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The 2016 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in less than eight weeks in Philadelphia! Here are five things you don't want to miss. 
1. Two free pre-conference workshops. Yes, they are free!
Tools and Techniques for Digital Success: Lessons from the Knight-Temple "Table Stakes" Project
From 1 to 4 p.m.Sunday, Sept. 11, find out whether your newsroom is truly digital-first and positioned to compete for audiences during this pre-conference workshop focused on what it takes to be "in the game of news" in the 21st century. Join project leader Douglas K. Smith and leaders from the four participating newsrooms to learn key questions you should be asking about your newsroom operation and culture, what kind of commitment is needed to transition, and how to use tools and techniques created during the project. 
Google Tools for Your Newsrooms
From 1 to 3 p.m.Sunday, Sept. 11, learn about all of the free Google tools that can help your newsroom build interactive charts, maps, visualizations and more. Tools covered will include Google Trends, Fusion Tables, MyMaps, Earth, Moon, Google Translate and more. Google also can provide free training in your newsroom. Session materials can be found here

Both workshops, which require advance registration, are free to those registered to attend the conference. The "Table Stakes" workshop has limited space and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Google workshop has no limit on audience size. 
To sign up for either workshop, email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at

2. Pulitzer Prize @ 100

Joseph Pulitzer assessed a critical value of journalism as, "the idea of work for the community, not for commerce, not for one's self, but primarily for the public." In recognition of the Pulitzer Prize centennial, we will host David Boardman, dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University, in conversation with editors from Pulitzer Prize-winning small- to mid-sized newspapers to examine the resiliency required to produce ambitious local public service reporting. Confirmed panelists: Mitch Pugh, editor of The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina; and Dana Banker, managing editor of the Sun Sentinel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 

3. 2016 ASNE Awards presentations

Meet the winners of this year's ASNE Awards throughout the conference! We'll have a short ceremony Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to recognize their competitive winning work. 

  • The Baltimore Sun staff for the Breaking News Writing Award
  • The Baltimore Sun staff for the Community Service Photojournalism Award
Tuesday morning:
  • Alissa Rubin, The New York Times, for the Batten Medal
  • David Cook, Chattanooga Times Free Press, for the Mike Royko Award for Commentary/Column Writing
Tuesday lunch:
  • Perla Trevizo and Fernanda Echavarri, Arizona Daily Star, for the Dori J. Maynard Award for Diversity in Journalism
Wednesday early morning:
  • Randy Essex, Glenwood Springs (Colorado) Post Independent, for the Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership
  • Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner, Tampa Bay Times, for the Frank A. Blethen Award for Local Accountability Reporting
Wednesday late morning
  • T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, and Ken Armstrong, The Marshall Project, for the Deborah Howell Award for Nondeadline Writing
  • Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times, for the Punch Sulzberger Award for Online Storytelling
4. Opening party with Benjamin Franklin
Ralph Archbo


Meet and chat with "Benjamin Franklin" at the opening reception at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the National Constitution Center (525 Arch St.). Ralph Archbold, known as the official Ben Franklin for Philly, will join the crowd and offer advice on running a newspaper. Archbold has been impersonating Franklin since 1973, and interestingly enough, he was born on Franklin's birthday.

Enjoy the cocktails and South Philly favorites from Italian meats and cheeses to grilled vegetable skewers to cheese steaks to chicken cutlet sandwiches to Italian hoagies and much more. A popular Philly jazz quartet, featuring Tanqueray Hayward, one of the city's top jazz vocalists, will entertain throughout the evening.

5. Make your travel arrangements now! 

All conference sessions, except for the opening reception, will take place at the 
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, our conference hotel, at 1201 Market St.
Registration is $275 for members of ASNE and $375 for nonmembers. Lunch tickets are $40 each for Monday and Tuesday, and a limited number of tickets are available for the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies baseball game at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets can be purchased for $32 when you register for the conference.
Deadline to make hotel reservations is Aug. 19. The block of rooms we reserved at the Marriott has a nightly rate of $199 for Sunday, Sept. 11, through Wednesday, Sept. 14.
A draft of the conference program is coming soon at and Questions? Please contact Jiyoung Won at or Sarah Nordgren at