Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Agenda & Registration Forms

Download the 2013 Annual Convention Agenda, a mail-in registration form and a registration form to our Legislative Luncheon below:

2013 MPA Annual Convention Agenda.

2013 Annual Convention Registration Form.

2013 Legislative Luncheon Registration Form.

Win an iPad Mini!

Come to the 2013 MPA Annual Convention for your chance to win an iPad Mini!

iPad Mini

By attending convention your name will be entered in a raffle to win the iPad Mini during a drawing at the Saturday President’s Brunch. You must be present to win.

2013 MPA Annual Convention Minimize

Tradition and Technology - MPA's 2013 Annual Convention


Grand Rapids, MI | Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
January 25-26, 2013

Some things change ... some things stay the same. Your 2013 Michigan Press Association Annual Convention is designed with both in mind.


Chuck UnderwoodChuck Underwood talking about the Generational Imperative

“I now have more and better tools to accomplish my goals: more lucrative sales & make more money!”
— Cincinnati Enquirer
“Our members are all senior marketing executives. Chuck Underwood was viewed as one of the most dynamic and relevant speakers we have ever had in eight years. He is amazing!”
— Denver Marketing Roundtable

Jim HartJim Hart discussing the latest on the deal with Valassis and the USPS.

Kevin SlimpAnd back for an encore: Kevin Slimp with sessions covering everything from design tips and tricks to a list of great things he’s seen in newspapers across the country in the last year.

What others say about Kevin Slimp:

“You did good with this one.”
“Very interesting and well explained.”
“This was an eye opener.”

2013 Annual Convention Agenda

Thursday, January 24, 2013

1:00 p.m.
MNI Board Meeting

4:00 p.m.
MPA Board Meeting

9:00 p.m.
MPA Board Reception in the Hospitality Suite

Friday, January 25, 2013

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
MPA Annual Meeting

Buffet breakfast served


9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Get it Right the First Time

Moderator-Joe Warner of the Grosse Pointe News
Because newspapers have a strong history of credibility, you won’t want to miss this panel discussion as they tackle the challenge provided by social media quick news and maintaining that credibility while coping with a 24/7 news cycle.


10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The Present and Future of Journalism ...
The Print/Online Connection

With Kevin Slimp
Kevin will talk about the most cutting edge technology tools that will help keep you on top of your game in both your print and online products.

12 noon -1:30 p.m.
Legislative Lunch - Governor Snyder Keynote Speaker (Tentative)

The annual legislative lunch is back and once again gives MPA members the opportunity to hear from Michigan’s Governor. Come connect with your legislators to build a brighter future for newspapers.


1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Meet the Leaders-Panel discussion with the current majority and minority leaders in the House and Senate.

Find out what is coming up in Lansing that could impact the business of newspapering in the 2013-2014 legislative session. Rare is the opportunity to sit in the same room with all four leaders and have the opportunity to have a candid exchange ... this is a “don’t-miss” session!


2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
The Generational Imperative

With Chuck Underwood
How do you attract the youth of tomorrow while retaining the older generation that makes up a large portion of your current readership? Come to this session to find out. Chuck will provide information to help you use the generational filter to plan your creative work and marketing plans with different audiences in mind.

2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Eye Catching Design Tips for College Newspapers

With Kevin Slimp
Kevin will provide you with ideas to create a publication that pops!

4:00 p.m.
Michigan Collegiate Press Assocation Board Meeting


4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Turning Digital Dimes into Dollars

Reynolds Institute
This session will provide both large and small publications with digital strategies that work and help provide revenue.

Dinner on your own

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
MPAF Annual Tie Auction

Great items up for bid, great company and a great cause!

10:00 p.m.
Hospitality in the President’s Suite

This year featuring a “Great Pretenders” bar sponsored by AAA in addition to the usual libations.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


8:30 a.m. - 9:45a.m.
What I Learned This Year from Successful Newspapers

With Kevin Slimp
Kevin Slimp visits dozens of newspapers each year. He’ll share ideas from the best ... just for you! This session was a huge hit last year ... don’t miss Kevin’s NEW ideas this year.

9:45a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Hot topics that can keep you out of hot water

MPA General Counsel Robin Luce Herrmann and her team will present hot legal topics including issues with legal, libel, social media and other technology. This session is a must-attend to help you avoid potential legal quagmires.

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Presidents Brunch

Come congratulate our 2013 Michigan Press Association Foundation Scholars, the winners of the MPA Better Newspaper Contest for General Excellence, Public Service Award and Rookie Writer, meet the incoming MPA President and maybe walk away with a brand new iPad Mini.

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