Phomicinda of The Orange County Register wins September's National Member Photo of the Month


The Associated Press Media Editors has honored this photograph as National Member Photo of the Month for September 2017. 

Thanks to Autumn Phillips at the Quad-City Times and George Rodrigue at The Plain Dealerf or judging this month. 

Here is what the judges had to say about the winning image:

“This is a compelling photo of the Canyon fire by Watchara Phomicinda of The Orange County Register. The mix of drama, composition and humanity drew us to this image. Her proximity to the action show courage and commitment, as she might have risked her life to take that photo. It also shows a level of trust put in her by the firefighting agencies to let her so close to the front lines.”

This is a link to all images entered for September and the winner is slide 46.

Caption: Firefighters battle to save homes as the Canyon fire continues to burn in the 4200 block of San Ramon Drive in Corona, Calif., Monday, Sept . 25, 2017. (Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register via AP)

It's wrap! News Leadership 2017 celebrates a great conference

The 2017 ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference signed off from the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. 

The speakers and networking were top-notch. Catch up on the news by our student journalists at

• A conversation with Leonard Pitts Jr. and video of his compelling remarks is here:

• Video: In conversation with Facebook Journalism Project’s Jason White:


2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference planned Sept. 11-12 in Austin, Texas

Mark your calendar! We are heading to Austin, Texas, Sept. 11-12,2018, for the fifth annual ASNE-APME News LeadershipConference.

The Associated Press Photo Managers will once again join us.

Plan early to spend two full days next fall in one of the most creative and innovative cities in the US, the capital of Texas! We will begin on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, and conclude on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 12. It will be short but packed with programming.

Our conference hotel is the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. We have a nightly rate of $219.

Immediately following the 2018 ASNE-APME conference will be the Online News Association conference Sept. 13-15 at the JW Marriott Austin.

We'll build on the success we had at this year's conference in Washington, D.C. A committee representing both organizations already has started planning the2018conference, including programming and fundraising.

We'll have more details soon on conference registration and hotel reservations.

Congratulations to the three new directors joining the Associated Press Board of Directors in 2018!

Kathy Best

Editor, Missoulian in Missoula, Montana, and the Ravalli Republic in the nearby Bitterroot Valley

Small market • Two-year term

Kathy Best is the editor of the Missoulian in Missoula, Montana, and the Ravalli Republic in the nearby Bitterroot Valley.

She was previously the editor and vice president for news at The Seattle Times and served as the newsroom’s managing editor for digital news and content creation. In those roles, she helped lead the Times newsroom to two Pulitzer Prizes and two Online Journalism Awards for breaking news and explanatory projects.

Best also has held senior editing positions at The Baltimore Sun, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She spent most of her reporting career covering government and politics in Illinois and Washington, D.C.

She previously served on the APME Board as its digital representative and is eager to rejoin her colleagues in confronting the challenges we all face.

Juli Metzger

Journalism Instructor, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Educator • Three-year term

Juli Metzger is an instructor of Journalism at Ball State University, and most recently oversaw students in the Unified Media Lab, a $4 million multimedia, cross-platform space for students to practice journalism in print, on the air and online.

Before joining the academy in 2011, Metzger was executive editor for digital at the Indianapolis Star, where she also served as Gannett's group director of niche Publications in the Midwest. She's been the top editor of newspapers in Indiana, Ohio and Louisiana, and was president and publisher of three others. She's worked in nine newsrooms in four states and led staffs to win national journalism honors, including the APME Public Service Award. From 2005 to 2009, Metzger served on the Indiana APME Board of Directors. She was Gannett's Editor of the Year in 2000.

Last spring, Metzger received Ball State University's 2017 Immersive Learning Faculty Award for work with students on a semester-long, multimedia project "Unmasked: The stigma of meth."The project also won the 2017 Associated Press Media Editors Innovator of the Year Award for College Students. In 2016, Metzger was an Entrepreneurial Institute Fellow at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University where she developed a course in Entrepreneurial Journalism, which she now teaches.

In 2015, Metzger and her students participated in the inaugural Associated Press Media Editors "Editor Educator Exchange," a newsroom-to-classroom exchange program. Metzger and Ball State will kick off the APME NewsTrain season with a workshop on campus in March 2018.

Metzger has recruited college students to cover the Associated Press Media Editors/American Society of News Editors conferences every year since 2013. Besides Ball State students, Metzger recruits area students from other colleges near the venue to participate in the conference coverage team, a boots-on-the-ground reporting staff producing real-time, multi-platform content. Ball State students have worked with students from Indiana University, Columbia College, Stanford University, San Jose State University, Penn State and this year Howard University will join the coverage team.

Metzger is immediate past president for the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie and is board vice president of Project Leadership, a mentoring program designed to get students to and through college or post-secondary education.

She and her husband own a boutique content marketing agency, specializing in custom content, niche publications and social media management.


Sally Stapleton

Managing Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

At-Large • Three-year term

Sally Stapleton is the managing editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Stapleton is a former deputy executive photo editor of The Associated Press. During her tenure as the AP International Editor, Stapleton led a team of photographers to two Pulitzer Prizes in Photography for Africa coverage in 1995 for the Rwanda genocide and in 1999 for the simultaneous U.S. Embassy bombings by al-Qaeda in Kenya and Tanzania. Previous to the AP, she worked as a photo editor at The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

From 2008 to 2016, Stapleton was the managing editor/online at The Day in New London, Ct. Prior to joining the Post-Gazette, she was named the T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor for spring 2016 at the University of Montana School of Journalism.

In 2002 she received a Fulbright scholarship to work with local journalists in Rwanda. As a result, she developed a relationship with local media owners, journalism academics, journalists and media association leaders whose objective was to elevate the quality of journalism in the country and the Great Lakes region. In 2008, the Great Lakes Media Center was established as an educational institute for Rwandan working journalists.

She received her undergraduate and graduate journalism degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.

We would still like nominations for our open three-year broadcaster slot. Send those to Michael DaysorAngie Muhs of the Elections Committee.

The 2017 Great Ideas e-book has ideas, including:

• Music Wednesdays
• Going to the Dogs
• Roundtable follow-ups
• Facebook Live without the cell phone
• Faces of the Region
• Election endorsements
• Simple startup for creating podcasts
• Giving them the time of day
• News Literacy
• The Housing Crunch
• And more …


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wins APME Innovator of Year Award


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Just the FAQs was named winner of the 2017 APME  Innovator of the Year Award.

The Journal Sentinel developed short, snappy and sharable videos that allow viewers to cut through a fog of information available in social media and online. “Just the FAQs” uses a new Wochit video-editing tool. Anyone in the newsroom can create clean, appealing and informative videos in less than an hour, usually after just one training session. The new video-editing tool has helped drive traffic. Video views in the last quarter of 2016 were 1.14 million. In the first quarter of 2017, video traffic increased to 1.44 million, and in the second quarter of 2017, video views jumped to 2.75 million. Judges said: “This is a great idea on several levels. Not only does it work for the short attention spans of readers in the era of social media and the smartphone, but also it repurposes existing content. Very clever to have a tool that cuts down on the production and editing time; it appears simple enough for just about anyone in the newsroom to use. This is certainly an idea that could be used by other news organizations.”

Competition for the 2017 Innovator of the Year award started with three finalists that pushed their relevancy and their limits. The winner was announced Tuesday at the News Leadership Conference in Washington.

The Journal Sentinel won $1,000 for their work.


NewsTrain digital-skills workshops coming to Indiana, Arizona, Texas, S.C. and Ontario in 2018-19

APME’s NewsTrain will bring its high-quality, affordable training to Indiana, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas and Ontario in 2018-19.

Here are the locations for the workshops, which have an early-bird rate of $75 each to attend:

  • March 24 in Muncie, Indiana, hosted by Ball State University;
  • April 6-7 in Phoenix, hosted at Arizona State University by the Arizona Newspapers Association;
  • Fall 2018 in Denton, Texas, (40 miles north of Dallas), hosted by the University of North Texas;
  • Fall 2018 or the first half of 2019 in Greenville, South Carolina, hosted at Furman University by The Greenville News; and
  • March 2019 in Toronto, hosted by News Media Canada.

Please sign up here to be emailed when more information becomes available on the dates, agendas and instructors for the 2018-19 workshops.

Additional workshops for 2019 will be announced in 2018. To apply to bring NewsTrain to your town in 2019, visit

LEARN MORE and REGISTER FOR 2017 WORKSHOPS in New England; Columbus, Ohio; and Seattle

Baldwin elected 2021 APME president

The Associated Press Media Editors is pleased to announce that Mark Baldwin, executive editor of the Rockford Register Star, has been elected as its 2021 president.

Baldwin is a veteran member of the APME board. He has headed the conference planning committee in 2012, 2013 and 2017. He has also led APME’s outreach to college programs and served as chair of the First Amendment committee.

"Mark has been a valued APME board member and a nationally recognized expert on the importance of news literacy and community engagement,” said APME President Bill Church, who is senior vice president news for Gatehouse Media.

“His strong sense of civility positions him to lead APME now and into the future."

Baldwin was appointed executive editor of the Register Star in 2012. He previously worked at newspapers in Wisconsin, Kansas, New York, Florida and Chicago.

A native of Chicago, he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.  

“It’s an honor to be chosen as for a leadership role by people I like and respect as much as my APME board colleagues,” he said. “It's important to remember that everyone on the board is a leader, from the longest-tenured among us to the newcomers.”

One of his goals will be to help board members become involved in APME work as quickly as possible.

Baldwin noted that APME must respond to the same challenges facing the entire news industry, including mistrust of the media by certain segments of the population.

“To me, that presents a great opportunity to explain our values and our methods, and to teach the skills of news literacy so that consumers of information can, on their own, determine the credibility of news sources available to them,” he said.


He also envisions APME deepening its partnerships with other journalism groups like the American Society of News Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists so the industry can speak out with the “strongest possible voice on critical issues.”



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