Aug. 5, 2019: Deadline to nominate for the McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership
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
: 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.

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.



(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.


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.

2019 APME awards honor AP journalists for powerful stories

NEW YORK (AP) — Accounts of perseverance in the wake of disaster, deep investigative looks into cyber threats against American democracy, and images that highlighted the human side of controversial political issues are among the stories that have won the 2019 Associated Press Media Editors Awards for AP staff.

Dake Kang and Yanan Wang, both 25, were honored for excellence by staffers 30 years old or younger for work exposing the Chinese government’s reach into their citizens’ personal lives. Judges called their work “insightful — even shocking.”

Sharon Cohen, David Goldman and Mary Hudetz were recognized for stories about Native American women and children who disappeared or were killed on tribal lands. The judges called it “great writing, important topic, and remarkable reporting that resonated not just in Indian Country, but across the country.”

Christina Cassidy and Frank Bajak won for their investigative look at the vulnerable American voting system that judges called “aggressive watchdog journalism at a high level.”

The AP’s “mission is to inform the world — fairly, objectively and accurately,” said Thomas Koetting, deputy managing editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and coordinator of the contest. “The work in this year’s competition reflects that mission — and I would add two words: compassion and humanity. In a complex and sometimes inhumane world, AP journalists reached out to those who needed a voice and told stories that otherwise would have remained hidden.”

The annual competition honors the best work by AP staff in news, multimedia and photography and is open to employees in every U.S. state and 100 countries globally.

The judges are national board members of the Associated Press Media Editors, which is in the process of merging with the American Society of News Editors into the News Leaders Association.

Winners will be recognized at that organization’s national conference in New Orleans on Sept. 9-10.

Read about the winners

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

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

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

Contact: Linda Austin,, or Laura Sellers-Earl,, NewsTrain project co-directors

Nominate your diversity hero by Aug. 5 for the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership

The News Leaders Association is seeking nominations for the next recipient of the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership, sponsored by the USA TODAY Network. We are looking for individuals or news organizations whose actions and work reflect a strong commitment to diversity in honor of the late Robert G. McGruder, a former Detroit Free Press executive editor and former managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

Nominees should be individuals or news organizations who have made a significant contribution to improving and promoting diversity for one or more years, both through retention and recruitment in their workplaces, as well as through news content.

The Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership has been co-sponsored by the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors, which are now the News Leaders Association, and is also sponsored generously by the USA TODAY Network.*

This year's winner will be announced during the News Leaders Association Conference in New Orleans Sept. 9-10. The winner receives $2,500 and a leadership award.

Please submit your nominations by Aug. 5 to Submitted nominations should include the name of the individual or organization, a brief explanation of why they're being nominated and a headshot or photo of the individual/organization.

To view the full press release, click here.

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 Bender at 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.



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.

Register now for the 2019 NLA (ASNE-APME) Conference

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.

Our jam-packed programming includes sessions on:
  • The Evolution of the Modern Editor
  • Leading in Times of Urgency
  • Managing the Next Generation
  • Being a Strategic Partner with the Community
  • News That's Driving Paid Subscribers
  • Growing Readers' Trust
  • Executing the Big Project - On Time and on Budget
  • Preparing Your Audience for the 2020 Election and Census
  • The Future of the Opinion Page
  • And more!

In addition to our fantastic program, Joy Mayer and Lynn Walsh from Trusting News and the Poynter Institute, will be offering a workshop from 1-5pm on Sunday, Sept. 8 before the NLA conference. The workshop, "How any journalist can earn trust," will center on how to stop thinking of distrust in journalism as an unsolvable, big-picture problem. This is a great opportunity to learn how to address a very serious concern faced in our industry.

In addition to the Poynter workshop before our conference, we are also working with the Knight Foundation to offer a workshop from the coaches and news leaders with the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative, also known as the Table Stakes program. The workshop will be Wednesday, Sept. 11 and will share lessons and tools for leading effective digital transformation in your newsroom.

To register for these additional workshops, visit ASNE's online store  select one or both workshops.

New Orleans is also a city you want to explore. Plan to spend two full days this fall in a city filled with festive spirit, renowned for vibrant live music, spicy cuisine and round-the-clock nightlife. While you're in New Orleans for the NLA conference, you might want to check out some of the fun events going on around town, which you can learn more about here!

Register for the 2019 NLA Conference now HERE

The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME 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 did not purchase lunch tickets at the time of registration, then you can do so through the online store.

If you can't attend the entire convention, then register for individual days for $150 (members) or $200 (nonmembers) per day on Monday and Tuesday.

If you are a student, then you can register for only $50.

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

Book your hotel HERE

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.

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: Lead. Nurture. Innovate.

We foster newsroom leaders. We empower journalists to succeed. We cultivate ideas that work. 
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.
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.


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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