New England Newspaper & Press Association

The New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) is the professional trade organization for newspapers in the six New England states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island.

NENPA is proud to represent and serve more than 450 daily, weekly and specialty newspapers throughout the six-state region.

NENPA is the principal advocate for newspapers in New England, helping them to successfully fulfill their mission to engage and inform the public while navigating and ultimately thriving in today’s evolving media landscape.

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Getting it right: Breaking news, the Inauguration, and the Capitol insurrection
Jan 19 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Getting it right: Breaking news, the Inauguration, and the Capitol insurrection

Newsrooms mobilize on instinct when news breaks. Those split-second decisions — how we describe an individual or a group and their actions — can define reality for millions of people. The Capitol insurrection provides lessons for the upcoming Inauguration in what loaded language to avoid, questions to ask in real-time, and how your values influence the way audiences understand and remember world events.

Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute and Resolve Philly for a practical program that will leave you with tips you can use to ask the right questions in real-time and prepare to cover the unexpected on Inauguration Day and in the weeks and months that follow.

Registration is now open for this program, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

The panel will feature: Eric Deggans, NPR TV critic, MSNBC/NBC commentator and author of “Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation”; Danielle K. Kilgo, the John & Elizabeth Bates Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Michael McCarter, managing editor for standards, ethics & inclusion at USA Today; Aubrey Nagle, Reframe editor at Resolve Philly. The program will be moderated by Cassie Haynes, co-executive director of Resolve Philly.

NENPA U: How Newsrooms Can Get the Most Out of Their Digital Products
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
NENPA U: How Newsrooms Can Get the Most Out of Their Digital Products

NENPA U webinar presented by Online Media Campus. Free to NENPA members, contact Tara Cleary at for registration code.

In this webinar:
When it comes to evaluating what real-time analytics platform to use or what social media publishing tool, most newsrooms are at a loss on where to start. From vetting vendors to agreeing on key features to negotiating price, the process can be overwhelming. And even if you happen to choose the right product, how do you make sure you are getting the most out of the product, and that the company is being responsive enough to you as a customer. Penny Riordan understands all of these challenges because for five years she was on the corporate staff at GateHouse Media and helped build out the company’s suite of digital tools. Penny will offer you 10 practical tips on how to get the most out of the digital or SaaS products your newsroom uses.

About the presenter: 
Penny Riordan is an independent media consultant with expertise in audience engagement, analytics, social media best practices, and product management. She worked on the corporate staff at GateHouse and Gannett for 6 years working with newsrooms across the country on digital strategy. Before that, she worked at and newspapers in Connecticut and Maryland. Penny is also an active member of the Online News Association and the local organizer for the Austin chapter.
NEFAC 30 Minute Skills: Data Cleaning 101
Jan 22 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

The New England First Amendment Coalition has launched a monthly educational series featuring short, practical lessons on journalism and the First Amendment.

The goal of the program — called “30 Minute Skills” — is to provide reporters and other citizens knowledge they can use immediately in newsgathering, data collection, storytelling, and other areas of journalism and First Amendment law.

The lessons will be provided in a 30-minute format to accommodate the demanding schedules faced by many working in New England newsrooms.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration for each lesson is required.

This lesson is an introduction to cleaning datasets obtained online or through public records requests. By attending this lesson, you will:

– Understand what data cleaning is and why it is necessary.
– Learn about free tools available to help clean data.
– Begin building your data cleaning skills.

Requirements Prior to Class

• Download OpenRefine (free) software.
• Download a sample dataset. Link will be sent prior to class.

About Your Instructor

MAGGIE MULVIHILL | Maggie Mulvihill is a veteran investigative and data journalist, journalism educator, news entrepreneur and impassioned defender of our right to know. Her data journalism students have been honored with 10 regional or national journalism awards since 2011 as well as being named finalists for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists. An attorney, Mulvihill is co-founder of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. In 2014, Maggie founded BU’s summer workshops, Data + Narrative: Data-Driven Storytelling. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press, the board of the New England First Amendment Coalition, was a 2004–2005 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and was a 2014-2016 member of the Federal Freedom of Information Act Advisory Committee. (Photo Credit: Molly Hamill)