Federal Reserve President to Keynote Annual Meeting

Please join us for the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at Anthony’s Pier 4 in Boston.

Our annual luncheon will feature an address by Eric S. Rosengren, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Mr. Rosengren will speak about the economic climate in the region and the nation.

Our morning panel, “Protecting Your Newspaper in the Digital Age,” will focus on what newspapers need to know about protecting their content, brands and businesses online. A panel of speakers will address common questions about copyright and trademark law, offer advice on how to protect against infringement, and discuss whether you should have a written social-media policy for your newsrooms.

The day’s agenda is as follows:

  • 10 a.m.   Annual business meeting and election of 2010 officers and executive board.
  • 11 a.m. Panel discussion: “Protecting Your Newspaper in the Digital Age”
  • Noon Networking reception (open bar)
  • 12:30 p.m. Luncheon and keynote.
  • 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.

To register, fill out this form (PDF) and send it, along with your payment to the address shown on the form.

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

MNPA Elects New Officers

l_orestedarconteOreste P. D’Arconte, publisher of The Sun Chronicle, was elected president of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association during the group’s annual meeting Dec. 5 at Anthony’s Pier 4. D’Arconte has been publisher since 1998 and has been with The Sun Chronicle and a predecessor, The Attleboro Sun, for 39 years. He succeeds Larry McDermott, publisher and chief executive officer of The Republican in Springfield.

Elected with D’Arconte were:

Retired Supreme Court justice John M. Greaney, now with Suffolk Law School, was the luncheon speaker.

In addition to the MNPA, D’Arconte is board secretary for the New England Press Association and chairman of its annual convention in February, and is contest committee chairman for the New England Newspaper Association.

MNPA Elects New Officers

l_orestedarconteOreste P. D’Arconte, publisher of The Sun Chronicle, was elected president of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association during the group’s annual meeting Dec. 5 at Anthony’s Pier 4. D’Arconte has been publisher since 1998 and has been with The Sun Chronicle and a predecessor, The Attleboro Sun, for 39 years. He succeeds Larry McDermott, publisher and chief executive officer of The Republican in Springfield.

Elected with D’Arconte were:

Retired Supreme Court justice John M. Greaney, now with Suffolk Law School, was the luncheon speaker.

In addition to the MNPA, D’Arconte is board secretary for the New England Press Association and chairman of its annual convention in February, and is contest committee chairman for the New England Newspaper Association.

Still Time to Register: MNPA Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association is this Friday, Dec. 5. There is still time to register and you can do so using the 2008 registration form.

Our luncheon speaker is retiring Supreme Judicial Court Justice John M. Greaney, longtime cochair of the SJC’s Judiciary-Media Committee. Today is his last day at the court before he joins the Suffolk University Law School faculty. (See Saturday’s profile of Justice Greaney by AP writer Denise Lavoie.)

Our morning panel will explore the legal issues surrounding blogs and comments on newspaper-hosted Web sites. Three experts will share their insights and advice:

The day begins with the MNPA’s annual business meeting at 10 a.m., followed by the panel discussion at 11, a reception at noon and the luncheon at 12:30. The event is being held at Anthony’s Pier 4 in Boston.

Questions? E-mail info@masspublishers.org.

Justice Greaney to Address Annual Meeting


The Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association is honored to announce that retiring Supreme Judicial Court Justice John M. Greaney will address its annual luncheon Dec. 5. Justice Greaney, who retires from the bench Nov. 30, has played a special role in helping to improve the relationship between the courts and the news media, having been co-chair of the SJC’s Judiciary-Media Committee since its establishment in 1995. Upon his retirement, Justice Greaney will join the Suffolk University Law School faculty and serve as director of the Macaronis Institute for Trial and Appellate Advocacy housed at Suffolk.

As a justice on the highest appellate court in Massachusetts, Justice Greaney authored numerous significant opinions on a range of important issues, including several of importance to the news media. He served in the military and engaged in private practice before joining the judiciary in 1974 as the presiding judge of the Hampden County Housing Court. He later served as a justice the Massachusetts Superior Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court. He was chief justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court before his appointment to the Supreme Judicial Court.

He has taught law at Western New England College Law School and Westfield State College; lectured and written extensively for continuing legal and judicial education programs; edited books on the law of deceptive and unfair practices and appellate practice and procedure; and co-authored books on civil jury instructions and summary judgment.

Justice Greaney received his bachelor’s degree with honors in 1960 from the College of the Holy Cross, and his law degree in 1963 from New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden scholar and chairperson of the Annual Survey of American Law. He has received the Robert B. MacKay and Public Service Awards from N.Y.U. School of Law, the Haskell Cohn Distinguished Judicial Service Award from the Boston Bar Association, Western New England College’s Presidential Medallion, and the Massachusetts Judges Conference President’s Award for Judicial Excellence.

The annual luncheon begins at noon on Dec. 5 at Anthony’s Pier Four in Boston. Prior to the luncheon at 11 a.m., a panel of lawyers and editors will discuss the legal and practical issues surrounding blogs and comments on newspaper-hosted Web sites. To register for the meeting, download the 2008 registration form.

Sunshine law could see brighter days

From the March 23 Cape Cod Times, Sunshine law could see brighter days:

“When someone complains that a local official has violated the state’s Open Meeting Law, it’s up to the district attorney to investigate.

“That leads to different interpretations of the law all over the state, and there is a lack of enforcement provisions built in, said Robert Ambrogi, executive director of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers’ Association.”

Read the rest of the story.

Chief justice: Courts gaining in efficiency

From reporter Dan Ring at The Republican:

“BOSTON – The state’s courts are benefiting from a revolutionary overhaul in management, with cases getting cleared more quickly and judges sticking to trial schedules, the chief justice of the state’s highest court said yesterday.

“In a speech to leaders of the state’s newspaper industry, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall linked improved management of the courts to the economy. Marshall said economic development and a well-managed judiciary go hand in hand.”

Read the rest.

MNPA Annual Meeting Set for Nov. 29


The annual meeting of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association is scheduled for Nov. 29, 2007, at Anthony’s Pier Four in Boston. This year’s featured luncheon speaker is Margaret H. Marshall, chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, who will speak on courts and the news media and take questions from the audience. A morning panel will focus on legislative proposals to reform the Massachusetts open meeting law. Panelists will include Robert J. Ambrogi, MNPA executive director; Robert W. Ritchie, Esq., head of the Attorney General’s Municipal Division; and Thomas J. Urbelis, Esq., past president of the City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association.

The day begins with an MNPA business meeting at 10 a.m. The open meeting panel is at 11 a.m. At noon is a cocktail reception, followed by the luncheon at 12:30. Tickets are $60. Reservations may be made using this form.