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|APME Update, Feb. 9, 2016|
APME UPDATE -- Feb. 9, 2016
SAVE THE DATE
Tell the World How Excellent You ARE! Enter the APME Journalism Innovation Awards!
Did you do some outstanding work this year? Show it off. Tell the world. Enter your best work in the Associated Press Media Editors Journalism Innovation Awards for 2015. The deadline for member newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites in the United States and Canada is March 1.
This year, the awards have a new name that emphasizes innovation, which reflects APME’s rich heritage and focus on the future. APME is an industry leader in empowering journalists to thrive in a rapidly changing environment, through NewsTrain workshops, national reporting projects, campus mentoring programs, and annual conferences. It is at the forefront in promoting freedom of information, diversity and community engagement.
Eligible work must have been posted, published or launched between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015. News organizations can submit the same entry in up to two categories. The fee is $75 per entry for APME members and $100 per entry for non-APME members. The fee is $25 per entry for the Innovator of the Year for College Students.
To check to see if you or your organization is a member, please go to http://www.apme.com/search. (If you are not yet an APME member, you may join at this site: http://bit.ly/1JJ1F1H)
How do you enter? Link here: Enter at http://bit.ly/1JCHtyh
Speaking of Excellence ... NewsTrain is Headed Your Way!
After you finish entering the APME awards contest, check out what NewsTrain is bringing April 9 to Lincoln!
The New York Times' Theodore Kim and Omaha World-Herald's Matt Wynn will be our trainers that day -- and for just $75, you can get a full day of digital training, including meals, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Wynn will teach data-driven enterprise reporting. He is a developer and watchdog reporter at the Omaha World-Herald, where he oversees dataomaha.com, a collection of interactive and data-driven projects. Kim will teach writing for mobile and making smart choices in digital storytelling. He is a senior staff editor at The Times, where he edits and produces the home page and flagship apps. Before that, he was mobile editor at The Washington Post, helping oversee daily production for the mobile and tablet apps.
Other Lincoln NewsTrain sessions, for which a trainer will be named soon, include:
The first 25 to register will receive a free AP Stylebook, a $20.95 value, courtesy of Dale Leach, AP's regional director - Central.
Competitive scholarships that cover the $75 registration fee are available for journalists, journalism educators and journalism students from diverse backgrounds. March 8 is the deadline to apply. The scholarships are funded by the APME Foundation.
Discounted hotel rooms -- an eight-minute walk from the workshop venue -- are available for $129 a night, plus tax.
More info and register at http://bit.ly/LincolnNewsTrain.
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