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Register, book hotel by July 8 to win Amazon gift card!

Register now for the 2017 APME-ASNE News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. Those who register and book their hotel rooms in the next 30 days by Saturday, June 3, will be eligible for a promotional deal.

Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, and Campbell Brown, chief of Facebook news partnership and engagement, will deliver luncheon keynotes during the 2017 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington, D.C.

Register for the conference and reserve at least a three-night hotel stay by Saturday, July 8, for a chance to win one of two $300 Amazon gift cards!

The conference, focusing on the intersection of journalism and citizenship, will kick off on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 8, and conclude by noon Wednesday, Oct. 11. Our conference hotel is the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, at 2660 Woodley Road NW.

Registration is $275 for members of APME and ASNE and $375 for nonmembers. APME members can register at apme.com. The block of hotel rooms reserved at the Marriott has a nightly rate of $249 for Friday, Oct. 6, through Wednesday, Oct. 11. Attendees must book their rooms by 6 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 15. Make a reservation online here.

Some highlights of the conference:

Pre-conference workshop on building trust through community engagement

From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, this free workshop will address the role of community engagement for news organizations and how to build trust with their audiences and communities. Best practices and examples of community engagement will be incorporated. Attendees will emerge from the workshop better equipped to engage readers and strengthen trust in quality journalism.

Sign up soon by emailing ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at jwon@asne.org. If you're registering through APME, then email APME at apmeconference@ap.org. The workshop has limited space and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are registered to attend the conference.

Pre-conference workshop on building trust through community engagement

Pitts, our keynote speaker for Monday, Oct. 9, will talk about current events in Washington. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, we will hear from Brown about Facebook's relationship with news organizations, and news itself.

Two diversity sessions

One is on recruitment and retention, and the other is a powerful session on lessons we should all learn from coverage of the last presidential campaign. The latter centers on economic diversity and will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz, who calls Cleveland home; Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley; and author and political commentator J.D. Vance, who wrote "Hillbilly Elegy" about the rise of Appalachian values.

White House media relations

This session features Major Garrett, CBS News chief White House correspondent; Jeff Ballou, Al Jazeera Media Network news editor and president of the National Press Club; and Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute.

Fake news and political reporting

This session showcases Liz Spayd, The New York Times public editor; Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post media columnist; April Ryan (invited), American Urban Radio Network White House correspondent; and DeWayne Wickham, Morgan State University journalism dean. We've also invited President Donald Trump and The Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson.

Awards celebration

Winners of the 2017 APME Awards and 2017 ASNE Awards will be recognized at a reception on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 10.

A draft of the conference schedule is coming soon at asne.org and apme.com. Questions? Please Contact Jiyoung Won at jwon@asne.org or APME at apmeconference@ap.org.

Quick survey: What do you want to know about digital journalism, and how do you want to learn it?

Linda Austin, project director for APME’s NewsTrain, is working to make training in digital journalism more accessible, and she needs your help.

By June 27, you can assist her by answering this five-minute survey and sharing this link – bit.ly/digijsurvey – with your colleagues to take it.

You might even win $50 by participating.

This survey is the first step in her project as a 2017-18 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow. She’s looking at teaching digital skills to time-starved journalists by delivering bite-size lessons on smartphones.


Herald-Times photographer wins April Photo of the Month honors

Riders crash in turn three during the men's Little 500 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Jeremy Hogan/The Herald-Times via AP)
Thanks to Sandra Clark, vice president for news and civic dialogue for WHYY in Philadelphia for judging this month.

Here is what Sandra had to say about the winning image:
“The photographer captured the crash at exactly the right moment. The laser-focused riders continuing on their way is in sharp contrast to three cyclists behind them, each of them (and their bikes) in different stages of uncontrollable contortion. The danger of the accident is felt to the bone.."
Below is the link to all images entered for April and the winner is slide #35. 


Applications open for diversity scholarships to train in digital skills at fall 2017 NewsTrains

Journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply for diversity scholarships to train in digital skills at three APME NewsTrains this fall.

The daylong trainings will be held on these Saturdays in these cities, with scholarship-application deadlines listed:

·       Oct. 14 in Beverly, Massachusetts, 26 miles north of Boston. Deadline: Sept. 6

·       Oct. 21 in suburban Columbus, OhioDeadline: Sept. 13

·       Nov. 11 in SeattleDeadline: Oct. 4.

The winners of the competitive awards have their $75 registration fee waived. They are responsible for their own travel expenses.




APME honors the 2017 award winners for excellence and innovation in journalism

NEW YORK — Watchdog journalism that saved lives, exposed bias, held government officials accountable and shed light on hidden practices earned top honors in the 2017 Associated Press Media Editors Awards.


The Chicago Tribune earned the grand prize in Public Service for “Dangerous Doses,” which exposed pharmacies that were dispensing drug combinations that could cause harm or death, APME announced Wednesday. “This high-impact project wins first place because of its journalistic sophistication, its novel approach and because it changed rules and laws governing pharmacists and their training,” judges said.


The Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register also received top honors in Public Service. The Herald-Tribune documented significant racial inequities across Florida in sentencing; the State Journal-Register led a collaborative statewide effort to show the impact of the state budget stalemate.


The Charleston Post and Courier won the grand prize for work advancing the principles of the First Amendment. The newspaper found that police across the United States have stockpiled huge databases with personal information from millions of Americans who simply crossed paths with officers.


Other First Amendment winners were the Quad-City Times, which successfully pushed city leaders to stop doing the public’s business in small groups behind closed doors, and the Peoria Journal Star, which battled to obtain a police officer’s report about her colleagues’ and supervisors’ misuse of on-the-clock time.


The annual APME contest honors excellence and innovation in journalism, and reflects the Associated Press Media Editors’ mission of fostering newsroom leaders, empowering journalists to succeed, and cultivating ideas that work. Teams of judges are comprised of APME national board members and top editors at the Associated Press.


Winners will be recognized at the ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference October 8-11 in Washington, D.C.


Smaller news organizations: Apply by July 24 for APME’s sixth-annual Community Journalism Public Service Initiative

The sixth year of the Associated Press Media Editors’ Community Journalism Public Service Initiative continues to emphasize the important work of smaller news organizations and their impact on U.S. communities.

Because of generous grants from the Park and APME foundations, the initiative will award grants of $2,500 to two news organizations again this year to help them complete projects important to their communities. The winners will also receive an expense-paid trip to send a representative to present at the ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington.

However, news organizations must apply to be considered.

“It’s a relatively easy process to enter, and the return on the investment of time is great if you are selected,” said Joe Hight, who is serving again as chairman of the grant project and judging panel this year.

“The list is growing of outstanding smaller news organizations that APME has supported to do great journalism and projects that have an impact on their communities, It’s also great to see how these organizations have gone on to win other major awards and even national companywide honors for the work they are doing.”

Last year's winners are prime examples.

The Journal-Standard of Freeport, Ill, became the first two-time winner last year for its “Freeport Fish Tank” project on its crumbling downtown. The Journal Standard has won previously for its three-day series analyzing the dramatic effect of a series of shootings on the 24,000 people who live in Freeport. The other winner was The Daily Item of Sunbury, PA, which won for its project on heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis in its community. The Daily Item was later named as CNHI Newspaper of the Year for its “bold and thoughtful enterprise stories,” according to the announcement.

Media companies in metropolitan areas (MSA) of 100,000 or fewer people are encouraged to apply for the grants. Applicants must draft a proposal of 500 words or less and include examples of how you would approach the project. It should be multi-platform, include social media and address a long-standing community issue. If the project is part of a partnership, the application must address the news organization’s role in it and its need of the grant to help complete it.

The deadline for applications is July 24. Applications can be submitted by going to https://www.tfaforms.com/4619008. The grant winners will be announced in late August.


Trainers, topics set for three fall NewsTrains: New England, Columbus and Seattle

Top-notch trainers are set to teach cutting-edge digital-journalism skills at three NewsTrain workshops this fall.

The daylong trainings will be held on these Saturdays in these cities:

Oct. 14 in Beverly, Massachusetts, 26 miles north of Boston;

Oct. 21 in suburban Columbus, Ohio; and

Nov. 11 in Seattle.

Early-bird registration of $75 is available for all these workshops, and super-early registrants will also get a chance at a free AP Stylebook.

Attendees typically rate NewsTrain sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful. “This is the best hands-on collection of practical sessions with knowledgeable ‘in-the-field’ instructors I’ve experienced,” said 2016 NewsTrain attendee Kelly Shiers.

Competitive diversity scholarships are available for all three workshops. Journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply.

Here are the accomplished trainers and what they’ll be teaching:

New England NewsTrain, Oct. 14

  • Theodore Kim,innovation and workshops editor at The New York Times, on making smart choices in mobile storytelling.
  • Cindy E. Rodríguez, senior journalist-in-residence at Emerson College, on shooting shareable smartphone video.
  • Daniel Victor, senior staff editor at The New York Times, on maximizing social media to get your story read and using social media as powerful reporting tools.
  • Todd Wallack,data journalist on The Boston Globe's Spotlight investigative team, on producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 21

  • Doug Carusoassistant metro editor at The Columbus Dispatch, on producing data-driven enterprise off your beat.
  • Doug Haddix, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, on using social media as powerful reporting tools.
  • Q. McElroy, director of engagement and optimization at Cox Media Group, on making smart choices in mobile storytelling.
  • Sue Morrowassistant multimedia director at The Sacramento Bee, on shooting shareable smartphone video.
  • Jeremy Pelzer, politics reporter for Cleveland.com, on maximizing your smartphone for mobile newsgathering.

Seattle, Nov. 11

  • P. Kim Buieditor-at-large for NowThis News, on maximizing social media to get your story read and using social media as powerful reporting tools.
  • Laura E. Davisdigital news director of the Annenberg Media Center at the University of Southern California, on making smart choices in mobile storytelling.
  • Steve Doig, longtime Knight Chair in data journalism at Arizona State University, on producing data-driven enterprise off your beat.
  • Mike Fancher, former executive editor of The Seattle Times, on bolstering your newsroom’s credibility.
  • Angela Galloway, an open-government attorney, on using open-records laws effectively.

Don’t delay; register today. NewsTrains often sell out.


The 2016 Great Ideas e-book has ideas from many media outlets

• Interactive video projects
• Digital touch points
• Building redesigns to let readers in or engage them
• Not shaving to make a statement
• Monday memories from your photo staff
• Quirky fun with Friday Extra
• Media Days for high school sports
• 101 unique things about your city
• Creative partnerships in reporting
• History initiatives
And more …

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