National Editorial Conference

National Editorial Conference

When Worlds Collide: Closing the print-digital divide

Aug. 4–5, 2011 • Gleacher Center • Chicago

This year’s conference, at the state-of-the-art Gleacher Center in Chicago’s Loop. The theme: “When Worlds Collide: Closing the print-digital divide.” will examine the relationship between the print and digital worlds.

Conference at a Glance

Dates: Aug. 4–5

(opening reception Aug. 3)

City: Chicago

Theme: When Worlds Collide: Closing the print-digital divide

Conference rates:

If registered online or postmarked by July 15:

  • Member — both days:$395 per person
  • Nonmember — both days:$495 per person
  • Member — one day:$255 per day
  • Nonmember — one day:$295 per day

If registered online or postmarked AFTER July 15:

  • Member — both days:$495 per person
  • Nonmember — both days:$595 per person
  • Member — one day:$355 per day
  • Nonmember — one day:$395 per day

Register now.

Register for Azbee Awards banquet only.

Download the 2011 National Conference Fact Sheet (33K PDF).

Conference venue:

The Gleacher Center

450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive

Chicago, IL 60611

Reserve Your Room

Hotel registration deadline is July 15.

The official conference hotel is

Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

505 N. Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60611

Reservations: (800) 628-2112

Room Rate: $149 single/double


Contact conference chair Erin Erickson,

The conference is designed to provide ample opportunity to interact with other attendees and with speakers. There will be plenty of interactive sessions and receptions providing opportunities to chat and network.

For the first time ever, the conference will feature two separate tracks — print and digital. Attendees will be able to pick and choose among sessions.

Whether your focus is primarily print, primarily digital or a mix of both, this conference will have everything you need to do your job better, including:

  • Three keynote addresses on issues that affect every B2B journalist right now: Jobs, ethics, and dealing with media complexity.
  • Six interactive roundtable discussions led by industry experts. These discussions will allow you to work hands-on with your peers. Included: interview techniques, managing digital content, and critiques of your publication’s work.
  • Numerous sessions on best practices, plus case studies and strategies to help you work smarter.

As always, the national winners of the Azbee Awards of Excellence will be honored at a banquet during the conference. The event will take place on the evening of Aug. 4. In addition, a welcome reception for early arrivals will take place the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 3.

State-of-the-Art Conference Venue

The conference facility, The Gleacher Center, is designed to meet the teaching requirements of the, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, offers an array of technology services. Those include free wi-fi and electrical outlets at every seat The center is located less than 45 minutes from O’Hare and Midway airports, and is near many hotels and features views of the river and the city.

The Gleacher Center, Chicago, Illinois

Chicago’s Gleacher Center will be the site of ASBPE’s 2011 National Editorial Conference.

Learn more about the conference.


Young Leaders Scholarship

Each year, ASBPE’s Young Leaders Scholarship pays the conference and hotel room costs for five U.S. applicants to attend the National Editorial Conference. (Transportation to and from the conference, any nonconference meals and other incurred costs are the responsibility of the winners or their individual publishing companies.)

Scholarship winners will also attend the ASBPE National Awards Banquet and will receive a free one-year membership to ASBPE if they are not already members.

In addition, ASBPE and Trade, Association Business Publications International jointly offer two scholarships for up to two international applicants. In addition to paying the conference and hotel costs, the International Young Leaders Scholarship also provides up to $500 toward transportation.

These scholarships are open to all business editors under the age of 30.

Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be 30 years of age or younger.
  • Must have worked at least two years as an editor of a business magazine or the magazine’s associated Internet publication.
  • Candidacy must be sponsored by their publication’s Chief Editor.
  • Must plan to continue in the business press as a career.
  • May not be a past ASBPE Young Leaders Scholarship winner.

This call for nominations goes out at the beginning of each year.

This year’s application deadline was April 1, 2011.

What past Young Leaders say about the scholarship

Photo: Jessica Zelmer

“I learned the most from the real in-depth sessions, such as the 20 big ideas session and the 21st century workflow session. I also enjoyed Rob Montgomery’s talk, especially because he gave so many specific Web resources that are helpful for B2B publishers.

“I think the most valuable part of the experience was meeting the other Young Leaders and also being able to network with others who belong to the ASBPE at the national convention.”

— Jessica Zelmer

Editor, E-Media

Lenexa, KS

Photo: Michelle Hucal

“The list of valuable ideas I learned at the ASBPE conference is endless. Every day, I’m sharing and applying ideas to my publications. From the new social media opportunities, to artistic, award-winning methods for presenting technical materials, the educational sessions were priceless. I appreciated the lessons learned from the award winners and veteran editors, to the new inventive ideas from the other Young Leaders.

“No doubt, this was a business publishing experience that I will appreciate for a lifetime.”

— Michelle Hucal

Senior Editor

Environmental Design & Construction

and Sustainable Facility

“The best part of the Young Leadership Scholarship is the opportunity to meet and interact with other up-and-coming editors, to share ideas, experiences, and perspectives. The scholarship also provides a unique opportunity to get high-level leadership and editorial training.

“The scholarship is a useful stepping stone to getting more involved with the ASBPE. After taking part in the conference, I’m planning to attend more local events and future conferences.”

— Jeff Lee

Senior Associate Editor

EcoHome Online, Building Products

Hanley Wood Business Media

“The ability to network with other editors who are going through the same types of challenges as I am on a daily basis, as well as the ability to help others who may be struggling through issues I’ve conquered, made this conference a very worthwhile event to attend, particularly as a Young Leader Scholar.

“I plan to be as involved as my hectic schedule will allow, as I see a lot of value in attending seminars, conferences and general networking events that ASBPE offers.”

— Andy Hanacek

Executive Editor, The National Provisioner

What past attendees say about the

ASBPE National Editorial Conference

Here are come of the comments from evaluation forms filled out at previous conferences:

“Outstanding program, very practical, tons of ideas.”

“This was my first time so I didn’t know what to expect. I found it to be so educational — and everyone was so nice.”

“Great bang for the buck!”

It is a super value. ”

“It was of tremendous value to me as a first-timer. … ”

“The networking opportunities at the reception, awards banquet, and luncheon were great.”

And we’ve received additional testimonials from past attendees:

“I think the ASBPE National Editorial Conference is one of the best in the industry. It is far less commercial, and more useful, than others. While the temptation might be to eliminate professional development during down times, the fact is that we need to focus on learning effective strategies now more than ever.”

— Michelle Manafy

Editorial Director, Enterprise Group

EContent, Intranets and the Enterprise Search Sourcebook

Information Today Inc.

“The ASBPE edit conference is a great opportunity to learn from the best and brightest. The creators of the country’s best B2B web sites and magazines shared their wisdom on what it takes to put together a first-rate publication, and I came home with ideas that my organization can put to use. I also came away with some practical new technology skills after the ‘digital day.’ ”

— Jeff Lee

Senior Associate Editor

EcoHome Online, Building Products

Hanley Wood Business Media

Photo: ANdy Hanacek“I learned a great deal about building my magazine’s editorial presence and impact through multimedia, as well as how to cross-utilize the information my editors get via the print and Web products we publish.”

— Andy Hanacek

Executive Editor, The National Provisioner

“Nobody achieves anything without other people. That’s why the ASBPE conference is a wonderful event to attend. It’s a great opportunity to discuss the challenges and issues that face business publications in an environment that changes with the ‘speed of thought.’

“You just can’t help but learn when you meet, listen and converse with editors, writers, and other industry professionals.

“The people are great, the price is reasonable, and the takeaway really gets the wheels in your head spinning!”

— Jim Romeo

Freelance Writer

“I found the ASBPE national conference — my first — to be very worthwhile. The speakers were top-notch, the discussions about digital media very timely, and I left feeling energized with many interesting new ideas to apply in my newsroom.”

— Robert Grace

Editor/Associate Publisher and Conference Director

Plastics News

“The 2007 conference gave me a broader perspective of the business publication industry. The conference sessions provided the insight and solid information I need to make strategic decisions about my own publication.

“The greatest value was in meeting my peers and industry leaders, and having the opportunity to talk one-on-one about current trends and challenges.”

— Mike Schreiter

Managing Editor, Your Church

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