Leadership and Transformation Opportunities
Today’s pandemic has been described as the leadership opportunity of a generation to accelerate change inside of news media companies. In this Master Class for senior media managers, join management and leadership experts as well as peer publishers in a blunt, off-the-record, in-depth conversation about the post-COVID direction of media companies. What are they evolving into? What are the likely business models? What are the limits of centralisation? With slimmed-down workforces, what are the likely roles of automation? How can bots and algorithms be used to replace human functions? How can revenue diversification strategies be more bullet-proof than today’s pandemic absorbed? How has COVID impacted news media culture, and how can the fluidity of the moment allow further bending toward a digital-friendly future? What leadership and management skills are needed to guide stakeholders toward their intended direction? Come away from this Master Class with a CEO-level playbook for what 2021 and beyond holds. This Master Class is curated by INMA's Mark Challinor.
Media Subscriptions Summit 4.0
The news industry’s premier event dedicated to the fullest and broadest look at the cutting edge of subscription best practices and strategies will go virtual for the first time in 2021. Yet we will maintain the energy built up over the past three years with 12 hours of programming over five modules breaking down subscriber acquisition and retention, the emerging registration-data capture funnel, the ramp-up of logins, reader engagement, and niche products to keep subscriber interest high. We will look at the math behind ARPU and where the line between subscriber volume and revenue should be. The INMA Subscriptions Summit is the news industry’s ultimate benchmark, will be a Zoom event, and will be curated by INMA Readers First Initiative head Greg Piechota.
Today’s newsroom is going through a massive transformation of responsibilities and focus that can make it the engine driving media companies. Yet how to practically activate these new roles and change the newsroom culture to take ownership? In this Master Class, learn more about the role of data and algorithms: subscriber vs. non-subscriber audiences, authenticated vs. non-authentical audiences, data products, dashboards, what to measure, assigning numerical value to original journalism. Learn about the need to rebuild trust with audiences, listening to readers, involving readers in the journalistic process, community connectedness. Learn more about platform knowledge, relevance, meaning, and whether news companies should be solution-oriented and advocacy-focused. Re-think the value of your newsroom in fast-changing times. This Master Class is curated by INMA Board member Espen Egil Hansen, former CEO and editor-in-chief of Schibsted's Aftenposten.
Digital Reader Engagement
How editorial, marketing, and data managers help retain digital subscribers through world-class reader engagement is the focus of this Master Class part of INMA's Readers First Initiative. Key topics will include: the value of reader engagement for business and editorial; defining and measuring reader engagement such as metrics, KPIs, dashboards; engagement strategy focused on content audit and reader segmentation; engagement tactics such as editorial and marketing initiatives to grow engagement; and organisation looking at workflows, cross-department teams, and experiments. This Master Class is curated by the head of INMA's Readers First Initiative, Greg Piechota.
Annual Business Meeting
The Annual Business Meeting of the International News Media Association (INMA) will be held from 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. (New York time) Wednesday, May 5, 2021, via Zoom.
World Congress of News Media
The INMA World Congress is the news media industry’s pinnacle for what’s happening next, the latest strategies, and emerging best practices in subscriptions, data, advertising, and product/tech. Deep into the COVID-19 crisis, the news industry has witnessed a complicated W-shaped recovery that seems to surf along with the fortunes of pandemic lockdowns and business fortunes. Over 15 hours of programming and six modules, INMA will do for the news industry what it does best: distill what news companies need to know to make it to the other side of the “new abnormal” in 2022 and beyond – what the recovery lift-off looks like, where are the opportunities, what to prioritise, and how to connect your teams to the international “best of the best” in how to grow audience, revenue, and brand. This 91st annual INMA World Congress is a Zoom event and will be curated by INMA CEO Earl J. Wilkinson.
Smart Data For News Media
Accelerate your knowledge of data strategy at news media companies and the practical applications of data to facilitate audience, content, and advertising with INMA Smart Data For News Media Master Class. Benchmark and upgrade your company’s data strategy and playbook in light of privacy and secure mandates, imperfect results on personalisation, and the new reliance on first-party data for digital advertising. Learn how to more closely tie data to business outcomes, especially with advertising and subscriptions. And take data beyond informing content decisions to creating products. This Master Class is curated by the head of INMA's Smart Data Initiative, Greg Piechota.
South Asia Media Summit
Join INMA in a deep dive into the strategies, transformations, inspirations, and celebrations of the South Asia news media scene. Over two days and five hours of programming, the INMA South Asia Media Summit will feature South Asian case studies on how to grow revenue, audience, and brand as publishers emerge from the pandemic and lockdowns. This event is free to INMA members in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.
Latin America Media Summit
Media executives from throughout Spanish Latin America will gather for this virtual summit aimed at presenting best practices to grow audience, advertising, and brand. Learn from Latin American peers the practicalities of balancing print and digital in fast-changing markets from Mexico in the north to Chile in the south. Learn about the transformation of the journalism business model, new audience opportunities, the challenge of innovation. This event is free to INMA members in Latin America.
Digital Subscriber Retention
The trust-fueled rise in new digital subscribers to news brands from the past year has been unprecedented – as has been efforts to retain them. In this Master Class as part of the Readers First Initiative, INMA lines up top experts and media practitioners to share the latest evidence-based strategies and tactics in retention. We will cover data-informed onboarding, engagement, and fighting churn. Apart from practical, hands-on presentations and fireside chats with the guest experts, INMA will invite participants to the virtual stage to share opportunities they discovered and workshop the quick wins. This Master Class is curated by the head of INMA's Readers First Initiative, Greg Piechota.
What’s Next For Advertising Sales
What every publisher needs to know next about advertising in fast-evolving times is the focus of this deep-dive master class: After 18+ months of pandemic and lockdowns, how did we get to where we are, and what does the next year start to look like as economies rebound? Where do we shift sales resources next as we make bets on rising accounts? After months of messaging focused on empathy and support, do we double down or evolve? How do we take greater control of advertising sales by smartly using first-party data? How do media companies better incentivise sales behaviours? What do independent and local small businesses need from media companies next? In this Master Class, learn what the advertising playbook for 2022 looks like – including best practices ranging from brand studios to programmatic.
30 Under 30 Awards Announcement
Join the International News Media Association (INMA) in unveiling the “30 Under 30” Awards for 2021: the rising stars in news media with early career achievements, insights into innovation, ability to influence, and likely management and leadership potential.
Product and Data For Media Summit
The intersection of product and data at news media companies is producing an explosion of innovation that is resulting in new ways of engaging and monetising readers and advertisers. In this five-module, virtual summit featuring 13 hours of world-class programming, learn more about setting strategies and priorities, product methods, prototyping and experimentation, measurement and KPIs, along with practical applications of data throughout your media company. You will walk away inspired by the new ways value is created at media companies.
Digital Subscription Acquisition Accelerator
No matter where you are in your subscription journey, and you likely have begun to hit plateaus using traditional methods of acquisition around news. Or you aren’t getting the results you think you need. In this Master Class as part of INMA's Readers First Initiative, we will review what successful publisher subscription operators are doing, how they re-think acquisition efforts when they hit a wall, and how to make smart, actionable decisions. Learn how to better integrate the newsroom into efforts to gain subscribers. The Master Class will be a de facto audit or subscription acquisition efforts and how to re-kindle growth. This Master Class is curated by the head of INMA's Readers First Initiative, Greg Piechota.
Africa Media Summit 2.0
How African news publishers continue to grow audience, revenue, and brand as publishers make the difficult transition from print to digital will be the focus of the INMA Africa Media Summit. Over two days and nearly eight hours, hear directly from peers throughout Africa on their best practices in the face of societal and business challenges. As always, INMA will focus African participants on the business of news media: audience development, advertising, the smart use of data and insights, and emerging digital models that work for emerging markets. The Zoom summit is free to African participants.
Methodologies To Launch and Innovate Products
Designed for senior product executives at news media companies, this Master Class will dive deep into successful working models and structures for product development. From harnessing and prioritising ideas, communicating and managing expectations internally, through to finding product/market fit through prototyping and experimentation. We’ll hear from seasoned product executives on strategies that have had proven success. This Master Class will be curated by INMA's lead for its Product Initiative, Jodie Hopperton.