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2017 Arkansas Press Association SuperConvention


The 2017 APA SuperConvention will return to Little Rock this summer for a July 5-8 run that will feature some outstanding programming and fun events to entertain, enlighten and enjoy. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in downtown Little Rock will once again be the headquarters hotel for the annual gathering, which brings together newspaper people from all over the state.

Reserve your room TODAY! Deadline for group rate of $116 will end June 12. Online reservations can be made at:


Convention Features Include:

Wednesday's golf outing to raise funds for the Arkansas Newspaper Foundation will again kick off…or tee off…the festivities, followed that evening by an “early bird” party scheduled for the Clinton Presidential Center.

Thursday evening’s soiree will be held in the newly renovated Robinson Center, connected to the DoubleTree convention facilities and just a short walk away. The party will take place in the new events addition to the Robinson Center that provides a great panorama of the Arkansas River in a very festive setting.

Friday's lunch will feature Morley Piper, retired executive director of the New England Press Association. Morley was a 19-year-old junior officer in the Army and was among those charging the beaches at Normandy during the D-Day invasion in 1944. Morley will give a first-hand account of what it was like to be a part of that invasion force both on D-Day and the perilous days that followed. He provides a great historical perspective on the D-Day events, the days following and the war itself. Hearing Morley’s presentation will make this convention a very memorable event, one you will not want to miss.


Others on the agenda to make presentations at the convention include Russell Viers, the always-popular Adobe trainer who will bring his unique style of presentation to the convention. He’ll be joined by Ed Henninger, the newspaper design guru, who will bring his presentation on public notices. Leonard Woolsey will make a return appearance to the convention to talk about the importance of niche publications to the modern newspaper model. He’ll outline why these publications are important and how to successfully integrate them into the newspaper’s business plan There will also be panel discussions on a variety of topics featuring APA members and working journalists addressing issues that span the spectrum.

And of course there will be the traditional standing events at the convention, such as the “honors banquet” Friday night. This is where we honor those chosen to receive the APA’s “special achievement awards.” Then on Saturday, we will once again be presenting the Better Newspaper Editorial Contest Awards at the closing luncheon of the convention.

Online registration is available at:

Download a complete convention packet:  2017_Convention_Packet.pdf

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