Friday, September 14, 2012

Note from APME president : See you in Nashville

APME Nashville guests:

It’s been a long road to Music City, but we’re ready to host a sold-out performance. Thanks for your support of the Associated Press Media Editors and we look forward to seeing you in Nashville.

Our venue – the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University – is special and I encourage you to walk around while there. Our sessions won’t be in a sprawling hotel, but in a smaller more personal space. It’s a shrine for journalism and all that we do. Enjoy it.

We begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 with a full day of activities. The sessions, starting with Pulitzer Prize winners and ending with a very special First Amendment showdown by Seigenthaler and Ken Paulson, will lead directly to our opening night reception and APME Foundation auction at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.  We hope you find something great to take home and you enjoy the Frist’s preview of Carrie Mae Weems’ photo exhibit to open soon in Nashville.

There are great sessions Thursday along with our AP/APME awards luncheon that will be held in Wyatt Hall at Vanderbilt. Enjoy a short walk on the campus and a full day of activities that end with two special musical performances – Freedom Sings at the Seigenthaler Center, and then a top lineup of singer-songwriters at Margaritaville later during APME’s night out. Don’t miss either of those.

On Friday, join us in the morning for a discussion of the presidential campaign to date, and then stay for Social Media Friday. You’ll leave with plenty of takeways for your newsroom – among them a copy of the APME Gazette. We’ve restored the tradition of having a conference newspaper, and we must thank Middle Tennessee State University students and The Tennessean.

APME will provide shuttle service from the hotel to the Seigenthaler center each day, or you might prefer a pleasant walk. Temperatures are projected in the 70s for the start of APME Nashville.

Look for conference T-shirts and Hatch prints on sale at the registration desk, and pick up a ticket to Margaritaville for $35. Want to go to the Grand Ole’ Opry Friday night? We have an APME block of tickets for $50 that includes a back stage tour and transportation from the hotel. Just sign up at the registration desk.

I want to thank the Seigenthaler Center and our many sponsors and encourage you to meet them during the conference. Also meet the students from Middle Tennessee who report on and video our sessions. You’ll find their work at, in the APME Gazette, and on the Associated Press Media Editors Facebook page. Join us now.

Thanks , everyone, and safe travels to Nashville.

Bob Heisse
APME president

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