Web Leaders to Highlight E&P/Mediaweek Interactive Media Conference and Trade Show in May

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By: E&P Staff

The annual Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek Interactive Media Conference and Trade Show, presented by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in association with LinkedIn, will be held at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, May 14-15 — and this year’s lineup of keynote speakers may be one of ts strongest yet.

The event, which features in-depth panel sessions on hot industry topics, networking cocktail receptions, and a full exhibit floor, attracts hundreds of today’s top editors, publishers, media, sales and marketing executives who come together to discuss common struggles and triumphs in new media.

This year, they will be treated to keynote addresses by Wenda Harris Millard, president of media at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.

Additional speakers for this year?s event include:

* Richard Kosinski, Vice President of Political Advertising, Yahoo
* Lem Lloyd, Vice President, Newspaper Consortium, Yahoo
* David Cohen, Executive Vice President, U.S. Director of Digital Communications, Universal McCann
* Jason Manning, Politics Editor, Washingtonpost.com
* Alice Kim, Senior Vice President, Digital Distribution & Partner Relations, MTV Networks
* Konrad Feldman, Co-founder & CEO, Quantcast
* Kyoo Kim, Vice President of Sales, MSNBC.com
* Rohit Bhargava, SVP, Digital Strategy & Marketing, Ogilvy
* Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing, Digg

The innovative two-day agenda will address all the pressing issues facing the integration of traditional and new media, including user-generated content, the evolution of online advertising, blogs, and Web video.

Panel sessions include:

* When Will We Take Mobile Seriously?
* Engaging and Growing Audience at the Local Level
* Campaign 2008 Advertising: Follow the Money
* Social Networking: Connecting With Your Users
* Does Integrated Selling Really Work?

On May 14, the conference’s opening day, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will announce the winners of the 2007 Knight News Challenge. The competition is awarding a total of $25 million for news experiments that use digital media innovation to inform and inspire specific geographic communities. (For more information, visit www.newschallenge.org.)

Winners of one of the media industry’s most prestigious Web awards, the EPpys, will also be announced at a gala luncheon, sponsored by the Knight Foundation on May 15.

Although this competition is designed primarily for the media industry, the EPpy Awards continues its tradition of also recognizing the quality of Web services in college journalism with its Best College Newspaper Internet Service award.

Conference keynote speaker Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post is the recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award.

In addition, on May 13, Suburban Newspapers of America will host a one-day seminar focusing on Interactive Strategies for Suburban & Community Markets. This fast-paced symposium will deliver great ideas and market-specific information. It is the only programming dedicated exclusively to the needs of suburban and community markets.

Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek’s Interactive Media Conference and Trade Show co-sponsors include Fast Search, Media Space Solutions, Optaros, AFP North America and Creative Circle Advertising Solutions.

For additional information or to register, visit:

www.InteractiveMediaConference.com or contact Alma Weinstein at 646-654-7254 or

alma.weinstein@nielsen.com.

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