2017 Event Details

The 2017 CNPA Press Summit promises to attract a large number of publishers, editors and senior executives from all over the state.

The event will be held at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, May 18-20, 2017. We’ve made a lot of changes this year based on feedback from our members, including reducing registration prices, providing rebates to lower the cost of hotel rooms and a money-back guarantee that the ideas you take away will more than pay for your time and money at the conference! The conference runs all day Thursday and Friday and concludes with the Better Newspaper Contest Awards luncheon on Saturday. Vendor sponsors will be exhibiting on Thursday and Friday.

We have a stellar group of speakers and outstanding program planned. McClatchy Vice President for Innovation Chris Hendricks will be our keynote speaker on Thursday, followed by former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Friday and California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye at our Better Newspaper Contest Awards luncheon on Saturday. At our Friday night dinner, we’ll hear from Los Angeles Times food critic and Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Gold.

Conference session topics include speakers on what Millennials want from their work and how to keep them motivated, the business and advertising impacts of the legalization of recreational marijuana, how newspapers of all sizes are implementing sponsored content programs, tips on using Facebook to drive traffic and build reader engagement, a “hot idea” session featuring publishers who have implemented successful revenue programs and the vendors who helped them, tips on using the Public Records Act in local reporting and lots more.

Thursday evening features a welcome reception, an optional small group dine-around at nearby Santa Monica restaurants and an improv comedy performance at the popular Westside Comedy Club. Friday afternoon we will have an optional Segway tour of Venice and a tour of the historic Santa Monica Pier.

We look forward to seeing you in Santa Monica!


Leon E. Panetta

Chairman, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy and Former Secretary of Defense

Tani Cantil-Sakauye

Chief Justice, California Supreme Court

Christian A. Hendricks

Vice President, Products, Marketing and Innovation, McClatchy

Coffee and danish available for registered attendees.

All CNPA Services, Inc. board members are required to attend.

Welcome and Introductions

Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles

Alec Levenson, Sr. Research Scientist, Center for Effective Organizations, USC Marshall School of Business

Join us for the de-installation of Madame Chantry as CNPA 2016-17 President and the installation of Bill Johnson as CNPA 2017-18 President. Chris Hendricks keynote speech will follow a buffet lunch.

Christian A. Hendricks, VP Innovation, The McClatchy Company

Gabriel Kahn, Director of the Future of Journalism program at Annenberg Innovation Lab, USC School of Journalism

Presentations of CNPA advertising awards and open mic for sharing tested revenue ideas to implement after the Summit.

Cold beer and hot ideas sponsored by Coronado Eagle & Journal

Attendees, Sponsors, Speakers and Exhibitors are all invited to join us on the pool deck for the Welcome Reception featuring remarks by Santa Monica historian, Jim Harris, author and vice-president of the Santa Monica Pier.

Jim Harris, Santa Monica Pier

For those of you who wish to dine at local restaurants with small groups, CNPA will coordinate reservations for tables of 8 around town. The bill will be divided equally between each of the attendees and invoiced after the conference. Contact renee@cnpa.com for details.

Lunch and keynote by former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in conversation with Jim Newton, editor-at-large, Los Angeles Times.

Leon E. Panetta, former Secretary of Defense
Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times

Up to six newspapers and their vendors will each take 10 minutes to share a success story that has increased revenues, expanded readership or made their organizations more efficient.

Optional Segway tour on the boardwalk to Venice (reservation & fee required in advance).

Reservations required; admission is free.

Jim Harris, vice-president, Santa Monica Pier

6:30 - 7:30 pm Reception 7:30 - 9:30 pm Dinner featuring guest speaker Los Angeles Times food critic and Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Gold

Jonathan Gold, restaurant critic, Los Angeles Times


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Travel & Accommodations

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel offers the quintessential California getaway at a premier hotel near Santa Monica Pier. Enjoy an intoxicating blend of sun, sand and surf as you network with fellow California newspaper publishers, editors and advertising directors discussing new ways to make money and increase print and online readership.

CNPA has negotiated a discount rate of $299/night for conference attendees. Rooms can be reserved online or call toll-free 888-332-0160 and reference “CNPA 2017 Press Summit” room block in order to receive the discounted group rates.

CNPA will additionally reward Newspaper Members with hotel rebates when you stay multiple nights for the conference.

CNPA will reimburse newspaper members for a maximum of three (3) nights per room, based on actual room nights used during the conference within the CNPA discounted room block. Rooms purchased outside of the room block (i.e. via Expedia, Hotels.com, etc) are not eligible. Names and dates will be confirmed by the hotel pick-up report. Rebates will be available 10-30 days after the Summit.

1 night hotel room, $299/night++

2 nights hotel room, $299/night++; CNPA will rebate $100/night (max 2 nights).

3+ nights hotel room, $299/night++; CNPA will rebate $130/night (max 3 nights).

These discounted prices and rebates apply to the CNPA Summit room block and expire when all rooms in our block are booked. Don’t delay in making your reservations, as we expect the rooms to sell out by the April 17 cut-off date.