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HSPA and the HSPA Foundation rescheduled the Annual Meetings and Government Conference for March 2-3.

“The State We’re In: Different Times. Same Mission” will remain at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

“We were fortunate the hotel worked with us on rescheduling without any penalty due to the extreme weather conditions,” said Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel. “We believe canceling was the only prudent choice we had when considering our members’ safety.”

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An ice and snow storm hit much of Indiana during the event originally scheduled for Feb. 2 and 3.

All registrations for the conference and overnight rooms are still good. Members with schedule conflicts should notify HSPA to cancel.

Others now wanting to come may register until Feb. 25 by contacting Shawn Goldsby at sgoldby@

hspa.com or (317) 803-4772.

The speakers will remain the same.

“Although rescheduling presents some minor problems, all of our speakers could adjust their calendars and join us,” said HSPA Foundation Director Karen T. Braeckel. “We only had to swamp two session times to make it work.”

The focus of the conference remains unchanged: where newspapers stand in today’s media climate and where they’re headed.

Michael G. Kane, president and publisher of the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle and president for Gannett’s East Group, will open the conference March 2 by reminding his peers why the newspaper industry’s future isn’t all doom and gloom.

In the second afternoon session that day, Anthony M. Casale, chairman and chief executive officer of American Opinion Research, will propose strategies for revitalizing the newspaper industry.

Key will open the program March 3 with an update on issues affecting papers in the Indiana General Assembly.

Casale also will speak Thursday morning on ways to build reader loyalty.

Other speakers include Indiana newspaper executives E. Mayer Maloney Jr. of Hoosier Times Inc., Neal Ronquist of Paxton Media Group and John Rumbach of The Herald (Jasper) and John Strauss, a journalism technology guru who teaches at Ball State University.

The HSPA and HSPA Foundation boards of directors will meet March 2.

HSPA will announce the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award at the Governor’s Reception that evening.

The Legislators Luncheon March 3 offers opportunities to discuss issues with state representatives.

HSPA notified lawmakers of the new luncheon date, but publishers are encouraged to extend another personal invitation to their legislators. Publishers should send changes in their luncheon guest lists to sgoldsby@hspa.com.

The Frank O’Bannon Sunshine Award will be presented during the luncheon.