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APME Update, Feb. 13, 2015
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APME UPDATE – Feb. 13, 2015



Feb. 27 – Deadline for APME Journalism Excellence Awards

May 15-16 - NewsTrain at the University of Central Florida

Oct. 16-18 – ASNE-APME conference at Stanford University

Oct. 29-30 - NewsTrain at Northern Illinois University


Feb. 27 is the deadline for submitting entries in the 2014 Associated Press Media Editors Journalism Excellence Awards.

Enter your best journalism and innovative work in 10 categories. There’s a special category for colleges and universities and a new one for news organizations that build close ties to their communities.

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

The Community Engagement award will be given to news organizations that best demonstrate the ability to provide effective dialogue with their communities.

The entry fee is $75 per entry for APME members and $100 per entry for non-members. The entry fee for the college category is $25.

The awards will be presented for journalism published or launched between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014.

The awards will be presented at the joint ASNE-APME Conference Oct. 16-18 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and are linked on the APME website. The finalists of the newspaper Innovator of the Year will make presentations at the conference, and the winner will be selected by conference attendees.

Nominations are received online only.

The website is:

For more details, please go to the APME website:

For more information, contact Sally Jacobsen ( at The Associated Press at 212-621-1838 or Sue Price Johnson ( at 919-810-1169.



NewsTrain is bringing its affordable, high-quality training to Orlando on May 15-16 and the Chicago area on Oct. 29-30.

Sessions at the Orlando workshop, to be held at the University of Central Florida, include:

  • producing enterprise stories efficiently,

  • conducting data journalism for beginners,

  • maximizing your use of social media for reporting, as well as for personal branding and community engagement,

  • shooting engaging smartphone video,

  • planning for breaking news in the digital age,

  • taking charge of your career by thinking like an entrepreneur, and

  • unleashing your watchdog with beat mapping.

For more information and to register, visit

The agenda for the Chicago-area workshop is still being developed with a committee of local journalists. It will be held at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, about 65 miles west of Chicago.

NewsTrain’s low tuition – $75 – is made possible by donors, big and small. To help keep NewsTrain training coming to your community, please donate at the big red buttons on

Other NewsTrain workshops this year will be in Monroe, Louisiana, and Philadelphia, with dates to be determined.

NewsTrain will also visit Lexington, Kentucky, on Jan. 21, 2016; that agenda is still being refined.

Get notified when dates and agendas are set for any upcoming NewsTrain by signing up here.

Or for updates, visit, follow us on Twitter @NewsTrain or like us at

Questions? Email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin.



ASNE, APME and the Associated Press Photo Managers will hold their 2015 joint conference Oct. 16-18 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

The conference, in the Silicon Valley, will emphasize our digital future.


The conference hotel is the Sheraton Palo Alto, at 625 El Camino Real, a short walk from the Stanford University campus buildings where the conference will be held. The conference rate is $169/night.

We’ll have more details soon.


Beat of the Week:  Italie

Best of the States:  Armstrong, Kunzelman, Caruso


Dallas Morning News: Law allows for lobbying deep in the shadows of Texas

Austin American-Statesman: Big Contracts, big data, big dollars and big mess

Akron Beacon Journal: Dispute involving court bailiff sends cases to other judges.

New York Times: Foreign wealth flows into elite New York City real estate

Newark Star Ledger: Who will treat NJ’s flood of new Medicaid patients?

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Survey: Child protection services swamped

Boston Globe: A call to cull homes threatened by the sea.

Baltimore Sun: Development boom leads to loss in school aid

Portland Press Herald: Sky rocketing tuition: Paying more but getting less

Des Moines Register: Bridge and road funding woes drive county debt

Courier-Journal: High social worker turnover leads to large caseloads

Orlando Sentinel: Battle brews over care of mentally ill

Sun Sentinel: New computer-based tests worry Florida school districts

Hartford Courant: Fired marshall’s sexual misconduct goes back 15 years

New Haven Register: Connecticut lawmakers fight affordable housing regulations

Read more Watchdog Reporting


Changes to Kansas open records law proposed

Lawmakers want hearings on college severance packages

Lobbyists looped in about budget earlier than disclosed

Second Round of Amends to Open Pennsylvania Records Law Bandied About

State police now allowing anonymous requests for records

Herald-Standard attorneys seek enforcement of Open Records decision

Full disclosure: Why hide the camera's ugly truth?

Americans for Prosperity asks Kansas Senate to back lobbyist legislation

6 of 7 who killed Insure Tennessee are on state health plan

Judge won't dismiss lawsuit filed by raped prison teacher

Kansas legislation takes aim at newspaper columnist profs

Open records advocate: Citizens have tougher time than media

S.C. journalist thrust into the spotlight in dispute over James Brown’s will

Lawsuit alleges Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Cabinet violated Sunshine Law

Read more FOI Reporting

EDITORS IN THE NEWS:  Hayt, Worner, Smith, McCormack

Read more Editors in the News


NBC suspends anchor Brian Williams for 6 months without pay

Jon Stewart's exit as a phony newsman is a loss to real news

Quillon named publisher of Cumberland Times-News

Cody Enterprise names new publisher, editor

News Corp. tops Street 2Q forecasts

Signing set for re-release of Russellville journalist's book

Oregonian editorial board calls for governor's resignation

Read more Industry News

IN MEMORIAM: Carr, Simon

The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program Details

American journalists have until March 1, 2015, to apply for a professional exchange program in Germany. Successful applicants will spend August and September living, working and reporting for their home and host news organizations from across the Atlantic.


The Arthur F. Burns Fellowships is a competitive program open to U.S., Canadian and German journalists between the age of 21-40, who are employed by a newspaper, news magazine, broadcast station, news agency or who work freelance and/or online. Applicants must have demonstrated journalistic talent and a strong interest in North American-European affairs. German language proficiency is not required, but it is encouraged.


For more information, please visit or contact

Emily Schult – Program Director

T 202.349.7608 | | @ICFJ |

International Center for Journalists


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