Photo: Steven RollBy Steven Roll
ASBPE President

Start making plans to attend the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ (ASBPE) annual conference, July 24-25, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

Each year, the ASBPE conference brings its members together to for two-days of educational sessions, and to announce the winners of its annual editorial excellence competition. ASBPE’s 2008 National Editorial Conference event will feature expert panels, keynote speakers, and networking events.

Educational sessions will offer:

  • insights regarding editorial multitasking in the digital age.
  • hands-on tutorials on how to produce a podcast or video.
  • practical tips for rebuilding poorly written articles by industry experts.

Our keynote speaker, Paul Conley — a B2B media consultant and blogger — is often at the forefront of ethics and journalism training issues. Conley will talk about Web-first publishing and B2B publishing issues.

The conference marks the 30th year of the Azbee Awards of Excellence. To commemorate the occasion, ASBPE will announce the top magazines and Web sites since 2000. As in the past, we will also honor all of the winners for 2008.

A special award ceremony will be held for Abe Peck, ASBPE’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Peck made major contributions to the business press after working for a variety of publications such as Rolling Stone.

Finally, at this summer’s conference we will launch an important initiative for our organization. ASBPE will unveil the ASBPE Foundation, a tax-exempt organization that will fund a number of important initiatives aimed at raising the level of education and professionalism in the business, trade, and association press. Among other things, the proceeds from the foundation will help fund the educational components of our annual national conference.

More information on the conference is here.