Seeling: Now is the time to get involved with your WNA

Six $50 scholarships offered for leadership summit

Hello, Wisconsin Newspaper Association members one and all.

Yes, you are busy. Yes, it is a crazy time in our time-honored industry. But it is now time for us ALL to get involved with our state trade association, the WNA.

Why? Because we are more united with one voice. We can gain so much by networking together at WNA events, like our summer Trees Retreat, annual convention, learning seminars and more. The WNA does a fantastic job of representing our interests at the State Capitol and nationally through our affiliation with the National Newspaper Association.

Things like U.S. postal rates and service, newsprint tariffs, and overtime labor laws are just a few of the national issues. On the state level, it is the ongoing battle over legal and public notices and more.

nna convention, get involved

This October, we have an excellent opportunity here in Wisconsin to meet our WNA members and other industry professionals on the national level at the 133rd Annual National Newspaper Association Convention & Trade Show in Milwaukee on Thursday, Oct. 3 through Saturday, Oct. 5.

There will be much to learn and enjoy, and you can even take advantage of special WNA registration rates for the convention and lodging at the historic five-star Pfister Hotel. And you won’t want to miss the NNA Convention’s extravaganza event at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

The NNA Convention theme is very timely, “Newspapers: Leading the way in our communities.” Convention sessions will address pressing business objectives of community newspaper owners, publishers and senior staff with educational sessions and peer sharing activities.

Register now at nnaweb.org/convention. You may register as an NNA member, and your full registration includes four general sessions, five sets of roundtable discussion sessions, an exhibit hall with more than 30 exhibitors and tickets to a welcome reception, two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner with entertainment.

In addition, the convention will kick off with a leadership summit, co-sponsored by the WNA and NNA. This unique opportunity will explore what it takes for your newspaper to be profitable and stable in a changing environment.

During the summit, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalists will share their expertise on newspapers and organizational management. They’ll be joined by several community newspaper leaders who will explain how they have successfully implemented changes that had a significant impact.

As a participant, you will connect with your peers, learn how to increase the success of change initiatives, and be inspired to innovate.

Workshop facilitator Marty Kaiser, one of the leading newsroom visionaries working today, will be joined by leadership guru Cheryl Carpenter.

For those interested in attending the leadership summit, the WNA will award $50 scholarships to the first six who register and request a scholarship.

Wait no longer fellow WNA members. It is time to get and be involved with YOUR association. I will be there next month ready to welcome you in Milwaukee. Just look for the guys in the red WNA sport coats.

See you soon!

Paul Seeling

Paul Seeling is president of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. Seeling serves as editor and publisher of the (Spring Valley) Sun-Argus, the Woodville Leader and MyGateway.News, as well as the Valley Values Shopper. He was elected to the WNA Board of Directors as a representative of the northwest district in 2012.