Del Varney, vice president of operations at The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, will give the first public presentation detailing The Dispatch's decision to modify its presses to three-around printing at the Sept. 12 Graph Expo panel sponsored by News & Tech.

The newspaper earlier this month signed a letter of intent with Pressline Services Inc. to reconfigure its presses to permit the production of compact, fully-sectioned editions measuring approximately 14.5 inches by 10.5 inches. The retrofit is scheduled for completion in 2012 and Varney will discuss the market research and strategic thinking behind the conversion.

Varney will be joined by Paul Cousineau, Dow Jones' director of innovation, quality assurance and continuous improvement, who will talk about the publisher's ambitious color expansion project; and Gary Hall, director of commercial print and delivery at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who will discuss his paper's use of a Prime UV curing system that was installed on a KBA Commander press earlier this year.

Two other panelists are Sally Pirri, director of production at The (Toronto) Globe and Mail; and Lou Tazioli, president of Tribune Direct. Pirri will bring attendees up to date one year after The Globe and Mail went on-edition with a series of hybrid heatset/coldset and UV-equipped presses. Tazioli will discuss Tribune's use of a digital press.

The free seminar will take place Monday, Sept. 12, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Room 504 in McCormick Place South.

A second free industry panel, sponsored by Inland Press Association in cooperation with News & Tech, will cover mobile developments. The session, "Diversifying Your Operation: Moving Into Mobile," will investigate how newspapers can exploit the growth in smartphones, tablets, portable readers and social media. Henry Lopez, digital development manager at the Santa Fe New Mexican, is the moderator. Panelists include Craig Newman, assistant managing editor at the Chicago Sun-Times and Deb Dreyfuss Tuchman, executive vice president of sales, AdPay.

The session will take place Sunday, Sept. 11 at 11:30 a.m. in Room S504D at McCormick Place South.



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