Two days left to register and bring colleague for $100

The 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, filled with sessions to help you lead your newsroom, kicks off in less than two weeks. If you haven't registered yet, please do it now and make your travel plans. One added benefit of registering by Friday: You can bring a second person for just $100 more. Learn more below.

See you soon at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas!
Five things you want to know: 

1. Save the online schedule to your phone

We're going paperless this year. We will not have print copies of the conference schedule but no worries! We have an interactive schedule you can keep handy on your mobile device. Simply go to your browser and in the URL bar, type in We strongly encourage you to bookmark this page on your home screen and have it easily available. For directions on how to do this, click here if you are an iPhone user or here if you are an Android user.
2. Register now through Friday to bring your colleague for only $100
Those who register between now and Friday, Aug. 31, can bring a colleague for only $100. Email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at to receive a promo code for this deal. Special rates are also available for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Lunch tickets ($40 a piece) for Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Wednesday, Sept. 12, can be purchased during registration or separately from our online store.
3. Meet The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, one of our generous sponsors
The Lenfest Institute for Journalism is pleased to support the ASNE-APME conference. The Lenfest Institute for Journalism is the first-of-its-kind nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to develop and support sustainable business models for great local journalism. Based in Philadelphia, the Institute is the parent organization of the Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and
Here's an overview of some of the Institute's programming:
  • The Institute has awarded grants to organizations in Philadelphia and nationally to help develop new business models, audience engagement methods and news products that enable high-quality journalism. In its first cohort of grantees, the Institute supported Berkeleyside's direct public offering, the News Revenue Hub's Learning Lab, the Resolve Philly collaborative reporting initiative and more. It will announce a new open call for grant applications this fall.
  • Together with the News Integrity Initiative, Democracy Fund and Knight Foundation, the Institute created the Community Listening and Engagement Fund, which provides subsidies for tools that help news organizations produce more relevant and trusted coverage for the diverse audiences they serve. Learn more about how to apply to CLEF here.
  • The Institute also recently launched the Lenfest Local Lab, a new interdisciplinary team that will build and experiment with products that help citizens learn about and connect with their communities. It's testing location and interest-based products, along with new ways to enable citizens to connect with journalists and with one another. If you'd like to collaborate with the Lab, please email Sarah Schmalbach, the Lab's director, at
  • Solution Set is a weekly email newsletter report published by the Institute and the Solutions Journalism Network that each week covers one innovative idea in journalism and shares replicable lessons and best practices. You can read past reports or sign up here.
For more information please visit or follow @lenfestinst
4. Big J TrackComments: A Path to Subscribers
In recent years, the level of nastiness on comments on stories have left editors tormented about how to handle them, with some news organizations ditching comments from their site all together. But in the past year, as subscriptions became a more important part of the revenue stream, publishers found some interesting data. It turns out subscribers are far more likely to comment on articles or read the commentsthemselves, making them a critical selling and retention tool. And then a new open-source commenting system, funded by Knight Foundation, was released, decreasing costs for publishers and improving moderation. So where does that leave us now? 
Confirmed speakers: Andrew Losowsky, project lead, The Coral Project; Talia Stroud, director, Center for Media Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin; and Zahira Torres (moderator), editor, El Paso Times
This session is sponsored by the Austin American-Statesman and GateHouse Media.
5. ASNE-APME hotel room rate no longer available
Our discounted group rate in the ASNE-APME block at the onsite hotel at the conference center (1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705) has expired. The hotel might still have rooms available outside our block. You can call the hotel at 512-404-1900 and ask or check out these other hotels nearby.
Hampton Inn & Suites Austin @ The University/Capitol
1701 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-8881

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Austin
303 W 15th St, Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-7000
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin - University Area
1617 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78702
(512) 479-4000
Courtyard by Marriott Austin - University Area
5660 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 458-2340