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APME Update, Feb. 20, 2015
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APME UPDATE – Feb. 19, 2015



Feb. 27 – Deadline for APME Journalism Excellence Awards

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

Oct. 15-16 - NewsTrain in Monroe, Louisiana

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

Oct. 29-30 - NewsTrain at Northern Illinois University

Nov. 13-14 - NewsTrain in Philadelphia


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

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.

Dates set for 2015 NewsTrains in Florida, Louisiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania

Save these dates for NewsTrain’s cutting-edge workshops in 2015:

In addition, NewsTrain will bring its cutting-edge, low-cost training to Lexington, Kentucky, on Jan. 21, 2016.

Registration – just $75 for two full days of training – is open for the Orlando workshop at the University of Central Florida. Sessions include:

  • producing enterprise stories efficiently,

  • getting started with data journalism,

  • 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.

Agendas for the other workshops are being developed with the help of local journalists. Get notified when agendas are set and registration opens for these NewsTrains by signing up here.

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

NewsTrain’s low tuition 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

Questions? Email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin.


Picture Freedom contest offers $1,000 for best photo illustrating press freedom

Picture yourself being eligible to win a $1,000 scholarship by simply posting a photo, illustration or other image to social media. That’s how easy it is to enter Picture Freedom, a national contest from Feb. 22 to 28 that calls on students 13 and older to celebrate the First Amendment and free speech in America.

The First Amendment and its five freedoms – speech, press, religion, assembly and petition – give us the right to be ourselves. Picture Freedom encourages you to tap into your individuality and creativity to make a visual statement about liberty.

All you have to do is post an original image – something you’ve photographed, drawn or designed – to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #PictureFreedom. Posts should be public, and if a post is shared on Facebook, the account also needs to allow “everybody” to follow it.

It’s that easy. We’ll compile all of the entries, and a panel of educators and First Amendment experts will pick the top 25 posts based on originality, creativity and clarity in conveying the theme of freedom.

Picture Freedom is supported by the American Society of News Editors, the Journalism Education Association, the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies at Middle Tennessee State University, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, and hundreds of teachers and journalists.

Click here to download the official rules. A guest column by Ken Paulson, president of the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, and the contest’s media ads are available for publishing in print and online. Winners will be announced in April.



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 Silicon Valley will emphasize our digital future.


The Sheraton Palo Alto is the conference hotel and is a short walk from the Stanford campus buildings where the conference will be held. The conference rate is $169/night.

We’ll have more details soon.



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Bill creating court to hear FOIA complaints passes S.C. House

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Pennsylvania court sets rules for release of home addresses

State judge again orders records unsealed in murder case

Indiana legislation would open adoption records

Kansas State's response to open records request shows difficulty

Pennsylvania courts consider new rules on access to files

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IN MEMORIAM:de Borchgrave, Carr, Chambers

Associated Press Media Editors

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