By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and its 235 African American newspaper and media company owners, employees, sponsors and others plan to converge on the beautiful US Virgin Islands for the NNPA’s annual winter training conference in February.
With the theme “Digital Innovation, Training, and Engagement of America’s Black Press,” publishers and others will partner to further strengthen the 195-year-old black press.
Plus, the always-awaited Education Conference takes place February 1-4 at the brand new Westin Beach Resort at Frenchmen’s Reef, Estate Bakkeroe, St. Thomas.
NNPA’s all-black women’s Board of Directors will be among those welcoming NNPA partners, sponsors and guests.
All customers can enjoy a remarkable and discounted stay by registering immediately on http://www.nnpa-events.com.
President Karen Carter Richards, publisher of the Houston Forward Times, leads the all-female board of directors.
Janis Ware, publisher of the Atlanta Voice, is vice president. Fran Farrer, publisher of The County News in North Carolina, is the second vice president.
Jackie Hampton, publisher of The Mississippi Link, is national secretary, and Cheryl Smith, publisher of the Texas Metro News, is national treasurer of the NNPA.
NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. will receive the professional association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Representatives of longtime NNPA partners General Motors, Reynolds, Pfizer, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Google News Initiative are also among the guests.
Highly valued NNPA sponsors invited to attend include AARP, Wells Fargo, AmeriHealth Caritas, American Petroleum Institute, Comcast NBC Universal, In Our Own Voice – National Black Women’s Reproductive Agenda, Compassion & Choices Action Network and the NNPA Fund.