2015 Convention Sponsors


Democrat and Chronicle Media is the premier news media and marketing solutions company in serving the greater Rochester (NY) area by informing and engaging more than 460,000 adults each week. Our portfolio of trusted brands delivers high-quality and engaging content across print, digital, social and video platforms. Democrat and Chronicle Media is part of Gannett Co., Inc. Through trusted, compelling content and unmatched local-to-national reach, Gannett touches the lives of nearly 100 million people monthly. With more than 100 markets internationally, it is known for Pulitzer Prize-winning newsrooms, powerhouse brands, such as USA TODAY and specialized media properties.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation welcomes ASNE-APME to the Bay Area. Founded in 1966, the Hewlett Foundation provides support to organizations that help people build measurably better lives. The foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy, as well as support for disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its newest initiatives focus on promoting healthy, functioning U.S. representative institutions, and on building a robust cybersecurity field that serves the public interest. (The foundation, created through the personal philanthropy of HP founder Bill Hewlett, is not affiliated with HP or its corporate foundation.) For more information: www.hewlett.org | 650-234-5755.

The Houston Chronicle, the largest newspaper in Texas, has evolved into a multi-media company producing a portfolio of print and online products that serve the diverse audiences within Houston, in English and Spanish. The Houston Chronicle’s suite of digital products include Chron.com, HoustonChronicle.com, lavozdehouston.com and fuelfix.com. Houston Chronicle Media Group (HCMG) creates unique community and Hispanic experiences through its Community Extra publications by serving 11 distinct areas in and around Houston and through La Voz by serving as a key source of local news for Houston Hispanics. In addition to its core product portfolio, HCMG reaches key Houston growth audiences with specialized publications, including HealthZone that brings comprehensive health technology news to the healthcare industry monthly and FuelFix that provides news and analysis  to the energy sector. 

The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford is celebrating its 50th year of supporting journalists and journalism. We focus on journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Each year, we select about 20 journalists to pursue their ideas for meeting the challenges facing journalism today. Some recent fellows are now leading innovation in established news organizations. Others have launched journalism startups, created cross-border investigative reporting partnerships and built tools to help journalists and citizens more easily file FOI requests, to cite a few examples. Our fellows come from all over the world and from all types of journalism. We currently focus on deepening our ties and collaborations with established newsrooms. 

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Journal Media Group (JMG) is a media company with print and digital publishing operations serving 14 U.S. markets in nine states, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Naples Daily News, The Commercial Appeal in Memphis and Ventura County Star in California. Formed in 2015 through a merger of the newspaper operations of The E.W. Scripps Company and Journal Communications, Inc., the company serves local communities with daily newspapers, affiliated community publications and a growing portfolio of digital products that inform, engage and empower readers and advertisers. Learn more at www.journalmediagroup.com.

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org

The Marquette University Diederich College of Communication’s O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism is for journalists who investigate problems and the best practices known to address them. Journalism that encourages progress rather than cynicism. Not advocacy. Not good news. But expert, in-depth, professional reporting that provides context and adds knowledge so that a well-informed, self-governing public can make remedies. Backed by the resources of Marquette and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, O’Brien Fellows spend nine months researching, reporting and writing the stories they care most about — stories with the potential to change policies and improve lives in their communities and beyond. This fully funded fellowship allows journalists to do critical work on issues of vital importance while they mentor the next generation of journalists as internship supervisors. So what could one of your best reporters or editors cover in a yearlong journalism project? For more information, visit marquette.edu/obrien-fellowship.

There’s no place like Chicago to do journalism and no place like Medill to learn it. Propel your career forward with a master’s degree in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University. You’ll learn how to be a professional journalist in just one year, in a program that combines timeless skills with the latest storytelling techniques and technologies. For more information, visit our website at www.medill.northwestern.edu

NerdWallet gives consumers clarity around key financial decisions at every stage of their lives. When it comes to credit cards, insurance, loans or expenses, such as hospital costs, consumers make almost all their decisions in the dark. NerdWallet is changing that by helping guide consumers’ decisions with free, accessible tools, research and expert advice that can’t be found anywhere else. We call it putting knowledge in your wallet.

The New York Times, through the News Service and Syndicate, develops multi-platform content solutions for media organizations and other companies using content and best journalistic practices from our flagship title and other world-recognized media leaders. We syndicate material (in English and in translation) to existing publications, license stand-alone print magazines and digital verticals, and we work with publishers to create bespoke print and multiplatform publications. 

Parse.ly partners with digital media publishers to provide clear audience insights through an intuitive analytics platform. Thousands of writers, editors, site managers, technologists and analysts use Parse.ly to understand what content draws in website visitors and why. Using our powerful dashboards and APIs', customers build successful digital strategies that allow them to grow and engage a loyal audience. See how media companies, like Business Insider, The Atlantic, Upworthy and Conde Nast, bring clarity to their content and audience through analytics at www.parsely.com.

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does not take policy positions. The center conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. It studies U.S. politics and policy; journalism and media; internet, science and technology; religion and public life; Hispanic trends; global attitudes and trends; and U.S. social and demographic trends. All of the center’s reports are available at www.pewresearch.org. Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder.


The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Its focus areas include engaging citizens (especially young people) in the civic and political process, through news literacy and First Amendment awareness, early childhood education, assistance for disadvantaged communities, and serving veterans. The foundation was established in 1955 under The Last Will and Testament of Col. Robert R. McCormick, long time publisher and editor of the Chicago Tribune. McCormick Foundation ground its work in the intent and values of McCormick, a citizen soldier, crusading publisher and philanthropist who cared deeply for Chicagoland.

The Seattle Times serves the Northwest with thoughtful, independent, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism. As one of the region’s most trusted news media companies, The Seattle Times engages readers across print and digital platforms with news, information and entertainment when and how they want it. Founded in 1896 by Alden J. Blethen and now led by the Blethen family’s fourth and fifth generations, The Seattle Times news media company also owns and operates the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, the Yakima Herald-Republic, The Issaquah Press, the Newcastle News, the Sammamish Review and the SnoValley Star.

Temple University's School of Media and Communication in Philadelphia is a large, comprehensive program focused on the role of communication in urban life. With our superb faculty, diverse student body and location in the nation’s fourth-largest media market, we are one of the most exciting places in the world to study journalism, advertising, broadcasting, strategic communication, media production and the place of media in society. Our faculty represent an array of experience and expertise, from world-renowned scholars to Pulitzer Prize-winning practitioners. All are dedicated to teaching and to our school being a powerful force for innovation, diversity and social justice.

The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications is a leader in innovative teaching that prepares students for today's workplace. The school's curriculum teaches traditional journalism values and skills while also preparing students to be adaptable, entrepreneurial professionals in today's changing and increasingly digital world. The school has a long national reputation for excellence. The school has received many prestigious national accolades from the Hearst Foundation’s Writing Awards program, often called the “College Pulitzers.” The KU School of Journalism has been continuously accredited since 1948 by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, with the first journalism class at KU dating back to 1891. The Fiske Guide to Colleges has given KU high marks for academics and quality of life by calling it “one of the premier college bargains in the United States."