Lunch keynote speakers lined up; Register, book hotel by July 8 to win Amazon gift card!

Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, and Campbell Brown, chief of news partnership and engagement at Facebook, will deliver luncheon keynotes during the 2017 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington, D.C. Register for the conference and reserve at least a three-night hotel stay by Saturday, July 8, for a chance to win one of two $300 Amazon gift cards!
The conference, focusing on the intersection of journalism and citizenship, will kick off on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 8, and conclude by noon Wednesday, Oct. 11. Our conference hotel is the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, at 2660 Woodley Road NW. 
Registration is $275 for members of ASNE and $375 for nonmembers. APME members can register at The block of hotel rooms we reserved at the Marriott has a nightly rate of $249 for Friday, Oct. 6, through Wednesday, Oct. 11. Attendees must book their rooms by 6 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 15. Make a reservation online here.
Some highlights of the conference:
Pre-conference workshop on building trust through community engagement
From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, this free 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. 
Sign up soon by emailing ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at jwon@asne.orgIf you're registering through APME, then email APME at apmeconference@ap.orgThe workshop has limited space and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are registered to attend the conference.
Two lunch keynotes
Campbell Brown
Leonard Pitts Jr.
Pitts, our keynote speaker for Monday, Oct. 9, will talk about current events in Washington. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, we will hear from Brown about Facebook's relationship with news organizations, and news itself.
Two diversity sessions
One is on recruitment and retention, and the other is a powerful session on lessons we should all learn from coverage of the last presidential campaign. The latter centers on economic diversity and will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz, who calls Cleveland home; Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley; and author and political commentator J.D. Vance, who wrote "Hillbilly Elegy" about the rise of Appalachian values.
White House media relations
This session features Major Garrett, CBS News chief White House correspondent; Jeff Ballou, Al Jazeera Media Network news editor and president of the National Press Club; and Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute.

Fake news and political reporting

This session showcases Liz Spayd, The New York Times public editor; Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post media columnist; April Ryan (invited), American Urban Radio Network White House correspondent; and DeWayne Wickham, Morgan State University journalism dean. We've also invited President Donald Trump and The Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson.
Awards celebration
Winners of the 2017 ASNE Awards and the 2017 APME Awards will be recognized at a reception on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 10.

A draft of the conference schedule is coming soon at and Questions? Please Contact Jiyoung Won at or APME at