Vancouver in May is the place to be

Publishers, editors, sales managers, photographers and production staff as well as award finalists, advertising agency representatives, communications staff and industry suppliers will gather for the 2003 CCNA/BCYCNA Joint Conference ÔÇö CanadaÔÇÖs largest national event for the community newspaper industry.

Visit www.east-meets-west.ca for full programme details or watch the February issue of The Publisher for the registration package.

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Held May 29-31 at the stunning Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel in downtown Vancouver, an exciting information-packed conference program has been prepared to inform, educate and entertain. YouÔÇÖll find a diverse range of intriguing keynote speakers; three panel discussions; full-day educational workshops for editorial, sales, production and photography staff; and networking opportunities and social programs for the whole family.

On May 31, attend the highlight of the year for the community press at our Gala Evening, featuring the Canadian Pacific Railway/CCNA Better Newspapers Competition Awards and the Alcan/BCYCNA Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards. Join us as we celebrate our industryÔÇÖs greatest work and biggest stars ÔÇö writers, photographers, designers, and more ÔÇö from across Canada. The evening is hosted by Brent Butt, CanadaÔÇÖs number one comic, and Gloria Macarenko of CBC-TV.

Also on May 31 are four full-day presentations specifically designed to enhance the skills of:

Editorial Staff: Leading editors gather for an editorial panel to discuss ÔÇ£WhatÔÇÖs Right, When Advertising, Economic and Editorial Concerns are at Cross Purposes?ÔÇØ

Sales Staff: ÔÇ£Building the Strength of the Classified Franchise in Your CommunityÔÇØ by Carol Richer, a popular trainer to more than 350 newspapers.

Photographers: ÔÇ£Think Tight and BrightÔÇØ by Tom Braid, Chief Photographer, the Edmonton Sun; and ÔÇ£The Digital Camera Survival SchoolÔÇØ by Nick Didlick, international expert who helped papers like the Vancouver Sun, the National Post and Calgary Herald go digital.

Production Staff: ÔÇ£Designing with the Reader in MindÔÇ£ by award-winning newspaper re-designer Edward Henninger; and ÔÇ£Tools for the New Newspaper WorkflowÔÇØ and ÔÇ£Adobe InDesign for Editors and WritersÔÇØ a two-part, five-hour workshop by Sebastian Distefano, AdobeÔÇÖs expert on cross media workflow and pre-press technologies.

Keynote presentations include Len Kubas who will speak on "Flyer Developments and Future Trends Impacting Community Newspapers," followed by a panel discussion among preprint users, printers and distributors. Astonishingly accomplished at the age of only 22, Jennifer Corriero, selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the Global Leaders of Tomorrow for 2002, will explore how newspapers can better engage youth in her luncheon presentation, "The Challenge of the Next Generation: Youth Readership". On May 30, George Radwanski, Privacy Commissioner of Canada, discusses CanadaÔÇÖs new private sector privacy law.

Bring your enthusiasm and great ideas to the Great National Ideas Exchange. This high-energy brainstorming session will get delegates pondering new promotions and sharing ideas to raise advertising dollars, increase subscriptions, or generate good will. Hear what top media buyers think about our industry ÔÇö good and bad ÔÇö at the Media Buyers Panel. Celebrate young achievers at the CN/BCYCNA Scholarship Luncheon, as well as the lifetime achievements of Quill Award recipients at the CCNA PresidentÔÇÖs Banquet. And for a fun evening for everyone, weÔÇÖll head to ChinatownÔÇÖs Floata Restaurant for a ÔÇÿWelcome to the West CoastÔÇÖ Evening with entertainment by hilarious Canadian singer/comedian Todd Butler.

And thereÔÇÖs more!

Alumni, spouses, teens and children will