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2017 APME-ASNE News Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

Register now for the 2017 APME-ASNE News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

10/8/2017 to 10/11/2017
Where: Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia  20008
United States
Contact: Sarah Nordgren

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Register, book hotel soon for News Leadership Conference

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

View the 2017 ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference schedule & directory.

Here are six things you don't want to to miss:

1. A conversation with Leonard Pitts Jr.

"Guts: False Objectivity and the Danger of Truth," an argument that when news media embrace polite euphemism — "racially charged" as a description for the Charleston marches, "misleading" for the lying president — they disserve the public and abdicate one of the primary functions of journalism, which is to impose judgment.

2. Interactive conference schedule available
Our conference schedule is live! It is being updated daily, so check back often. 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.

3. Watchdog on a shoestring
No newsroom is immune to the pressures of a smaller staff, but it doesn't mean that watchdog journalism is a lost cause. Hear from a panel of award-winning journalists, including two 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winners, about how they've managed limited resources and still produced compelling investigative journalism. 
Confirmed panelists:
  • Jane Elizabeth, senior manager, American Press Institute
  • Eric Eyre, statehouse reporter, Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette-Mail
  • Sheila McCann, managing editor, The Salt Lake Tribune
  • George Stanley, chief executive of news and regional editorial director for Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Gannett
4. Innovator of the Year
Conference attendees will choose the winner of APME's annual Innovator of the Year award. Each of three finalists will make a brief presentation on their innovation and take audience questions. The finalists are: 
  • Los Angeles Times for "SNAP" (Simple News Assembly Platform)
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for "Just the FAQs"
  • WBUR Boston for its website redesign and associated audience engagement efforts
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!
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.


To register for the main conference: The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers. 
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 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 Tuesday, Oct. 3. Make a reservation online here.

To register for the Oct. 8 pre-conference workshops and/or the Oct. 10 reception at the Australian ambassador's residence: Those registering through APME should email APME at

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