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Local News Solutions 2024

Stronger Newsrooms for Stronger Communities



August 22-24, 2024 • Denver/Thornton

presenting sponsor

1,000+ attendees

News leaders across Colorado & US

Community and philanthropic leaders

Local residents interested in mindfulness


Connect with peers from across CO & beyond


Learn from national & local experts + vendors


Bring your questions; share your knowledge


Reconnect with your passion

1 Location 3 Days5 Unmissable Events

Colorado Media Project Summit: Pre-conference gathering of ​philanthropy, newsroom and community leaders

Evening with 10% Happier’s Dan Harris: Public talk, Q&A and book ​signing with the former ABC News anchor & correspondent

Legislative Awards & Reception: Recognizing Colorado’s legislative​ defenders of​ a free press

146th Colorado Press Association Conventi​on: Training, networking & resources for publishers, editors, rep​orters, sales teams, audience speciali​sts, and more

CPA Better News and Hall of Fame Awards: Celebrati​ng excellence in reporting, photojournalism, advertising and com​munity impact

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Not just a single state. Not just one medium. Not just press. Not passive.

Colorado has earned a reputation as one of the nation's most collaborative and innovative news ecosystems. The Colorado Press Association’s annual convention has increasingly drawn news leaders from across the country and across different media—to the point that other groups have used this gathering to make it the must-attend media event for the state and region. For 2024, we’ve even added a public event and rebranded the three days to reflect that broader scope. Local News Solutions 2024 brings together news leaders with community and philanthropic leaders to explore how we can continue building resilient businesses that serve our entire communities. In 2023, over 350 attendees participated over the course of three days. This year, we expect 250-300 newsroom leaders, 50-75 community and philanthropic leaders and 800 members of the public (for Dan Harris).

Who Attends

  • Publishers
  • Editors
  • CEOs
  • General Managers
  • Advertising Directors
  • Audience Growth Specialists
  • Reporters
  • Creative Directors
  • Colorado Legislators
  • Faculty & Deans
  • Public (for Dan Harris event)
  • Philanthropy + more!

Topics Covered

National experts, local leaders and sponsors/vendors will lead roundtable sessions, workshops and keynotes. Broadly, topics will cover revenue (advertsing, events, reader, philanthropic), reach (audience growth, community engagement, marketing) and reporting (open records, election coverage, data, science, podcasting), as well as topics like AI and DEI that cross all areas.

Delta Hotels


Aug. 22-24, 2024

10 E 120th Ave

Northglenn, CO 80233


  • One contiguous space: No more running between floors and searching for rooms. Ballrooms, workshops, exhibitor/vendor space, break/working space, food and bar are in one area, on one floor.
  • Great food: The best hotel/event food we’ve had. Seriously. Plus the attendee-favorite Sweet Cow ice cream truck will be back. For your evenings, bars and restaurants are within walking distance.


  • Attached to conference center
  • Affordable rates: $129 per night (conference rate)
  • Free parking (for guests and convention attendees)
  • Amenities: Fitness center, indoor pool, hot tub, free wifi
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10% Happier at Work and in the Community

Dan Harris on Taming the Chaos, Cultivating Empathy, and ​Practicing Self-Care While Remaining Effective

Join us for an exclusive evening with Dan Harris, former ABC News anchor ​and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, 10% Happier. This public ​event will feature a talk, Q&A session, and book signing.


We are still accepting sponsors. Deadline for inclusion on badge, iPad checkin and program is July 15.

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

Tickets cover meals, coffee and snacks; the rest is covered by sponsors.

This convention would not be possible without their support.


College Session

And Awards







Tired of the same old conference routine?

You know the attendee drill: forced to choose between multiple enticing-sounding sessions, sitting passively through long presentations, and ending the day feeling tired and overwhelmed. The value can be hit or miss, and the constant distraction and FOMO are utterly draining.

Our solution: Facilitated and repeating Solution Roundtables followed by Workshops

We’re shaking up the traditional session setup with dynamic, interactive Solution Roundtable blocks. Friday morning, Friday afternoon, and Saturday morning will feature these 110-minute blocks. Each block, held in one big ballroom for maximum energy, exposure and shared learning, comprises roughly 12 different roundtables where hosts will lead 25-minute sessions on various topics. Each roundtable session repeats three times within the block, with facilitated introductions at the start and share-outs between sessions. This means you’ll have you’ll have three opportunities to catch most sessions, and you’ll be able to engage and interact more directly. Goodbye, FOMO (and maybe the distraction of multitasking while you wait for the presenter to get to the good part).

What’s more, you’ll be able to hear from a combination of national presenters, your peers, and sponsors with targeted solutions. Do you have expertise you want to share? We’re saving a few tables for late additions. (Email to volunteer to be a table host.)

Hosts will receive guides on how to run an effective roundtable. We’re encouraging short presentations, focused on salient points and action items, along with checklists and other handouts. Where appropriate, the bulk of the short session may be discussion-based. You may be able to bring material (media kit, article, open records request, etc.) for feedback. We’ll send you the list of tables ahead of time so you can prepare.

Following each roundtable block is a one-hour workshop session, allowing for deeper dives into select topics. This format balances breadth and depth, quantity and quality. And you may make more new work friends.


Thursday, August 22

  • Morning: CMP funder roundtable (private)
  • 12:00-5:00 p.m. Colorado Media Project summit
  • 5:00-5:20 p.m. Welcome, Legislator Awards
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m. Reception
    • Open to all registrants (except Dan Harris-only ​ticket holders)
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. Dan Harris talk with Q&A
    • Public ticketed event
  • 8:00-9:00 p.m. Dan Harris book signing
    • Public ticketed event

Friday, August 23

Saturday, August 24

  • 8:00-9:00 a.m.
    • Registration
    • Past Presidents Breakfast
    • Optional cash breakfast
  • 8:30-9:00 a.m. CPA Annual Meeting
  • 9:00-9:30 a.m. Welcome and Saturday keynote
  • 9:30-11:20 a.m. Solutions Roundtables 3
    • 9:30-9:40 Roundtable host/topic introductions ​(facilitated)
    • 9:40-9:45 Select and move to tables
    • 9:45-10:10 Roundtable session 1
    • 10:10-10:20 Share out (facilitated), switch tables
    • 10:20-10:45 Roundtable session 2
    • 10:45-10:55 Share out (facilitated), switch tables
    • 10:55-11:20 Roundtable session 3
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Unconference / extended ​sessions / free time
  • 12:30-3:30 p.m. CPA Better News and Hall of Fame ​Awards

Friday, August 23


  • 7:00-8:00 a.m.
    • Registration
    • Optional cash breakfast
  • 8:00-9:00 a.m. Opening session
    • 8:00-8:10 Attendees network and take their seats
    • 8:10-8:20 Welcome & introductions
    • 8:20-8:40 Setting the stage activity
    • 8:40-9:00 Morning keynote speaker
  • 9:00-10:50 a.m. Solution Roundtable Block 1
    • 9:00-9:10 Roundtable host/topic introductions ​(facilitated)
    • 9:10-9:15 Select and move to tables
    • 9:15-9:40 Roundtable session 1
    • 9:40-9:50 Share out (facilitated), switch tables
    • 9:50-10:15 Roundtable session 2
    • 10:15-10:25 Share out (facilitated), switch tables
    • 10:25-10:50 Roundtable session 3
  • 10:50-11:00 a.m. Break
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Workshop Block 1
    • 4 dedicated rooms with dedicated topics.
    • Additional sessions (planned and impromptu) in ​ballroom and informally in atrium ​lounge/exhibition hall


  • 12:00-1:30 p.m. Luncheon keynote and panel
    • 12:00-12:30 Get lunch
    • 12:30-12:45 Lunch keynote
    • 12:45-1:30 Lunch panel
  • 1:45-3:35 Solution Roundtables Block 2
    • Similar to above
  • 3:35-4:00 p.m. Sweet Cow ice cream break
    • Truck will be there from 2:30-4:30
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m. Workshop Block 2

Late Afternoon/Evening

  • 5:00-5:30 p.m. Share out and wrap up for day
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m. Young Professionals Reception
    • Open to all attendees

7:00 p.m. - ?? Dinner on your own / CPA Board Dinner


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Early(by July ​31)

Regular(by Aug 15)



Convention platinum ​pass




Includes Convention session pass (with two receptions and Friday luncheon), ​Saturday awards luncheon and Dan Harris talk. Does NOT include Dan Harris ​book signing, Funder Table or CMP Summit.

Convention session ​pass (a la carte)




Thursday reception & legislator awards (with drink tickets); Friday sessions, ​lunch, and reception (with drink tickets); Saturday sessions. Optional cash ​breakfast available.Does not include CPA Awards Luncheon on Saturday.

Saturday awards ​luncheon (a la carte)




Saturday awards with lunch and drink tickets.

Dan Harris talk (a la ​carte, with session ​pass or luncheon)




Dan Harris talk on Thursday

Dan Harris talk (a la ​carte, without any of ​passes above)




Dan Harris talk on Thursday

Dan Harris book ​signing




Dan Harris book signing following talk; requires ticket to talk

Press Forward ​Colorado Funder Table




By invitation. Includes breakfast and lunch.

Colorado Media ​Project Summit




Code required. If you are interested in attending, please contact Sam Moody at ​ for a registration code. Includes lunch.


Early registration ends July 31.


  • You may pay by credit card or mail a check (check option not available on registrations for Dan Harris only).
  • You may register multiple attendees.
  • The purchaser may set up an account and edit registrations after purchase.
  • Registrations are non-refundable, but purchase protection is available.

2023 Annual Convention Feedback

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This is the best networking event you will attend all year!

Celebrate with and encourage your fellow journalists and return home better informed and refreshed!

The convention offers a great opportunity to network and learn various facets from experts in the industry, regardless of your organizational role.

It's a great networking opportunity and the panels and classes were awesome!

I attend a lot of state conventions, and I can‘t remember a better one. You program this like a national convention.

So many resources, connections, vital conversations, camaraderie

There's a lot of good knowledge and networking being shared here that young reporters would benefit from.

This years convention had so much ... energy! I loved all the workshops too, very helpful for navigating new revenue streams.

If they are looking to connect with local media producers and learn from each other, make sure to attend next years CPA convention.

Great networking opportunity! Interesting conversations!

Following a successful 2022 convention, 2023 attendence grew by 17% and paid attendance grew 95%!

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