April 30, 2018
: Deadline for applications to host a NewsTrain in 2019
Sept. 7-8, 2018: NewsTrain workshop in Greenville, S.C.
Sept. 11-12, 2018: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Austin, Texas
Sept. 22, 2018:
NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
March 2019
NewsTrain workshop in Toronto

Train in social, mobile, data, verification and time management at Greenville, S.C., NewsTrain on Sept. 7-8

Ball State University students Elena Stidham and Gabbi Mitchell edit their mobile video at Muncie NewsTrain. Photo by Val Hoeppner

Greenville NewsTrain will offer a day and a half of digital training on Sept. 7-8, 2018, at the Younts Conference Center at Furman University. 

Training Sessions Include:

  • Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices
  • Getting your story read: maximizing and measuring social media for branding and audience engagement
  • Data-driven enterprise off your beat
  • Becoming a verification ninja
  • Mobile newsgathering: better reporting with your smartphone
  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools
  • Can you unplug? Making time to have a life

Early-bird registration is $75 through Aug. 7; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 8.

Competitive diversity scholarships are available for journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds; Click here to apply.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify the best way to tell a particular story on a small screen.
  • Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.
  • Improve your writing on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.
  • Identify accurate content and debunk hoaxes.
  • Use social media for sourcing, spotting news trends and verifying user-generated content.
  • Turn your smartphone into a versatile, multimedia reporting tool in the field.
  • Better manage your time and that of your newsroom teams.
To learn more, visit or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.

To get updates for any of the upcoming NewsTrains, visit this page and signup.

ASNE-APME conference: a guide to leading your newsroom

Join us Sept. 11-12 at the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas, where you will be inundated with tips and advice on how to lead your newsroom in 2018 and going forward.

For two full days attheAT&T Executive Education and Conference Center,the conference will coverthe latest innovations in content and technology, leadership strategies, new business models and more. Register and book your hotel room now!
Some highlights of our sessions and speakers you don't want to miss:
Harassment in the Newsroom:In the year of #metoo, newsrooms are confronting incidents of sexual harassment by reporters and editors. What have we learned? Jill Geisler, Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago, will lead a wide-open conversation focused on changing the way we hire, train and respond to issues of workplace misconduct and revisiting the systems that led to years of silence. We will look at which publishers are examining the intersection of harassment, discrimination and incivility and taking on the big challenges. Who’s recognizing that things that aren’t necessarily illegal are still unacceptable? Who’s looking out for the least powerful in newsrooms: our interns, temporary workers and freelancers?
Tools Talk:What are the key technological tools that you can implement to make your newsroom more effective and efficient? Are you using the right ones? ASNE and APME have whittled down the list of competing companies and invited the best ones to Austin to explain why other newsrooms have hired them and why you should, too. Editors will have the opportunity to ask questions about the product. You will leave with a far greater understanding of how technology can make you a better editor.
Innovation Track: Changing You and Your Newsroom: In a newsroom, change can’t happen unless it starts with leaders like you. What are the key steps to getting into the right frame of mind to change the way you work so you can then change how your team works? What is it about our brains that make us slaves to old processes? How do we break free?
Registration and hotel

The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers.A terrific group rate is available at the on-site hotel at the conference center for $219/night Sunday, Sept. 9, through Wednesday, Sept. 12.


Apply by April 30 to bring APME's NewsTrain workshop to your stomping grounds in 2019

If you’re looking to bring affordable, digital training to your newsroom in 2019, consider hosting one of APME’s NewsTrain workshops.

To experience the learning, morale boost and fun of a NewsTrain workshop in your town, the first steps are to put together a tentative host committee of representatives from local journalism organizations, and apply by April 30 at

Successful host committees work hand-in-glove with the NewsTrain staff over six months to plan and promote their workshops. The skills taught are customized to the needs of journalists in your region and designed to be used immediately.

The host committee’s financial obligation includes supplying food for either a one-day or two-day workshop attracting 100. It should seek local sponsors to cover that cost, which can run $1,500 to $3,000. The host committee also markets the workshop regionally and secures a venue, usually a university site. APME engages the accomplished trainers.

The payback is smarter, more engaged and enthusiastic journalists, journalism students and journalism educators in your region.

“It’s simply the best training ever,” said Tina Ongkeko, managing director of member services for News Media Canada and host-committee chair for four NewsTrains. “The organization, program development and execution of NewsTrains are top-notch.

Since 2003, Associated Press Media Editors (APME) has produced 88 NewsTrains in the United States and Canada, training more than 7,300 journalists.


HSPA Foundation scholarships enable journalists to polish digital skills at Muncie, Indiana, NewsTrain

Indiana University students Carley Lanich and Eman Mozaffar edit their mobile video at the Muncie NewsTrain. Photo by Val Hoeppner

Scholarships offered by the Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) Foundation allowed dozens of journalists, journalism students and journalism educators to attend APME’s NewsTrain workshop for free in Muncie, Indiana.

The 44 attendees emerged from their April 14 training at Ball State University energized and ready to put their new digital skills to use in their newsrooms and classrooms.

“I have been in the business for 30 years, and it’s good to be able to acquire updated skills,” said reporter Rebecca Bibbs at The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Indiana. “I also thought it was very interactive and allowed us to practice what was preached.”

Sessions included smartphone video and mobile newsgathering with Val Hoeppner of Middle Tennessee State University, data-driven enterprise stories with Mark Nichols of USA Today, social reporting with Amy Bartner of The Indianapolis Star, and beat mapping with Linda Austin of NewsTrain.

The trainers’ handouts and most of their slides from this and other recent NewsTrains can be found at

Jeffrey Schmucker, assistant city editor at The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, said, “Loved my time here. I highly recommend this for every newsroom.”

Muncie NewsTrain was the 90th such workshop organized by Associated Press Media Editors (APME) in collaboration with a host committee of local journalists. The nonprofit organization of newsroom leaders in the United States and Canada has sponsored NewsTrain since 2003, training more than 7,400 journalists.

To bring a NewsTrain workshop to your town in 2019, the first step is to apply at by April 30.

Fall 2018 NewsTrain dates set for Greenville, S.C., and Denton, Texas

Choose from two NewsTrain workshops in September.
Join us in Greenville, S.C., at Furman University on Sept. 7-8 for a day and half of exceptional training for journalists of all levels.

Then, after the ASNE/APME/APPM conference in Austin, NewsTrain heads to Denton, Texas, on Sept. 22 for a daylong workshop on the University of North Texas campus.

Both locations will offer early bird registration at $75. Details to be announced soon.

To get updates for any of the upcoming NewsTrains, visit this page and signup.

APME: Lead. Nurture. Innovate.

We foster newsroom leaders. We empower journalists to succeed. We cultivate ideas that work. 
The Associated Press Media Editors is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization of newsroom leaders and journalism educators that works closely with The Associated Press to promote journalism excellence. Anyone with senior responsibilities in an AP-affiliated organization, and any journalism educator or student media leader, is invited to join.
APME advances the principles and practices of responsible journalism. We support and mentor a diverse network of current and emerging newsroom leaders. We champion the First Amendment and promote freedom of information. We train journalists to realize their aspirations and thrive in a rapidly changing environment. We promote forward-looking ideas that benefit news organizations and the communities they serve. We work closely with the Associated Press, the largest independent media operation in the world.


The APME Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1988 to receive tax-exempt gifts to carry out educational projects for the advancement of newspaper journalism. Every year since 1994 an auction has been held at the annual conference to benefit the foundation. Proceeds help support NewsTrain, a regional, low-cost training opportunity around the country and other practical education tools promoting the First Amendment, innovation and diversity in newsrooms.

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