SAVE THE DATES

  • Jan. 28: News Leaders Awards deadline, APME and ASNE contest entries are due
  • April 11-12: Denver NewsTrain, hosted by Colorado State University in conjunction with the Colorado Press Association
  • April 30Apply to host a NewsTrain workshop in 2020
  • Sept. 9-10: News Leaders Association Conference at New Orleans Marriott
  • Sept. 27: Milwaukee NewsTrain, hosted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Oct. 18-19: Austin NewsTrain, hosted by GateHouse Media and the Austin American-Statesman
  • October: Albuquerque NewsTrain, hosted by the University of New Mexico in conjunction with the New Mexico Press Association

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2019 News Leaders Association Awards DEADLINE EXTENDED


The American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors announce the first annual News Leaders Association Awards. The News Leaders Association Awards reflect the merging of these tradition-rich organizations in honoring excellence and innovation in journalism. They will replace the ASNE Awards and APME Awards, blending hallmarks of both contests.

All news websites, news services (including radio, TV stations and magazines) and newspapers in the United States are eligible to enter. Outside the United States, news organizations that are headed by an active member of ASNE or APME are also eligible.Each nominating organization must create its own account to enter. To submit entries to the 2019 News Leaders Association Awards, please click here.

The deadline to submit entries has been extended to11:59 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. No late entries will be accepted.

Winners will be announced in the spring and will be recognized at the NLA (ASNE-APME) conference, Sept. 9-10 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

First 20 registrants for Denver NewsTrain's highly rated digital training get free AP Stylebook

Registration is open at $75 for early birds to get schooled in social, data, video, mobile and other digital skills at the Denver NewsTrain workshop April 11-12.

Because the workshop is being held in conjunction with the Colorado Press Association (CPA) Convention, CPA members can register for NewsTrain at a discounted rate.

If you or your media organization is not a member of CPA, register at bit.ly/DenverNewsTrain for the early-bird rate of $75 for 1.5 days of training; the first 20 to register will qualify for a free AP Stylebook.

The draft agenda (PDF), planned by a host committee of local journalists led by Colorado State University’s Department of Journalism and Media Communication, includes sessions on:

  • social-media branding, led by Anthony Quintano, who's overseen social strategy for NBC News, the "Today" show, Recode.net and Honolulu Civil Beat;
  • data-driven enterprise reporting, led by Burt Hubbard, a data journalist who has worked with the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain PBS and 9News;
  • social-media reporting;
  • smartphone-video shooting and editing, led by Geoffrey Roth, who built the first iPhone-based TV newsroom in the country;
  • storytelling for mobile audiences; led by Christy Robinson, digital coordinator for public media station KERA in North Texas; and
  • becoming a verification ninja, led by Kelly Jones, news-intelligence journalist with Storyful.com, which provides social-media verification to media and business clients.

Because of NewsTrain’s emphasis on immediately usable skills, attendees often rate its interactive training as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and useful.

“Ya’ll ARE AWESOME. I didn’t want to leave the lectures to use the bathroom because they were so good,” wrote Phoenix NewsTrain attendee Chase Budnieski, a journalism student at Arizona State University.

The workshop will be at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center in suburban Denver.

The concurrent Colorado Press Association’s annual convention, April 11-13, will feature an additional day of training, meetings and keynote speakers, as well as a job fair, plus awards ceremonies for both the association’s Colorado Better Newspaper Contest and the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters contest.

#DenverNewsTrain will be the 93rd such workshop organized by the Associated Press Media Editors. APME, a nonprofit group of newsroom leaders, has sponsored NewsTrain since 2003, training more than 7,500 journalists and visiting every U.S. state and three Canadian provinces. NewsTrain last visited Denver in 2005 and Colorado (in Colorado Springs) in 2013.

Other NewsTrains in 2019 will be in:

  • Milwaukee on Sept. 27,
  • Austin on Oct. 18-19, and
  • Albuquerque in October.

To learn when registration opens and trainers are named for these fall workshops, please provide an email address: bit.ly/NT2018-19.

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.



Valarie J. Bell (right), lecturer in the University of North Texas’ Mayborn School of Journalism, coaches Jacquinette Murphy of the Lancaster, Texas, school district at NewsTrain in Denton, Texas, on Sept. 22, 2018. Photo by Hatch Visuals.


Apply by April 30 to bring APME’s NewsTrain digital training to your town in 2020

If you’re looking to bring affordable training in digital journalism to your region in 2020, consider hosting one of APME’s NewsTrain workshops.

Apply by April 30 for a chance to experience the learning, morale boost and fun of a NewsTrain workshop in your town next year.

The first step is to put together a tentative host committee of representatives from local journalism organizations and apply. Successful host committees work hand-in-glove with the NewsTrain staff over six months to plan and promote their workshops.

The skills taught are customized to the needs of journalists in your region and designed to be used immediately. Registration is just $75 to $85 for NewsTrain.

The host committee’s financial obligation includes supplying food for a one-day, 1.5-day or two-day workshop attracting 100. It should seek local sponsors to cover that cost, which can run $1,500 to $3,000. The host committee also markets the workshop regionally and secures a venue, usually a university site.

The payback is smarter, more engaged and enthusiastic journalists, journalism students and journalism educators in your region.

“Hosting a NewsTrain gives you the opportunity to tailor high-quality training that will be accessible and affordable for your staff,” said Angie Muhs, executive editor of the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois, and president of APME. “It’s worth the investment of your time and effort.”

Since 2003, Associated Press Media Editors (APME) has produced 92 NewsTrains in the United States and Canada, training more than 7,500 journalists. APME will merge with the American Society of News Editors in 2019 to form the News Leaders Association.

Questions? Visit bit.ly/HostNewsTrain or email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin.

Attendees at NewsTrain in Denton, Texas, in 2018 compare notes. Photo by Hatch Visuals.


Registration is open for 2019 News Leaders Association Conference in New Orleans

Join the Associated Press Media Editors and American Society of News Editors on Sept. 9-10, 2019, at the New Orleans Marriott. The two organizations are on track to merge and become the stronger News Leaders Association in 2019.

You can reserve your spot now at what will be a unique, invaluable experience. More details as they unfold.

REGISTRATION

The registration fee is $275 for members of APME and ASNE and $375 for nonmembers. 

Special rates are also available for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents.

Lunch tickets are not included in the price of registration. Don't forget to purchase Monday and Tuesday lunch tickets during registration. If you do not purchase lunch tickets at the time of registration, then you can do so later through the online store.

And don't forget to register your spouse/companion! 

HOTEL INFORMATION

A terrific group rate is available at the New Orleans Marriott for $179 per night. To book a room, click here or call 504-581-1000 and mention the ASNE-APME event. 

QUESTIONS?

Stay tuned for more details at asne.org and apme.com or email us for more information.


Up your game in 2019!
Attend a NewsTrain digital skills workshop in your area

Coming to Denver, Milwaukee, Austin and Albuquerque next year!

For just $75, you can up your digital game with highly rated training at an APME NewsTrain in Denver, Milwaukee, Austin or Albuquerque in 2019.

Here is the schedule:

  • Denver, April 11-12, hosted by Colorado State University and the Colorado Press Association;
  • Milwaukee, on Sept. 27, hosted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel;
  • Austin, on Oct. 18-19, hosted by GateHouse Media LLC and the Austin American-Statesman; and
  • Albuquerque, in October, hosted by the University of New Mexico in conjunction with the New Mexico Press Association.

Denver registration is open. To be notified when dates, agendas and trainers are set for these workshops, please provide an email at bit.ly/NT2018-19.

Since 2003, Associated Press Media Editors (APME) has sponsored NewsTrain in serving more than 7,500 journalists at 92 workshops. It has traveled to all 50 states and three Canadian provinces, bringing cutting-edge training close to home.

Attendees consistently rate its interactive sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful. Instructors are accomplished journalists with both front-line and teaching experience.

The 2019 sites were selected from applications by committees of local journalists. These successful committees will conduct an assessment of the needs in their newsrooms to determine which skills will be taught at their workshops.

To apply to bring NewsTrain to your town in 2020, visit bit.ly/HostNewsTrain in early 2019.

NewsTrain’s low tuition is made possible by donors, big and small, who have included The Associated Press, GateHouse Media LLC, APME past and present board members, and the APME, Newhouse, Park and Sigma Delta Chi foundations.

To keep NewsTrain serving journalists in their communities, please donate at bit.ly/NewsTraindonate

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.


Editors on call

Would you like some advice from an experienced newsroom leader?

APME has put together a list of on-call editors willing to offer you strategic and practical advice on nearly two dozen different topics, from ethics to legal issues, to digital best practices, to upfront story coaching and newsroom budgeting.

We don’t want to replace the conversations you have in your own newsrooms, but we can be a resource when no one else is around to ask, when you need a second opinion, when you wonder if there’s another way or if you just need help framing the right questions.

The members of APME bring decades of journalism experience to the table.

We’ve spent years helping each other cope with a fast-changing industry, learning to produce and showcase our best journalism on multiple platforms. We’ve become adept at adapting while remaining committed to our watchdog role, to reflecting our diverse communities in our newsrooms and to ethical truth telling.

Now we want to broaden the circle and help develop newsroom leaders from coast to coast to strengthen journalism for all. You don’t need to be a member of APME; we’re here to help everyone.

Give our list of editors a look and connect.



ASNE, APME approve merger plan to become News Leaders Association

Austin, Texas (Sept. 11, 2018) — At this pivotal moment for journalism and freedom of the press, two of the most significant organizations in journalism have voted to merge and become one voice for the industry.

The formation of the News Leaders Association, combining the American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors, was approved by the two groups' members during their joint News Leadership Conference in Austin.

ASNE and APME will continue to work jointly on major projects during the coming year as legal steps toward the merger are completed. NLA is expected to be in place by the 2019 News Leadership Conference Sept. 9-10 in New Orleans.

In this extraordinary time of upheaval across the news industry, as well as forces outside it, leaders and members of ASNE and APME believe that now is the time for journalism leaders to come together to make great impact.

"These are challenging times for our business and our country," said Nancy Barnes, incoming president of ASNE for 2018-19. "We believe joining our two organizations will only strengthen our ability, as journalism leaders, to stand up for the principles we hold dear."

APME President Angie Muhs said, "Editors' jobs have never been more challenging, and we believe that our groups are stronger together as we work to be a valuable resource for leaders at news organizations of all sizes."

The mission statement of NLA reads: "The News Leaders Association is committed to leading, nurturing and serving journalism and democracy."

"There's never been a more important time to create an organization vigorously committed to defending and explaining the values of an independent press in a democratic society," said outgoing APME President Jim Simon. "NLA is also committed to reimagining our work, so that it's relevant to a broader range of leaders from a variety of backgrounds and to the needs of a rapidly changing journalism landscape."

After years of working closely together to further the cause of journalism, both organizations are excited to become one, while also honoring the long histories of both ASNE and APME.
 

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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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