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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 and the Austin American-Statesman

October 25-26
: Albuquerque NewsTrain
, hosted by the University of New Mexico in conjunction with the New Mexico Press Association
2020
: Provide an email for updates on NewsTrains in Eugene, Fresno, Lincoln and Rochester.

If you have news about news, news leaders or newsrooms you'd like to share, send details here.


Party with #NLAinNOLA!

Join us in New Orleans and have a blast as we officially complete the ASNE-APME merger and celebrate our becoming the News Leaders Association! See the full schedule here!
 
Click here to book a room in our hotel block and register now to join us Sept. 9-10!

Five things you won't want to miss:


This is the Golden Age for Podcasts with an explosion of content, listeners and revenue. From both creative and business perspectives, you will get an overview of the industry, a realistic sense of the challenges facing anyone getting into podcasting, a sense of how NPR thinks about podcasting and balances creative, journalistic and financial imperatives, as well as some best practices from NPR.


Learn from one of the leaders in securing community funding to pay for local journalism. The Seattle Times has created reporting teams, funded investigative reporting and pioneered an impact-centric hybrid business model that has generated $5 million and counting. Hear about lessons learned, pitfalls avoided and insights into how news organizations of any size can seek large foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and individual donations to support the journalism that matters most to their communities.

 
News deserts are growing across the country, but new efforts are underway to reach into underserved communities. We'll explore the opportunities that these changes pose for local, metro and regional news operations and some of the new models and approaches focused on serving these news-hungry communities.

4. Managing across generations

A new generation of journalists means new conversations about journalism and how to manage those who produce it. We examine tips and warning signs of a generational divide within your newsroom, and how to stay in front of it.


Learn about exciting new technology from News Catalyst, a project from Temple University focused on local news and digital transformation. Also, hear from tool builders offering new products that can help your journalism right now.

Make sure to follow the News Leaders Association on social media for #NLAinNOLA updates! We are on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


RSVP to our Facebook event for more updates as it gets closer!

Apply by Aug. 16 for diversity scholarships to train in data, mobile newsgathering, smart storytelling, podcasting, analytics and management approaches at Milwaukee NewsTrain Sept. 27

Apply by Aug. 16 for competitive diversity scholarships to attend a digital-skills workshop in Milwaukee on Sept. 27.

NewsTrain, APME’s traveling workshop for journalists, is coming to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Milwaukee NewsTrain attendees will experience a full day of digital training taught by accomplished journalists. Sessions include:

  • Developing a data mindset and use it to improve daily work
  • Mobile newsgathering with your smartphone
  • Making the smart choices in how to pitch and tell a story
  • So, you have an idea for a podcast
  • Using audience analytics to get your story read
  • Morning management track sessions include:
  • Having difficult conversations
  • Managing tension between generations

For successful scholarship applicants, the $75 early-bird registration fee is waived, but they are responsible for travel expenses. Discounted hotel rooms will be available.

Journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply by Aug. 16 at bit.ly/MilwaukeeNewsTrain.

NewsTrain attendees regularly rate their training as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful.

Russell LaCour at the Tulsa World was a 2017 scholarship winner. “Fresh ideas make me excited about going back into the newsroom with new tools. You pulled together some great presenters,” he said.

The Associated Press Media Editors (APME) Foundation funds the scholarships.

Questions? Email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain co-director.


Train in data, mobile newsgathering, smart storytelling, podcasting, analytics and management approaches at Milwaukee NewsTrain on Sept. 27

Milwaukee NewsTrain will offer a full day of digital training on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 333 W. State; Milwaukee, WI 53203. New, two separate management-track courses are available in the morning.

Full-day NewsTrain sessions include:

  • Developing a data mindset and use it to improve daily work
  • Mobile newsgathering with your smartphone
  • Making the smart choices in how to pitch and tell a story
  • So, you have an idea for a podcast
  • Using audience analytics to get your story read

Morning management track sessions include:

  • Having difficult conversations
  • Managing tension between generations (particularly millennials entering leadership positions)

Early bird registration is just $75, until Aug. 30, when it becomes $85.

Wisconsin Newspaper Association members can apply for a $50 stipend by being one of the first WPA members to sign up here.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.
  • Try out the right apps to use your smartphone to shoot photos, record interviews, dictate stories and go social.
  • Discover the best ways to find, pitch, tell and deliver a story.
  • Explore the basics and best practices of podcasting to find the balance between innovative podcast storytelling and the investment in time, expertise and money.
  • Move beyond pageviews to make analytics work for you. With the reader/listener as the focus, uncover the best tools.

Agenda

 

(Download a PDF of the agenda.)

 

The blue and green tracks on the agenda allow for smaller class sizes. All attendees receive the same instruction, just at different times.

 

Learn more here

Other fall NewsTrains are:

  • Oct. 18-19 in Austin, hosted by GateHouse Media LLC and the Austin American-Statesman. Registration opening soon!
  • Oct. 25-26 in Albuquerque, hosted by the University of New Mexico in conjunction with the New Mexico Press Association Convention.

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


REGISTER NOW FOR #NLAinNOLA

How can newsroom leaders lead in times of urgency, while at the same time training the next generation and growing readers' trust? We'll focus on those questions and many more during the inaugural News Leaders Association conference, Sept. 9-10 in New Orleans.

At the heart of the conference: leadership and audience engagement/growing digital revenue. You'll go home with takeaways that can be incorporated into your work immediately, as well as new connections and tools to help your newsroom grow.

Register for the 2019 NLA Conference now HERE

We also have a fabulously-priced room block at the New Orleans Marriott for our conference attendees, if needed.

The deadline to book a room in our block is Aug. 14, but we are already 2/3 booked!

Click here to book your stay in our room block before you miss your chance!

If you wait too long and can't get a room in our block, don't fret! Just reach out and we'll help you find a room so you can still join us!

To view the full conference announcement, click here.


NewsTrain is coming to California, New York, Oregon and Nebraska in 2020

For just $75, you can up your digital game with highly rated training at an APME NewsTrain workshop in California, New York, Oregon or Nebraska in 2020.

Here are the locations and hosts for the workshops:

  • Fresno, California, hosted by California State University, Fresno;
  • Rochester, New York, hosted by the Democrat and Chronicle;
  • Eugene, Oregon, hosted by the University of Oregon; and
  • Lincoln, Nebraska, hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

To be notified when dates, agendas and trainers are set for these workshops, please provide an email at bit.ly/NewsTrain2020.

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

Since 2003, Associated Press Media Editors (APME) has sponsored NewsTrain in serving more than 7,600 journalists at 93 workshops. It will achieve its 100th workshop in 2020, having brought its cutting-edge training to all 50 states and three Canadian provinces.

NewsTrains in fall 2019 will be:

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

To apply to be a NewsTrain site in 2021, email NewsTrain Project Co-director Laura Sellers-Earl to get an alert when applications open in early 2020 at bit.ly/HostNewsTrain.

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 and Gannett foundations.

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

Contact: Linda Austin, laustin.newstrain@gmail.com, or Laura Sellers-Earl, lsellers.newstrain@gmail.com, NewsTrain project co-directors


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.


Peter Diana of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette receives the April Photo of the Month

The Associated Press Media Editors has honored this photograph as National Member Photo of the Month for April 2019.

 

Thanks to Mike Lang, Dan Wagner and Thomas Benderat the Herald-Tribune for judging this month. 

Here is what the judges had to say about the winning image:

 

There were a number of good sports action photos, but the reaction of the hockey fans in the background made this image stand out. There were also a number of good news photos — but they were exactly what you would expect a talented photojournalist to deliver from an assignment or breaking news. We felt the hockey photo gave readers an unexpected surprise

 

The link below is to all images entered for April, and the winner is slide 18.

 

http://apphotocontests.ap.org/APME_POM/APME_POM_april_2019/index.html

 

 

Pittsburgh Penguins' Patric Hornqvist and Evgeni Malkin sandwich New York Islanders right wing Leo Komarov in Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Friday, April 12, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. (Peter Diana/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

 

Of special note, this is the second month in a row for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to receive the Photo of the Month honor.


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