THE 2012 PANPA Future Forum will be held on September 6 and 7 at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The chief executive of News Limited, Kim Williams, will be a keynote speaker and the industry’s newsprint supplier, Norske Skog, has again stepped up to be the Platinum Sponsor.
The Future Forum entry will be free for those who are members of, or subscribers to The Newspaper Works – this includes all those who were members of the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers’ Association [PANPA].
The Association has now merged with The Newspaper Works.
Outgoing PANPA chief executive Mark Hollands said: “Everyone who participated in PANPA activities will be more than welcome again.
“The merger might create a little confusion. However, the spirit of the PANPA organisation was always to favour inclusion, not exclusion. And there’s no reason for this to change.
“It should be a great event again. We have asked a variety of speakers from around the world to join us.”
A major part of the Future Forum is the Newspaper of the Year dinner, which will be held on September 6 in the Grand Hall of the Convention Centre.
Mr Hollands said this would provide an opportunity to look at staggering the deadlines for the Newspaper of the Year awards.
“Some colleagues get absolutely crunched at PANPA Awards time. . . they are asked to co-ordinate every entry and it can be overwhelming.
“Awards should not be like that. They should not be a burden, and this year we’ll attempt to avoid the bottleneck scenario.”
Mr Hollands said editors would again be encouraged to keep their entries as simple as possible and not wait for the last minute to ensure precious resources within companies remained focused on the business.