WNPA's 127th annual convention is set for Oct. 2-4, 2014, at Campbell's Resort on beautiful Lake Chelan in North Central Washington. Plan to mix business with pleasure, taking in the winery tours and scenery guaranteed to launch the fall season with a blast of color. We hope you will join us this fall at Campbell's Resort!
Lori Maxim, Vice President of West Sound Operations for Sound Publishing, Poulsbo, chairs the 2014 Convention Committee. Committee members include representatives of the Mason County Journal (Shelton), Methow Valley News (Twisp), Nisqually Valley News (Yelm), North Kitsap Herald (Poulsbo), Port Townsend Leader, Reflector (Battle Ground), Rim Publications (Bellevue) and Sequim Gazette.
Sponsorship details, including the Exhibitor Brochure (pdf), are at left.
Attendees gave rave reviews to WNPA's 2013 convention at the Red Lion Hotel, Olympia. Peter Conti of Local Media Association opened with a keynote on current innovations and Kelly Wirges of ProMax Training taught seminars for ad reps and managers. Our favorite attendee comment: "Please provide a tiny, pocket-size Kelly Wirges to take to work with me." Editorial panelists provided insights on practical reporting and how the Internet is changing newspapers, and representatives of five tribes offered guidance on reporting on tribal nations.
The 2013 brochure, designed by Donna Etchey and John Rodriguez of Sound Publishing, Poulsbo, is in this eEdition. Lori Maxim, Vice President of West Sound Operations for Sound Publishing, Poulsbo, chaired the 2013 Convention Committee.
2013 Award Recipients
Mike Dillon, Pacific Publishing Company, Seattle
Freedom's Light Award: State Representative Frank Chopp
Members celebrated 125 years of Washington's community newspapers Sept. 27-29, 2012, in Yakima, where WNPA originated in 1887 as the Washington Press Association. The Yakima Herald-Republic, successor of one of three publishing WPA founders, was honored at the opening reception held at Gilbert Cellars.
2012 Award Recipients
Miles Turnbull Master Editor/Publisher Award: Sue Ellen Riesau, former publisher of the Sequim Gazette
Freedom's Light Award: Rowland Thompson, executive director of Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington
Honorary Life Membership: Cliff Rowe, Pacific Lutheran University
Our 124th annual WNPA convention, Oct. 6-8, 2011, in Everett, drew more than 200 attendees. Bill Forhan, publisher of NCW Media, Leavenworth, led the planning efforts.
2011 Award Recipients
Miles Turnbull Master Editor/Publisher Award: Manfred Tempelmayr, retired president of Sound Publishing Inc.
Dixie Lee Bradley Award: Linda Chittim of Beacon Publishing
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Volunteer to judge!
WNPA will judge the Arizona Newspapers Association contest (all online) June 1-13. WNPA newspapers who provide judges will receive a credit for 2014 contest fees, $50 for providing one professional judge and $75 for three or more judges from the same newspaper.
"Phenomenal" and "very informative!" were the first two responses after an hour-long webinar offered April 24 by guest presenters Advertising Director Pili Linares and Digital Operations Manager Amanda Bomba of the Daily Herald in Everett. The WNPA Advertising Committee sponsored the event, and Linares and Bomba made their presentation available for WNPA members.
Members of WNPA and Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington gather in Olympia annually to meet with the state's elected officials and legislative leaders. Rowland Thompson, executive director of Allied, and Bill Will, executive director of WNPA, provide a review of bills of interest to newspapers being floated during the legislative session.
Map of Capitol Campus (pdf)
The WNPA Board of Trustees typically meets in January, April, July and October. Expected meeting dates in 2014 are Jan. 17 (Olympia), April 25 (Bellevue), July 18 (Chelan) and Oct. 3 (Chelan).
For questions regarding board meetings or information about the board, please contact WNPA Interim Executive Director Mark O'Deady or WNPA President Bill Forhan or call (206) 634-3838, ext. 0.