Sign Up for Our First FREE ‘Virtual Expo’ for Newspapers, Starting This Morning!

By: E&P Staff

Industry trade shows may be in decline ? and, in any case, costly to attend in a new era of budgetary restraints. But this week, equipment/systems/ operations/ad/circ managers, vendors, publishers, CEOs and others have a new high-value, low-cost option: E&P’s first Newspaper Industry Virtual Expo, coming to you on the Web this morning.

Although “virtual,” it will have much of the feel and content of a NEXPO-type show plus extremely valuable special interactive features. And you can do it all from your desk or home ? for free.

There will be booths, panels and the look of a real exhibit hall. But you also will have a chance to chat privately with exhibitors and some panelists, view on-demand demonstrations, download product literature, enjoy special access to E&P editors (including Jim Rosenberg, Mark Fitzgerald and Jennifer Saba, who are among the panelists), visit the Press Room, network with your peers online and even launch your own blog. The three “hot-button” panels build on issues explored elsewhere in our January cover story.

12:30 p.m. ET: Optimizing Equipment & Systems in an Era of Smaller Staffs

2:30 p.m. ET: Software Solutions for Saving … and Making Money

4:30 p.m. ET: How Upgrading Equipment Can ‘Up’ Your Revenue

The Expo will kick off at 11 a.m. ET with a keynote by Jon Markey, former president of the North Jersey Media Group in Hackensack, N.J. , handling papers such as The Record in Bergen County. He now is a consultant in Weeki Wachee, Fla.

To register, go here.

Early interest has been strong. Hundreds of attendees have already signed up. Title sponsors include Eidos Media and Web Press Corporation. Exhibitors (with more being added daily) include DTI, Goss International, WRH Marketing/Ferag, Quad Tech, Muller Martini, PCF and Creative Circle. Endorsing organizations include IFRA, SNPA, America East, Mid-America Newspaper Conference, WAN, Page Cooperative and IAPA.

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