The 2018 INA Convention & Trade Show will be Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Des Moines.


View the complete schedule of events below.

Wednesday, January 31

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Legislative Reception at Scenic Route Bakery
Share drinks and hors-d'oeuvres with legislators from your districts across Iowa

Thursday, February 1

11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Student/Professional Networking Luncheon - pre-registration required
12 minute roundtable recruitment opportunity to network with students eager to learn about starting a career in journalism. Roundtables followed by pizza lunch.

1:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. 
Networking Break


1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Strength of Newspapers in Iowa
Charlie Helt, Gannett

Four Keys to Solving Hard Problems
Tom Clegg, White Rabbit Group

1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Media Tours - ICMA
Des Moines Register & Trilix Marketing


2:30 p.m.-2:40 p.m. 
Networking break


2:40 p.m.-3:25 p.m. 

Events: New Ways of Revenue
Iowa Newspaper Association member panel

Fine Tuning Your Leadership
Tom Clegg, White Rabbit Group


3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
Young Iowa Professionals in Media and Communication - ICMA
Young Professional Panel

3:25 p.m.-3:35 p.m.
Networking Break

3:35 p.m-4:20 p.m.
Vendor Demos in Trade Show area

4:20 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Networking Break

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Annual meeting; Publishers Idea Exchange

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Keynote Address: "
Fables, Fairy Tales and Fake News" - ICMA
Tim Harrower, Newspaper Consultant

5:30 p.m -7:30 p.m.
Trade Show Reception

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

9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Presidential reception

Friday, February 2

8:00 a.m.
Registration and Trade Show Open;
free continental breakfast until 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.-10:10 a.m.
Kick-Off: “A Different Kind of Career: Undercover in the CIA
Jim Olson, retired Chief of Counterintelligence, CIA

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


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

50 MORE Story Ideas in 50 Minutes
Zach Kucharski, Cedar Rapids Gazette

Digital Revenue Lies Beyond the Digital Display
Matt Coen, Second Street

Online Engagement Tools
Talia Stroud, Center for Media Engagement

Writing for Non-Readers
Tim Harrower, Newspaper Consultant

Challenges and Rewards of Student Media Leadership - ICMA
College Media Panel


12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. 
Past Presidents Awards Luncheon featuring 
Distinguished Service Awards
50-Year Club Awards 
Jay P. Wagner Prize for Young Journalists
Bill Monroe INA Innovation Award 
Keynote Presentation: "Trust Us, We're Journalists"
Jane Elizabeth, American Press Institute

1:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. 
Refreshments in Trade Show


1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m. 

Practical Ways Newsrooms Can Build Trust
Jane Elizabeth, American Press Institute

Selling Against Social Media
Chris Rhoades, Enterprise Publishing

Testing and Writing Headlines
Talia Stroud, Center for Media Engagement

Winning the Pulitzer Prize
Art Cullen, Storm Lake Times

Iowa: Heaven to Filmmakers - ICMA
Liz Gilman, Produce Iowa


2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 
Ice Cream Break in Trade Show


3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Suds & Sodas: Roundtables

Ballots - The King of Revenue and Audience Engagement
Matt Coen, Second Street

The Digital Media Landscape
Craig Crile, Group C

New Tools of the Trade
Chris Snider, Drake University

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. 
Awards Reception

6:00 p.m. 
Awards banquet featuring
Master Editor-Publisher Awards 
Heritage Club inductions 
Young Iowa Journalists Awards
INF Better Newspaper Contests winners and Newspaper of the Year


*Sessions designated for Iowa College Media Association (ICMA) are designed for students but all attendees are welcome to attend all sessions.