Register, book hotel soon to bring colleague for $100

The 2017 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in less than eight weeks at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. 
Register today to join us Oct. 8-11!
Here are six things you don't want to miss: 
1. Bring your colleague for only $100
We want you and your colleague to attend our conference! If you register and book your hotel room for at least three nights, then your colleague can register for only $100. Email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at to receive a promo code for this deal, which expires Sept. 16.  
2. Interactive conference schedule available
Our conference schedule is live! It is being updated daily, so check back often. This interactive, fully responsive schedule is easy to navigate through a number of sessions and events we have planned for you. You can also check out who the speakers/panelists are and get to know them in advance. 

Two ways to get the most out of this schedule: 

1. Have it handy on your mobile

Go to your browser and in the URL bar, type in For directions on how to bookmark the page on your home screen so that the schedule is always only one click away, click here if you are an iPhone user or here if you are an Android user. 
2. Personalize your schedule 
Sign up for a free account and create a custom schedule of sessions you're interested in attending. To learn more about how to fully utilize the functionality of the schedule, watch this video or refer to the attendee guides

The program is planned and organized by ASNE-APME Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs Mark Russell, ASNE board member and executive editor of The Memphis Commercial Appeal, and Mark Baldwin, APME executive committee member and executive editor of the Rockford (Illinois) Register Star.
3. Watchdog on a shoestring
No newsroom is immune to the pressures of a smaller staff, but it doesn't mean that watchdog journalism is a lost cause. Hear from a panel of award-winning journalists, including two 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winners, about how they've managed limited resources and still produced compelling investigative journalism. 
Confirmed panelists:
  • Jane Elizabeth, senior manager, American Press Institute
  • Eric Eyre, statehouse reporter, Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette-Mail
  • Sheila McCann, managing editor, The Salt Lake Tribune
  • George Stanley, chief executive of news and regional editorial director for Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Gannett
4. Innovator of the Year
Conference attendees will choose the winner of APME's annual Innovator of the Year award. Each of three finalists will make a brief presentation on their innovation and take audience questions. The finalists are: 
  • Los Angeles Times for "SNAP" (Simple News Assembly Platform)
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for "Just the FAQs"
  • WBUR Boston for its website redesign and associated audience engagement efforts
5. Who doesn't like to party? We'll have two receptions!
From 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, we'll have hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar (CASH ONLY) in the Amazonia Habitat and Amazonia Science Gallery at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. If you'd like, say hello to some animals found along the Amazon river!
Ambassador Joe Hockey 
From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10Joe Hockey, Australian ambassador to the United States, will be hosting 80 of us at his residence, at 3120 Cleveland Ave. NW, about a 15-minute walk from the Marriott. We will have cocktails, snacks and some quality time for a Q&A and other fun, engaging conversations. This stand-up reception is open on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are registered and made a hotel reservation for the conference.  
6. Pre-conference workshops on community engagement and Knight Foundation's update on the "Table Stakes" project

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, the first workshop will 
address the role of community engagement for news organizations and how to build trust with their audiences and communities. Best practices and examples of community engagement will be incorporated. Attendees will emerge from the workshop better equipped to engage readers and strengthen trust in quality journalism.
From 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, the second workshop will provide an update on Knight Foundation's "Table Stakes" project and present newsrooms of innovation and culture that are best for the 21st century.
Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, both workshops are free to those who are registered to attend the conference. Those who would like to attend just the workshops can sign up for only $75.
Click below for information on how to register and book your hotel room.