Who Attends America East?

In recent years, upwards of 900 attendees, representing approximately 250 different newspapers and media organizations visited America East! 

America East attendees come from news media organizations of varying circulations and represent all areas of responsibilities, including management, sales/marketing, circulation, editorial, production, and digital.  

While our direct marketing efforts are aimed primarily at states along the east coast, we also draw attendees from more than 20 states and as far away as California, Texas, Florida and Canada. More than 90 percent of our attendees hail from newspapers and multimedia companies in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Ohio and West Virginia as well as New England.

America East, administered by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, partners with 14 other state press associations as well as Editor & Publisher, Local Media Association, NetNewsCheck and News & Tech to bring the widest variety of attendees and programming to Hershey.

Year after year, our attendee roster minimally overlaps with other conferences and trade shows. Most of the attendees you see at America East, you won’t see at another trade show. It’s an opportunity not to be missed!


Top 5 reasons to attend:

  1. Notable Speakers:

     "The speaker lineup at America East is always top-notch. Each year, we bring people who know the news media industry and know how to share ideas that work." - Tom Northrop, Publisher, Observer Publishing Company
  2. Networking Opportunities:

    "I think the valuable thing is just seeing all the technology [and] interacting with your peers because really we’re all in the same situation.” -James Grandy, Assistant General Manager, The Daily Gazette Co.
  3. Largest aggregation of industry vendors in one place:

    “It’s a good place to meet with our customers. America East gets the whole industry together. It’s really the only chance you get anymore.” -Brian Dempsy, Sales Specialist, Vision Data, Rensselaar, N.Y.
  4. Showcases leading technology:

    "The biggest part of my job is working with the latest technology available and America East is a place where I can learn about it." -Bob Miller, Director of Prepress Operations, The Times News (Lehighton).
  5. Practical session topics:

    “When we go back to work, we feel invigorated by the ideas we’ve learned here at America East.” -Kathy Carpenter, Circulation Director, The Times News (Lehighton).