Joint convention guaranteed full of interesting presenters and entertainment in Devils Lake
The NDNA / SDNA Joint Convention is an event you won’t want to miss! We come together to recognize and honor the newspapers from both states, paying tribute to amazing legends within the industry, and we'll have a wonderful opportunity to network with our colleagues.
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Jim Brown of Borrell & Associates kicks off convention sessions on Friday, May 12 with his talk on “Media landscape in today's news environment."
"Do you find the future scary or exciting?" Brown asks, and will explain the importance of looking back before moving forward, and invites you to notice what’s happening now that might predict the future.
Brown will challenge us to take stock: "Are we truly connecting with our communities or simply continuing to publish what we’ve always done, in the way we’ve always done it? If yes, how is that working out for us? How do we expect this behavior to play out, and what can we do with the existing tools and assets to grow our business?"
Jim’s session will motivate everyone to consider retiring products and services that will not help you get where you need to be right now.
Presenter Bryan Piatt, is our Friday luncheon speaker, and will hold a session on "Mindfulness in your environment" on Friday morning as well, which is sure to inspire attendees.
Piatt is a former news and reporter at KARE 11 in the Twin Cities, currently pursuing a graduate degree in mental health counseling. Bryan is still in front of the microphone as host of the “Take what serves, leave the rest” podcast – which is aimed at creating safe spaces to talk about mental health. Bryan has spoken at several companies and organizations, publicly sharing his journey with anxiety and OCD.
Bryan is a meditation guide, certified Yoga Instructor, and breathwork facilitator.
Bryan’s session invites us all to treat ourselves gently, no matter what we’re experiencing.
Entertainment and Sessions
Thursday night, Devils Lake Tourism has graciously offered to sponsor transportation by Moonlight Limo and Busing for attendees from the casino to the Black Paws Brewery in Devils Lake for Grand hors d'oervres and tours following at the Lake Region Heritage Center museum across the street.
Stacy Kusler from the North Dakota Center for Rural Health (CRH) will be informing attendees on Thursday evening about a new project, TRHE (Targeted Rural Health Education). For the past 6 years, the North Dakota Rural Health Association (part of the UND CRH) has been working with health profession students at UND on this project, which aims to help students learn about a pressing health need in a rural community where they are training/shadowing. Students will write articles on these topics under the guidance of their writing expert, Kay Miller Temple, a board certified physician with a master's in journalism.
Chuck Haga, former publisher and current journalism instructor at UND will lead writers in his popular“Writing Workshop" Friday morning.
Friday afternoon, Cole Short, publisher of the Hillsboro Banner, will keep you in the “Hot Seat,” spotlighting your best ideas.
Forum photo editor, Michael Vogsburg, has an exciting“Photo Safari” planned Friday afternoon.
A legislative summary will be held Saturday morning by our godfather lobbyist and state counsel Jack McDonald, and Dennis Pathroff; lobbyist for NDNA during the 68th Legislative session representing the GA Group out of Bismarck.
Convention wraps up at noon on Saturday, May 13.