Must-do list: Sign up for the conference and let us know if you need a hotel room

The 2016 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Sept. 11-14 kicks off in less than three weeks in Philadelphia! Here are nine hings you don't want to miss:
1. Block of hotel rooms has expired but ...
Our secured block of hotel rooms at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, at 1201 Market St., has expired. However, we have a limited number of reserved rooms at the $199/night group rate for SundayMonday and Tuesday, Sept. 11-13. If you're attending the conference and need to book your room, then please contact ASNE Senior Information Specialist Megan Schumacher at with your arrival and departure dates. 
2. Conference registration and ASNE membership bundle deal
If you are not a member of ASNE, then this is your chance to become one at a much lower rate. For a limited time, we will give you a $100 discount on your membership when you register for the conference. All you need to do is email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at after you register for the conference. She will provide a promo code that you can use to sign up for your membership. Don't miss this exclusive bundle deal!
Click here to register for the conference. We have special rates for members of ASNE and APME, including retired members, and current members of AOJ, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Lunch tickets are $40 each for Monday and Tuesday, and a very limited number of tickets are available for the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies baseball game at 7:05 p.m.TuesdaySept. 13. Tickets can be purchased for $32 when you register for the conference.
3. Discounted parking tickets for those who'll drive

The conference is an easy drive from most cities in the Northeast. For those of you who'll drive, we will have discounted parking tickets that you can use at the garage on 12th and Filbert streets, right across from the Marriott. The discounted ticket, which you can pick up from our registration desk, will give you 20 percent off the regular rates of $31 for 12 hours and $37 for up to 24 hours. Email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at if you'd like to reserve your discounted parking ticket.
4. Two FREE pre-conference workshops, sign-up required
1. Tools and Techniques for Digital Success: Lessons from the Knight-Temple "Table Stakes" Project

1 to 4 p.m.Sunday, Sept. 11, find out whether your newsroom is truly digital-first and positioned to compete for audiences during this pre-conference workshop focused on what it takes to be "in the game of news" in the 21st century. Join project leader Douglas K. Smith and leaders from the four participating newsrooms to learn key questions you should be asking about your newsroom operation and culture, what kind of commitment is needed to transition, and how to use tools and techniques created during the project.
2. Google Tools for Your Newsrooms
From 1 to 3 p.m.Sunday, Sept. 11, learn about all of the free Google tools that can help your newsroom build interactive charts, maps, visualizations and more. Tools covered will include Google Trends, Fusion Tables, MyMaps, Earth, Moon, Google Translate and more. Google also can provide free training in your newsroom. Led by Mike Reilley, business director at and Google News Lab trainer. Session materials can be found here
Both workshops, which require advance registration, are free to those registered to attend the conference. The "Table Stakes" workshop has limited space and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Google workshop has no limit on audience size.
To sign up for either workshop, email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at 
5. A chat with Apple innovator Eddy Cue

Don't miss the lunch keynote Sept. 12 by Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president, internet software and services
! He'll explore ways to innovate, privacy issues, dissemination of news content and the value of newspaper media news and what's next. Cue oversees Apple's industry-leading content stores, including Apple News, the iTunes Store and Apple Music, as well as Apple Pay, Siri, Maps, iAd, Apple's iCloud services, and Apple's productivity and creativity apps. 
6. The future of the modern news media
After nearly a decade of upheaval, the future of the media business is ... as murky as ever and perhaps more interesting than ever. What do the leaders and leading thinkers in news media today see in the years ahead? How are they changing to survive and thrive? How are they preparing their organizations for the future they envision? Moderated by Mizell Stewart, vice president for news operations, Gannett/USA TODAY Network. Panelists: S. Mitra Kalita, vice president for programming, CNN Digital; Mike Klingensmith, publisher and CEO, Star Tribune Company; Joanne Lipman, chief content officer, Gannett; and Mike Oreskes, editorial director and senior vice president of news, NPR. 
7. Opportunity to mentor student journalists
Once again, ASNE and APME will welcome student journalists to cover the conference. All students will be assigned a professional mentor, a conference participant who will spend about 45 minutes getting to know the student and answering questions about the industry. Each student's name and contact will be entered into a database that will be made available to conference attendees.
We're looking for 12 to 15 editors to serve as mentors. If you're willing to serve as a mentor, then please email Mark Baldwin, executive editor of the Rockford Register Star, at
8. Interactive, fully responsive program schedule
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 Nancy Barnes, ASNE's treasurer and editor of the Houston Chronicle, and Bill Church, APME's vice president and executive editor of the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune. 
9. Opening party with Ben Franklin, Philly cuisine and jazz
Ralph Archbold
Join us at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the National Constitution Center (525 Arch St.), for the opening party! Ralph Archbold, the official Ben Franklin for Philly, will be there to offer advice on running a newspaper. Archbold has been impersonating Franklin since 1973, and interestingly enough, he was born on Franklin's birthday.
Tanqueray Hayward
Enjoy the cocktails and South Philly favorites from Italian meats and cheeses to grilled vegetable skewers to cheese steaks to chicken cutlet sandwiches to Italian hoagies and much more. A popular Philly jazz quartet, featuring Tanqueray Hayward, one of the city's top jazz vocalists, will entertain throughout the evening.