SNPA Members Invited to Join a Committee
2012-13 SNPA committees and chairmen are:
Future Trends and Leaders Committee – The Future Trends and Leaders Committee evaluates emerging developments and concerns that impact the newspaper industry and ensures that SNPA provides newspaper executives with information about critical issues. A key function for this committee is to formalize programs to attract and nurture young leaders, key voices in the industry and future members. Charles Hill Morris Jr., publisher of The Covington News, is the committee chair.
Legal Affairs – The Legal Affairs Committee will focus on First Amendment causes and issues related to labor and human resources, regulatory and legislative activity, public notice, copyright and fair use, and other matters of concern to the newspaper industry. Among its activities, the committee will provide content for the SNPA eBulletin and website, propose topics for meetings and webinars, and work with the SNPA board to formulate positions on legal issues of interest to the membership. Attorney John Bussian, of the Bussian Law Firm, chairs the new committee.
Networking and Membership – The primary purpose of the Networking and Membership Committee is to make SNPA the premier networking group for newspaper publishers. As part of this effort, the committee will create a formal outreach program to key newspaper executives, improve the SNPA meeting and networking experience, develop membership marketing strategies, and integrate social media principles to promote the sharing of ideas, reach new audiences and promote member interaction. David Dunn-Rankin, publisher of The Sun in Port Charlotte, Fla., chairs the committee.
Professional Development – The Professional Development Committee oversees SNPA and SNPA Foundation training initiatives and works with the boards and staff to study and create innovative and effective professional development programs. Hal Tanner III, publisher of The Goldsboro News-Argus, Goldsboro, N.C., is the committee chair.
Programs – The Programs Committee develops the content for the annual SNPA News Industry Summit, works with representatives from other state and regional associations to coordinate joint programming, and perpetually examines and evaluates SNPA programs and services to maintain their relevance to association members. Digby Solomon, publisher and CEO of the Daily Press in Newport News, Va., chairs the new committee.
Research and Development – The R&D Committee evaluates competitive trends and operational challenges to media companies and identifies technologies, best practices, products and services to help newspapers and their related enterprises meet current and future needs. The committee will develop channels to disseminate industry-relevant research and white papers, create content for the SNPA website and eBulletin, and suggest topics and speakers for SNPA programs. The committee co-chairs are David Barber, executive vice president/newspaper relations, PARADE, and Steve Mattingly, senior vice president/sales and marketing, Southern Lithoplate.