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APME Update Jan. 24, 2014
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Jan. 24, 2014


• March 31, 2014, Deadline for APME Journalism Excellence Awards

• Sept. 15-17, 2014, ASNE-APME Conference, Chicago


Details announced for APME Journalism Excellence Awards

APME is calling for entries for its 2013 APME Journalism Excellence Awards, which honor superior journalism and innovation among newspapers, radio, television and online news sites across the United States and Canada. The new deadline is: Monday, March 31. The awards seek to promote excellence by recognizing work that is innovative, well-written and incisively reported. A special award honors innovation by colleges and universities.

All awards will be presented for journalism published or launched between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013. Because of the change in the entry period, first-place winners in the previous contest (running from May 1, 2012- April 30, 2013) are not eligible to enter their winning work in the current contest. All other entries are eligible and will be considered by judges.

Besides the new deadline, the APME awards will feature a new category: Best Mobile Platform. This new category will honor a news organization that produced or made significant improvements to a mobile application or platform in 2013.

Four of the categories offer monetary awards: the Seventh Annual Innovator of the Year Award for newspapers, the Best of Show in the Public Service Awards, the Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism and the Tom Curley Sweepstakes Award in the First Amendment Awards.

The awards will be presented at the ASNE/APME Conference Sept. 15-17 in Chicago.

To enter, go to:


NewsTrain LogoThere’s Still Time to Apply to Host a NewsTrain Workshop in 2014

NewsTrain is a national touring workshop sponsored by APME that serves journalists in their own cities. Programs are designed to provide training in the skills, knowledge, and information needed in a rapidly changing media setting, at an affordable cost. NewsTrain's core audience includes frontline editors, department heads, and senior editors – people who edit and manage print and digital news platforms. Reporters, copy editors, visual journalists, online producers, and college journalism educators are also welcome and find NewsTrain programs valuable.

Deadline for applications: Jan. 30, 2014

To download an application:

For more details or to request a NewsTrain workshop in your area, contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director,


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Columbus Dispatch: Private cops have the authority to carry guns, but records secret

The Oregonian: Plenty of warnings about problems with Cover Oregon’s launch

The Tennessean: State failing to care for some of its most vulnerable residents



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IN MEMORIAM: Dunn, Hilburn

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