Register early, party with Australian ambassador

Party with Joe Hockey, Australian ambassador to the United States, on the evening of Oct. 10 at his beautiful residence! We will have cocktails, snacks and some quality time for a Q&A and other fun, engaging conversations. This stand-up reception, limited to 80 people on a first-come, first-served basis, is open to those who are registered and made a hotel reservation for the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington, D.C. Register soon if you want to join the crowd!
Ambassador Joe Hockey
Also, register for the conference and get a three-night hotel stay by July 8 if you'd like to win one of two $300 Amazon gift cards!
The conference, which focuses 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. The reception with the ambassador will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 3120 Cleveland Ave. NW, about a 15-minute walk from the Marriott.
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. 
Two lunch keynotes
Campbell Brown
Leonard Pitts Jr.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, is our keynote speaker for Monday, Oct. 9. He will talk about current events in Washington. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, we will hear from Campbell Brown, chief of news partnership and engagement at Facebook. She will discuss Facebook's relationship with news organizations, and news itself.
Diversity session on recruitment and retention
Need more diversity in your newsroom? Get quick tips from industry leaders. This panel takes a fresh look at recruiting and retaining journalists of color in the digital age. Our experts will provide insight on today's journalism graduates and talented folks with potential working in the digital space. How do we retain journalists of color who are worried about the future and are tempted to seek employment in public relations, academia and other "more stable" professions?  
Confirmed panelists:
  • Katrice Hardy, editor of The Greenville News and USA TODAY southeast regional editor
  • Carlos Sanchez, editor of the McAllen (Texas) Monitor
  • Peter Bhatia, editor and vice president of The Cincinnati Enquirer and Ohio editor of the USA TODAY Network
  • Karen Magnuson (moderator), editor and vice president of news at the Rochester (New York) Democrat and Chronicle
Diversity session on lessons from coverage of the last presidential campaign
Centering on economic diversity, this session 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.


To register for the main conference: The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers. Those who register and book their hotel rooms for at least three nights by Saturday, July 8, will be entered into a drawing for a $300 Amazon gift card. We'll draw two winners. Special rates are also available for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Lunch tickets for Monday, Oct. 9, and Tuesday, Oct. 10, can be purchased during registration.
To register for the Oct. 8 pre-conference workshop and/or the Oct. 10 reception at the Australian ambassador's residence: Email Jiyoung Won at if you're registering through ASNE. Those registering through APME should email APME at Both the workshop and reception have limited space and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are registered to attend the conference. Those attending the reception also need to book their rooms at the Marriott.
To book your hotel room: A terrific group rate is available at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park for $249/night Friday, Oct. 6, through Wednesday, Oct. 11. Reservations must be made by 6 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 15. Make a reservation online here.
A draft of the conference schedule is coming soon at and Questions? Please Contact Jiyoung Won at or APME at