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Wednesday, January 12, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Job description

The Associated Press Managing Editors seeks a project manager for its signature NewsTrain Project.

NewsTrain provides regional training workshops for news leaders, especially frontline editors who are leading rapidly changing digital newsrooms. NewsTrain has provided leadership and journalism skills training to 5,000 frontline editors in the United States and Canada since its inception nearly seven years ago.

The project manager plans and produces NewsTrain training workshops for the APME in locations throughout the United States. This is an independent contract position that reports to a committee of the APME board. The position is funded through grants and donations secured annually by the board for the following year. The initial term is for one year, with renewal dependent upon funding.


  1. Plan and produce workshops based on the NewsTrain process/model. This includes:

  • Selecting sites and workshop dates (currently four a year);

  • Assembling a planning committee at each site;

  • Holding a planning meeting at each site to create the program, plan logistics and divvy up tasks;

  • Recruiting and coaching faculty members on their seminar material;

  • Building an agenda that meets the stated needs of the planning group and can be effectively run in the available room space;

  • Supervising and working with the NewsTrain program assistant (another contract position), to ensure the timely and accurate completion of logistical, financial and administrative tasks;

  • Managing workshop registration on the APME website; and

  • Running the workshops successfully (in person), with no hiccups for hosts, faculty or participants.

  1. Work with the APME board committee to select workshop sites.

  2. Conduct workshops within a process/model that has been approved by funders and donors and is overseen by a committee of the APME board.

  3. Collect and evaluate feedback from participants and hosts after each workshop. Strive to continually improve or adapt workshops to the changing needs of the industry.

  4. Manage the NewsTrain portion of the APME website.

  5. Attend APME board meetings and report to the APME board about each workshop.

  6. Contribute information for reports that the APME board committee prepares for funders.


The successful candidate will be a seasoned newsroom veteran with 10+ years of experience, and deep experience in operating successful newsroom training programs. Must be able to work independently and flexibly; demonstrate an understanding of the learning needs of newsrooms; demonstrate an understanding of how to create effective training seminars; manage oversight of the program overall; manage every content and logistical aspect of each workshop without any hiccups; travel to sites around North America; and work within a budget.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume detailing credentials, qualifications and experience to

APME is an association of editors at newspapers in the United States and Canada. It works closely with The Associated Press to foster journalism excellence and to support a national network for the training and development of editors who will run multimedia newsrooms in the 21st century.

APME supports all aspects of diversity and provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.

Associated Press Media Editors

APME is a professional network, a resource for helping editors and broadcasters improve their news coverage and newsroom operations.

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