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April 11-12, 2019: Denver NewsTrain, hosted by Colorado State University in conjunction with the Colorado Press Association
Sept. 9-10, 2019
: News Leaders Association Conference at New Orleans Marriott
Sept. 27, 2019: Milwaukee NewsTrain
, hosted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Oct. 18-19: Austin NewsTrain
, hosted by GateHouse Media LLC and the Austin American-Statesman
October 2019: Albuquerque NewsTrain
, hosted by the University of New Mexico in conjunction with the New Mexico Press Association

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APME’s NewsTrain coming to Denver on April 11-12 in conjunction with the Colorado Press Association Convention

APME’s NewsTrain is bringing its highly rated, affordable digital training to Denver on April 11-12 in conjunction with the annual Colorado Press Association Convention.

Colorado Press Association members can attend NewsTrain for a discounted rate as part of their convention registration. For just $75, others can attend 1.5 days of training in digital skills.

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 and reporting,
     
data-driven enterprise reporting,
     
smartphone-video shooting and editing,
     
storytelling for mobile audiences, and
     
being a verification ninja.

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

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.

With more than 30 years of experience, reporter Rebecca Bibbs at The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Indiana, was excited to update her skills at Muncie NewsTrain. “It … allowed us to practice what was preached.”

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.

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

Wall Street Journal reporter Tawnell Hobbs (left) teaches data reporting at NewsTrain in Denton, Texas, on Sept. 22, 2018. Photo by Hatch Visuals.


APME joins statement on Acosta press revocation

Statement of the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors, and the Online News Association on the Revocation of Jim Acosta’s White House Press Pass

On Wednesday afternoon, the President of the United States engaged in another unprovoked verbal attack on the news media during a post-election press conference. Wednesday night, the White House took the incredible step of revoking a reporter’s credentials for doing his job.  The American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors, and the Online News Association condemn the President’s rhetoric and demand the immediate reinstatement of CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass.

Our organizations have – jointly and separately – raised concerns about the President’s attempts to delegitimize the press in the past, noting that his statements have no basis in fact, serve to stoke anger and fear in the public, and embolden some to threaten or harass news professionals.  As disturbing, outrageous, and potentially dangerous as the President’s statements were, they pale in comparison to the decision of the White House to suspend Mr. Acosta’s press pass “until further notice” and deny him access to the White House grounds for doing nothing more than asking pointed questions of the President.

A free and independent press is currently one of the primary checks on this President. Calling us names does not dampen our enthusiasm to do our jobs. Calling us the enemy of the people does not affect our determination to serve our communities and the citizens of this country. Barring access to one reporter will not stop – or even soften – our questioning. Journalists work to report the news accurately and fairly, and that means asking hard questions of every elected official, including the President of the United States of America.


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.


What could USC's Annenberg faculty and students do for your newsroom?

NewsTrain trainer Laura Davis is the digital news director for the student-run newsroom at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

She, her colleagues and students are interested in how they might help local newsrooms. Some possibilities are providing audience research and digital best practices, but they are interested in hearing from local newsrooms about what they might want.

Please help them out by answering this survey.


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.

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.


APME-ASNE weigh in regarding president's support of U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte

Statement of the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors regarding the president's statements in support of U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-MT:

President Trump’s  enthusiastic support Thursday of Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte's May 24, 2017, assault on Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, represents a disturbing elevation in attacking the media, which threatens journalists at home and around the world. It shows reckless disregard for the First Amendment.

As representatives of the nation's news leaders, we are also dismayed by his reckless disregard for the impact of his words, given that he was speaking just days after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The president's words will only serve to embolden despots around the world to treat journalists in a similar manner without fear of repercussion.

The president's continued attempts to delegitimize the press should not be viewed as mere political rhetoric. They have real and dangerous consequences.

Nancy Barnes, president, ASNE
Angie Muhs, president, APME


APME launches yearlong editor mentoring project

The Associated Press Media Editors board this month launched a yearlong mentoring program for emerging newsroom leaders as part of APME’s mission to foster innovation and confidence in the next generation of editors.

A strong field of early career editors applied to participate and 10 were chosen and paired with veteran journalists from the APME Board of Directors.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Managing Editor Sally Stapleton is mentoring Alee Quick, local news editor at The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, Illinois.

The Greenville (SC) News Executive Editor and USAT Network South Regional Editor Katrice Hardy is mentoring Barbara Leader, editor of The News-Star in Monroe, Louisiana.

The Missoulian (Mont.) Editor Kathy Best is mentoring Allison Smith, editor of the Twin Falls Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho.

The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) Managing Editor Autumn Phillips is mentoring Catherine Rogers, digital director, South Carolina, at The Greenville News.

Minneapolis Star Tribune Senior Managing Editor and Vice President Suki Dardarian is mentoring Karen Scherting, digital director for Lee Enterprises Montana.

Philadelphia Inquirer Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Michael Days is mentoring Nick Falsone, editor / managing producer of lehighvalleylive.com, New Jersey Advance Media.

Cleveland Plain Dealer President and Editor George Rodrigue is mentoring Benjamin Lanka, editor of The (Newark) Advocate.

Gatehouse Media Digital Project Manager Summer Moore is mentoring Alia Rau, local politics and issues editor at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix.

MetroWest Daily News and Milford (Mass.) Daily News Editor Anne Brennan is mentoring Liz Schubauer, breaking news editor at The Tennessean in Nashville.

WHYY (Philadelphia) Vice President for News and Civic Dialogue Sandra Clark is mentoring Chelcey Adami, editor of The Salinas Californian.

APME mentors have committed to one year of phone calls and regular communication, with a goal toward imparting lessons learned from years of newsroom management.



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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