ASNE-APME conference hotel sold out for Sept. 12, discounted rate expires tonight

The 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in less than five weeks! For two full days at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, we'll address the latest innovations in content and technology, leadership strategies, new business models and more. Check out the schedule and sign up now to join us Sept. 11-12!
Five things you don't want to miss: 

1. Conference hotel sold out for Sept. 12, discounted room rate expires tonight
The onsite hotel at the conference center (1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705) is completely sold out on the night of Sept. 12, but we still have rooms available in our block for Sunday, Sept. 9, through Tuesday, Sept. 11Book your room before the $219 nightly rate expires tonight (Aug. 9). 
If you need to stay the night of Sept. 12, then check out these 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
2. Win lunch tickets by registering, booking a room by tonight
Lunches ($80 value) will be on us if you're selected as one of two winners who registers for the conference and books at least two nights of hotel between July 31 and Aug. 9
During the lunch on Sept. 11we'll hear from A.G. Sulzberger who became the Times' publisher at the age of 37. As publisher, he is focused on safeguarding The Times' longstanding commitment to excellence and editorial independence "while embracing the imperative to adapt to a changing world." Sulzberger has long been a change agent inside the building. He was an architect of The Times' digital transformation and the principal author of the 2014 Innovation Report, which focused on growing and engaging its digital audience. He has also been one of the driving forces behind the company's business strategy, including the shift to a subscription-first model. Today, The New York Times has the largest digital pay model for journalism in the world, with more than 3.5 million paid print and digital subscriptions.
The following day, we'll have a conversation and a Q&A with Chrissy Towle, head of Google Local News Initiatives. Towle manages the News & Local Media team working with the largest publishing partners in the U.S. Her team facilitates and strategizes with those partners to ensure optimal use of Google products to drive maximum revenue and profitability. 
4. Big J TrackNewsroom 2020: Legal Hotline Live
This is your opportunity to get any information you need about the critical legal issues facing journalism today in a free-wheeling conversational format. ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin Goldberg, after introducing ASNE's new and improved Legal Hotline, will lead editors as we discuss your own concerns, as well as the trending topics he's seeing in his work for ASNE and elsewhere. The increase in lawsuits stemming from inadvertent, unauthorized use of photos and the growing trend of retaliatory lawsuits filed against FOIA requesters are just two of the possible topics for this lively discussion that focuses on the issues you want to learn about. 
The Big J Track sessions are sponsored by the Austin American-Statesman and GateHouse Media.
5. Bat viewing party and more with ONA Local
Wrap up your ASNE-APME conference experience on the night of Sept. 12 by attending a free porch party that GateHouse Media, the Austin American-Statesman and ONA Local Austin are hosting as part of ONA18, which kicks off Sept. 13. They're brewing up a Texas-flavored music-and-mingle on the Statesman's back porch, a long stretch overlooking Lady Bird Lake and the Austin skyline. Join the party just a three-block stroll from the JW Marriott (the official ONA conference hotel), through prime bat bridge viewing, where you'll be greeted with a friendly Texas howdy, local food, drinks and tunes. Registration details coming soon.