NCPA Convention Registration is OPEN


February 21-23, 2018
Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

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Register yourself and everyone else joining you from your team, then book your hotel rooms.

Convention Fees: All inclusive price of only $90.00.
A la carte pricing for individual events and banquet available.
Educational sessions are FREE to all members.

All registrations done online HERE and pay by check or paypal.

Hotel rooms:

Deadline for hotel registration is Tuesday January 30 - once the room block goes, open rates apply. Reserve early. Room rate is only 159.00 - don't worry about AAA, expedia or - we've got the LOWEST rate available.

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2018 Winter Convention
February 21-23, 2018
Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

WEDNESDAY, February 21
Noon NCPA/NCPS Board of Directors Meeting
4:00 p.m. Exhibit set-up
6:00 p.m.NC Supreme Court Dinner
(Board of Directors and invited guests)
THURSDAY, February 22
7:30 a.m. Registration/Sponsor set up
8:30 a.m.Breakfast Buffet
9:00 a.m. Legislative Breakfast (ticketed event: $20.00)
1. Governor Roy Cooper
2. Speaker Tim Moore 
3. Treasurer Dale Folwell
4. A preview and forecast of the upcoming short session: John Bussian NCPA lobbyist
11:30 a.m. Advertising Awards Luncheon (ticketed event $30.00)
2 – 4:30 EDUCATIONAL BREAKOUTS (Free to members)
Track A
1) 2 p.m. Guide to Open Government and Public Records. An update on proposed upgrades and accessibility to the guide. Q&A on current media law. Amanda Martin and Attorney General Josh Stein.
2)3:10 p.m. Opening Up Journalism: How newsrooms are tapping community knowledge to build relevance and support
Melanie Sill, former News & Observer executive editor now working with Democracy Fund’s journalism efforts in NC, leads a show-and-tell session and discussion of how local newsrooms in North Carolina and nationally are using new tools and time-tested ideas to engage audiences more deeply as participants and investors in quality journalism. Fiona Morgan of Free Press shares learnings from the NC News Voices project, which has convened groups of North Carolinians to learn more about their relationships with local news, and NCPA member work will be highlighted along with national examples. Melanie Sill / Fiona Morgan

Track B
1)2 p.m. Advertising Revenue Best Ideas. Leave this session with revenue generating ideas; examples of the best ideas from around the state. Pat Taylor, The Pilot
2)3:10 p.m. Tips to Generating Digital Dollars and best revenue practices. Rick Rogers, TownNews

THURSDAY, February 22
4:00 p.m. Cash Bar open for Networking Reception
6:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony – Open at 5:00 (ticketed event: $45.00)
FRIDAY, February 23
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
9:00 – 11:45 - Morning Session
8:45 a.m. Covering the Courts: Former NC Justices Martin and Edmonds along with Lisa Sheppard Executive Director Commission on Professionalism lead a panel to discuss best practices on covering the courts.
9:30 a.m. NC Education Lottery An inside look at our Education Lottery's mission and operations. Alice Garland Executive Director

10:30 a.m. Annual Business Meeting
NCPA/NCPS overview Tim Holt NCPA President, Phil Lucey NCPA Executive Director 
Election of officers of NCPA/NCPS 
Election of presidents of dailies and communities 
New Business 

*Times and sessions subject to change. NCPA will send out updates as needed.