NAA Announces ‘Top 30 Under 30’ Awards Program

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NAA Announces ‘Top 30 Under 30’ Awards Program

Winners to be Recognized at NAA mediaXchange 2016

January 19, 2016

Arlington, Va. – The Newspaper Association of America (NAA) today announced the launch of its inaugural “Top 30 Under 30” Awards program to honor young industry leaders as a part of its NAA mediaXchange 2016 conference. The program provides an opportunity to showcase the energy, innovation and vitality of the news media industry – and its rising stars – at the largest annual gathering of industry executives in North America.

To qualify, applicants should be employed at an NAA member news media company (journalists or those in business or technology departments) and must be under the age of 30 as of March 31, 2016. Applicants can nominate themselves or a colleague for the award by filling out and submitting this short form and providing the following information:

  • Name
  • Title
  • Company
  • Contact information
  • Résumé
  • In 500 words or less, explain why the nominee is deserving of the award and how the nominee’s successes are advancing the news media industry

Entries for the program will be accepted today through Friday, March 11, 2016. Each submission will be judged by an NAA/American Press Institute committee on the value of the nominee’s contributions to their company and to the industry as a whole. The winners of the Top 30 Under 30 Awards will be announced at NAA mediaXchange 2016, taking place April 17-20, 2016 in Washington, DC.

“The newspaper industry is filled with innovators who are constantly experimenting, dreaming up big ideas and creating the very future of news media,” said David Chavern, NAA president and CEO. “We are thrilled to launch this new program honoring our rising stars. These leaders are found in every aspect of our business – creating outstanding journalism, developing innovative technologies and finding new ways and channels to disseminate our product. We look forward to honoring their immense contributions in front of hundreds of their industry peers at our annual NAA mediaXchange conference this spring.”

NAA mediaXchange is the largest gathering of newspaper media industry executives in the United States and Canada. An exciting three days of proven success strategies and networking with top news media and advertising executives, the conference allows industry professionals to share valuable information and insightful ideas that will produce results.
This year’s conference will take place April 17-20, 2016 at the new Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. Members-only, early bird registration runs through February 22. Register for mediaXchange 2016 online now at:

For more information about the Top 30 Under 30 Awards, contact Michelle Harris, NAA’s VP of Membership & Development, at


About NAA mediaXchange 2016

NAA mediaXchange 2016 will take place from April 17-20, 2016, at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. The conference is designed to inspire and provide valuable ideas to help newspaper professionals grow audience and revenue for their print and digital products. The theme of the conference is “local” — the importance of newspapers in providing localized knowledge and information, engaging and improving the lives of their local communities. Previous Washington conferences featured speeches from the top presidential candidates. We hope to add the leading 2016 candidates to the event, making it a particularly noteworthy affair for all attendees. For more information, visit

About NAA

NAA is a nonprofit organization representing nearly 2,000 newspapers and their multiplatform businesses in the United States and Canada. NAA members include daily newspapers, as well as nondailies, other print publications and online products. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Va., the association focuses on the major issues that affect today’s newspaper industry: public policy/legal matters, advertising revenue growth and audience development across the medium’s broad portfolio of products and digital platforms. Information about the association and the industry also may be found at


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