Get to know the APME: Laura Sellers-Earl
Monday, July 25, 2016
Where you work
The Daily Astorian
Brief career history
After stints in newspaper production and ad sales in Texas, I followed my husband to Astoria, Oregon, where I worked in production and then as editorial assistant. Four years later, I was managing editor if this small, community five-day daily. Except for a 14-year stint leading our our parent company, EO Media Group's, digital effort, I've held the managing editor post.
How long have you been a member of the APME Board?
At least 13 years. I've attended APME conferences since 1995.
How has being a member of APME helped you as a journalist?
As a new managing editor (my first leadership position), I immediately found support among my peers at APME conference, including many longtime friends. I never lack for someone to call or email to get advice, commiserate, brainstorm, plot and relax and laugh. To this day, I feel completely recharged following our hard-working board meetings and annual conferences. I feel so fortunate to have these amazing journalists as friends and advisers. That doesn't even touch on the access to the heart of The Associated Press and what we can all learn about covering our world.
What projects have you worked on as an APME Board member?
With so many years under my belt, I feel like I've been involved in all facets, at some point. In the early days, I worked with Great Ideas, membership, contests, marketing and diversity. In the more recent past, I helped revise and update our bylaws, change from a board election to slate format, organize presentations for the conferences and advocate for NewsTrain. I am the 2016 president and try to help the committee chairs achieve our goals heading toward our joint conference with ASNE and APPM in Philadelphia Sept. 11-14.
What is a recent challenge you faced in your newsroom and how did you overcome it?
We are all tasked with doing more with less and seemingly ever-diminishing time to rest and relax. Fortunately, we all work in an open environment and you can tell when someone is starting to cross over to to the overstressed zone pretty easily. I find newsroom folks some of the wittiest, and often weirdest, people I know, so a quick quip or odd fact thrown at the right time can break some building tension.
What is your most rewarding career accomplishment?
Honestly, being asked to be APME president was a high point that I never imagined. It's far more challenging than I envisioned, but what a great support network this board and my company have been.
What’s your favorite quote or motto?
"I'd like to find your inner child and kick its little ***" — The Eagles
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." — Groucho Marx
If you had an extra hour during a day what would you do with it?
Go rediscover the beaches near my home with husband Carl, or vacuum.
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