With only four weeks until the 2012 PANPA Future Forum, organisers have published a full programme for what promises to be an impressive line up of speakers for the plenary session and master classes.
The plenary session takes place at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, on September 6, with the gala Newspaper of the Year awards dinner that night.
Event and sponsorship manager Vanessa Seymour-Lee says she believes enthusiasm for this year’s conference is a reflection of the calibre of speakers and the industry's desire to create better professionals.
“We have now confirmed all the speakers for both days of the conference,” she says.
Highlights from Day 1 (Plenary) include Jim Chisholm, the ‘global trends’ guru for this year. In the past three years, Mark Hollands, Timothy Balding and Earl Wilkinson have fulfilled this role at the conference. Chisholm will provide a global context to see how we are faring compared with colleagues around the world.
Other speakers are also going to touch on trends include Ken Doctor, the US-based author of Newsonomics, the chief executive of News Limited, Kim Williams, who is providing the keynote, and Megan Brownlow from PwC who will be discussing the local media context.
On Day 2 - Master Class Highlights are:
•Print and Production
The Print and Production Master Class will provide executives with a view of what is going on in other parts of the world in relation to print investment and rationalisation.
Strategies of various leading international companies will be examined, creating a highly beneficial session, presented by Jim Chisholm. This session will be far more interactive than on Day 1, so attendees can be better informed about the strategic direction of the global industry.
Garry Linnell, of Fairfax Media, will be drilling down for local context and providing an editors perspective, Andy McCourt will be offering a DRUPA overview and Tony Hale will provide a marketing and advertising perspective.
There will also be Master Classes for Journalists, Sales and Marketing Executives and Photojournalists.
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To register for the conference, which is free for PANPA members, or to book tickets for the Newspaper of the Year awards dinner visit: