International Newspaper Groups Holds Annual Conference at GRAPH EXPO

The International Newspaper Group (ING) kicked off GRAPH EXPO this weekend with its annual conference, beginning Friday evening with a reception, and continuing in earnest Saturday for a full day of informative presentations. Held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, the conference brings together newspaper operations executives and suppliers networking and exchanging ideas on best practices. Highlights of the conference included sessions by executives from Eastman Kodak, Transcontinental, and the Chicago Tribune, among others. Kip Smythe, NPES Vice President is closing the conference this morning (in Room S105 in McCormick Place) with a look at technology on the GRAPH EXPO show floor to which newspaper executives should give close attention.

ING continues to offer an innovative and high-value conference for the newspaper industry by bringing newspaper production executives and suppliers together. In response to members’ feedback, the group has once again co-located with GRAPH EXPO. “It’s a natural fit to do so at the same time and place where suppliers bring the latest technology and newspaper industry leaders bring the ideas and business practices that will keep them on the leading edge for the future,” says Tom Travis, an ING board member.

Highlights of the conference included:


Times of Transition - Business


Moderator: Becky Brubaker, ING


• Chris Lyons, Eastman Kodak Co.

• Dave Bliss, Quad/Graphics


Managing Commercial Printing/Printing Outsourced & UV Printing

Moderator: Mike Bany, Transcontinental North California

• James P. Burns, Media General Operations and Distributions Solutions Group

• William H. May, Jr., The Dallas Morning News

• Brian Thiede, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Managing Distribution

• Bill Baker, Media General Florida Communications Group

• Vince Casanova, Chicago Tribune


Labor Relations Strategies and

Challenges in Newspapers

Moderator: Rich Danze, Newark Star Ledger

• Michael Rybicki, Seyfarth Shaw Law Firm

• Bernie Szachara, Denver Post


Technology Not to Miss

• Kip Smythe, NPES


ING is a not-for-profit organization comprising newspaper operations executives and industry suppliers. ING’s primary purpose is to exchange information and best practices and foster a better understanding of the latest technology and processes affecting newspaper and print production. For further information visit