Conference Season Begins

Conference season, which seems to last ten months every year, is dawning again.

I’ll be in Paris later this month at the 16th World Newspaper Advertising Conference & Expo, which this year is entitled for obvious reasons Revenue Generation 2006. The conference is organized by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and will be held February 23-24 atthe Sofitel Forum Rive Gauche Hotel.

I’ll be speaking in the session, Where’s the money? My topic is ‘On-line revenues are exploding worldwide. A presentation of the trends and the implications for your advertising revenues.’ And I’ll be doing so at the behest of Borrell Associates, who I represent outside North America.

Two other speakers there who might be of interest to online publishers are the always Jim Chisholm, the strategy advisor to WAN, whose advice is always excellent and souond, and Gavin O’Reilly, WAN’s president and the COO of Independent News and Media who recently announced WAN’s endeavor to charge Internet search engines that index newspaper content.

Unfortunately, my schedule won’t permit me to be in Europe the following week when the Online Publishers Association of Europe will hold its Forum for the Future conference in London on March 1-3. It has an interesting list of speakers, although mainly those from traditional companies.

(There’s also an interesting, invitation-only media dinner being held on March 1st in London, hosted by Netimperative and Infospace.)

I won’t be attending the Newspaper Association of America’s CONNECTIONS conference next month for the same reason I didn’t attend it last year, only worse.

I will however be attending Editor & Publisher and MediaWeek magazines’ Interactive Media Conference in Las Vegas, May 18-19. I so far appear to be the only panelist in its What’s Wrong with Media session. Just my luck!

And this Thursday I’ll be at Media Summit New York on a panel entitled Envisioning the Future of Digital Environment — as a Student Curriculu, as a Cultural Protoype, and as a Digital Lifestyle. I’ll be giving the same presentation on that topic that I gave last April at Digital Hollywood in Santa Monica. Joining me on that panel will be Dr. Phillip Long of MIT, Jeff Jarvis of City University of New York, John Tarnoff of Dreamworks Animation, Brett Goldberg of cDigix, and Wendy Dubit of Vergant Media.

If you’re attending one of the conferences that I am, say hello.

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