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Registration for the Annual Meetings and Government Conference continues through Friday, Feb. 10.

The HSPA and HSPA Foundation joint event on Thursday-Friday, Feb. 16-17, brings together newspaper leaders from around the state to share ideas, network and learn about solutions to issues facing the industry.

Annual Meetings & Government Conference

When: Thursday-Friday, Feb. 16-17

Where: Indian­apolis Marriott Downtown

Registration: Click here to download a form to fax or register online.

Hotel reservations and information: Shawn Goldsby, sgoldsby@hspa.com or (317) 803-4772

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

The sessions, along with the event’s annual Leg­is­la­tive Luncheon, will be at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

Publishers and other newspaper management employees can register online at www.HSPAFoundation.org/annualmeetings or fax the form newspapers received by mail.

To download additional hard copies of the form, visit the Foundation website.

The Annual Meetings will include information on Media $ales Basics, a web-based advertising training program available free for HSPA-member newspapers in 2012.

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 will provide invitations for newspapers to send lawmakers.

The Distinguished Service Award honoree will receive the traditional winner’s cup at the Governor’s Reception on Feb. 16. Attorney General Greg Zoeller will speak.

Session speaker Chris Lee, executive vice president and publisher for the Deseret News (Salt Lake City), will address upheavals in consumption, costs and culture in the news industry on Feb. 17.

His presentation also will include a focus on ideas for cost reductions.

Lee, a Harvard Business School graduate with a master’s degree in business administration, previously was chairman and chief executive officer at Heritage Makers, a marketer of web-to-print personalized photo products.

Other topics of discussion will include libel, postal changes affecting newspapers, and state legislative issues.

One attendee will win an iPad 2 during an idea-sharing session.

For more information, contact HSPA at (317) 807-4772 or sgoldsby@hspa.com or visit www.HSPAFoundation.org/annualmeetings.