REGISTRATION for the 2012 PANPA Future Forum is now open here.
The forum will be held on September 6 and 7 at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Speakers include author of Newsonomics Ken Doctor, News Limited chief executive Kim Williams, industry analyst Jim Chisholm, global head of social at Ogilvy Matt Gierhart, news editor at Gazeta Wyborcza Grzegorz Piechota, The Poynter Institute’s managing director Butch Ward, and 2011 Hegarty prize winner Nigel Tutt.
Mr Doctor has become known across the industry globally for his insight into the future of newspapers and their digital properties.
He spoke at a Moscow conference for international news agencies earlier this year and made a huge impact.
AAP editor-in-chief Tony Gillies said: “I’ve read Newsonomics and have seen Ken present.
“He doesn’t hold back. He supports his analysis with facts and figures. Importantly, Ken shines the light forward, so this is compelling stuff.”
Mr Gierhart will join the Future Forum on the recommendation of the head of mobile at London’s Daily Telegraph, Mark Challinor.
Mr Challinor, who spoke at the 2009 PANPA conference, said Mr Gierhart was “a great speaker who left me truly inspired”.
The keynote at the Future Forum will be given by the new chief executive at News Limited, Mr Williams, who will outline his vision for the industry and outline the significant structural change being made at the company.
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].
A major part of the Future Forum is the Newspaper of the Year dinner, which will be held on day one in the Grand Hall of the Convention Centre.