Don't miss out on great programming Oct. 8-11

The 2017 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in about eight weeks at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. Register today and book your hotel room to join us Oct. 8-11

Here are five things you don't want to miss
1. 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.  
2. Grab your chance to win lunch tickets
Àine Kerr
Leonard Pitts Jr.

 is the last day you can win free tickets to the Oct. 9 and 10 lunches by registering for the conference and booking your hotel room for three nig

Both lunches will feature an outstanding keynote speaker. On Oct. 9Leonard Pitts Jr.Miami Herald Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, will talk about current events in Washington. On the following day, 
we will hear from Àine Kerr, manager of global journalism partnerships at Facebook, who oversees a team focused on building products, tools and services for journalists and also working to improve news literacy for news consumers. 

3. What does it mean to be an opinion editor today?
How has the role of opinion writing changed? How can opinion writing engage the public around important community problems in a thoughtful and productive way in an era of rapid-fire social media outbursts, fractured media and hyper-partisanship? On Tuesday, Oct. 11, we will explore these questions with three distinguished journalists, Alex Kingsbury of The Boston Globe, Colleen McCain Nelson of The Kansas City Star and Betty Knighton, director of the West Virginia Center for Civic Life, a group that specializes in civic engagement. Jennifer Hemmingsen, an editorial writer at the Cayman Compass, will moderate. 
4. 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.
5. Kerner Commission, 50 years later
On March 1, it will be 50 years since the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission, shook the news media with its declaration that "the journalistic profession has been shockingly backward in seeking out, hiring, training and promoting Negroes." What did the news industry get right in heeding the commission's recommendations? Where do we go from here?
Confirmed panelists:
  • Paul Delaney, retired senior editor at The New York Times and co-founder of NABJ
  • Al Fitzpatrickretired editor of the Akron Beacon Journal and former vice president of diversity at the Knight Ridder Inc.
  • Dorothy Gilliamfirst African-American female journalist at The Washington Post and co-founder of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
  • Charlayne Hunter-Gault, veteran journalist running the "Race Matters" series for the "PBS NewsHour," who desegregated the University of Georgia 
  • Richard Prince (moderator), veteran journalist who writes "Richard Prince's Journal-isms"