For the past six-plus years, our industry has been conditioned into survival mode. To say it’s been brutal is an understatement. On the bright side, we aren’t going it alone. And although the newspaper industry employs far fewer people than it did in 2007, it still counts some of the best and brightest minds among its allies — and good things happen when those bright minds convene.

As we close this issue of News & Tech, and with Spring ramping up, we’re looking forward to some events that will allow industry execs to do just that — convene to exchange ideas about what’s working and what isn’t, and to look at some of the next innovations on the horizon.

More than 375 people are expected to turn out for the INMA’s annual World Congress, which takes place in San Francisco this year (see our preview on page 12). With the theme “Fast Track for Information,” the conference agenda promises a mix of topics to address the legacy print product as well as those aimed at successfully traversing the digital world.

At the end of May, meantime, press users will convene to talk print at the annual Metro Users Group (see our preview on page 22) where, among other scheduled events, I’ll be talking to attendees about the value of ink on paper.

In June, WAN-Ifra will host the 66th World Newspaper Congress in Torino, Italy, and at the end of September the Graphic Arts Show Co. will host its biennial Graph Expo. N&T will be there to cover those events, too.

I don’t think I’m alone when I say it’s exciting to look at the year ahead and see some valuable events and conferences on the calendar — especially for an industry that five years ago didn’t think many of these events would survive to see 2014. These events, though fewer and further between, are more critical than ever to our industry’s survival and reinvention.

We hope to see you on the road.