Michael Roberts Named Project Director for APME's NewsTrain
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Posted by: Jack Lail
Sept. 6, 2011
Press Managing Editors
has been named Project Director for the Associated Press Managing Editors’
NewsTrain has offered 63 workshops in 38 states, plus Washington, D.C. and two
Canadian provinces, on writing, editing, reporting, visual journalism, newsroom
management, and in recent years a variety of topics related to digital media.
More than 5,000 journalists have received training through NewsTrain. Two
workshops are planned for this fall, in New Jersey and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Roberts succeeds Elaine Kramer, who resigned earlier this year to pursue other
helped develop and launch NewsTrain, and has been a lead presenter for all
eight years of its existence. Stepping into the role of Project Director,
Roberts will be responsible for developing workshops with local host
"Michael brings a wealth of experience in the training arena that will take
NewsTrain to the next level,” said Bob Heisse,
APME’s incoming board president and executive editor of the Centre Daily Times
in State College, Pa. "He’s been attached to NewsTrain since its inception and
has a clear understanding of what it takes to build a focused, results-oriented
Roberts has been leading the planning of the October New Jersey NewsTrain
program and has implemented a new training assessment model that should help
address more specific needs of attendees.
"We will work
with host groups to determine their training needs, then build a workshop that
addresses those specific needs,” Roberts said. "More time will be spent in the
planning phase to create a workshop tailored to the journalists in that
In New Jersey, Roberts said, the Oct. 13-14 workshop will focus entirely on
digital media. In Salt Lake City, for a Nov. 2-3 workshop, planners wanted a
mix of digital media, newsroom management and investigative journalism.
Applications to host a NewsTrain workshop in 2012 will be accepted later this
"The changes that Michael has already implemented are helping build a program
in New Jersey that’s all digital and really addresses the needs of the
journalists of that state,” said Brad Dennison, vice president of News &
Interactive at GateHouse Media Inc., who will serve as president of APME in
2013 and who currently oversees the NewsTrain program. "We’re excited to see
how NewsTrain evolves over the next year with Michael leading the program.”
NewsTrain’s mission is to bring professional training to journalists at a
modest cost. Registration for a two-day NewsTrain workshop is $50. NewsTrain is
sponsored by APME and supported by grants from a variety of sources. NewsTrain
workshops also attract university journalism educators, student journalists and
people new to journalism who want to work in digital media.
Roberts is currently a newsroom trainer and consultant who works with news
organizations in the U.S. and Canada. He was Deputy Managing Editor Staff
Development at The Arizona Republic from 2003 to 2010, responsible for
all newsroom training, served as writing coach and edited major projects.
Previously, Roberts designed and taught the American Press Institute's first
online seminar for copy editors, and has presented programs for the Poynter
Institute, American Press Institute, the Maynard Institute, Freedom Forum and
various National Writers Workshops.
Before the Republic, Roberts was a senior editor, including 10 years as
Training Editor/Writing Coach, at The Cincinnati Enquirer. He has
also held writing and editing positions at the Midland Daily News (Michigan)
and the Detroit Free Press, and worked as an editor at two magazines. He
is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a master’s degree in
training and human resource development from Xavier University (Cincinnati).
For more about NewsTrain workshops: http://www.apme.com