NENPA 2013

Frolicking in the snowy streets of Boston

Frolicking in the snowy streets of Boston

The 2013 NENPA conference was held at the Park Plaza in Boston, Mass. last weekend. Quite a few Champlain Valley Newspaper Group staff members attended the 2-day event packed with seminars, workshops and experts in the media industry.

Elsie Lynn, Susan Bondaryk, Kelly March and Kelly Malone were your representatives from the Essex community.

What did a Print Editor, Website Editor, Reporter and Sales Representative take away from such an adventure?

Were they able to survive Winter Storm Nemo in Massachusetts?

Did the Mass. driving ban prevent them from returning to their home state?

Here’s what the brave band of 4 had to say about NENPA 2013: Nemo vs. Newspapers

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Elsie Lynn

Highlight of the weekend:

“My favorite part of the weekend was when our newspaper-family sat down at one lone conference table and reflected on how we’re going to move forward with our businesses. It was very inspiring to be with such talented and creative people!”

What did you learn?

“Shift-option-B takes the dot off of an ‘i’ in inDesign.”

Favorite seminar?

“Contests and Promotions”

On Winter Storm Nemo:

“The snow was too heavy… not good for skiing.”

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Susan Bondaryk

Highlight of the weekend:

“Perusing the entries into the annual NENPA contests. Seeing The Milton Independent, The Addison Independent and The St. Albans Messenger highlighted within several categories made me proud! Now that we know about this, there are definitely many categories that The Essex Reporter will enter AND win next year!”

What did you learn?

“Adding a weather widget to our website helps our readers plan their day while reading our news. Why didn’t anyone tell me this before?”

Favorite seminar?

“Print + Digital Fusion”

On Winter Storm Nemo”

“Ahh, Nemo — so many memories: Helping my Dad shovel out in the South Shore. Watching my Dad’s snowblower break down and realizing I had to shovel for 2 more hours. Sliding down Storrow Drive. Oh, and watching taped episodes of The Twilight Zone because the cable went out.”

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Kelly March

Highlight of the weekend:

“The highlight of the NENPA conference for me was getting to know all of the people who work in our office and for our sister publications better.”

What did you learn?

“I learned about a bunch of digital storytelling tools (like interactive timelines and ways to integrate social media into web stories) that I’m excited to try out when the right story comes along.”

Favorite seminar?

“My favorite seminar was about digital storytelling. The speaker was clearly passionate about the subject and she had some great ideas about how to bring a story to life using digital media. Integrating sound clips and graphics and interactive timelines — things that set a web version of a story apart from the print version.”

On Winter Storm Nemo”

“I had fun exploring the streets of Boston during Nemo, but I felt bad for those who didn’t have quite as an enjoyable storm experience. My family lives just 30 minutes south of Boston and they lost power for five days!”

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Kelly Malone

Highlight of the weekend:

“Getting to know everyone better and being able to play around in the snowy streets of Boston!”

What did you learn?

“I learned that print and web ads can be bundled and used together.”

Favorite seminar? 

“I really enjoyed Promotional Advertising & Contest Strategies.”

On Winter Storm Nemo:

“It was great to watch a city ‘shut down.’ But when did we start naming winter storms?”

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Just a bunch of CVNG staffers enjoying NENPA

Just a bunch of CVNG staffers enjoying NENPA