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 APME UPDATE      JULY 12, 2016



Sept. 12-15 -- ASNE-APME Conference in Philadelphia

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 -- NewsTrain in Murfreesboro, Tennessee 

Oct. 1 -- Deadline to apply to host a NewsTrain


Register today for the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference!

The 2016 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in fewer than 10 weeks in Philadelphia! Here are 4+ things you don't want to miss!

1. Tools and Techniques for Digital Success: Lessons from the Knight-Temple "Table Stakes" Project

Find out whether your newsroom is truly digital-first and positioned to compete for audiences during this pre-conference workshop focused on what it takes to be "in the game of news" in the 21st century. Join project leader Douglas K. Smith and leaders from the four participating newsrooms to learn key questions you should be asking about your newsroom operation and culture, what kind of commitment is needed to transition and how to use tools and techniques created during the project. 

The workshop is FREE but has limited space and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are registered to attend the conference. Email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at to save your spot now!  


Google Tools for Your Newsrooms
Learn about all of the free Google tools that can help your newsroom build interactive charts, maps, visualizations and more. Tools covered include Google Trends, Fusion Tables, MyMaps, Earth, Moon, Google Translate and more. Google also can provide free training in your newsroom. Session materials can be found at: labs/. Email APME Executive Director Sarah Nordgren at to save your seat. 

2. Coffee with Your Counsel
Grab a coffee and start your day with an informative session with two of the best First Amendment legal minds in the business! ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin Goldberg with law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C., and attorney Terry Mutchler with Pepper Hamilton LLC will answer any and all questions that you might have to help you better understand the laws that affect your everyday work. 

3. Startups and Reboots

This is an era of constant innovation; new media organizations spring up, old ones re-imagine themselves, and maturing organizations branch out. Hear from editors who have built or rebuilt media organizations from the bottom up for the 21st-century digital world about how they did it, what they learned and what they would do differently. Moderated by Sybril Bennett, journalism professor at Belmont University. Featured panelists: Kevin Merida, editor-in-chief, The Undefeated; John Harris, publisher and editor-in-chief, POLITICO; Sharon Waxman, CEO and editor-in-chief, The Wrap; and Jay Allred, publisher, Richland Source  

4. Opening party with Benjamin Franklin
Meet and chat with "Benjamin Franklin" at the opening reception at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the National Constitution Center (525 Arch St.)! 

Enjoy the cocktails and South Philly favorites from Italian meats and cheeses to grilled vegetable skewers to cheese steaks to chicken cutlet sandwiches to Italian hoagies and much more. A popular Philly jazz quartet, featuring Tanqueray Hayward, one of the city's top jazz vocalists, will entertain throughout the evening.

All conference sessions, except for the opening reception, will take place at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, our conference hotel, at 1201 Market St.

Registration is $275 for members of ASNE and $375 for nonmembers. Lunch tickets are $40 each for Tuesday and Wednesday, and a limited number of tickets are available for the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies baseball game at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets can be purchased for $32 when you register for the conference.

Deadline to make hotel reservations is Aug. 19. The block of rooms we reserved at the Marriott has a nightly rate of $199 for Sunday, Sept. 11, through Wednesday, Sept. 14.

A draft of the conference program is coming soon at and Questions? Please contact Jiyoung Won at or Sarah Nordgren at


Accomplished digital journalists join trainers at NewsTrain Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Tennessee

Two accomplished digital journalists have joined the trainers for Murfreesboro NewsTrain Sept. 30-Oct. 1. They are:

·      Emma Carew Grovum, assistant managing editor at The Daily Beast. She will teach social media reporting, digital storytelling and self-editing.

·      Tony Gonzalez, enterprise reporter for Nashville Public Radio. He will teach writing for mobile and mobile newsgathering.

They join:

·      John Duchneskie, assistant managing editor for design and graphics at The Philadelphia Inquirer and a former teaching fellow at the University of Missouri. He will teach data-driven enterprise and data visualization.

·      Val Hoeppner, director of the Center for Innovation in Media at Middle Tennessee State University. She will teach shooting shareable smartphone video and using Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook Live and Periscope to build audiences.


For only $75, early-bird registrants can get two full days of digital training, including meals, at Middle Tennessee State University, 39 miles south of the Nashville airport. As of Sept. 2, registration increases to $85 for everyone except for students, who will continue to pay $75.

In addition, the first 25 registrants receive a free AP Stylebook, courtesy of Adam Yeomans, regional director – South for The Associated Press.

Attendees regularly rate NewsTrain’s training as 4.5 or higher, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful. “This is the best hands-on collection of practical sessions with knowledgeable ‘in-the-field’ instructors I’ve experienced,” said reporter Kelly Shiers about the Nova Scotia workshop in May.

Discounted rooms at $109 a night, plus tax, are available; the hotel offers free shuttle service to the workshop site.

Competitive diversity scholarships that cover the registration fee are available for journalists, journalism educators and journalism students from diverse backgrounds. The scholarships are funded by the APME Foundation.

Find more info and register at



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