2019 NCPA Convention Agenda


The members of NCPA will convene in Raleigh March 20-22 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. (Site of the 2018 convention which held record crowds.) NCPA continues a tradition of offering free training for our members. We have tracks for editorial and advertising on Thursday afternoon and additional free training on two great topics on Friday morning. Come for the training, stay for the awards banquet and get a little more training in before you head back home.
NCPA will also have several vendors on site to show you the latest industry products to help improve your newspaper.
We will continue to develop the agenda as additional speakers are confirmed.

You can register your staff by clicking here.
You can book your hotel room by clicking here.

*Developing agenda


NoonNCPA/NCPS Board of Directors Meeting

4:00 p.m. Exhibit set-up (Crabtree Foyer)

6:00 p.m.NC Supreme Court Dinner
(Board of Directors and invited guests)

THURSDAY, March 21

7:30 a.m. Registration/Sponsor setup

8:30 a.m.Breakfast Buffet

9:00 a.m. Legislative Breakfast (ticketed event)
Invited guest speakers to be announced

A preview and forecast of the upcoming short session: John Bussian NCPA lobbyist

12:00 Advertising Awards Luncheon (ticketed event)

2 – 4:30 EDUCATIONAL BREAKOUTS (Free to attend)

Track A
Guide to Open Government and Public Records. Bonus Q&A on current media law issues. NCPA counsel Amanda Martin & Special Guests

Track B
Advertising sales training with Mike Centorani, Director of Sales Training. Gatehouse Media.

4:00 p.m. NCPA Reception. Cash Bar open

6:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony – Open at 5:00 (ticketed event) (Glenwood Ballroom)

FRIDAY, March 22

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet

9:00 – 12:30 - Morning Session (Free to attend)

9:00 a.m. NC Fact Checking Project
Through a grant funded program learn how your newspaper can pick up stories developed through the North Carolina Fact-Checking Project and publish them for free. Attend this session and learn why the initiative was launched, what the response has been, the process for reporting and writing this type of journalism and lessons learned. Cathy Clabby. The Reporter’s Lab. Matt Riley. TruthBuzz Fellow.

10:00 a.m. Covering Health care in your communities with insights from AARP.
Health care is rapidly changing, and reporters who cover health, business, IT, and community news may be interested in learning more about “emerging issues” or trending topics they may have to cover. Your older subscribers will benefit greatly.
Participants will learn more about the jargon, trends, research, and other factors that will help them in their reporting on these issues. Additionally, sales people will learn who the key players are to better target sales to help advocates for modern health care create greater awareness of their goals and outcomes. Steve Hahn AARP NC.

11:00 a.m. Annual Business Meeting
NCPA/NCPS overview Ashley Vansant NCPA President, Phil Lucey NCPA Executive Director
Election of officers of NCPA/NCPS
Breakout meetings of the associated dailies and association of communities.

12:30 North Carolina Press Foundation Board of Directors meeting