See you in Austin in 5 days!

The 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Sept. 11-12 kicks off in five days at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas. 

Here are 11 things to let you know!

1. Have you registered?

Register for the conference if you haven't. We have special rates for members of ASNE and APME, including retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. 

Lunch tickets are $40 each for Sept. 11 and 12

2. Need a hotel room?
Our discounted group rate in the ASNE-APME block at the onsite hotel at the conference center (1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705) expired, but 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
3. Meet GateHouse Media and Austin American-Statesman, our generous sponsors
GateHouse Media and the Austin American-Statesman are so excited to welcome you to our hometown of Austin, Texas, for the 2018 News Leadership Conference. At GateHouse, our mission is to deliver high-quality and trusted journalism, products and services that enrich the communities we serve. GateHouse is one of the largest publishers of locally based media in the United States. We publish 145 daily newspapers, 340 community publications and more than 570 local market websites that reach more than 23 million people each week. And deep in the heart of Texas, the Austin American-Statesman provides round-the-clock coverage of one of America's top cities to live in. Whether in words or through photographs, in print or online, the Statesman delivers top news, sports and entertainment to Central Texas. Check us out at and

4. Getting from the airport to the hotel
The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, at 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705is located about 8 miles away from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). You can grab a taxi, Uber or drive. Directions hereParking information here.
5. Program schedule

Our online schedule is easy to navigate through a number of sessions and events we have planned for you. Remember, we will not have print copies of the program.

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 that interest you.

6. Opening reception sponsored by Democracy Fund and USA TODAY Network
We'll have all kinds of delicious hors d'oeuvres and an open bar during our opening party from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the conference center. 
A sneak peek at the menu: Tomato Bruschetta with Roasted Garlic and Mozzarella, Shaved Prosciutto on Rye Pesto Cream Cheese, Sesame Scallion Meatballs with Teriyaki Sauce, Mini Fried Chicken & Waffle with Maple Glaze, Beef Empanada with Yogurt Sauce, "Shiner Bock" Batter Cheese Curds with Fig & Aleppo Jam, BBQ Pork Stuffed Arepa, Lobster Fritter, Fried Oreo Cookies, Cheesecake Lollipops
7. ASNE and APME awards presentation/reception

Come celebrate 
and honor the winners of the 2018 ASNE and APME awards for best journalism, who showed the positive impact of watchdog reporting and shed light on issues affecting underrepresented communities. The reception is scheduled for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. There will be appetizers and a cash bar.

8. Porch party with ONA Local, GateHouse Media and Austin American-Statesman

Tickets to the free porch party on the night of Sept. 12 are sold out, but ASNE has a limited number of tickets set aside for its members. Email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at if you want to claim your ticket.
9. Registration desk hours
Monday, Sept. 10
2:15 to 4:30 p.m. at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center 

Tuesday, Sept. 11
7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center 
Wednesday, Sept. 12
8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center 
10. Attire

Business casual is fine. 

11. Weather

Click here for the latest weather forecast for Austin!