Conference program available, register now to attend!

A draft of the program is now available for the ASNE conference on building trust through community engagement, scheduled for March 17-18 at the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. 
Margaret Sullivan
Margaret Sullivan, media columnist at The Washington Post, will deliver the opening keynote address. Sullivan, the former public editor at The New York Times, has written extensively about trust, quality journalism and the emergence of so-called 'fake news.' 

The conference will address the role of community engagement for news organizations and what it looks like and provide best practices and examples. Attendees will emerge from the conference better equipped to engage readers and strengthen trust in quality journalism. 
Andrew Losowsky
Sally Lehrman
Sullivan will be joined by Sally Lehrman, director, Journalism Ethics Program and the Trust Project at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, and Andrew Losowsky, project lead, The Coral Project. Lehrman and Losowsky are deeply engaged in leveraging technology to improve trust and constructive dialogue within the news media ecosystem.
Other confirmed speakers include:
  • Mark Baldwin, executive editor, Rockford Register Star
  • Rob Gordon, president and CEO, Nashville Public Radio
  • Bob Heisse, editor, The Times of Northwest Indiana
  • David Holwerk, director of communications, the Kettering Foundation
  • Nico Leone, general manager, KCUR
  • David Plazas, opinion engagement editor, The Tennessean
  • Tom Rosenstiel, executive director, American Press Institute 

The conference will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, March 17, and conclude at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18
. Registration is $99 for members of ASNE and $149 for nonmembers. 
Generous sponsors of this conference are the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute and the USA TODAY Network.
For a list of hotels near Vanderbilt, go to this pageFor questions, please contact ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at or 573-882-2430.