2011 Convention a success

Upwards of 50 photojournalists, students, and enthusiasts attended this year’s WNPA convention at the Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West – a sharp increase over 2010’s event. It signaled a renewed interest in the organization and its events despite a down economy.

This was the first year the event was free to members and completely open to the public. Many past members who had let their memberships lapse renewed, and a significant number of members of the general public made donations to WNPA to further help defray costs associated with the event.

Jack Gruber of USA Today, David Joles of the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune, and Jim Biever of the Green Bay Packers all spoke and presented their work.

Bill Glasheen of The Post~Crescent, Mike De Sisti of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Michael P. King of the Wisconsin State Journal held a multimedia Q&A/discussion panel about editing and producing multimedia pieces, working solo, juggling multiple duties while on assignment, the changing state of our business, and hopes for the future.

A business meeting was conducted during the first half of the day. Read more about what was discussed in that meeting.

More than 20 items from our sponsors were given away in a drawing at the end of the day. Gruber was given a Cheesehead hat as a thank you for making the trek to America’s Dairyland.

If you have a chance, please take a moment to thank the speakers, volunteers, and sponsors who made this event meaningful, inspirational, and successful. Read more about all of them here.

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