The annual Better Newspaper Contests foster excellence through competition among like-sized newspapers. Member newspaper submit thousands of entries in news, writing, advertising and digital categories. Judging is performed by other state newspaper associations, with winners announced during the annual convention. Points awarded to the winners of select categories are used to determine the newspaper awarded the coveted title of Newspaper of the Year.




1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Networking Break

1:45 - 2:45 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

2:45 - 3:15 p.m. Networking Break

3:15 - 4:15 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

4:15 - 4:30 p.m. Networking Break

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. ICMA Awards Ceremony

8:30 - 10:30 p.m. INA Presidential Celebration


8:00 a.m. Registration and Trade Show Open

10:10 - 10:30 a.m. Refreshments in Trade Show

10:30 - 11:45 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

11:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. Networking Break

1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Networking Break

1:45 - 2:45 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS



Sumi Aggarwal is an award-winning journalist and communications professional. She spent nearly a decade at CBS News’ “60 Minutes,”  has worked as a booking producer at the “Today” show and led executive communications for Google’s search and maps teams.

Sumi Aggarwal


Tyson Bird is a journalist with a background in digital design and development who is passionate about helping local media excel in the ever-changing digital world.

Tyson Bird


Brendan Hoffman is a National Geographic photographer, former Fulbright Scholar, and multimedia artist. Since 2014, he has been based in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he extensively covered the 2013-14 Maidan protests in Kyiv and war in eastern Ukraine.

Brendan Hoffman


Prior to becoming an author, Joe LeValley was fortunate to find success in three different careers: journalism, health care, and music.  Joe was a reporter-photographer for Iowa newspapers for seven years.  During that time, he wrote thousands of articles ranging from breaking news to feature stories to personal columns.

Joe LeValley


Jim Pumarlo spent 27 years working at small daily newspapers in International Falls and Red Wing, Minn. He served as editor of the Red Wing Republican Eagle for 21 years. He resigned in December 2003 and currently is director of communications at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the state’s largest business advocacy organization.

Jim Pimarlo


Linda Ramey-Greiwe is the Brand Market Leader for IUPUI.  In this role she leads the marketing strategy for a large university located in Indianapolis, serving over 30,000 students.   

In addition to her current marketing leader role, Linda owns a sales and marketing strategy consulting business, LRG Consulting.

Linda Ramey-Greiwe


Deadra Stanton, owner and presenter for her company Creative Communications, has been a teacher of English, Speech, and Theatre for over 31 years.  She is an honor graduate of Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota and recently earned her Masters in Education from St. Mary’s University. 

Deadra Stanton


For over 30 years, Kelly Wirges has assisted media companies increase sales and revenue in all facets of business. In her career, she has enjoyed positions in sales, marketing and management and has been a partner at an advertising agency focusing on small business development.

Kelly Wirges

Sponsorships & Vendor Opportunities

Networking with current customers and prospective customers can be priceless. The annual INA Convention and Trade Show provides the perfect opportunity to mix and mingle with your target customers. Throughout the event, valuable networking opportunities will be provided so that you have time to talk directly with potential customers.

The Iowa Newspaper Association Convention and Trade Show is the largest state press association convention in the nation. Approximately 700 of Iowa’s newspaper professionals come together each year to network with other INA members, vendors and sponsors in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.