So you’re all signed up for the ACP Midwinter National College Newspaper Convention in Seattle, Media+. We wanted to give you a few reminders to ensure a smooth convention. Please make sure that everyone in your group has this information.
Check out the convention program, available now at the ACP website: http://bit.ly/acpseaprogram
It tells you where and when to show up. Check-in/Registration opens at 9 a.m. Thursday on the ballroom level (one down from the lobby). Priority will go to those in the 10 a.m. sessions.
FOR A BETTER EXPERIENCE
We still have spots available in our Seattle Experience, newsroom management, advanced photojournalism, advertising, design, reporting and advising short course workshops on Thursday. If you have not signed up and want to, contact Jackie in our office at (612) 625-1857 or firstname.lastname@example.org and she will add that to your registration. You can also sign up when you arrive, but we can’t guarantee space or materials.
FOR AFTERHOURS FUN
+ Thursday: Special advance screening of the new movie, “Silent House,” which will be in theaters March 9. Theater is six blocks away at Pacific Place. It starts at 7 p.m. Get a pass in the exhibit area of the hotel on Thursday afternoon.
+ Friday: Special sponsored press conference with Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, directors of “Silent House,” at 4:30 p.m. Open only to convention attendees. Name badges required.
FOR A CHANCE AT AN AWARD
Enter our Best of Show contests. Enter your newspaper, websites and interactive online media. Sign up for all Best of Show contests by 4 p.m. Friday. Best of Show is free to ACP members, but others pay $25 per entry.
FOR YOUR IMPROVEMENT
Sign up on site for a critique for your newspaper. Check the program for the best time for your group. Stop by the check-in desk and pick a time, drop off your paper and then meet your evaluator in the West Room at the appointed time. There is no additional charge for a critique. Bring a few extra copies of your newspaper and ad rate cards to leave on the exchange table.
FOR A CHEAP RIDE TO THE HOTEL
Seattle has light rail from the airport to downtown. From baggage claim, follow directions up one level to the parking garage. You will see signs for the Link Light Rail. Walk through the garage along the designated path (covered but outdoors). Pay the fare of $2.75. The airport is the end of the line, so you can only go downtown. Trains depart every 7.5 to 15 minutes depending on time of day. Get off at the University Street station. The trip is approximately 36 minutes with all stops. (If you miss University Street, the next stop, Westlake, is the last stop.) From University Street station (Third Street and Seneca), walk south and east to Sixth and Madison (5 blocks total). One note: The walk from Third to Sixth is uphill and pretty steep.
FOR SOME NEIGHBORHOOD & DOWNTOWN HIGHLIGHTS
+ The Renaissance Seattle hotel is within a few blocks of shopping and for fine and low-cost dining. Ask us. We’ll point you in the right direction.
+ Want to take in a tour? Sightseeing of Seattle has a two-hour tour with all the highlights. http://www.sightseeingofseattle.com/
+ Do two famous Seattle highlights in one trip. To get to the Space Needle, walk 6-7 blocks to Westlake Center and catch the Monorail. Ride it to Seattle Center to see the Space Needle.
+ The EMP Museum (http://www.empmuseum.org/) is a fantastic experience for anyone who likes music, science fiction and pop culture. The Monorail passes through the EMP at Seattle Center.
+ Across the street is the just-opened visitor center for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is free and open to the public. http://www.gatesfoundation.org/500-Fifth/Pages/visitor-center-of-our-new-campus.aspx
FOR YOUR PACKING
Seattle’s weather during the convention will live up to stereotype. Plan for daytime highs in the 40s and 50s with scattered showers. It’s rarely a downpour in Seattle, but visitors might want an umbrella. As for attire, we want you to be comfortable. You don’t need to dress up — casual to business casual is appropriate.
FOR YOUR COMMUNICATING
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NO REFUNDS/CANCELLATIONS BUT SUBS ALLOWED
If you get close to the convention and realize someone cannot attend, be sure to get a substitute. ACP does not allow refunds for the convention registration, but we do allow substitutions.
PLEASE PAY ON TIME
We’re pleased that most attendees have already paid. Help us avoid a lot of invoices and reminders by sending in your payment or bringing a check to the convention. It really does help!
Give us a call at (612) 625-8335 or send email to email@example.com and we’ll do our best to get you an answer.