Attorney General Healey to Keynote MNPA Annual Luncheon Dec. 2

Attorney General Maura Healey will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 annual meeting and luncheon of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association.

maura_healeyThe meeting will also feature presentation of the inaugural William L. Plante Jr. Open Government Award. The award will be presented to Sen. Joan B. Lovely, D-Salem, and Rep. Peter V. Kocot, D-Northampton, for their efforts this year to spearhead major reform of the state’s public records law.

The award is named for Bill Plante, the MNPA’s executive director from 1984 to 2004 and former editor of several Massachusetts newspapers.

The meeting will be held at Bastille Kitchen, 49 Melcher Street, Boston. The day’s full agenda is as follows:

  • 10 a.m. Annual business meeting and election of officers and executive board.
  • 11 a.m. Panel: The New Public Records Law: What It Does and Doesn’t Do.
  • Noon. Networking reception (open bar).
  • 12:30 p.m. Luncheon, award presentations and keynote.
  • 2:00 p.m. Adjourn.

The meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend. Registration, which includes lunch, is $90 for MNPA member newspapers and their employees, $95 for all others.

If you have any questions about the event, please address them to MNPA Executive Director Robert Ambrogi, (978) 309-9188, or info@masspublishers.org.

To register for the event online please click here or for printable registration forms please click here.

The registration deadline is Monday, November 28, 2016.

Registrations should be sent to: MNPA Annual Meeting, c/o New England Newspaper & Press Association, 370 Common Street, Suite 319, Dedham, MA 02026. Fax to: (781) 320-8055. Payment by check preferred but credit cards accepted.

MNPA Files Comments on Proposed Court Access Rules

The MNPA today filed comments on proposed rules that would govern public access to court records.

The proposed Trial Court Rule XIV, Uniform Rules on Public Access to Court Records, would control access both to physical records in a courthouse and electronic records available online.

The MNPA opposes parts of the proposed rule and supports other aspects of it. Our full comments to the committee considering the rule are posted below.

Gov. Baker to Keynote MNPA Annual Meeting Dec. 3 in Boston

Registration is now open for the annual meeting and luncheon of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at Bastille Kitchen, 49 Melcher Street, Boston. This year’s featured luncheon speaker is Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

governor-charlie-baker-300x450The day’s full agenda is as follows:

  • 10 a.m. Annual business meeting and election of officers and executive board.
  • 11 a.m. Panel discussion: The Right to Be Forgotten: How Newspapers Should Handle Requests to Take Down What They’ve Reported.
  • Noon Networking reception (open bar).
  • 12:30 p.m. Luncheon and keynote.
  • 2:00 p.m. Adjourn.

The meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend. Registration, which includes lunch, is $90 for MNPA member newspapers and their employees, $95 for all others.

Two ways to register:

If you have any questions about the event, please address them to MNPA Executive Director Robert Ambrogi, (978) 309-9188, or info@masspublishers.org.

Registration deadline is Monday, November 30.

House Passes Bill Requiring Newspapers to Post Legal Notices on the Web

The Massachusetts House of Representatives today passed a history-making bill that will require newspapers to publish legal notices on the Web. The bill now goes to the Senate.

The bill, House 1566, “An Act Concerning Electronic Publication of Certain Legal Notices,” was sponsored by Rep. Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin) with the support of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association, which provided input on the language of the bill.

The bill would require that newspapers publish legal notices not only in their print editions, but also on their own websites and on a statewide website run collaboratively by the state’s newspapers, through the MNPA.

The bill would help ensure that legal notices are available to and accessible by the broadest-possible number of Massachusetts citizens, both through the newspapers’ print publications and online.

The MNPA has proposed additional changes to the language of the bill with the hope that they will be incorporated before the bill can become final.

If you have questions about the bill, please call MNPA Executive Director Robert Ambrogi: 978-309-9188.

MNPA Annual Meeting to Feature Boston Globe CEO Mike Sheehan

Mike Sheehan, chief executive officer of The Boston Globe and former CEO of the advertising firm Hill Holliday, will be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association.

Boston Globe owner John Henry named Sheehan CEO of the paper last January. He oversees all day-to-day operations at the Globe.

The annual meeting will also feature a panel discussion on the Massachusetts public records law.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, 200 Dartmouth St., Boston.

The day’s full agenda is as follows:

  • 10 a.m.: Annual business meeting and election of officers and executive board.
  • 11 a.m.: Panel discussion: The Massachusetts Public Records Law: Its Weaknesses and How to Fix Them.
  • Noon: Networking reception.
  • 12:30 p.m. Luncheon and keynote.
  • 2:00 p.m. Adjourn.

The meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend. Registration, which includes lunch, is $85 for MNPA member newspapers and their employees, $95 for all others.

Register online here or you may download the registration form and send it by mail or fax.

If you have any questions about the event, please address them to MNPA Executive Director Robert Ambrogi, (978) 546-3400, or info@masspublishers.org. Registration deadline is Friday, November 28.

Registrations should be sent to: MNPA Annual Meeting, c/o New England Newspaper & Press Association, 370 Common Street, Suite 319, Dedham, MA 02026. Fax to: (781) 320-8055. Payment by check preferred but credit cards accepted.

Annual MNPA Luncheon to Feature Juliette Kayyem

Gubernatorial candidate and 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist Juliette Kayyem will be the featured speaker at the annual luncheon of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association on Thursday.

KayyemUntil launching her campaign for governor, Kayyem was a columnist for the Boston Globe, analyst for CNN, and lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2013, she was a Pulitzer finalist for her series urging the Pentagon to end its female combat exclusion rule – a prohibition the military has since lifted.

Kayyem began her professional career in the Clinton administration as a civil rights attorney, litigating cases involving the rights of children. She helped bring the first federal anti-bullying case and was part of the team that argued for The Citadel and VMI military institutions to open their doors to women.

She then moved into public safety and homeland security, serving as Gov. Deval Patrick’s homeland security adviser. After several years overseeing the 8,000-plus member Massachusetts National Guard, the Commonwealth’s strategic security planning, and the distribution of homeland security funds, she was tapped by President-elect Obama to be part of his transition team and then became assistant secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security.

As assistant secretary, Kayyem was responsible for coordinating planning between the federal government and all of its state, local, and territorial partners on issues as varied as immigration, intelligence sharing, military affairs, immigration reform, and the response to crises such as H1N1, the Dec. 25 attempted terrorist attack, the Haiti earthquake and the BP oil spill. For her exemplary leadership in the wake of the BP spill, coordinating 60 federal agencies over five states, Kayyem was awarded the Coast Guard’s highest civilian honor.

 

Join Us for the MNPA Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Please join us for the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at the Hyatt Boston Harbor in Boston. Our annual meeting and luncheon is you’re preeminent opportunity to meet with newspaper publishers, editors, reporters and business staff from throughout Massachusetts.

The day’s full agenda is as follows:

  • 10 a.m. Annual business meeting and election of officers and executive board.
  • 11 a.m. Panel discussion: The Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law and its Impact on Newspapers.
  • Noon. Networking reception.
  • 12:30 p.m. Luncheon and keynote (speaker to be announced).

The panel discussion of the independent contractor law will look at the impact of the law on newspapers. The panel will feature three speakers:

  • Sen. Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport),  sponsor of a bill to correct the wording of the law.
  • Mark W. Batten, a partner in the Boston office of Proskauer who represents newspapers and other businesses in labor and employment matters.
  • Aaron Julien, MNPA president and president of Newspapers of New England, who will talk about measures his company has taken as a result of the law.

The meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend. Registration, which includes lunch, is $85 for MNPA member newspapers and their employees, $95 for all others.

The registration form may be downloaded by clicking here .

If you have any questions about the event, please address them to MNPA Executive Director Robert Ambrogi, (978) 546-3400, or info@masspublishers.org. Registration deadline is Friday, November 29.

Registrations should be sent to: MNPA Annual Meeting, c/o New England Newspaper & Press Association, 370 Common Street, Suite 319, Dedham, MA 02026, or by fax to: (781) 320-8055.

Survey on Implementation of SJC Rule 1:19, Electronic Access to the Courts

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Judiciary-Media Committee is conducting a survey of judges, clerks, registers, court officers, associate court officers, and media representatives to determine how SJC Rule 1:19 is working since it became effective on Sept. 17, 2012. Your answers will be valuable in helping the committee to evaluate whether to recommend changes in the rule to the SJC.

The MNPA is a member fo the Judiciary-Media Committee.

Responses to survey are due by June 11, 2013.

Access the survey via this link: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/130fbg53927

If you have any questions, please contact:

Joan Kenney
Public Information Office
Supreme Judicial Court
617-557-1113

Aaron Julien Elected MNPA President for 2013

Aaron Julien, president and CEO of Newspapers of New England, based in Concord, N.H., and publisher of seven daily and weekly newspapers, including the Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Recorder, the Valley Advocate and the Amherst Bulletin, has been elected president of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association.

A resident of Amherst, Mass., Julien is a graduate of Middlebury College and Cornell Law School.

Also elected as officers at the association’s annual meeting were:

  • First vice president: William B. Ketter, vice president of news of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., based in Montgomery, Ala., and owner of 15 New England newspapers, including the Eagle-Tribune of North Andover, Mass.
  • Second vice president: George Arwady, publisher and chief executive officer of The Republican of Springfield, Mass.
  • Treasurer: Sheila Smith, publisher of The Daily News of Newburyport, Mass.
  • Secretary: Bruce Gaultney, publisher of the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Mass.

Elected to the association’s executive committee for three-year terms beginning Jan. 1 were Jim Foudy, publisher of the Daily Hampshire Gazette of Northampton, Mass.; William T. Kennedy, chief operating officer of the Dow Jones Local Media Group; and Peter Meyer, president of the Cape Cod Media Group and SouthCoast Media Group.

The annual meeting was held Nov. 29 at Anthony’s Pier Four in Boston.

Please Join Us for the MNPA Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Please join us for the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Anthony’s Pier Four in Boston. A registration form is available by clicking here.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley will be the featured speaker at this year’s luncheon. Re-elected to her second term as attorney general in 2010, Coakley previously served for eight years as district attorney in Middlesex County. Earlier, she was chief of the Child Abuse Unit in Middlesex. She began her legal career in 1979, practicing litigation at the firms Parker, Coulter, Daley & White and later at Goodwin Proctor. She joined the Middlesex DA’s office in 1986 and also served on the U.S. Justice Department’s Organized Crime Strike Force.

The luncheon, which begins at noon, is also your annual opportunity to meet with newspaper publishers, editors, reporters and business staff from throughout Massachusetts.

The day’s full agenda is as follows:

  • 10 a.m. Annual business meeting and election of 2013 officers and executive board.
  • 11 a.m. Panel discussion: Is the Public Records Law in Need of Reform?
  • Noon Networking reception (open bar).
  • 12:30 p.m. Luncheon and keynote featuring Martha Coakley.
  • 1:30 p.m. Adjourn.

The meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend. Registration, which includes lunch, is $75 for MNPA member newspapers and their employees, $85 for all others.

The registration form is may be downloaded by clicking here. If mailing your registration without the form, please indicate the name of each registrant and the registrant’s choice of luncheon entrée: Chicken Chausseur or Broiled Scrod.

If you have any questions about the event, please address them to MNPA Executive Director Robert Ambrogi, (978) 546-3400, or info@masspublishers.org. Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 23.

We look forward to seeing you on Nov. 29.