National Newspaper Association hosts convention in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE — The 133rd Annual National Newspaper Association Convention & Trade Show kicked off Thursday in Milwaukee and will continue through Saturday morning. 

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Cheryl Carpenter, a leadership faculty member at the Poynter Institute, addresses attendees of the 133rd Annual National Newspaper Association Convention on Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. (photo by Julia Hunter)

The Leadership Summit, co-sponsored by the WNA, opened the event. Marty Kaiser, managing director of the University of Maryland Capital News Service and former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor, facilitated the workshop alongside Cheryl Carpenter, a leadership faculty member at the Poynter Institute. 

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Leadership Summit attendees wrote examples of recent successes — and what they learned from them — on notecards that were shared to help inspire others. (photo by Julia Hunter)

During the summit, panelists — including WNA Board member Jeff Patterson, president of Adam Publishing Group’s central division — discussed successes they were able to achieve by embracing change, empowering employees and thinking outside of the box. During the second half of the workshop, participants shared their recent “wins” and exchanged ideas.

NNA President Andrew Johnson, who is also WNA Board member and past president, welcomed attendees to the convention Friday morning prior to the NNA Flag Ceremony. Kevin Flink, publisher of The Tribune-Phonograph in Abbotsford carried the Wisconsin flag.

Keynote speaker Jackie Spinner, associate professor at Columbia College Chicago and U.S. Fulbright Scholar, discussed the importance of community newspapers and freedom of the press during the kickoff session.

More photos from the convention will be posted on NNA’s convention page following the conclusion of the event.