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 2019
: Albuquerque NewsTrain
, hosted by the University of New Mexico in conjunction with the New Mexico Press Association

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NLA is now seeking nominations 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.

Steph Chambers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wins March 2019 Photo of the Month

The Associated Press Media Editors has honored the photograph below as National Member Photo of the Month forMarch 2019

Thanks to Spenser Heaps,deputy director of photography at the Deseret News, for judging this month.

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

The close perspective of this embrace really brings me into the moment. The photographer struck the right balance of a wide angle that gathers context, while preserving separation to guide my eyes. The dominant foreground is very strong, and the contributing background, with raised-fist protesters and the UAW sign, sets the context for the moment. That’s some classic photojournalism technique right there, and what I hope to receive when I’m editing for A1. The whole collection featured very strong work, from powerful moments to graphic pictorials, but this rose to the top for me.

Below is the link to all images entered for March and the winner is slide #14.

Amy Drennen, right, of Lordstown, Ohio, an employee at General Motors for 12 years, receives a hug from Pam Clark, as people gather in front of the General Motors assembly plant, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Lordstown, Ohio. It was the last day of the plant's Chevrolet Cruze production, a move that will eliminate nearly 1,700 hourly jobs and idle the plant. (Steph Chambers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

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.

News Leaders Association (ASNE-APME) announces winners of 2019 Awards

The American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors announced the winners of this year's NLA Awardsearlier this week.

The 2019 News Leaders Association Awards winners are as follows:

Batten Medal for Courage in Journalism

Maggie Michael of The Associated Press is the winner of the Batten Medal, which honors public service journalism in memory of revered reporter, editor and newspaper executive James K. Batten. The medal is intended to celebrate the journalistic values Batten stood for: compassion, courage, humanity and a deep concern for the underdog. Ms. Michael will receive $2,500 for winning the award, sponsored by a group of editors from the former Knight Ridder Inc.

Winning work:

Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership - Large and Small

The staff of The Palm Beach Post, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Miami Herald and WLRN Public Radio will receive $1,250 for winning the Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership Large division, and Corey Friedman of The Wilson Times will receive $1,250 for winning the Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership Small division. This award recognizes editorial writing that is excellent journalism and makes a difference in a community. The award is sponsored by The Dallas Morning News in memory of Burl Osborne, who died in 2012.


Winning work:


Deborah Howell Award for Writing Excellence

Dan Barry and Jeffrey E. Singer of The New York Times will receive $2,500 for winning the Deborah Howell Award for Writing Excellence, which recognizes excellence in news and feature writing (except commentary or editorials) that's not done as breaking news. The award is sponsored by Advance Publications Inc. in memory of former editor Deborah Howell, who died in 2010.

Dori J. Maynard Award for Justice in Journalism

Sharon Cohen, David Goldman and Mary Hudetz of The Associated Press are the winners of the Dori J. Maynard Award for Justice in Journalism, which celebrates journalism that overcomes ignorance, stereotypes, intolerance, racism, hate, negligence and indifference. They will receive $2,500 for winning the award, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in memory of Dori J. Maynard, who was an ASNE board member and a strong advocate for news and newsroom diversity.

Winning work:

Frank A. Blethen Award for Local Accountability Reporting - Large and Small

Barbara Laker, Wendy Ruderman and Dylan Purcell of The Philadelphia Inquirer will receive $1,250 for winning the Frank A. Blethen Award for Local Accountability Reporting Large division, and Ed Williams of Searchlight New Mexico will receive $1,250 for winning the Frank A. Blethen Award for Local Accountability Reporting Small division. This award, sponsored by The Seattle Times in honor of Frank A. Blethen, who has been The Times' publisher and CEO since 1985, recognizes outstanding work done by a news organization that holds important local institutions accountable for their actions.


Winning work:


Winning work:

Mike Royko Award for Commentary and Column Writing

Melinda Henneberger of The Kansas City Star will receive $2,500 for winning the Mike Royko Award for Commentary and Column Writing, which recognizes excellence in writing by an individual that expresses a personal point of view. The award is sponsored by the Chicago Tribune in memory of legendary columnist Mike Royko, who died in 1997.

Winning work:

O'Brien Fellowship Award for Impact in Public Service Journalism

The staff of the South Florida Sun Sentinel are the winners of the O'Brien Fellowship Award for Impact in Public Service Journalism. This award recognizes public service work that helps solve community or societal issues and leads to changes in laws, regulations or other demonstrated results. They will receive $2,500 for winning the award, sponsored by the fellowship at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Winning work:

Punch Sulzberger Award for Innovative Storytelling - Large and Small

The staff of The Washington Post is the winner of the Punch Sulzberger Award for Innovative Storytelling Large division and Marcel Honore of Honolulu Civil Beat is the winner of the Punch Sulzberger Award for Innovative Storytelling Small division. This award recognizes excellence and innovation in the use of digital tools to tell news stories. Each winner will receive $1,250 for winning the award, sponsored by The New York Times in memory of former publisher Arthur Ochs "Punch" Sulzberger, who died in 2012.


Winning work:


Winning work:

Al Neuharth Breaking News Reporting Award

The staff of Capital Gazette, Annapolis Md. and The Baltimore Sun are the winners of the Al Neuharth Breaking News Reporting Award for coverage of the Capital Gazette shooting. This award recognizes coverage of breaking news events produced in the first 24 hours of an event.
Winning work:

Visual Journalism Award - Large and Small

Kristen Zeis of The Virginian-Pilot is the winner of the Visual Journalism Award Large division, and Todd Wiseman, Alana Rocha and Justin Dehn of The Texas Tribune are the winners of the Visual Journalism Award Small division. This award rewards powerful and meaningful photography, videos and any visual multimedia that capture a community, issue or news event.

First Amendment Award

Stephen Deere, Dan Klepal, J. Scott Trubey and Kelly Yamanouchi of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution are the winners of the First Amendment Award. This award recognizes the best example of protecting or advancing freedom of information principles, and/or overcoming significant resistance to the application of the First Amendment.The First Amendment Award winner receives $1,000, sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University's Free Speech Center.

To view the full list of finalists and winners, view the original press release here.

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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