Updated with hotel options: Building trust through community engagement

Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan to headline ASNE conference on trust and community engagement in the wake of a contentious election season
Join the American Society of News Editors in March for a two-day conference of conversations, workshops and networking focusing on building trust through community engagement.
The conference, supported by the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute and the USA TODAY Network, will be held March 17-18 at the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Margaret Sullivan

Margaret Sullivan, media columnist at The Washington Post, will deliver the opening keynote address. Sullivan, the former public editor at The New York Times, has written extensively about trust, quality journalism and the emergence of so-called 'fake news.' 

Workshops will address the role of community engagement for news organizations and what it looks like and provide best practices and examples. Attendees will emerge from the conference better equipped to engage readers and strengthen trust in quality journalism. 

Andrew Losowsky
Sally Lehrman
Sullivan will be joined by Sally Lehrman, director, Journalism Ethics Program and the Trust Project at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, and Andrew Losowsky, project lead, The Coral Project. Lehrman and Losowsky are deeply engaged in leveraging technology to improve trust and constructive dialogue within the news media ecosystem.

Other confirmed speakers include:
  • David Plazas, opinion engagement editor, The Tennessean
  • Bob Heisse, editor, The Times of Northwest Indiana
  • Mark Baldwin, executive editor, Rockford Register Star
  • David Holwerk, director of communications, the Kettering Foundation  

The conference will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, March 17, and conclude at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18
. Registration is $99 for members of ASNE and $149 for nonmembers. 

A limited number of rooms at a group rate are available at the following three hotels for the nights of March 17 and 18. The group rate is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  
2400 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203
Group rate: $229/night
Deadline: Feb. 21
1715 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Group rate: $199/night
Deadline: Feb. 20
1800 Division St., Nashville, TN 37203
Group rate: 199/night
Deadline: Feb. 20

Other hotels near Vanderbilt:
Aloft Nashville West End
1719 West End Ave., Nashville, TN, 37203

Courtyard Nashville Vanderbilt/West End
1901 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203

Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville at Vanderbilt
1811 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

Hampton Inn Nashville/Vanderbilt
1919 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203


For questions, please contact ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at or 573-882-2430.