2016 Convention Sponsors

AccuWeather helps you grow revenue and create premium advertising opportunities while extending your brand and attracting new audience. Delivering dynamic, customized, weather presentations to increase readership on both your print and digital properties, AccuWeather helps you to provide valued content that helps you retain your current audience. Every day over 1.5 billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly and Minute by Minute™ forecasts with Superior Accuracy™ with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smart phones, tablets, free wired and mobile Internet sites via AccuWeather.com, connected TVs, and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, newspapers and the new AccuWeather Network cable channel.

Billy Penn is a mobile-first local news organization based in Philadelphia. The site, which launched in October 2014, combines original and curated content to provide Philly-area news consumers the most comprehensive and convenient way to keep up with their city. While Billy Penn shares its content via its site and social media, it's through meeting up in person that we will achieve our goal of building a community dedicated to keeping Philly awesome. 

Editorsoncall LLC connects clients in need of freelance editorial and related services,  such as editing, proofreading, writing, creative direction, graphic design, and photography, with the right talent. We work in varied platforms, including journals, magazines, books, e-books, blogs, and web sites.  We work with highly skilled professionals, branding strategists and social-media experts.

The Gannett Foundation is a corporate foundation sponsored by Gannett Co., Inc. Through its Community Grant Program, Gannett Foundation supports nonprofit activities in the communities in which Gannett does business. Through its other programs, the Foundation invests in the future of the media industry, encourages employee giving, reacts to natural and other disasters, and contributes to a variety of charitable causes.

GateHouse Media, headquartered in Pittsford, New York, is a wholly owned subsidiary of New Media Investment Group Inc., which is focused primarily on investing in a high quality, diversified portfolio of local media assets and on growing existing advertising and digital marketing businesses. GateHouse Media is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States as measured by its 125 daily publications. As of March 27, 2016, GateHouse Media reaches over 20 million people on a weekly basis across 35 states through hundreds of community publications and local websites.

The Houston Chronicle, the largest newspaper in Texas, has evolved into a multi-media company producing a portfolio of print and online products that serve the diverse audiences within Houston, in English and Spanish. The Houston Chronicle’s suite of digital products include Chron.com, HoustonChronicle.com, lavozdehouston.com and fuelfix.com. Houston Chronicle Media Group (HCMG) creates unique community and Hispanic experiences through its Community Extra publications by serving 11 distinct areas in and around Houston and through La Voz by serving as a key source of local news for Houston Hispanics. 

The JSK Journalism Fellowships at Stanford is celebrating its 50th year of supporting journalists and journalism. We focus on journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Each year, we select about 20 journalists to pursue their ideas for meeting the challenges facing journalism today. Some recent fellows are now leading innovation in established news organizations. Others have launched journalism startups, created cross-border investigative reporting partnerships and built tools to help journalists and citizens report on their communities. Our fellows come from all over the world and from all types of journalism. We currently focus on deepening our ties and collaborations with established newsrooms. 

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. They believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org

Lee Enterprises is a leading provider of local news, information and advertising in primarily midsize markets, with 45 daily newspapers and a joint interest in four others, along with rapidly growing digital products and nearly 300 specialty publications in 22 states. Lee's newspapers have circulation of nearly 1 million daily and 1.3 million Sunday. Lee's digital sites attract more than 25 million unique visits monthly. Lee's markets include Madison, Wisconsin; Lincoln, Nebraska; Davenport, Iowa; St. Louis, Missouri; Billings, Montana; Bloomington, Illinois; and Tucson, Arizona. The corporate office is in Davenport, Iowa.

Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP, 2016 “Law Firm of the Year” for Media Law (US News – Best Lawyers®), is a national law firm that serves the legal needs of creators and providers of virtually every type of content in virtually every kind of media.  Whether advocating for clients’ First Amendment rights or defending their intellectual property rights, at LSKS, content matters. 

The Marquette University Diederich College of Communication’s O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism is for journalists who investigate problems and the best practices known to address them. Journalism that encourages progress rather than cynicism. Not advocacy. Not good news. But expert, in-depth, professional reporting that provides context and adds knowledge so a well-informed, self-governing public can make remedies. Backed by the resources of Marquette and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, O’Brien Fellows spend nine months researching, reporting and writing the stories they care most about — stories with the potential to change policies and improve lives in their communities and beyond. This fully funded fellowship allows journalists to do critical work on issues of vital importance while they mentor the next generation of journalists as internship supervisors. So what could one of your best reporters or editors cover in a yearlong journalism project? For more information, visit marquette.edu/obrien-fellowship.

McClatchy is a 21 st century news and information leader, publisher of iconic brands such as theMiami Herald, The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, The Charlotte Observer, The (Raleigh) News and Observer, and the (Fort Worth) Star-Telegram. McClatchy operates media companies in 28 U.S. markets in 14 states, providing each of its communities with high-quality news and advertising services in a wide array of digital and print formats. McClatchy is headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., and listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MNI.

Founded in 1871, Nauman Smith has a 145 year history of providing quality, legal services to its clients. As part of that history, Nauman Smith has represented for over 50 years both local and national media clients in public access issues, defamation, subpoenas to reporters and the unsealing of court records. Most notably, the firm’s Right to Know/Media practice group, headed by Craig J. Staudenmaier, has been at the forefront of Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law, representing the media, individuals and businesses in obtaining meaningful access to public documents and proceedings, as well as, providing effective input on legislation impacting open records and meetings laws. In addition, Nauman Smith counsels its media clients in all aspects of business and employment matters unique to the news industry. The firm is an affiliate member of the Pennsylvania News Media Association and the Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press.

There’s no place like Chicago to do journalism and no place like Medill to learn it. Propel your career forward with a master’s degree in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University. You’ll learn how to be a professional journalist in just one year, in a program that combines timeless skills with the latest storytelling techniques and technologies. For more information, visit our website at www.medill.northwestern.edu

Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; childrens media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. 

The primary mission of the National Press Foundation is to increase journalists' knowledge of complex issues in order to improve public understanding. The foundation recognizes and encourages excellence in journalism through its awards and programs. Since 1976, the National Press Foundation has provided professional development opportunities to more than 5,000 editors, producers and reporters, helping them to better understand and explain the impact of public policy on readers and viewers. Programs held in the nation's capital, around the country, and overseas, bring journalists together with leading authorities to discuss significant issues ranging from agriculture and economics to politics and zoology.

Pepper Hamilton LLP is a multi-practice law firm with more than 500 lawyers nationally. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world.  Its First Amendment and Transparency Practice successfully represents publishers, broadcasters and other media entities throughout the country in First Amendment, defamation and privacy suits, as well  as defending them against subpoenas.  In addition, their Transparency Practice is devoted to obtaining information that has been denied to its clients and assuring openness in government. For more information visit: http://www.pepperlaw.com/

Philadelphia Media Network, PBC, is the publisher of two Pulitzer Prize-winning papers, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, along with the Delaware Valley’s Number One local news website, Philly.com. With its multiple brand platforms and integrated print and digital products, PMN is the region’s largest news media network and the industry’s technological leader and innovator. PMN reaches an average weekly audience of 1.9 million adults – more than the combination of the four evening television news shows* or the combination of those radio stations** ranked in the top ten during drive-time programming.

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation is a non-profit, public foundation dedicated to providing training and resources on news media issues, developing the next generation of readers and journalists, and educating the public on the importance of the First Amendment and the role of a free press. With a focus on education, the PNA Foundation offers more than 35 workshops, webinars, teleconferences and regional seminars each year, to more than 600 attendees.  You can read more about the PNA Foundation, or register for a workshop or event, at www.panewsmedia.org.

The New York Times News Service and Syndicate curates and provides the finest content from The Times and other trusted sources to publishers and other organizations around the world. We offer syndicated articles, images and videos from a portfolio that features The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, Jorge Ramos, Richard Branson and other reputable content providers. We also license stand-alone magazine titles and bespoke multi-platform publications. Download our full catalog at nytsyn.com/about/catalog.pdf.

Need an expert? The Scholars Strategy Network connects journalists with leading researchers from around the country, free of charge. SSN scholars provide evidence-based analysis – on deadline with no jargon. For more, visit www.scholars.org.

Temple University's School of Media and Communication in Philadelphia is a large, comprehensive program focused on the role of communication in urban life. With our superb faculty, diverse student body and location in the nation’s fourth-largest media market, we are one of the most exciting places in the world to study journalism, advertising, broadcasting, strategic communication, media production and the place of media in society. Our faculty represent an array of experience and expertise, from world-renowned scholars to Pulitzer Prize-winning practitioners. All are dedicated to teaching and to our school being a powerful force for innovation, diversity and social justice.


WorkplaceDynamics, founded in 2006, is a premier provider of employee feedback and performance improvement solutions based in Exton, Pennsylvania. Our passion and purpose is to make the world a better place to work together. We surveyed nearly 2.5 million employees at 6,600 organizations in 2015. We partner with leading publishers across the country to produce regional Top Workplaces lists that recognize great companies based purely on the opinions of the employees who work there.