First joint meeting of NETPA & WTPA is April 8-10

Springhill Suites in Rockwall will be the host hotel for the 94th annual meeting of the North and East Texas Press Association and the first joint meeting with the West Texas Press Association. Convention chair Dan Moore said that the room rate is $119 per night with a reservation deadline of March 8.

Book your reservation by calling 972-961-5100. Convention registration is $100 per person.

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North and East Texas Press Association


West Texas Press Association

Convention Schedule

 April 8 – April 10, 2021

Rockwall, TX SpringHill Suites Dallas Rockwall

Rooms $119 a night/ Convention $100

Book NOW!! DEADLINE March 8


Tentative Schedule

Thursday, April 8 

8:00 a.m. – Golf tournament at Buffalo Creek Golf Club

3:00 p.m. – Registration desk opens

4:00 p.m. – WTPA board meeting

4:30 p.m. – NETPA board meeting

5:00 p.m. –  NETPA & WTPA Joint board meeting

6:30 p.m. – First timers meeting

7:00 p.m. – Dinner & bingo


Friday, April 9

8:00 a.m. – Registration desk opens

8:30 a.m. – Breakfast and welcome from Mayor Jim Pruitt of Rockwall

9:00 a.m. – Creative ways to generate local content – Brad Blakemore

10:00 a.m. – Real journalism roundtable discussion

10:45 a.m.  – Break

11:00 a.m. – Selling Total Audience and Advanced Digital Advertising  – Jake Mienk and Lange Svehlak

12:00 Noon – Lunch with columnist John Moore

1:00 p.m. –   The 3 R’s of Cumulative and Acute Stress Kelly Jones of Wise Health System

1:45 p.m. –  Break

2:00 p.m. –  How to get the most from photography as a reporter – Photographer Mike Stone / Reuters

3:00 p.m. – Free time to explore Rockwall

6:30 p.m. – President’s reception

7:00 p.m. –  Dinner

                       NETPA Sam C. Holloway and Tom Mooney Awards

                        WTPA Harold Hudson Memorial Award

                        NETPA Live Auction

                        WTPA Silent Auction 


Saturday, April 10

8:00 a.m. – Registration desk opens

8:30 a.m. –  General membership meeting

                       Memorial report

                       Financial report

                       NETPA Board nominations

                       WTPA Board nominations

                       TPA Presidential report

                       TPA legislative update

9:30 a.m. –  Making Money with Email Marketing – Greg Heiman / SITE IMPACT

10:30 a.m. – Awards Brunch

                       Winners of the NETPA Better Newspaper Contest by Jake Mienk 

                       Winners of WTPA Contest by Maria Weaver