen Nickerson, president, Highlands News-Sun and Highlands Sun, Sebring, Fla.

Generating Revenue with Proven Mobile and Digital Strategies

  • Penny Merian, chief marketing officer, HubCiti, Austin, Texas

Making it Real

  • Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO, Kitson & Partners, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Friday Sessions:

30 Ideas in 40 Minutes

  • Robert Lee, publisher, The Sun, Charlotte Harbor, Fla.

Public Records: Success Stories and Strategies

Power-Up Your Profitability: Revenue Generation & Cost Optimization - Proven Examples to Maximize Your Profits

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  • Bill Ostendorf, founder and president, Creative Circle Media Solutions, East Providence, R.I.
  • Gary Blakeley, director of global service and technical support, Southern Lithoplate, Youngsville, N.C.

Legal Update: Hot Topics and Recent Legal Developments

Managing an Intergenerational Workforce

  • Dean Ridings, president and CEO, Florida Press Association and Intersect Media Solutions, Lake Mary, Fla.

Writing for Non-Readers

  • Tim Harrower, Author of "The Newspaper Designer's Handbook" and "Inside Reporting," Wilsonville, Ore.

12 Tips for Futurizing Your Design

  • Tim Harrower, Author of "The Newspaper Designer's Handbook" and "Inside Reporting," Wilsonville, Ore.

Hotel Reservations

Ritz-Carlton is now sold out some nights during our conference. Please see below for alternate hotels.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive
Sarasota, Florida 34236
(888) 838-3439 - Reservations
Reference the SNPA/FPA/FSNE 2016 annual meeting to get our $209 rate. 

Alternate hotels

All hotels had availability as of August 17.

  • Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota (0.8 miles from the Ritz)
    $169 per night
    Reservation Deadline: August 31, 2016
    Reserve your room online

  • The Aloft Sarasota, 1401 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota (0.8
    miles from the Ritz) from $135 per night


  • Hotel Indigo Sarasota, 1223 Boulevard of The Arts (0.4 miles
    from the Ritz) from $160 per night


  • The La Quinta Sarasota, 1803 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota  (1.7 miles from the
    Ritz) from $90 per night

Click here to view the most up-to-date conference program and session descriptions.

Register for the Full Conference
Register for the FPA Better Weekly Awards Lunch Only
Register for the Friday Afternoon Design Session Only

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
View all 2016 Sponsor and Exhibitor options
Sponsor and Exhibitor online registration

Better Weekly Newspaper Contest
Awards were presented during the FPA/FSNE Annual Convention on
September 16, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. The final list of winners, video awards presentation, and links to all
of the First Place winning entries are now available online. Visit: Flpress.com/2015BWN/Awards


Event Date: 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 (All day) to Friday, September 16, 2016 (All day)