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Sept. 7-8, 2018: NewsTrain workshop in Greenville, S.C.
Sept. 11-12, 2018: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Austin, Texas
Sept. 22, 2018:
NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
March 2019
:
NewsTrain workshop in Toronto


Announcing the APME AWARDS for 2018

HONORING EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION IN JOURNALISM

NEW YORK – Journalism that exposed abuse of the public trust and shed light on the human condition earned top honors in The APME Awards for 2018.

The Houston Chronicle led the way with two first place awards and an honorable mention. Public radio stations – in Boston, Milwaukee and Missoula – won three first place awards, including two in the storytelling category. And in keeping with APME’s tradition of recognizing work from news organizations of all sizes, winners ranged from the Los Angeles Times to the Bristol Herald Courier in Virginia.

"The winning entries reflect a few common themes: a continued commitment to pursue strong watchdog reporting, experiment with innovative storytelling and find new, creative ways to directly engage audiences,” said APME President Jim Simon. “As many of my fellow judges noted, the list of winners shows the spirit of public interest journalism remains strong even in many financially strapped newsrooms with diminished resources."

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis won the grand prize in the Public Service category for uncovering flaws and incompetence in the handling of elder abuse cases. “It’s so well done in every aspect: The beauty of the prose and the photos, the shocking findings themselves, the tremendous governmental reaction and response,” judges said.

The Kansas City Star won the grand prize in the First Amendment category for exposing the culture of secrecy in Kansas state government, and showing how it undermines the democratic process. “The impact of the Star’s work was swift,” judges said. “In a 12-week span, 32 transparency measures were proposed, and the speaker of the House ended the practice of allowing bills to be introduced anonymously.”

The Houston Chronicle won the grand prize for News Reporting for its coverage of Hurricane Harvey. “The Houston Chronicle gave readers everything they needed to know, and then some.  Exceptional multi-platform work from beginning to end,” judges said.

The annual contest honors excellence and innovation in journalism, and reflects the Associated Press Media Editors’ mission of fostering newsroom leaders, empowering journalists to succeed, and cultivating ideas that work. Teams of judges are composed of APME national board members and top editors at The Associated Press. Individual awards have one, two or three size categories, based on tradition and the wishes of some sponsors.

Winners will be recognized at the ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference, Sept. 11-12, in Austin, Texas.

At the conference, finalists for one of the APME’s most prestigious awards – Innovator of the Year – will make presentations, and the winner will be selected by conference attendees and will receive $1,000, sponsored by the APME Regents. This year’s finalists: An app created through a collaboration between The Blade of Toledo and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; a web template used across GateHouse Media; and an “Idea Fest” hosted by the Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin. The live judging by industry peers is unique among journalism awards.

A full listing of winners with judges’ comments is here. Judges also had the option of awarding honorable mention recognition.

Read more at: http://www.apme.com/page/2018Awards


Train in social, mobile, data, verification and time management at Greenville, S.C., NewsTrain on Sept. 7-8

Ball State University students Elena Stidham and Gabbi Mitchell edit their mobile video at Muncie NewsTrain. Photo by Val Hoeppner

Greenville NewsTrain will offer a day and a half of digital training on Sept. 7-8, 2018, at the Younts Conference Center at Furman University. 

Training Sessions Include:

  • Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices
  • Data-driven enterprise off your beat
  • Getting your story read: maximizing and measuring social media for branding and audience engagement
  • Becoming a verification ninja
  • Mobile newsgathering: better reporting with your smartphone
  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools
  • Can you unplug? Making time to have a life

Early-bird registration is $75 through Aug. 7; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 8.

Competitive diversity scholarships are available for journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds; Click here to apply.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify the best way to tell a particular story on a small screen.
  • Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.
  • Improve your writing on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.
  • Identify accurate content and debunk hoaxes.
  • Use social media for sourcing, spotting news trends and verifying user-generated content.
  • Turn your smartphone into a versatile, multimedia reporting tool in the field.
  • Better manage your time and that of your newsroom teams.

Among our accomplished trainers are:

Ron Nixon is in the Washington, D.C., bureau for The New York Times and is a former training director for IRE. Nixon consistently gets top marks for his data-enterprise training sessions at NewsTrain. His first career job was in South Carolina. @nixonron

Cal Lundmark is the social media editor at The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. @calundmark

Derrick Ho guides the strategy and development roadmap for native apps and web, balancing user needs, business requirements and internal resources for McClatchy's newspapers. @derrickhozw

To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/GreenvilleNewsTrain or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.

To get updates for any of the upcoming NewsTrains, visit this page and signup.


Head to Denton, Texas, to train in social, mobile, data, video and data viz on Sept. 22

Denton NewsTrain will offer a full day of digital training on Sept. 22, 2018, at the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in the University Union, room 333, 1155 Union Circle. It is 41 miles north of Dallas and 38 miles north of Fort Worth.

Training Sessions Include:

  • Data-driven enterprise off your beat
  • Shooting smarter video with your smartphone
  • Getting your story read: maximizing social media for branding and audience engagement
  • Use data visualization to tell better stories
  • Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices

Early-bird registration is $75 through Aug. 22; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 23.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify the best way to tell a particular story on a small screen.
  • Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.
  • Improve your writing on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.
  • Sequence your best five shots to produce video news clips of under one minute with minimal editing.
  • Design informational graphics with impact, such as maps and charts, using free and easy-to-use tools.

Early-bird registration is $75 through Aug. 22; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 23.

Competitive diversity scholarships are available for journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds; Click here to apply.

To learn more, visit bit.ly/DentonNewsTrain or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.

To get updates for any of the upcoming NewsTrains, visit this page and signup.



Check out what we've planned for you in Austin

Join us Sept. 11-12 at the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas, where you will be inundated with tips and advice on how to lead your newsroom in 2018 and going forward.
 
For two full days at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center,the conference will cover the latest innovations in content and technology, leadership strategies, new business models and more. Register and book your hotel room early before our block sells out!
 
Here are four things you don't want to miss:

1. Interactive conference schedule

Our conference schedule is live! It is being updated daily, so check back often.This interactive schedule is easy to navigate through a number of sessions we have planned to get you fully equipped with actionable items you can take back to your newsroom.
Two ways to get the most out of this schedule:

1. Have it handy on your mobile

Go to your browser and in the URL bar, type in http://asneapme2018.sched.com. For directions on how to bookmark the page on your home screen so that the schedule is always only one click away, click here if you are an iPhone user or here if you are an Android user.

 
2. Personalize your schedule
 
Sign up for a free account and create a custom schedule of sessions you're interested in attending.To learn more about how to fully utilize the functionality of the schedule, refer to the attendee guides.

The program is planned and organized by ASNE-APME Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs Bill Church of GateHouse Media and Emilio Garcia-Ruiz of The Washington Post. The committee includes Colin McMahon of the Chicago Tribune, Sandra Clark of WHYY and Traci Bauer of The Journal News, and Adviser Jim Simon of Honolulu Civil Beat.

2. Innovation Track: Table Stakes

What are the best solutions that have emerged from the Table Stakes/Lenfest effort across all newsroom sizes? What did they learn? How are the newsrooms evolving? What are the early wins in terms of audience, workflow and realignment of traditional structures? The project has moved into addressing the needs of smaller newsrooms. How have they progressed?
 

3. Diversity Report
 
The release of the annual ASNE diversity survey. We will examine the representation of diverse backgrounds/experiences in newsrooms and news coverage. We will pair strategies, tools and tactics with results of the diversity survey to give you guidance on how to lead your newsroom in this critical area.
 

4. Innovation Track: Does Local Opinion Still Matter?
 
In one word: Yes. How can you focus your opinion writing on issues that are critical to your community and make changes? What are the new digital storytelling techniques, other than narrative argument, that you can use to state your case?

Registration and hotel

The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers. A terrific group rate is available at the on-site hotel at the conference center for $219/night Sunday, Sept. 9, through Wednesday, Sept. 12.

View the 2018 ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference schedule & directory.


APME: Lead. Nurture. Innovate.

OUR VISION
 
We foster newsroom leaders. We empower journalists to succeed. We cultivate ideas that work. 
 
OUR MEMBERS
 
The Associated Press Media Editors is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization of newsroom leaders and journalism educators that works closely with The Associated Press to promote journalism excellence. Anyone with senior responsibilities in an AP-affiliated organization, and any journalism educator or student media leader, is invited to join.
 
OUR MISSION
 
APME advances the principles and practices of responsible journalism. We support and mentor a diverse network of current and emerging newsroom leaders. We champion the First Amendment and promote freedom of information. We train journalists to realize their aspirations and thrive in a rapidly changing environment. We promote forward-looking ideas that benefit news organizations and the communities they serve. We work closely with the Associated Press, the largest independent media operation in the world.

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The APME Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1988 to receive tax-exempt gifts to carry out educational projects for the advancement of newspaper journalism. Every year since 1994 an auction has been held at the annual conference to benefit the foundation. Proceeds help support NewsTrain, a regional, low-cost training opportunity around the country and other practical education tools promoting the First Amendment, innovation and diversity in newsrooms.

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