Not too late to join APME/ASNE in Philly!

Reprinted from the APME newsletter. It’s going to be a great program and great gathering. Join us!


See you in Philly in 10 days!

The 2016 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in 10 days! Here’s how you can get in on it!

1. Need a hotel room? 

We have a limited number of reserved rooms at the $199/night group rate for Sunday,Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 11-13, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. If you’re attending the conference and need to book your room, then please contact ASNE Senior Information Specialist Megan Schumacher at [email protected] with your arrival and departure dates. 

2. Have you registered?  

Register for the conference now if you haven’t. 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. Tuesday, Sept. 13. Tickets can be purchased for $32 when you register for the conference.

3. Come for the day  

Is Philly nearby? Then attend any day for just $150. There are discounted parking tickets mentioned below, too. 

4. Two free pre-conference workshops

— 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.

— 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 APME Executive Director Sarah Nordgren at [email protected]. 

5. Getting from the airport to the hotel

The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, at 1201 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, is located about 10 miles away from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). The hotel does not provide shuttle service, but you can take a train, grab a taxi or drive. 


From your terminal (A, B, C/D or E/F), take the Airport Regional Rail Line to Jefferson Station. Trains run every 30 minutes and operate from 5:07 to 12:30 a.m. (airport to city) and 4:20 a.m. to 11:40 p.m. (city to airport). 


Click here for information about taxi services from the airport to the Philadelphia metro area.


Refer to this guide for directions to the hotel. 

6. Discounted parking tickets 

We will have discounted parking tickets that you can use at the garage on 12th and Filbert streets, right across from the hotel. The discounted ticket, which you can pick up from our registration desk, will give you 20 percent off your stay when you exit the garage. Regular rates are $31 for 12 hours and $37 for up to 24 hours. Email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at [email protected] if you’d like to reserve your discounted parking ticket.

7. Program schedule

Our electronic conference schedule is easy to navigate through a number of sessions and events we have planned for you. 

Two ways to get the most out of this schedule: 

— 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. 

— Personalize your schedule 

Sign up for a free account and create a custom schedule of sessions that interest you.

8. Shuttle service between the hotel and opening reception

Sunday, Sept. 11

Werner Coach shuttle buses will be available to/from the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and the National Constitution Center, where the opening reception will take place. 

From the hotel to the center:

5:30 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:15 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:15 p.m. Buses will pick up on 12th Street. 

From the center to the hotel: 

7:30 p.m. 7:45 p.m. 8:15 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 9 p.m. 9:15 p.m. Buses will pick up on Race Street between 5th and 6th streets.

9. Registration desk hours

Sunday, Sept. 11

noon to 5:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the National Constitution Center

Monday, Sept. 12

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Tuesday, Sept. 13

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

10. Attire

Business casual is fine. 

11. Weather

Click here for the latest weather forecast for Philly!