Attend Annual Meetings in 2012


Free hotel accommodations for one night and reduced registration rates will benefit members at the 2012 HSPA and HSPA Foundation Annual Meet­ings and Gov­ernment Conference.

Plan to attend Feb. 16-17 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Details will follow soon.

Annual Meetings

What: Annual Meetings & Government Conference

When: Feb. 16-17

Where: Indian­apolis Marriott Downtown

Registration: Available online and by mail or fax in the coming weeks

Information: Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, or (317) 624-4427

Note the change to a Thursday-Friday format at the request of publishers who had conflicts with the event’s previous Wednesday-Thursday schedule.

“We hope the adjustments allow more publishers to attend the meetings and share ideas with their peers,” said Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel.

Each HSPA-member newspaper receives one free night’s hotel stay (Feb. 16 only) at the Marriott.

Publishers can register to attend the conference for $175 if they sign up by Jan. 20. Rates increase after that date.

“We reduced registration to better serve publishers as they work to control their newspapers’ budgets,” said Karen T. Braeckel, HSPA Foundation director.

The agenda for this year’s meetings includes discussion about:

  • Media Sales Basics, an advertising training program available free through the HSPA Foundation
  • Advertising revenue ideas
  • Circulation retention
  • Digital aspects such as paid websites, e-editions and mobile apps
  • Training needs for newspapers
  • Ways to achieve cost savings
  • Libel, how to avoid it and what to do about it.
  • Legislative update on issues affecting newspapers in the Indiana General Assembly.

Newspapers will receive registration information by mail and email in the coming weeks.

Publishers should plan to invite their state representatives and senators to the Legislative Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 16, when HSPA presents the Frank O’Bannon Sunshine Award.

HSPA Foundation will provide invitations for newspapers to send lawmakers.

The next Distinguished Service Award honoree will receive the traditional winner’s cup at the Governor’s Reception on Thursday, Feb. 16.

To sponsor the Annual Meetings or for more information about the event, contact Key at or (317) 624-4427.