The National Newspaper Publishers Association greets members, sponsors and friends

(l-r) Terry Jones (Data News Weekly), William Mitchell (CNN), and NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell Courtesy of Kichea S. Burt

(l-r) Terry Jones (Data News Weekly), William Mitchell (CNN), and NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell                Courtesy of Kichea S. Burt

The final touches are being made on the agenda for the NNPA Annual Convention that is scheduled for June 26-29, 2013 at the Hutton Hotel in  Nashville, TN.  The theme for this year’s convention is

“Voice of the Black Community.”  Those registered to attend are looking forward to the scheduled activities including workshops, training, and special events.  Terry B. Jones, New Orleans Data News, says they are looking forward to spending some time in Nashville.  “We are ready to put our plans into action … hope we will see you there.”

Activities begin Wednesday, June 26, 2013, with registration beginning at noon followed by board meetings.  The Chairman’s Welcome Reception is the highlight of the day as the first social event.

On Wednesday, June 27, the day begins with an HBCU Prayer Breakfast; with a Luncheon: Future of the Black Press w/Hip Hop Union in the after noon; and the NNPA Foundation Merit Awards Reception and Dinner in the evening.

Breakfast on Friday, June 28, is highlighted with a HIV/AIDS Discussion sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and the NNPA Foundation.  A Luncheon, which will include a panel discussion,  Education and the Black Press, is being held in the afternoon.   The Legacy Awards Reception and the NNPA Legacy Awards Dinner will be held in the evening.

With a completed three days of activities behind, Saturday, June 29, brings the four day journey to a close.  The day begins at 8:45 am to finalize the business of the boards as well as making preparation for the coming year.   The day ends with a Publishers’ Exchange, followed by a Day/Evening             Optional tour of Nashville.

Each day was filled with a number of workshops, Including:

Workshop #1: HBCU’s Facing Challenges Amid Efforts to Stay Financially Viable and Competitive; Workshop #2: Financial Forecasting: Cash Flow Strategies to Sustain Your Business

Workshop #3A: Social Media and the Black Press

Workshop #3B: Effective Community Events w/Nielsen

Digital Workshop #1: Basics of Launching Your Website (Basic)

Digital Workshop #2: Effectively Packaging and Selling Advertising  (Advanced)

There were other meeting and special events dispursed throughout the convention, such as, Macy’s Beauty Bar Sponsored by Macy’s.

National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA): The National Newspaper Publishers Association, also known as the Black Press of America, is a 69-year-old federation of more than 200 Black community newspapers from across the United States.

Since World War II, it has also served as the industry’s news service, a position that it has held without peer or competitor since the Associated Negro Press dissolved by 1970. In 2000, the NNPA launched NNPA Media Services– a print and web advertising-placement and press release distribution service. In 2001, the NNPA, in association with the NNPA Foundation, it began building the BlackPressUSA Network– the nation’s premier network of local Black community news and information portals. The BlackPressUSA Network is anchored by– the national web portal for the Black Press of America.

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