Announcing the

2018 ASSOCIATED PRESS MEDIA EDITORS AWARDS HONORING JOURNALISM EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION

The Associated Press Media Editors is now accepting entries to its annual awards competition, which honors excellence and innovation in newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites.

The deadline for entries is March 1, 2018. Eligible work must have been posted, published or launched between Jan. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2017. News organizations are allowed to submit the same entry in up to two categories.

There are two notable changes in this year’s contest.

First, several awards are divided into categories based on size. In the past, size was determined by circulation or DMA ranking. Now, size is determined by the number of full-time-equivalent employees in a newsroom – all those involved in reporting, editing, visuals, multimedia, design and production. See specific award descriptions for details.

Second, the contest used to be open only to Associated Press and Canadian Press members. Now, it is open to all AP and CP customers, as well as members.

The fee remains $75 per entry for APME members, $100 per entry for non-APME members. For those who submit three or more entries, the fee is discounted to $60 per entry for members, and $85 per entry for non-members. For universities and college students, the fee remains $25 per entry.

Entries should include electronic files in PDF format of stories, series, visuals and/or editorials and community reaction. Up to 20 electronic files may be submitted, as well as a cover letter outlining the background, execution and accomplishments of the effort. The entry should address significant challenges to accuracy, and all published corrections or clarifications.

Awards will be presented at the 2018 APME-ASNE Conference, Sept. 11-12, in Austin, Texas. A highlight of the conference: Finalists for the Innovator of the Year Award will make presentations, with the winner selected on-site by attendees.

The first step in entering is signing up as an "entrant" at the APME contest site at http://bit.ly/2018APMEawards. Please keep your entrant username and password. You will need it to return to the site to edit or add more entries before submitting them for judging. Submit all entries before accessing the payment page to check out.

For more information, click here


Fifty-five scholarships available for Muncie NewsTrain

APME’s NewsTrain is bringing affordable training in digital-journalism skills to Muncie, Indiana, on March 24.

We have up to 50 general scholarships funded by the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation available to all journalists, journalism students and journalism educators. And we have five diversity scholarships funded by the APME Foundation for journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds. Please apply by Feb. 12, 2018.

Early-bird registration is $75 for a full Saturday of training at Ball State University. Sessions include:

  • Mobile newsgathering: better reporting with your smartphone,
  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools,
  • Shooting short, shareable smartphone video,
  • Better time management with beat mapping, and
  • Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Competitive diversity scholarships are available to journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds. Apply by Feb 12.

Experience NewsTrain’s highly rated training; attendees regularly judge sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly useful and highly effective. “This is the best hands-on collection of practical sessions with knowledgeable ‘in-the-field’ instructors I’ve experienced,” said 2016 attendee Kelly Shiers.

Your accomplished trainers include (clockwise):

  • Mark Nichols is a data journalist, based in Indianapolis, on the national investigations team for USA Today.
  • Val Hoeppner, director of the Center for Innovation in Media at Middle Tennessee State University.
  • Amy Bartnerdowntown reporter for The Indianapolis Star and its former social media editor and engagement manager.
  • Linda Austin, project director for NewsTrain.

Please register by Feb. 24 to get the early-bird rate of just $75, including meals. Discounted hotel rooms on campus start at $68 a night, plus tax.

Register today! NewsTrains often sell out. Plus, the first 20 registrants receive a free AP Stylebook.

Muncie NewsTrain will be the 89th such workshop organized by Associated Press Media Editors (APME) in collaboration with a host committee of local journalists. The nonprofit organization of newsroom leaders has sponsored NewsTrain since 2003, training more than 7,300 journalists in cities across the United States and Canada.

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER: bit.ly/MuncieNewsTrain.


APME News is available online

Read about The Dallas Morning News' move to new digs and other items of interest from our industry. Among the offerings:

The President’'s Corner: NewsTrain is essential to APME’'s mission
Ken Paulson: Recently launched First Amendment databases are a true gift
Meet Paula Froke: APME executive director brings experience, enthusiasm
A New Space: Dallas Morning News sets up new shop and a new culture
Social Shift: Facebook explores surfacing local news for local audiences
Award Season: Journal Sentinel wins innovation honor; award winners list
Impact in Indiana: Ball State meth project captures college innovation prize
Ideas & Ideals: Leonard Pitts urges journalists to take a strong stance
Great Ideas: Creative new features, web projects and social media tools
Welcome Aboard: APME board welcomes new members
Drone Zone: Looking to the sky for ways to enhance news coverage
Truth Seekers: Fake news, politics and reporting in the age of Trump
Miles to Go?: Speakers urge more progress in diversity coverage
The Youth Beat: Students provide sights and sounds of D.C. conference
Editors in the News: Promotions, appointments and awards
NewsTrain: Program spans the country for last three workshops of 2017

READ IT ALL HERE

NewsTrain is headed to Phoenix. Get training in social, mobile, data, graphics, writing, open records, digital tools and more for just $75 on April 6 and 7

You don't want to miss the day and a half of APME NewsTrain's exceptional and affordable training in digital-journalism skills to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix on April 6 and 7.

Early-bird registration is $75 for the Friday and Saturday. Sessions include:

  • 10 habits of highly effective open-records users

  • How to write short AND well

  • Getting your story read: maximizing and measuring social media for branding and audience engagement

  • Mining data for enterprise stories off any beat

  • Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices

  • Creating simple graphics for mobile

  • Meet the best digital reporting tools

  • What's missing in border and immigration coverage

Experience NewsTrain’s highly rated training; attendees regularly judge sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly useful and highly effective. "I liked that I could dive into a day focused on digital; for me, this helps to fill a gap in my skill and knowledge set. It confirmed some of the things I'm being asked to do at my new job, and gave me a much better sense of the importance of thinking about mobile news consumption.” said 2017 attendee Heather Beasley Doyle.

Your accomplished trainers include

  • Sarah Cohen, Knight Chair in data journalism at the Cronkite School.

  • David Cuillier, associate professor and director of the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

  • Laura E. Davisdigital news director of the Annenberg Media Center at the University of Southern California.

    Courtland Jeffrey, data visualizer at KNXV-ABC15.

  • Jessica Pucci, Ethics and Excellence professor of practice, data analysis and audience engagement at the Cronkite School.

  • Vanessa Ruiz, director of the Cronkite News Borderlands team and professor of practice at the Cronkite School.

  • Fernanda Santos, Southwest Borderlands Initiative professor of practice at the Cronkite School.

  • Jim Small, executive director and editor of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.

  • Evan Wyloge, senior reporter for the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.

Please register by March 6 to get the early-bird rate of just $75, including meals. Discounted hotel rooms on campus start at $129 a night, plus tax.

Register today! NewsTrains often sell out. Plus, the first 20 registrants receive a free AP Stylebook.

Competitive diversity scholarships are available to journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds. Apply by Feb 20.

Phoenix will be 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 has sponsored NewsTrain since 2003, training more than 7,300 journalists in cities across the United States and Canada.

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER: bit.ly/PhoenixNewsTrain.


 

Porter of The Press Democrat wins October'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 John J. Watkins, staff photojournalist, and Kale Wilk, digital producer, of The Times of Northwest Indiana for judging this month.
 
Here is what the judges had to say about the winning image:

 

"The photo captures a loving, human moment in a solemn surrounding. The composition and shallow depth of field nicely depicts and isolates the couple from the destruction they’re surrounded by. Although they appear to have lost everything, they still have each other.”

 

This is a link to all images entered for October and the winner is slide 28.

 

http://apphotocontests.ap.org/APME_POM/apme_pom_1017/index.html

 

 

Caption: Gordon Easter and fiancee Gail Hale embrace as they return to their home on Hopper Lane in Coffey Park, Friday Oct. 20, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Northern California residents who fled a wildfire in the dead of night with only minutes to spare returned to their neighborhoods Friday for the first time in nearly two weeks to see if anything was standing. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)



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 the 2018 conference, including programming and fundraising.

You can for the conference now by clicking here.

We'll have more details soon.

Calendar more

3/24/2018
Muncie NewsTrain 2018

4/6/2018 » 4/7/2018
Phoenix NewsTrain 2018

9/11/2018 » 9/12/2018
2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas

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