By Jack Berninger, APSE Executive Director

It’s time to register for the 2015 Associated Press Sports Editors Conference June 24-27 in San Diego.

Three general sessions and seven workshops are on the schedule. Times for the sessions and the names of panelists will be released next week.  Here’s a rundown:


• Get Smart: How to take the rectangular object in your pocket and transform it from a phone to printing press and satellite truck.

• Covering the Competition: Now that the players, teams and leagues we cover have their own publication platforms, what’s a news organization to do? A discussion of some new and old ways to counter when you’re competition with those you cover.

• In Any Event: How Enterprise can make your coverage of the big game net big results. Hold and grow audience with out-of the-box ideas.


• Dealing with Harsh Reality: Journalism careers can change rapidly, both expectedly and unexpectedly. We’ll explore how journalists can adapt to the changing landscape of our business, dealing with layoffs and firings and how that intersects for managers and employees. Journalists who lose their job or move on voluntarily have to keep making a living. The worst part of being a manager is having to eliminate positions.

• Coaching writers: Standing next to an open fire hydrant and keeping them and us focused on delivering a compelling story, and not just a collection of facts.

• The Easy Button: Easy ways to create compelling digital content.

• The Lab: Hands-on instruction in smart phone journalism and other emerging technology small-group training in a variety of applications and disciplines, affording them the ability to take what they have learned, apply it immediately and return to their newsrooms equipped share with co-workers. Pre-registration required (details to come). 

• Writing columns in the digital age: The limits of column writing in the digital age, in terms of taste and ethics, and from a career standpoint. How to differentiate your opinion from the cacophony of voices out there.

• Take readers with you or stay home: How to maximizing the benefits and mitigate the costs of travel in these days of tight budgets. How to make the most of whichever path you choose (or is chosen for you).

• ‘You’re looking live..’: Thanks to technology, we’re now in the business of covering live events. Here’s who’s doing it and what you can learn.


APSE’s 42nd annual Conference is closer than you think. The registration deadline to avoid a late is five weeks away.

Fees remain unchanged from last year.

The fees, if paid by June 1:
• $250 for newspapers with circulation of more than 100,000 and stand-alone websites with monthly uniques of two million or more. Late registration after June 1 — $275

• $200 for newspapers with circulation of under 100,000 and stand-alone websites with monthly uniques of more than two million. Late registration after June 1 — $225

• $100 for students. Late registration after June 1 — $125

• $100 for Writers Wing members ($150 for non-members). Late registration after June 1 — $125 ($175)

To register and pay online, click here

If paying by check, make checks payable to APSE and send to:
PO Box 29743
Richmond, VA 23242


To make reservations at The Westgate Hotel:
• Call (800) 522-1564 or (800) 619-557-3628 and ask for the APSE Conference rate of $169
• E-mail with your name, credit card information and the name of the group
• There is no online reservation system
• Reservation deadline is May 25 at 5 p.m.


The program for the 2015 Associated Press Sports Editors Conference in San Diego is being finalized, but one thing is certain – a major league baseball game will be available as an extra.

A block of tickets has been reserved for Friday, June 26, for a night at the ballpark to see the Padres entertain the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The tickets are in the “All You Can Eat” section of Petco Park, located within easy walking distance from The Westgate.

The cost is $35 per ticket, which entitles you to a ticket to the game, plus all-you-can-eat hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, bottled water and bottled soda through the middle of the seventh inning. No beer is included in the price but is available from vendors at your seats..

To purchase your tickets, send a check made out to APSE to:
Todd Adams
Sports Editor
U-T San Diego
350 Camino de la Reina
San Diego, CA 92108

May 25 is the cutoff date for purchasing tickets.

Tickets will be available at the APSE registration desk at The Westgate Hotel starting June 24.