Conference program schedule full of exciting panels, events now live; Take a look, register today!

The 2017 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in less than nine weeks at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. Register today to join us Oct. 8-11!

Here are six things you don't want to miss: 
1. Interactive conference schedule available
A draft of the conference schedule is live! This interactive, fully responsive schedule is easy to navigate through a number of sessions and events we have planned for you. You can also check out who the speakers/panelists are and get to know them in advance. 

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 you're interested in attending. To learn more about how to fully utilize the functionality of the schedule, watch this video or refer to the attendee guides
The program is planned and organized by ASNE-APME Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs Mark Russell, ASNE board member and executive editor of The Memphis Commercial Appeal, and Mark Baldwin, APME executive committee member and executive editor of the Rockford (Illinois) Register Star.

2. Don't miss out on your chance to win lunch tickets
Saturday is your last chance to win free tickets to the Oct. 9-10 lunches. Just register for the conference and book your hotel room for three nights, and you'll be entered into a drawing.
Àine Kerr
Leonard Pitts Jr.
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. Kerner Commission, 50 years later
On March 1, it will be 50 years since the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the KernerCommission, 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 Fitzpatrick, retired editor of the Akron Beacon Journal and former vice president of diversity at the Knight Ridder Inc.
  • Dorothy Gilliam, first 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" 
4. 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? 
Confirmed panelists: 
  • Alex Kingsbury, deputy editor of the ideas section at The Boston Globe
  • Colleen McCain Nelson, vice president and editorial page editor at The Kansas City Star
  • Betty Knighton, director of the West Virginia Center for Civic Life
  • Jennifer Hemmingsen (moderator), editorial writer at the Cayman Compass
5. 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.  
6. 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.
Click below for information on how to register and book your hotel room.