Watchdog reporting: Impact journalism from the past week

Example of watchdog reporting from the Boston Globe, the Denver Post and more.

Read all the watchdog reporting here.

Industry news from the past week

The Tennessean is selling its longtime Nashville offices, Valley Morning Star publisher is heading to El Paso and more industry news from the past week.

Read all the industry news stories here.

Join or renew and get $50 off your APME membership and $100 off conference registration

If you are not a member of APME or you need to re-up, then this is your chance to save two ways! For a limited time, get a $50 discount on your regular membership, which also gives you a $100 discount for the conference, Sept. 11-14. Or, maximize your savings for the future and become an APME Lifetime Member. You get $100 off the membership and then save on all conferences and award entries going forward.

Details and promo codes here

Get to know the APME: Dennis Anderson

Learn what Dennis considers to be his biggest career accomplishment.

Get to know Dennis here.

Watchdog reporting: Impact journalism from the past week

Example of watchdog reporting from the Arizona Republic, the Los Angeles Times and more.

Read all the watchdog reporting here.

Fifth anniversary of APME initiative to honor two smaller newspapers

The fifth anniversary of the Associated Press Media Editors’ Community Journalism Public Service Initiative will celebrate the work of two smaller newspapers, one of which has won the grant initiative for the second straight year.

The Journal-Standard of Freeport, Ill, was named a winner in last year’s competition and won again this year for its "Freeport Fish Tank” project on its crumbling downtown. The other winner is The Daily Item of Sunbury, PA, which won for its project on heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis in its community.

"While several news organizations have tackled projects on similar issues, we felt both The Journal-Standard and The Daily Item showed fresh approaches to the projects,” said Joe Hight, chairman of APME judging panel. "We also were impressed by their records of project development and depth. We felt they were both examples to all news organization of how important these types of projects are to their communities.”

Because of generous grants from the Park and APME foundations, the initiative will award grants of $2,500 to each newspaper, plus expenses for representatives to attend the upcoming ASNE-APME conference in Philadelphia. The Park Foundation of Ithaca, NY, also funded last year’s $2,500 grants that will help the news organizations to finish their projects.

Learn more about the projects here.

Industry news from the past week

Arianna Huffington signs off at The Huffington Post, Will Bourne leaving The Village Voice and more industry news from the past week.

Read all the industry news stories here.

Get to know the APME: Bill Church

Learn what Bill would do if he had an extra hour in the day.

Get to know Bill here.

July 2016 Photo of the Month

Congratulations to photographer Stacie Scott/The Gazette of Colorado Springs.

Check out what the judges had to say about Stacie's winning photograph.

June 2016 Photo of the Month

Congratulations to photographer Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post.

Check out what the judges had to say about Greg's winning photograph.

May 2016 Photo of the Month

Congratulations to photographer Jake May/The Flint

Check out what the judges had to say about Jake's winning photograph.

April 2016 Photo of the Month

Congratulations to photographer Mark Mulligan of the Houston Chronicle.

Check out what the judges had to say about Mark's winning photograph.

March 2016 Photo of the Month

Congratulations to photographer David Crane of the Los Angeles Daily News.

Check out what the judges had to say about David's winning photograph.

February 2016 Photo of the Month

Congratulations to photographer Aaron Lavinsky of the Star Tribune.

Check out what the judges had to say about Aaron's winning photograph.

Great Idea submission

APME members have the greatest ideas.

Check out this Great Idea submission from Lynn Jacobson of The Seattle Times.

Get to know the APME: Angie Muhs

Learn what three quotes APME executive board member Angiel Muhs has on her office bulletin board and the answer to many more questions. 

Get to know Angie here.

Get to know the APME: Laura Sellers-Earl

Learn what APME President Laura Sellers-Earl would do if she had an extra hour in the day as she answers this and many more questions. 

Get to know Laura here.

Sign up for free pre-conference workshops at the News Leadership Conference

Our News Leadership Conference with ASNE has a lot to offer, including two free pre-conference workshops. Find out more and sign up today to join us. See you in Philly!

News Leadership Conference info

Deadline Aug. 25 for diversity-scholarship applications to attend Murfreesboro NewsTrain in Tennessee

Journalists, journalism educators and journalism students from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply for a competitive diversity scholarship to attend Murfreesboro NewsTrain Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Tennessee. Successful applicants will have their registration fee waived for two full days of digital training. Deadline to apply: Aug. 25.

Find information and apply here.

Hollis R. Towns wins the 15th annual Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership

Hollis R. Towns, executive editor and vice president of the Asbury Park Press, is the winner of the 15th annual Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership, awarded by the Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors.

The McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership is given annually to individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and a graduate of Kent State University. McGruder died of cancer in April 2002. A past president of APME and former member of the American Society of News Editors’ Board of Directors, McGruder was a relentless diversity champion. The awards will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, at the lunch on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference in Philadelphia.

Towns will each receive $2,500 and a leadership plaque.

Read the full announcement 

Apply by Oct. 1 to bring NewsTrain to your town in 2017

You can bring the learning, morale boost and fun of a NewsTrain workshop to your town in 2017. Just put together a tentative host committee of representatives from local journalism organizations, and apply by Oct. 1.

Learn more and apply. 

Accomplished digital journalists to teach at Murfreesboro NewsTrain; early-bird rates end Sept. 1

Four accomplished digital journalists are set to teach at APME’s Murfreesboro NewsTrain Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Tennessee. They are:

  • John Duchneskie, assistant managing editor for design and graphics at The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • Val Hoeppner, director of the Center for Innovation in Media at Middle Tennessee State University. 

See the full story and register at the early-bird rate of $75 through Sept. 1.


Register today and don't miss out on great programming at ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Sept. 11-14 in Philly!

The 2016 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in fewer than 10 weeks in Philadelphia! Here are 4+ things you don't want to miss. 
1. Tools and Techniques for Digital Success: Lessons from the Knight-Temple "Table Stakes" Project
Find out whether your newsroom is truly digital-first and positioned to compete for audiences during this pre-conference workshop focused on what it takes to be "in the game of news" in the 21st century. Join project leader Douglas K. Smith and leaders from the four participating newsrooms to learn key questions you should be asking about your newsroom operation and culture, what kind of commitment is needed to transition and how to use tools and techniques created during the project. 
The workshop is FREE but has limited space and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are registered to attend the conference. Email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at to save your spot now!  


Google Tools for Your Newsrooms
Learn about all of the free Google tools that can help your newsroom build interactive charts, maps, visualizations and more. Tools covered include Google Trends, Fusion Tables, MyMaps, Earth, Moon, Google Translate and more. Google also can provide free training in your newsroom. Session materials can be found at: labs/. Email APME Executive Director Sarah Nordgren at to save your seat. 

2. Coffee with Your Counsel
Grab a coffee and start your day with an informative session with two of the best First Amendment legal minds in the business! ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin Goldberg with law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C., and attorney Terry Mutchler with Pepper Hamilton LLC will answer any and all questions that you might have to help you better understand the laws that affect your everyday work. 
3. Startups and Reboots
This is an era of constant innovation; new media organizations spring up, old ones re-imagine themselves, and maturing organizations branch out. Hear from editors who have built or rebuilt media organizations from the bottom up for the 21st-century digital world about how they did it, what they learned and what they would do differently. Moderated by Sybril Bennett, journalism professor at Belmont University. Featured panelists: Kevin Merida, editor-in-chief, The Undefeated; John Harris, publisher and editor-in-chief, POLITICO; Sharon Waxman, CEO and editor-in-chief, The Wrap; and Jay Allred, publisher, Richland Source  
4. Opening party with Benjamin Franklin
Meet and chat with "Benjamin Franklin" at the opening reception at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the National Constitution Center (525 Arch St.)! 
Enjoy the cocktails and South Philly favorites from Italian meats and cheeses to grilled vegetable skewers to cheese steaks to chicken cutlet sandwiches to Italian hoagies and much more. A popular Philly jazz quartet, featuring Tanqueray Hayward, one of the city's top jazz vocalists, will entertain throughout the evening.
All conference sessions, except for the opening reception, will take place at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, our conference hotel, at 1201 Market St.
Registration is $275 for members of ASNE and $375 for nonmembers. Lunch tickets are $40 each for Tuesday and Wednesday, and a limited number of tickets are available for the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies baseball game at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets can be purchased for $32 when you register for the conference.
Deadline to make hotel reservations is Aug. 19. The block of rooms we reserved at the Marriott has a nightly rate of $199 for Sunday, Sept. 11, through Wednesday, Sept. 14.
A draft of the conference program is coming soon at and Questions? Please contact Jiyoung Won at or Sarah Nordgren at

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2016 APME-ASNE News Leadership Conference in downtown Philadelphia

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