How prepared are you for Sept. 11-14 in Philly? See our checklist!

Are you ready for the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Sept. 11-14 in Philly? It kicks off in less than four weeks. Here is the checklist to help you prepare and plan ahead for the conference. See you soon! 
Book your hotel rooms by Friday at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, our conference hotel, at 1201 Market St. Rooms in our reserved block have a nightly rate of $199 for Saturday, Sept. 10, through Wednesday, Sept. 14.
All conference sessions, except for the opening reception Sunday, Sept. 11, will take place at the Marriott. 
Get registered today to enjoy unparalleled networking opportunities. The conference program brings together some of the best minds in local news, audience engagement and digital media.
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!
Add lunch and baseball tickets to your registration
Lunch tickets are $40 each for Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 12-13, and a limited number of tickets are available for the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies baseball game at 7:05 p.m.Tuesday, Sept. 13. Tickets can be purchased for $32 when you register for the conference.
Sign up for two FREE pre-conference workshops
1. Tools and Techniques for Digital Success: Lessons from the Knight-Temple "Table Stakes" Project
From 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
Play with interactive conference schedule
Check out our conference schedule if you haven't had a chance to do so. This interactive, fully responsive schedule is easy to navigate through a number of sessions and events we have planned for you! You can also find out who the speakers and 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 that interest you.
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. 
Plan to attend opening party and have fun
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.