94th Convention Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NETPA board cancelled the convention. Winners of the Better Newspaper Contest will be announced on the website and plaques will be mailed to the winners.

Springhill Suites in Rockwall will be the host hotel for the 94th annual meeting of the North and East Texas Press Association. Convention chair Wyndi Veigel said that the room rate is $119 per night with a reservation deadline of March 4.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, April 2
8 a.m. tee time – NETPA Golf Tournament – Woodbridge Golf Course in Sachse
3 p.m. Registration Desk opens
4:30 p.m. NETPA Board Meeting
6:30 p.m. First Timers’ Reception
7 p.m. Dinner and Bingo

Friday, April 3
8 a.m. registration desk opens
8 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome by Rockwall Mayor
Workshops start
8:30 to 9:30 a.m. – Creative ways to generate local content without the use of staff – led by Brad Blakemore/ Roundtable discussion
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. –
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. break
10:45 a.m. to noon – Jake Mienk and Lange Svehlak: Website and social media
Lunch provided – Noon to 1 p.m. – Guest speaker Dallas Morning News President and Publisher Grant Moise Challenges and Changes in the Newsroom
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – PTSD: Global implications for newsrooms ¬- Dr. Joseph Brigandi and First Response Photography Michael O’Keefe
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Reuter’s photography lesson
3 p.m. Time to explore Rockwall/DFW metroplex
6:30 p.m. President’s reception
7 p.m. Dinner
Sam C. Holloway and Tom Mooney presentations
NETPA Live Auction starring the Robert Burns Memorial Bag of Air

Saturday, April 4
8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Registration desk open
8 a.m. General membership meeting
TPA Presidential report/Memorial report/Financial report/TPA Legislative update
8:30 a.m. – Site Impact: creative use of email marketing
10 a.m. – Brunch Buffet
10:30 a.m. – Awards Brunch
Winners of the NETPA Better Newspaper Contest will be announced by contest chair Dan Moore



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