2022 Convention

Convention Dates To Remember

Registration is now open! Register here. 

NCPA Convention registration deadline: August 5, 2022

NCPA Convention hotel reservation deadline: August 5, 2022

NCPA Annual Convention and Awards Banquet: August 25-26, 2022 at the Hilton Raleigh North Hills 


Convention Agenda: 

Thursday, August 25, 2022 

11 - 12:30 am Legislative Updates- moderated by Bill Moss, NCPA Vice President and Legislative Chair;  Corey Friedman, incoming NCPA legislative Chair; John Bussian, NCPA Legislative Counsel and Lexi Arthur, NCPA Deputy Lobbyist

Legislative speakers TBA. 

12:30 NCPA Membership Lunch 

12:45 Community Forum delivered by Tom Silvestri, The Relevance Project

1:30 Vendor Break - visit with industry vendors

2:00 Educational sessions

  1. Latest in open meetings, access and transparency from cases around the state. NCPA Hotline highlights. Led by Amanda Martin, Beth Soja and Mike Tadych of SMVT
  2. Best Advertising Revenue session.  Roundtable led by NCPA members including: Keven Zepezauer, Restoration NewsMedia; Michael VanGorder, LOCALiQ; Christina Ruotolo, APG Media, Greenville; John McClure, Goldsboro News Argus;  Carol Magnani, The State Port Pilot; Greg Boothroyd, Smoky Mountain News.

Bring your best ideas to share, take home prizes and new revenue ideas. 

3:30  NCPA Membership meeting / elections / state of the association  - led by Sandra Hurley, NCPA President

4:00  Breakouts for Associated Dailies and Association of Communities Newspapers 

5:00  NCPA Awards reception (Hosted bar with entertainment) 

7:00  NCPA Awards banquet  - Editorial and Advertising awards

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Community Forum
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The Relevance Project is creating relevant points  with up-to- date industry news.  Click here for relevant points: 

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The Relevance Project

The Relevance Project’s 2022 priority is to help newspapers become THE Community Forum to boost Relevance, expand audiences, and improve effectiveness. Now, a special section is devoted to sharing tactics, advice and examples on how to orchestrate civil, civic conversations about issue of importance to communities, the newspaper industry and advocates for an enlightened Democracy. Stay tuned for Relevance Project updates on this transformative initiative. Click here to learn more.

A key initiative of the Relevance Project is to create revenue tools to help community newspapers boost their sales efforts. The Revenue Resource 2022 will be updated to match dynamic changes in our businesses and economies.

 Click here to download The Revenue Resource!
Support Local Journalism

The Relevance Project seeks to promote the importance of local journalism and its vital role in democracy. These resources are aimed at helping newspaper media recapture and bolster the message that it is the primary source of local news and information.  The newest series includes one-page-instant training sessions you can download from the Advice for the Newsroom section.  As a reminder, association and newspaper staffs can use everything on The Relevance Project website without charge. Credit Newspaper Association Managers (NAM) for the initiative.


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Hyperlocal Advertising And Marketing Services

Your Strategic Partner For Delivering Local Engagement On A National Scale

The Strategic Marketing Partners of the North Carolina Press Services (NCPS) - offers services that can help you get media hits, and hyperlocal print and digital advertising placement services to reach your target audiences. In fact, over the last several decades we have helped hundreds of agencies, associations and companies in North Carolina with these services providing quick results - at no extra cost to their advertising budgets. Through our newspaper members, NCPS has deep relationships with every community in North Carolina – giving us local, on-the-ground knowledge about what works. This experience and the attending trust are invaluable to advertisers who want results. Working with the NCPS is working with the trusted pillars of your customer’s communities. If you want to save time, resources, and money we can meet by phone or Zoom to discuss your multimedia plans and goals. Let’s partner together.

Strategic partners for all print and digital media buys in NC with access to every Community Forum in North America.

NC Newspapers Deliver

Newspaper Market Insight from a study conducted by Coda Ventures, found that 6.6 million North Carolina adults rely on print or digital newspapers for news and information. More than half of North Carolina adults use newspaper advertising to make important buying decisions. Curious about how you can reach your target market? Check out these Market Insight sheets.  

From the Appalachian Mountains to the Outer Banks, North Carolina’s landscape is as diverse as its economy. Throughout the state, businesses both large and small are pioneering new frontiers in technology, pharma, aerospace, automotive, textiles and more. Plus, it’s home to an active audience of consumers who rely on North Carolina’s print and digital newspapers for the community news, information and advertising that impact their lives. Coda Ventures recently conducted a market study, proving the power of local newspapers in North Carolina.

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