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APME UPDATE  -- APRIL 26, 2016



May 6-7 -- NewsTrain in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Sept. 12-15 -- ASNE-APME Conference in Philadelphia

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 -- NewsTrain in Murfreesboro, Tennessee 


AP Focuses on Water Lead Limit Rule Debate

Michigan’s governor, embroiled in the crisis over Flint’s water supply, has proposed what would be the toughest lead standards in the country. He calls the current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lead limit of 15 parts per billion “dumb and dangerous” and wants a much lower level of 10 ppb for Michigan. That would bring the state in line with the international standard.

The Associated Press has a story about the lead rule debate moving for immediate use tomorrow, Wednesday, May 27. It will be accompanied by an embargoed data set showing how many water systems nationwide would test over the lead limit if it were lowered to 10 ppb. This is an updated version of the data that ran with the Tainted at the Tap project on April 9. You can access the embargoed data at the following link:

A full advisory will move shortly to APME subscribers.


NewsTrain heads to Nova Scotia Next Week

Don't miss your change to get some of the best digital newsgathering training available! Register today for NewsTrain, set for May 6-7 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Learn how to maximize your social media for personal branding and audience engagement, use social media for sourcing, including verifying user-generated content, and make smart choices in digital storytelling. All the details are here:

You can't beat the price: $75 for two days of training by top experts!

If you can't make it to Halifax, there's another chance this fall to attend. NewsTrain brings its digital-skills training to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Please sign up here to be notified when that program is set. Questions? Email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin.


ASNE-APME Conference Registration Open

It's time to register for the 2016 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Sept. 11-14 in downtown Philadelphia! Leading off a packed agenda is a pre-conference (pre-registration required) workshop focused on newsroom transformation. Plan to spend some time at events hosted by the Associated Press Photo Managers, which holds its annual conference in conjunction with APME and ASNE.

Registration for the main conference is $275 for APME and ASNE members and $375 for nonmembers. There are special rates for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Lunch tickets for Monday and Tuesday can be purchased during registration. 

Click here to register

Special note: To register for the Sunday pre-conference workshop: Email APME Executive Director Sarah Nordgren at The workshop has limited space and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are registered to attend the conference. 


Nominate a Leader for Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership 

Nominations are open for the award honoring individuals, news organizations or related journalistic organizations or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of Robert G. McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, former managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, graduate of Kent State University and relentless diversity champion. McGruder died of cancer in April 2002.

The Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership is sponsored by the Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors.

Jurors will be looking for nominees who have made a significant contribution during a given year or during a number of years toward furthering diversity in news content and in recruiting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce. Announcement of the 2015 McGruder Award recipient will be made at the joint APME-ASNE conference Sept. 11-14 in Philadelphia. This year’s honoree will receive $2,500 and a leadership trophy.

Deadline: Material must be received by close of business on Monday, May 16.

Send material to:

Chris Cobler, email:

Victoria Advocate

311 E. Constitution St.

Victoria, TX 77904




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New York Times: In age of privilege, not everyone is in the same boat

San Francisco Chronicle: $300 million in unclaimed life insurance benefits

Washington Post: This may be best way to measure gun violence in America

Sun Sentinel: Broward school projects approved but never asked for bids

Honolulu Star Advertiser: Senate leader tied to owner in land deal

Times-Picayune: New Orleans charter school execs get big money

Baltimore Sun: Efforts growing to reconsider live sentences for juveniles

Philadelphia Inquirer: Fewer gas rigs operate and local economies suffer

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Landlords play the system, taxpayers pay the bill

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Records indicate embattled city ignored state bidding laws

Records: DOJ investigator resigned amid harassment probe

Top Pennsylvania official uses private email against policy

Guard called mocking of mentally ill inmate 'reverse psychology'

Ohio Supreme Court considers debate over inmate's case file

Kentucky to pay papers nearly $700,000 to settle suit

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Capitol Hill Buzz: News media barred from cheetah briefing

Megyn Kelly to interview Donald Trump for Fox TV special

USA Today owner Gannett bids for LA Times publisher Tribune

Fox's Sean Hannity at center of bitter campaign competition

Police officer charged with stealing newspaper coupons

Media company restructures Wyoming papers' leadership

Journalist group won't help criminal probe of Panama Papers

Media company selling New England Newspapers to investors

Song released by musician honors slain Virginia journalists

McClatchy Co. reports smaller first-quarter loss

The Salt Lake Tribune sold to wealthy industrialist family

Add another Pulitzer winner: Writer left off editorial entry

Journalist who helped reveal Panama Papers is writing a book

Feds say Panama Papers relevant to criminal probe

Daily Mail says it has not submitted bid for Yahoo

Study: Fox, CNN spent more time on GOP candidates than Dems

Family of journalist slain by Islamic State sues Syria

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IN MEMORIAM: Julian, Dunn-Rankin



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