2017 Convention Sponsors









The Facebook Journalism Project is a collaboration with the news industry in support of a more informed community. It consists of three pillars: collaborative development of news products; training and tools for journalists; and training and tools for people.  Since the project began, we’ve met with thousands of publishers and journalists around the world to create a dialogue around how they use our products and how we can improve them so that together we can help keep people informed.




Gannett Foundation, supported by Gannett Inc./USA TODAY NETWORK, encourages employees and communities to Connect, Act and Thrive by supporting local organizations serving the communities in which Gannett does business. The Foundation reaches thousands of individuals across the country through its community, media and ACT grants programs and employee engagement initiatives.



GateHouse Media, headquartered in Pittsford, New York, is a wholly owned subsidiary of New Media Investment Group Inc., which is focused primarily on investing in a high quality, diversified portfolio of local media assets and on growing existing advertising and digital marketing businesses. GateHouse Media is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States as measured by its 125 daily publications. As of March 27, 2016, GateHouse Media reaches over 20 million people on a weekly basis across 35 states through hundreds of community publications and local websites.




Getty Images is synonymous with breathtaking editorial imagery. Our images and archival assets are seen the world over, online and off. Our photographs grace the covers of newspapers and magazines as well as the websites of the most respected news agencies around the globe. Whether it’s a red-carpet gala, an Olympic sport, or a newsworthy event, you can be sure that our photographers are there, capturing all of the fashion, action, and images— showing a perspective you won’t see anywhere else. Visit gettyimages.com to learn more about our editorial and creative offerings.



The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world. We are committed to meaningful, long-term progress and pragmatic problem-solving guided by the facts. For more than 50 years, we have supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, and support vibrant performing arts. In addition, we make grants to address other timely problems, as with initiatives launched in 2014 to address challenges related to cybersecurity and to U.S. democracy. Learn more at www.hewlett.org.




The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University is looking for passionate journalists, innovators and entrepreneurs who are creating the new models, tools and approaches that are redefining journalism. As widespread change has swept the industry, our core mission has remained the same: to improve the quality of news and information reaching the public. That mission includes challenging misinformation and disinformation; eradicating news deserts and strengthening local news; fighting bias, intolerance and injustice; and holding the powerful accountable.




Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.




McClatchy is a digital media company offering news, information and marketing solutions in many of the nation's best markets. Every day, our talented employees create and deliver award-winning journalism and advertising solutions to growing audiences and businesses. Our digital and print publications include iconic brands, such as the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, The Charlotte Observer, The (Raleigh) News and Observer and the (Fort Worth) Star-Telegram. McClatchy is headquartered in Sacramento, California, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MNI.


For over two decades, my features were distributed by the three major syndicates simultaneously.  After completing my contractual obligations, I began Neatly Chiseled Features in 2005 to distribute my three comics:  Mr. Boffo, Willy ‘n Ethel, and Cats With Hands, to approximately three-hundred markets worldwide, including the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, Newsday, the London Daily Mail, Vancouver Sun, and Bresi SpA in Milan, Italy.  We originated the concept of animated comics accessible through the qr code.  Our CEO, John Matthews, with forty years’ syndicate experience heads up the sales and marketing operation, while I handle the writing and drawing of the three comics.  My wife Marie is president, and handles the business end.  Our animators created over six-hundred animated comics distributed to over 500 media markets.  Our latest innovation, Tune-toons, musical slideshows of my favorite comics, will be presented at the ASNE Convention. Find out more at www.mrboffo.com.


Medill, a leader in education since 1921, offers programs in journalism and integrated marketing communications that combine enduring skills and values with new techniques and knowledge that are essential to thrive in today’s digital world. Medill has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence. As the media industry experiences unprecedented change, Medill leads the way. The school’s graduate and undergraduate programs are educating a new generation of multimedia journalists and integrated marketing communications professionals who are not only thriving in this evolving media landscape, but also helping to shape it.




The O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism backs reporters who spend nine months researching and writing the stories they care most deeply about — explanatory and investigative work with the potential to change policies. Fellows are in residence at Marquette University in Milwaukee and are assisted by a team of student journalists. Fellows receive a $65,000 salary stipend, plus generous funding for living expenses, travel and equipment. Fellows can access resources at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.



Pepper Hamilton LLP is a multi-practice law firm with more than 500 lawyers nationally. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world.  Its First Amendment and Transparency Practice successfully represents publishers, broadcasters and other media entities throughout the country in First Amendment, defamation and privacy suits, as well  as defending them against subpoenas.  In addition, their Transparency Practice is devoted to obtaining information that has been denied to its clients and assuring openness in government. For more information visit: http://www.pepperlaw.com/








The New York Times News Service and Syndicate curates and provides the finest content from The Times and other trusted sources to publishers and other organizations around the world. We offer syndicated articles, images and videos from a portfolio that features The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, Jorge Ramos, Richard Branson and other reputable content providers. We also license stand-alone magazine titles and bespoke multi-platform publications. Download our full catalog at nytsyn.com/about/catalog.pdf.

The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation supports efforts to enrich lives through journalism, education, health, human services, disaster relief, architecture, and the arts. It was incorporated in 1945 by the late Samuel I. Newhouse, Sr., the founder and publisher of Advance Publications.




Need an expert? The Scholars Strategy Network connects journalists with leading researchers from around the country, free of charge. SSN scholars provide evidence-based analysis – on deadline with no jargon. For more, visit www.scholars.org.