Convention

Diversity-focused sessions planned,
new promo deal available for early registrants

Join us for the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington, D.C., and be a part of discussions that will help you better address your diverse audience! You will learn how to recruit and retain a diverse workforce in this climate of reductions and layoffs, as well as how to build trust in your communities. 
 
You will also hear about the state of diversity in the news industry and what it takes to cover economic diversity.  
 
The conference, which focuses on the intersection of journalism and citizenship, will kick off on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 8, immediately following the 2017 ONA conference, and conclude by noon Wednesday, Oct. 11. Our conference hotel is the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, at 2660 Woodley Road NW. 
 
Here are six things you don't want to miss: 
 
1. Win lunch tickets by registering and booking a room now through Aug .12
 
Lunch for Oct. 9 and 10 ($80 value) will be on us if you're selected as one of four winners that registers and books at least three nights of hotel for the conference between now and Aug. 12.

This is our new promotional deal for the next 30 days. ASNE member Kristyn Wellesley of the Naples Daily News and APME member Angie Muhs of The State Journal-Register each won a $300 Amazon gift card from our previous deal. Congrats, Kristyn and Angie!

 
Campbell Brown
Leonard Pitts Jr.
Both lunches will feature an outstanding keynote speaker. On Oct. 9Leonard Pitts Jr.Miami Herald Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, will talk about current events in Washington. On the next day, Campbell Brown, chief of news partnership and engagement at Facebook, will discuss Facebook's relationship with news organizations and news itself. 
 
2. Party at the Australian ambassador's beautiful residence! 
 
Ambassador Joe Hockey 
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.  

3. 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 will need to pay $75.
 
4. Recruitment and retention
 
Need more diversity in your newsroom? Get quick tips from industry leaders. This panel takes a fresh look at recruiting and retaining journalists of color in the digital age. Our experts will provide insight on today's journalism graduates and talented folks with potential working in the digital space. How do we retain journalists of color who are worried about the future and are tempted to seek employment in public relations, academia and other "more stable" professions?  
 
Confirmed panelists:
  • Katrice Hardy, editor of The Greenville News ?and USA TODAY southeast regional editor
  • Carlos Sanchez, editor of the McAllen (Texas) Monitor
  • Peter Bhatia, editor and vice president of The Cincinnati Enquirer and Ohio editor of the USA TODAY Network
  • Karen Magnuson (moderator), editor and vice president of news at the Rochester (New York) Democrat and Chronicle
 
5. Kerner Commission, 50 years later
 
On March 1, it will be 50 years since the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission, shook the news media with its declaration that "the journalistic profession has been shockingly backward in seeking out, hiring, training and promoting Negroes." What did the news industry get right in heeding the commission's recommendations? Where do we go from here?
 
Confirmed panelists:
  • Paul Delaney, retired senior editor at The New York Times and co-founder of NABJ
  • Al Fitzpatrickretired editor of the Akron Beacon Journal and former vice president of diversity at the Knight Ridder Inc.
  • Dorothy Gilliamfirst African-American female journalist at The Washington Post and co-founder of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
  • Charlayne Hunter-Gault, veteran journalist running the "Race Matters" series for the "PBS NewsHour," who desegregated the University of Georgia 
  • Richard Prince (moderator), veteran journalist who writes "Richard Prince's Journal-isms"
6. Covering economic diversity
 
This panel will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz, who calls Cleveland home; Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley; and author and political commentator J.D. Vance, who wrote "Hillbilly Elegy" about the rise of Appalachian values
 
Registration
 
To register for the main conference: The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers. Those who register and book their hotel rooms for at least three nights by Saturday, Aug. 12, will be entered into a drawing for Oct. 9 and 10 lunch tickets. We'll draw four winners. 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 register for the Oct. 8 pre-conference workshops and/or the Oct. 10 reception at the Australian ambassador's residence: If you have registered for the main conference, then email Jiyoung Won at jwon@asne.org. If you'd like to attend just the pre-conference workshops, then register here.
 
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 Friday, Sept. 15Make a reservation online here.
 
A draft of the conference schedule is coming soon at asne.org and apme.com. Questions? Please Contact Jiyoung Won at jwon@asne.org or APME at apmeconference@ap.org