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Polish your digital skills at the Lincoln, Nebraska, NewsTrain on April 9

The NewsTrain workshop in Lincoln, Nebraska, on April 9 is open for registration. For just $75, get a full day of digital training, including meals, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sessions include:
  • maximizing your social media for personal branding and audience engagement, 
  • making smart choices in digital storytelling, 
  • planning for breaking news in the digital age, 
  • writing for mobile, and 
  • producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.
The first 25 to register will receive a free AP Stylebook, a $20.95 value, courtesy of Dale Leach, AP's regional director - Central.

Competitive scholarships that cover the $75 registration fee are available for journalists, journalism educators and journalism students from diverse backgrounds. The scholarships are funded by the APME Foundation.
Discounted hotel rooms -- an eight-minute walk from the workshop venue -- are available for $129 a night, plus tax.
More info and register at

Announcing the APME Journalism Innovation Awards for 2015 


The Associated Press Media Editors is now accepting entries to the Journalism Innovation Awards for 2015, honoring excellence in newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites in the United States and Canada.

This year, the awards have a new name – emphasizing innovation – that reflects APME’s rich heritage and its focus on the future. APME is an industry leader in empowering journalists to thrive in a rapidly changing environment, through NewsTrain workshops, national reporting projects, campus mentoring programs, and annual conferences. It is at the forefront in promoting freedom of information, diversity and community engagement.

The annual awards recognize journalism that successfully combines fundamental excellence with forward-looking innovation. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2016.

Eligible work must have been posted, published or launched between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015. News organizations can submit the same entry in up to two categories. The fee is $75 per entry for APME members and $100 per entry for non-APME members. The fee is $25 per entry for the Innovator of the Year for College Students. To see if you or your organization is a member, please go to (If you are not yet an APME member, you may join at this site:


For more information, read more here or contact Sue Johnson ( or Sarah Nordgren ( at the Associated Press. 

Here are the awardsEnter at 

NewsTrain workshops coming to Kentucky, Nebraska, Nova Scotia and Tennessee in 2016


APME’s NewsTrain will bring its high-quality, affordable training to Kentucky, Nebraska, Nova Scotia and Tennessee in 2016.

Here’s the lineup for the 2016 workshops, which cost $75 each to attend:

 Jan. 21 in Lexington, Kentucky
 April 9 in Lincoln, Nebraska
 May 6-7 in Halifax, Nova Scotia
 A fall date in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Sessions in Lexington include maximizing social media for branding and reporting, getting started with data-driven enterprise reporting, and shooting compelling smartphone video. Trainers include Daniel Victor, senior staff editor of The New York Times; Kathy Kieliszewski, visuals director of the Detroit Free Press; and Linda J. Johnson, former computer-assisted reporting coordinator for the Lexington Herald-Leader. 

Learn more here

Sarah Nordren becomes APME executive director

Sarah Nordgren, who has held numerous roles in the editorial and revenue departments of The Associated Press, has been named executive director of Associated Press Media Editors and director of AP's U.S. news operations. The announcement was made by Brian Carovillano, AP's vice president for U.S. news.

As APME executive director, Nordgren will lead an industry organization that seeks to foster journalistic excellence and support and train the leaders of today's multimedia newsrooms. She succeeds Sally Jacobsen, who retired last week following a career in which she also served as AP's international editor and as editor of the AP Stylebook.

"She is very well-respected by her colleagues and those in newsrooms around the country," said Laura Sellers-Earl, president of APME and managing editor of the Daily Astorian in Astoria, Oregon. "We are eager to work with Sarah to move APME even further into the forefront of promoting quality journalism, Freedom of Information, innovation and training exceptional newsroom leaders."

She will also serve as director of operations for AP's U.S. news team. In that role she will help manage bureaus and regional desks in the 50 states, including staff in every U.S. state capital, and help shepherd key newsroom initiatives. She will report to Carovillano.

"AP and APME are fortunate to have Sarah Nordgren in this critical role," he said. "She is among the smartest journalists and best strategic thinkers I know, and I have learned so much from her over the years about journalism and leadership."

For the past four years, Nordgren has served as AP's director of U.S. content development. In that role, she has been a primary liaison between AP's newsroom and revenue departments and has led efforts to develop a digital publishing business. Before that, she was deputy managing editor and director of state news, in which she oversaw AP's domestic news bureaus. She has helped develop social media guidelines and led the development of global beat teams. She joined AP in 1982 and has also served as a reporter and assistant chief of bureau in Chicago. Nordgren is originally from Omaha and lives in New York City with her husband. She has two children.

Save the dates for ASNE-APME 2016 in Philadelphia

ASNE and APME are going back east for 2016! Plan early to spend a few days next fall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's largest city, known for its rich history.

Please save these dates: Sunday, Sept. 11 - Wednesday, Sept. 14. We'll kick off with a Sunday-evening reception and continue until Wednesday late morning. The Associated Press Photo Managers will once again join us.

We have a terrific nightly rate of $199 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, at 1201 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. 

We'll build on the success we had at this year's ASNE-APME conference Oct. 16-18 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. A committee representing both organizations already has started planning the 2016 conference, including programming and fundraising.
Mark your calendar now! We'll have more details soon on conference registration and booking a room. 



Follow along with coverage of #Editors3D conference



A team of student journalists from Ball State University, Stanford University and San Jose State University will be filing stories, photos and video from the ASNE-APME Editors3D conference underway at Stanford University.


Find their work here:

Latest installment of national reporting project floods U.S. with enterprising stories

News organizations across the country again embraced the joint Associated Press/APME national reporting project on America’s crumbling infrastructure, giving prominent play to the third installment on challenges facing the nation’s drinking water systems.

This latest installment of the “Fractured Framework” series came in late September after two successful packages earlier this year, one on highway funding, the other on traffic gridlock. The genesis this time was that safe, readily-available drinking water has for too long been taken for granted – and it impacts people regardless of the size, location or demographics of their community.

Read more about the project here: 




Apply for the APME editor exchange to improve young journalists

The Associated Press Media Editors is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Editor Educator Exchange, a partnership that puts editors in college classrooms and journalism educators in the newsrooms of APME members. The goal is to help journalism programs stay abreast of the rapid changes occurring in U.S. newsrooms.
Each semester, one editor will visit one college journalism program, and a faculty member will make a return visit to the editor’s news organization. The first exchange, in March, sent former APME president Bob Heisse, executive editor of The Times of Northwest Indiana, to Ball State University. Ball State faculty member Juli Metzger followed up with a visit to Heisse’s newsroom in Munster.
Click here to apply to be a visiting editor and here if you're an educator who wants to host an editor.
Submit your application to Mark Baldwin at
APME honors top work by the Associated Press


Coverage of the grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown won honors for deadline reporting in this year's Associated Press Media Editors awards for journalism excellence by AP staffers.

An investigation of Duke Energy, the nation's largest electricity company, after a coal ash spill in North Carolina was honored in the enterprise category, and a profile of a drug-addicted prisoner who became a hospice nurse won the feature writing award.

Jake Pearson of the New York City bureau won two awards for his investigation of the deaths of prisoners at Rikers Island, a 10-jail complex in New York's East River.

"The AP staff did excellent work producing enterprising, in-depth stories and hundreds of compelling photos in the past year, making it difficult to pick only a few to honor," said APME President Alan D. Miller, managing editor of The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. "Those receiving APME awards are exceptionally strong and represent some of the best of journalism in America — to the benefit of readers around the world."

See the full list of winners


Winners announced in APME Journalism Excellence Awards


The Miami Herald, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today were among the news organizations that won top honors in the annual Associated Press Media Editors' Journalism Excellence Awards.

APME also announced that the Seattle Times, Alabama Media Group, the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune and Vermont Public Radio were winners in a new contest category, the Community Engagement Award, which drew a large number of entries.

"Challenges in our industry clearly have not diminished the quality of investigative, watchdog reporting in the United States," said Alan D. Miller, president of APME and managing editor/news for The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. "It's inspiring to read through the many entries in this year's contest and see not only great journalism but also the responses to it."

"These stories, whether in print or online, have so affected readers that they have taken action or pressed public officials to take action to right wrongs and fix problems that have affected millions of people," Miller said. "The world is a better place because of the excellent work done by these journalists."

Here is the full list of winners.

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