Conventions, Contests & Awards

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Workshops and training sessions are planned throughout the day – with the Excellence in Advertising Awards presented at the afternoon luncheon, and the Better Newspapers Contest Awards (BNC) presented during the evening reception.
Plan to make a full day of it!
Convention Location: Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, Ariz. (I-10 south of Loop 202).


8 – 9:30

Digital Strategies for Progressive Media Companies
Presenter: Alessia Alaimo,
Wick Communications, Digital Manager
• What is GDPR? … and what should you know about it.
• SPF/DKIM/DMARC … what’s with the acronyms?
• Data Management Platform and Success of Newsletters/Subscriptions.


Turning “I HAVE NO BUDGET” Into a Closed Deal!
Presenter: Ryan Dorhn
If you sell newspaper advertising you hear this objection every day! So, how do you flip this objection and turn it into a meeting and then a closed deal?
In this interactive workshop, Ryan will show you his sales strategies live!  Be prepared to have fun and flip this objection on its head!

What’s Really going on at Newspapers Today
Presenter: Kevin Slimp
Using the recently completed survey by the Newspaper Institute of 500 newspaper publishers, we’ll see what’s going on in our industry at this moment. We’ll discuss what is working, and what isn’t. We’ll take a look at how newspapers have fared over the past year and see what publishers are predicting for the short-term and long-term future





9:45 – 11


Combating Fake News
Presenter: Kristy Roschke, Cronkite School
One important tool in fighting rampant misinformation in our digital age is news literacy. This presentation will discuss how journalists, technologists, educators and community leaders can work together to improve the demand side of the misinformation equation by helping people “upgrade themselves” to become more discerning and active media users.

Creating Your Digital Sales Story
Presenter: Ryan Dohrn

What do you say, and how do you pitch your digital product offerings to a dazed and confused newspaper advertiser? Digital media sales expert Ryan Dohrn will help you explain the main “pieces” of your digital offerings in a way that will get advertisers excited. 

InDesign Styles
Presenter: Kevin Slimp

Learning to use styles to improve your design and speed up your workflow.

11:05 – Noon







Getting People to Pick Up Your Newspaper
Presenter: Kevin Slimp
Learn from the best in the business and find out what it takes to get people to pick up your newspaper.


12:10 -1:50

– ANA Annual Meeting
– Excellence in Advertising Awards Presentation

2 – 3:15



Management: Motivating Your Sales Team to Achieve Peak Performance
Presenter: Ryan Dohrn
Money is not the only motivating factor for sales professionals in today’s media sales environment. From identifying motivators to compensation to coaching to company culture, to understanding your true impact, Ryan will dig deep and share six critical management factors that are sure to inspire you to take your management style to a new level. 

Advanced Photo Editing and Color Correction for Newspapers
Presenter: Kevin Slimp
Whether you’re a beginner or a Photoshop veteran, you’re going to pick up incredibly valuable information as Kevin discusses topics crucial to getting good photo reproduction on newsprint.

3:30 – 4  



4:05 – 5

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5:30 – 7:15

– Valley of the Sun Chapter SPJ Awards
– ANA Better Newspapers Contest Awards Presentation


Contest Archives

The Arizona Newspapers Association supports
excellence in journalism in all its many forms.
View the archived press releases for the winners in the
Better Newspapers Contest and Excellence in Advertising competitions.

We also recognize individuals that have fought for freedom of information with the Zenger Award and FOI awards, and celebrate those who have made a lasting impression in Arizona journalism with our Hall of Fame awards.

Whether you entered the competitions, came to training sessions or just attended the award ceremonies, we sincerely appreciate that you help to make the contests and our annual conventions a success.

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