2020 NCPA Convention Agenda


The members of NCPA will convene in Raleigh February 26-28 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. NCPA continues a tradition of offering free training for our members. We have tracks for editorial and advertising on Thursday afternoon. Come for the training, stay for the awards banquet.
NCPA will also have several vendors on site to show you the latest industry products to help improve your newspaper.
We will continue to develop the agenda as additional speakers are confirmed.

You can register your staff by clicking here.
You can book your hotel room by clicking here.

2020 Winter Convention 


February 26-28, 2020

Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley 


4:00 NCPA/NCPS Networking session.   

6:00 p.m. NC Supreme Court Dinner  

(Board of Directors, students and invited guests) 


7:30 a.m.  Registration/Sponsor setup 

8:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet 

9:00 - 12:00   

Vendor roundtables/showcase.  

Member service discussion with members and staff. 

12:30 - 2:00 Advertising Awards Luncheon

Highlight of best ideas/best in show from 2019 awards. Winners to discuss the results of these top campaigns.  Get tips on how you can bring them back to your market and start selling.   


1 – 4:15   BREAKOUTS 

Editoral sessions

Session 1  1:00 -  3:00

Covering 2020 elections: election security and voting issues. You will leave with great takeaways to put to use in covering elections

Session 2  3:15 - 4:15 

Covering business issues facing NC in 2020.  Hear from CEOs from around the state in leading sectors driving innovation, jobs and opportunities in NC.

Advertising sessions 

Session 1 2:00 3:00

Round table discussions. Topics to include: 

Meeting the Changing Needs of Local Advertisers

Recruiting and Keeping Great Salespeople

Events for Smaller Markets

New Revenue Ideas

Closing the deal

Session 2 3:15 - 4:15

Networking session.   Meet with colleagues to discuss challenges and opportunities in 2020.  Meet with NCPS staff to discuss new revenue and plans for 2020.


4:30 p.m. NCPA Reception open to all attendees.    Sponsored host bar.    

5:30 Special guest speakers 

6:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony


9:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet 

9:00 – 11:00 NCPA/NCPS Board of Directors Meeting

11:00 a.m. Annual Business Meeting 

NCPA/NCPS overview 

Election of officers of NCPA/NCPS 

Breakout meetings of the associated dailies and association of communities. 

12:00 North Carolina Press Foundation Board of Directors meeting