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!

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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.

Watchdog reporting: Impact journalism from the past week

Examples of recent watchdog reporting seen in the Denver Post, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Baltimore Sun and others.

Read all the examples 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

APME Community Service Grant applications open

The fifth anniversary of the Associated Media Editors' Community Journalism Public Service Initiative shows the priority that APME places on the work of smaller news organizations.

Because of the generous support of the Park and APME foundations, media companies in metropolitan areas (MSA) of 100,000 or fewer people can apply for one of two grants. The recipients will each receive $2,500 from the Park Foundation to jump-start or support their initiatives and a trip courtesy of the APME Foundation to the annual ASNE-APME conference in Philadelphia Sept. 11-14.

Get more info and apply.


Winners and finalists in the APME-AP staff journalism awards

An investigation into rampant labor abuses in the fishing industry of Southeast Asia won top honors for enterprise reporting in this year's Associated Press Media Editors awards for journalism excellence by AP staffers. 

See full list of winners and finalists.

Watch the APME Lunchtime Training on Google Hangout

We had a lunchtime talk with Brian Carovillano, vice president for U.S. news, to learn how the Associated Press covered the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

This Google Hangout event was part of a free APME training series designed to stimulate thought, journalistic ambition and discussion among journalists.


APME condemns Trump ban of media outlets

Donald Trump has revoked the press credentials of The Washington Post and barred multiple major news organizations from rallies and campaign events while working to become the nation’s next president. This shows a fundamental lack of understanding of the rights of a free press, as established in the First Amendment.

The press has an obligation to provide vigorous, thorough and accurate coverage of anyone running for the office of U.S. president. And candidates have an obligation to allow uniform media access to their events, regardless of whether coverage conforms to their wishes.

The Associated Press Media Editors joins other major news leadership organizations in condemning this affront to the democratic process and the very principles on which our nation was founded. We urge the Republican Party and its presumptive presidential nominee to abandon these sanctions and allow full access to all media outlets to protect the public’s right to know.

Some other journalism organizations speaking out are the Society of Professional Journalists and American Society of News Editors

Winners and finalists in the APME journalism awards

A joint effort of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Tampa Bay Times to expose treacherous and violent conditions in Florida's state-funded mental hospitals has won top honors in the 2016 Associated Press Media Editors Innovation in Journalism Awards. See full list of winners and finalists.
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