See you soon in Washington! 

The 2017 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in less than three weeks at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. Check out the scheduleregister and get your hotel roomNOW to join us Oct. 8-11!

Newly added to our program is an ever-more relevant panel discussing lessons learned from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Come join us and hear from journalists on the frontlines covering two historic storms. What journalism and life lessons did they learn?

Here are five other things you don't want to miss: 

1. Get up-to-date on US policy

If you are already registered, then consider adding the state department briefing to your agenda for the final day of the conference. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 11attendees will have an around-the-world tour as they meet with diplomats responsible for U.S. policy around the globe. Registration, which comes with a box lunch, will close Sept. 28. Space is limited, so don't wait until the last minute.

2. Diversity recruitment and retention

Need more diversity in your newsroom? Get quick tips from industry leaders. This panel takes a fresh look at recruiting and retaining journalists of color in the digital age.On Tuesday, Oct. 10, our experts will provide insight on today's journalism graduates and talented folks with potential working in the digital space. How do we retain journalists of color who are worried about the future and are tempted to seek employment in public relations, academia and other "more stable" professions?

3. Kerner Commission, 50 years later

On March 1, it will be 50 years since the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission, shook the news media with its declaration that "the journalistic profession has been shockingly backward in seeking out, hiring, training and promoting Negroes." What did the news industry get right in heeding the commission's recommendations? Where do we go from here? Clickfor more information. 

4. Coffee with your counsel

Eli Segal of Pepper Hamilton law firm and David Bralow of First Look Media will brief you on the latest developments in the courts and statehousesthat directly impact your ability to gather news. And they'll field questions from the audience in this informative, freewheeling session. It's your chance to quiz two of the country's top First Amendment lawyers on access issues, libel laws, open records and other hot media topics. Don't miss what's always one of the conference's most valuable sessions.

5. Let's party!

Join us for our opening receptionfrom 6 to 9 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Smithsonian's National Zoo! We will be in the Amazonia Habitat and Amazonia Science Gallery, where you will get to meet Amazon rainforest animals. There will be hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar (CASH ONLY).

Amazonia Science Gallery


To register for the main conference: The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers. 
Special rates are also available for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Lunch tickets for Monday, Oct. 9, and Tuesday, Oct. 10, can be purchased during registration.

To book your hotel room: A terrific group rate is available at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park for $249/night Friday, Oct. 6, through Wednesday, Oct. 11. Reservations must be made by 6 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 26. Make a reservation online here.

To register for the Oct. 8 pre-conference workshops and/or the Oct. 10 reception at the Australian ambassador's residence: Those registering through APME should email APME at


Reingewirtz of the Los Angeles Daily News wins APME National Member Photo for July

The Associated Press Media Editors has honored the attached photograph as National Member Photo of the Month for July 2017. 
Thanks to Andrew P. Scott, Tim Loehrke and Chris Powers at USA Today for judging this month. 
Here is what the judges had to say about the winning image:
“Our team liked the quiet emotion from this tragic event. The framing of others waiting solemnly in line to pay their respects adds to the emotional impact of the moment.”

Below is the link to all images entered for July and the winner is slide #36.

Caption:  An unidentified woman touches Aramazd Andressian Jr's coffin after his funeral at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena, Calif., on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  A funeral was held Tuesday for the 5-year-old Southern California boy whose father is charged with killing him after a trip to Disneyland. (Sarah Reingewirtz /Los Angeles Daily News via AP)

News organizations in Alaska and Illinois win annual APME Public Service honors

News organizations in Illinois and Alaska have been named as winners of the sixth annual Associated Press Media Editors’ Community Journalism Public Service Initiative.

The Southern Illinoisan and Unalaska Community Broadcasting Inc. (KUCB Radio) were named as winners of $2,500 grants and expenses to attend the annual ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington. The grants and expenses were provided through grants from the Park and APME foundations.

“The judges felt that these two news organizations presented totally different projects, but were both equally deserving of the honor,” said Joe Hight, chairman of the grant project and judging panel this year. “They and the other entrants typify the outstanding public service work that smaller news organizations are doing in this country. APME continues to honor them through these grants.”


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.”




The 2016 Great Ideas e-book has ideas from many media outlets

• Interactive video projects
• Digital touch points
• Building redesigns to let readers in or engage them
• Not shaving to make a statement
• Monday memories from your photo staff
• Quirky fun with Friday Extra
• Media Days for high school sports
• 101 unique things about your city
• Creative partnerships in reporting
• History initiatives
And more …

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