The 51st annual Metro Production Conference took place May 30 through June 2 at the Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Florida. “The yearly gathering brings industry production insiders and suppliers together to discuss technology, trends and strategies," said Alvin Nesmith, production manager for Tampa Bay Times and MUG board member.

The conference highlighted relevant topics that are critical to the business, Nesmith said. Despite the challenges brought about by newspaper and vendor mergers, the conference delivered a full slate of valuable and pertinent information.

Cindy Cochran from Affinity HR Services spoke about “Recruiting Strategies in Today’s Market” and Rich Allen from Topweb discussed the “Challenges of Technical Training.”

One of the highlights from the conference was a presentation from Paul Vitchock from the FBI on “Cyber Attacks — the Who and How.”

This year Metro Production Conference had 100 newspaper delegates and 51 vendor companies attended the conference from 52 newspapers throughout the industry. Most delegates were from the U.S., with a few from South America.

The next conference is slated for May 28 through May 31, 2020, at the Saddlebrook

Resort. Mark your calendars and visit.

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