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Newspaper Association of America Offers Tech Courses Online

Press release from the issuing company

VIENNA, Va., June 20 -- The Newspaper Association of America has announced the launch of Newspaper Tech, a Web site that will offer more than 600 technical training courses online. The site, which can be accessed at www.naatechtraining.com, will be officially launched at NEXPO2002, NAA's annual technology exposition and conference, taking place June 22-25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. NAA staff will offer demonstrations of Newspaper Tech in a booth on the NEXPO show floor. "Online training is a cost-effective way for newspapers to increase staff knowledge and expertise on a wide range of job-related topics," said Tom Croteau, NAA senior vice president for technology. "The aim of Newspaper Tech is to provide a one-stop resource for this type of industry knowledge and training." In order to provide a range of courses on Newspaper Tech, NAA has partnered with other organizations offering newspaper-related, Internet-based courses, including Agfa Corp. of Ridgefield, N.J., and The Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, N.Y. Some of the 400 Agfa courses will be available in both English and several foreign languages, including Spanish. RIT will initially offer nine certificate courses from its new School of Print Media. In addition to training courses, future plans for Newspaper Tech include linking to an Internet-based knowledge and content management database to answer technical questions in real time. Members of the press interested in covering NEXPO2002 can register onsite at the NAA Press Office in room 204B at the convention center beginning Friday, June 21; phone (407) 685-4843. All media will be asked for photo identification and current press credentials, or a letter from an assigning editor on company letterhead.

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