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APME Update • Dec. 1, 2016
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Oct. 8-11, 2017 -- ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.


Lead. Nurture. Innovate.

Our new Associated Press Media Editors' vision statement is focused on growth. We ask you to strongly consider contributing to efforts for our industry in a meaningful way.

The nonprofit APME Foundation and its signature training program, NewsTrain, need your support.

Both are tax-deductible missions, relying on volunteers, like you, and the donations of many. In almost every case, your donations will help lead to more, because donors like to see that the organization’s members are all in, too. If you wish to join any of our commitees working to help newsroom leaders, please contact anyone on our board of directors executive committee list.

Donations can be anything from $10-$500 (or more!) tax-deductible personal donations, and/or that and more from your company's or matching funds.

NewsTrain has served more than 7,000 journalists in 84 workshops over 13 years. We have traveled to all 50 states, bringing cutting-edge training close to home. Attendees consistently rate our sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful. Our affordable early-bird registration of $75 is only possible because of the generous support of our donors.

As important as NewsTrain is, the APME Foundation and Association need your continued support for all our efforts for a free press, freedom of information, watchdog journalism, diversity, great ideas, working with The Associated Press and so much more. We expect to need to be even more vigilant in the coming years.

Foundation initiatives include:
• Supporting NewsTrain regional trainings;
• Honoring great journalism through APME Awards;
• Promoting diversity, the First Amendment, innovation and strong newsroom leaders.

How can you help?

• Donate to NewsTrain online at
The NewsTrain Ambassador campaign hopes to reach NewsTrain alumni and supporters across the United States and Canada. Make a donation of $100 or more and become a NewsTrain Ambassador. You'll be recognized online and in the APME News magazine, as well as at the national conference in the fall. If you can't give at that level, consider a gift of $10 or more this year. All donations are tax-deductible.

• Donate to the APME Foundation at
The Associated Press Media Editors Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1988 to receive tax-exempt gifts to carry out educational projects for the advancement of journalism.

• Donate to NewsTrain and/or the APME Foundation by check or invoice.
APME Foundation
RE: (NewsTrain or Foundation)
450 W. 33rd St., 14th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Attn: Executive Director Sarah Nordgren

• Volunteer for the NewsTrain or fundraising committees.
Help find the corporate and personal sponsorships that make our outreach efforts rock ’n’ roll. Contact NewsTrain co-chairs Alan D. Miller, The Columbus Dispatch, and Bill Church, Gatehouse Media, or fundraising chair Laura Sellers, The Daily Astorian.

Questions? 212-621-1766 is Executive Director Sarah Nordgren’s number, and her email is Feel free to reach out to any of us with ideas and questions.

Happy holidays and see you at the APME-ASNE-APPM News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington, D.C.!

Bill Church, 2017 president
Laura Sellers, 2016 president
Alan D. Miller, 2015 president


GREAT IDEAS: Peoria (Illinois) Journal Star


When the Illinois Legislature failed to pass a budget as scheduled by May 31, 2015, political reporter/columnist Chris Kaergard was working to find a way to represent the length of the potential stalemate and its effect on agencies around our community.

So he stopped shaving.

The resulting growth has been an easy visual representation for readers online, through social media and in print of the longevity of the impasse.

Through a series of tweets utilizing the hashtag #budgetbeard, Kaergard engaged on Twitter with policymakers and citizens alike about news on negotiations, cuts and layoffs that have come because of the budget disputes.

A digital timeline at allowed readers to follow major news in state government, leavened with photos of politicians reacting to Kaergard’s beard. Staff graphic artist Michael Anthony Noel crafted a series of memes designed to be shared via Twitter and Facebook, featuring Kaergard in a Santa Claus costume delivering humorous takes on the situation and referring readers to the timeline and other
budget-related content on our site.

As of June 6, 2016, Chris has not shaved, meaning the state "still doesn’t have a budget.”

— Chris Kaergard

Link to the eBook and see all the 2016 Great ideas!



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