2017-2018 NPA/NPAS Committees

NPA President, Peggy Year, Hartington

NPA Vice President, Kevin Zadina, Seward

NPAS President, Tory Duncan, Sutton

NPAS Vice President, Chris Rhoades, Blair

NPA/NPAS Convention Committee:

Lori Pankonin, Imperial

Peggy Year, Hartington

Gerri Peterson, Mullen

Chris Rhoades, Blair

Mike Konz, Kearney

Amy Johnson, Springview

Austin Roper, Hickman

Susan Watson (NPA)

Allen Beermann (NPA)

Responsible for over-all convention program and arrangements, although bulk of arrangements are typically delegated to NPA/NPAS staff. In particular, the committee provides input to help 1)determine the topics and speakers for the Friday and Saturday general programs and 2) determine the type of social activities to be provided and for such other convention features as may be deemed appropriate, within established framework.

NPA Better Newspaper Contest Committee:

Mike Konz, Kearney (CHAIR)

Tory Duncan, Sutton

Ted Gill, Sutton

Mike Wendorff, Callaway

Jim Dickerson, Albion

Amy Johnson, Springview

Willis Mahannah, West Point

Dennis Morgan, Elgin

Ellen Mortensen, Gothenburg

Carolyn Bowman (NPAS)

Maintain general supervision of the annual NPA Better Newspaper Contest, including a continuing review of the rules, manner of conduct, categories of competition and judging of the contest. All major changes shall be subject for review by the NPA Board of Directors.

Executive Committee:

Peggy Year, Hartington

Tory Duncan, Sutton

Kevin Zadina, Seward

Chris Rhoades, Blair

Jason Frederick, Trenton

Gerri Peterson, Mullen

Review and make recommendations regarding annual budgets and appropriate formula for dues.

Legislative Committee:

Mark Rhoades, Blair (CHAIR)

Peggy Year, Hartington

Lori Pankonin, Imperial

Tom Shaal, Alliance

Greg Awtry, Scottsbluff

Tim Linscott, Fairbury

Monitor all state legislative activity affecting newspapers, advocate the Association’s position regarding such legislation, keep legislators informed of NPA’s positions and concerns, and inform the NPA membership of legislation affecting newspapers. The committee shall perform similar functions, to the extent practical, among the state’s congressional delegation regarding federal legislative matters affecting newspapers.     

NNA Committee:

Russ & Lori Pankonin, Imperial

John Edgecombe, Jr., Geneva

Allen Beermann (NPA)

To serve the function of an instate liaison between NNA, NPA and individual publishers. To work with NNA in the delivery of services to Nebraska, the promotion of membership and marketing and to make sure that Nebraska has input on technical issues involving the NNA and its members.

Newspapers in Education:

Don Smith, Grand Island

Kevin Zadina, Seward

Plan, arrange and carry out ideas to help promote newspapers in the educational community.

Recruitment:

Mike Edgecombe, Hebron

Kent Warneke, Norfolk

Mark Rhoades, Blair

Knowledgeable in Nebraska job availability and prospectives for college interns. Meet with and recruit college students and graduates.

Technology & Internet Committee:

Kurt Johnson, Aurora (CHAIR)

Rob Dump, Hartington

Darran Fowler, Hastings

Russ Pankonin, Imperial

Kent Lutt, Kearney

Chris Rhoades, Blair

Jason Sturek, Pender

To research, develop, obtain, purchase, lease or borrow technical equipment for use by NPA/NPAS, either in the office or out in the field for educational training or enhancement of the newspaper industry and profession.

Training Institute:

Violet Kirk (NPAS)

Develop, arrange and conduct training programs for working journalists to provide for improvement of writing, editing, design and other skills involved in newspaper publication.

Marketing Committee:

Shary Skiles, McCook

Tory Duncan, Sutton

Pat Bell, Grand Island

Rod Worrell, Ainsworth

Janet Harms, Beatrice

Tom Kelly, West Point

Tom Shaal, Alliance

Vicki Hrabanek, Norfolk

Peggy Year, Hartington

Rob Dump, Hartington

Violet Kirk (NPAS)

Plan, arrange and carry out educational or training events as deemed appropriate, oversee the operation of NCAN and 2×2 Display Network, recommend to the board of directors any policy, program or activity deemed beneficial to newspaper advertising in the state. 

(As of 6/29/17)