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APME Update, May 6, 2015
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APME UPDATE – May 6, 2015






May 15 - Deadline for Entries for Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership


May 15 - Deadline for Entries for the Community Journalism Public Service Grant


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




A project that won APME's 2014 Community Journalism Public Service Initiative was honored as a Sweepstakes winner in the Associated Press/Oklahoma News Executives' annual contest.

"Under Pressure" won the Public Service award in the APONE contest and then was selected by Alabama judges as the division's top Writing Sweepstakes winner. The Enid, OK, News & Eagle project was about how the city wasn't providing basic services for its poorest neighborhoods.

Dale Denwalt, who spoke at the ASNE-APME convention in Chicago, was the reporter for the project and accepted the awards on Saturday. He now is the state Capitol reporter for the Oklahoma Journal Record. Enid Executive Editor Rob Collins said the project had also won the CNHI Newspapers' corporate award.

The deadline to apply for this year's reporting grant is Friday May 15.

Media companies in metropolitan areas (MSA) of 100,000 or fewer people are encouraged to apply. The winner will receive $1,000 to jump-start a public service project and  will present their work at the joint ASNE-APME Conference Oct. 16-18 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

It's easy to enter: Draft a proposal of 500 words or less and include examples of how you would approach the project. It should be multiplatform, include social media and address a long-standing community issue.

Previous winners were The Sedalia Democrat in Missouri for "Meth at the Crossroads” and the Beaver Dam (Wisconsin) News for a series on mental illness in its community. 

To apply, go to and fill out the online form.

The grant will be awarded in June.



Enter your nominations 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 McGruder Award 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 October 16-18 in Palo Alto, California. This year’s honoree will receive $2,500 and a leadership trophy.

Who is eligible? Individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists from U.S. news organizations or related journalism organizations are eligible. The award recognizes achievement for the past 12 months or contributions over a number of years.

What are the criteria? The Diversity Leadership Award honors an individual, a news organization or related journalism organization or a team of journalists for significant leadership in diversity through:

• Recruitment: by providing opportunities for diverse journalists to learn about news careers and to enter the news industry in internships and full-time jobs.

• Development: by offering opportunities for diverse journalists to grow in their current roles and to receive mentoring and training to advance to positions of greater authority, responsibility or expertise.

• Retention: by ensuring that journalists want to remain in the news industry by providing an inclusive work environment that offers opportunities to contribute and advance.

• Content: by reflecting a diverse community accurately and in a way that demonstrates community and industry leadership. The definition of diversity in content includes ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religious background, political bent and physical ability.

• Leadership: by inspiring a commitment to diversity and providing tools, knowledge and information that further the efforts in recruitment, development, retention and content.

Nominations can be made by individuals, news organizations, professional organizations, schools of journalism and others.

Rules for entries: Send a nomination outlining specific information about the achievements and how the nominee benefited the community, the industry and/or diverse journalists. The recommendation should include the name of the person making the nomination and contact information. You may supplement an entry with electronic clips.

Deadline: Material must be received by close of business on Friday, May 15.

Send material to:

Sally Jacobsen, email:

The Associated Press

450 West 33rd Street

New York, N.Y. 10001





Register now for the ASNE-APME conference of the nation's top editors Oct. 16-18 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. The Associated Press Photo Managers is also a conference partner.


The theme for the Silicon Valley conference is 3-D: Digital, Diversity, Disruption.


The conference will open with an evening reception Friday, Oct. 16, at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center. Join your colleagues under beautiful October skies for a taste of California wine and music and an intimate conversation with David Kelley. A creator of the Apple mouse and founder of the groundbreaking at Stanford, Kelley will share his thoughts on how each of us can find joy in our creative endeavors.

We will have conference sessions Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Li Ka Shing Center, part of the Stanford Medical Center. The conference hotel is the Sheraton Palo Alto at 625 El Camino Real. 

The lively and topical sessions will focus on: 

  • Digital transformation and the innovative use of technology in the newsroom.

  • Diversity in the newsroom and in reaching new audiences.

  • First Amendment and access issues.

  • Newsroom leadership.

APPM will focus on using analytics and research to better utilize visual journalism, as well as innovative approaches to increase the impact of visual reporting.

Other highlights: 

  • We will celebrate the winners of the ASNE Awards and APME Journalism Excellence Awards at a Saturday luncheon. On Sunday, we will meet again for a special lunch. Tickets to both lunches can be purchased when you register.

  • The opening reception will also include an auction at the alumni center. The silent and live auctions will offer one-of-a-kind items, such as sports tickets, vacation retreats, jewelry, autographed books and much more. 

  • The conference will feature high-profile speakers from the tech and journalism industries. More details coming soon. 

Register now: The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers. There are special rates for retired editors, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Click here to register.  

Book your hotel room: A terrific group rate is available at the Sheraton Palo Alto until Sept. 15 for only $169/night for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Rates for Wednesday and Thursday are $329/night. Make a reservation online or call the hotel directly at 650-328-2800 and mention the block of rooms reserved for ASNE and APME.


Stay tuned for many more details at and Questions? Contact Cindy Roe at or Sally Jacobsen at




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