Aug. 8, 2018: Early bird deadline for NewsTrain workshop in Greenville, S.C.
Sept. 7-8, 2018: NewsTrain workshop in Greenville, S.C.
Sept. 11-12, 2018: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Austin, Texas
Aug. 22, 2018:
Early bird deadline for NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
Sept. 22, 2018:
NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
March 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Toronto

ASNE, APME agree to pursue merger plan

Columbia, Mo., and New York (June 14, 2018) -The American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors are advancing a merger plan aimed at creating a new journalism leadership organization.

The executive teams of ASNE and APME met Sundayin New York City and agreed to proceed with merger recommendations developed over months of talks between the groups.

The new organization will support current news leaders, help develop emerging leaders and represent a stronger, more unified voice that defends a free and independent press.

"The proposed merger of ASNE and APME represents an opportunity to create a new and vibrant organization with an even stronger voice to defend press freedom, promote diversity and inclusiveness in content and coverage and build the next generation of journalism leaders," said ASNE President Alfredo Carbajal, managing editor of Al Día at The Dallas Morning News. "In proceeding with this merger, we also recognize and honor the legacy of both ASNE and APME, who for decades have served news leaders and helped to uphold journalism's highest values and standards."

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Nominations Needed for The Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership

“Diversity is a core value as important as upholding our First Amendment responsibilities as a free press,” Karen Magnuson, the executive editor of the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY, recently wrote.


“How could we inspire inclusive problem-solving in our community if we are not inclusive ourselves?”


We are seeking nominations 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.


McGruder died of cancer in 2002 but spent his career championing diversity throughout our industry.

Nominees should have made a significant contribution during one or more years to improving diversity both through retention and recruitment in their workplaces and also through news content.


The Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership is co-sponsored by The Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors.


This year’s winner will be announced during the annual APME-ASNE conference Sept. 9-12 in Austin, Texas. The winner receives $2,500 and a leadership trophy.


As Magnuson wrote in the above-mentioned column toher news organization’sreaders, “Without question, embracing diversity is the right thing to do, but it’s also a business imperative in a multicultural society. Diversity of thought is part of the solution. It inspires more creativity that drives innovation. It leads to more robust community conversations that may lead to positive change.”


Please consider nominating someone for this worthy honor.


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NewsTrain digital-skills workshops coming to Toronto, Denver, Austin and Milwaukee in 2019

APME’s NewsTrain will bring its high-quality, affordable training in digital journalism to two countries and three time zones in 2019.

Here are the hosts for the workshops, which have an early-bird rate of $75 each to attend:

  • Toronto, hosted by News Media Canada in March;
  • Denver, hosted by Colorado State University in April;
  • Austin, hosted by GateHouse Media LLC and the Austin American-Statesman;
  • Milwaukee, hosted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

To be notified when dates, agendas and trainers are set for these workshops, please provide an email at

Since 2003, Associated Press Media Editors (APME) has sponsored NewsTrain inserving more than 7,400 journalists at 90 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 frontline and teaching experience.

The 2019 sites were selected from applications by committees of local journalists from 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 their workshops.

To apply to bring NewsTrain to your town in 2020, visit in early 2019.

The remaining NewsTrains in 2018, which also have a $75 early-bird rate, are:

  • Sept. 6-7 in Greenville, South Carolina, with sessions on mobile storytelling and newsgathering, social reporting and branding, data-driven enterprise, verification, and making time for a life.
  • Sept. 22 in Denton, Texas (41 miles north of Dallas), with sessions on smartphone video, data-driven enterprise and visualization, social branding, and mobile storytelling.

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

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

We want to see you this fall at ASNE-APME conference

Sign up today to join us Sept. 11-12at the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas, where you will be inundated with tips and advice on how to lead your newsroom.
For two full days at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center,the conference will cover the latest innovations in content and technology, leadership strategies, new business models and more. Detailed schedule.
Some highlights of our sessions and speakers you don't want to miss:
Big J Track: Editing the Archives: One of the most sacred beliefs for news organizations is that we do not take down published articles or photos. But editors are having to balance that belief with the knowledge that even the most trivial crime brief, although factually correct, can have a devastating effect on someone's life10 years later. Editors are fielding an increasing number of appeals from the subjects of these stories who argue that the photos should be removed or the articles should at least be updated with the resolution to the case. What should you do? When should we order up more reporting? Should a story ever come down? Confirmed speakers:Emilio García-Ruiz (moderator), Managing editor/digital, The Washington Post; Manny García, regional editor, USA TODAY Network; and Jeremy Harmon, director of photography, The Salt Lake Tribune.
Big J Track: Newsroom 2020: Legal Hotline Live: An opportunity for you to get any information you need about the critical legal issues facing journalism today in a free-wheeling conversational format. ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin Goldberg, after introducing ASNE's new and improved Legal Hotline, will lead editors as we discuss your own concerns, as well as the trending topics he's seeing in his work for ASNE and elsewhere. The increase in lawsuits stemming from inadvertent, unauthorized use of photos and the growing trend of retaliatory lawsuits filed against FOIA requesters are just two of the possible topics for this lively discussion that focuses on the issues you want to learn about.
Proof of Concept: The Story of APB: We follow one piece of journalism from news article to broadcast television. How did a New York Times magazine article, "Who Runs The Streets of New Orleans," become a Fox TV series about a technically innovative police force in Chicago? What benefits did the Times reap from the exercise? What are the journalistic or ethical issues the writer, David Amsden, faced?

Registration and hotel

The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers. Lunch tickets are $40 a piece and can be purchased when you register or separately through the online store.
A terrific group rate is available at the on-site hotel at the conference center for $219/night Sunday, Sept. 9, through Wednesday, Sept. 12. Book by Aug. 9.

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Announcing the APME AWARDS for 2018


NEW YORK – Journalism that exposed abuse of the public trust and shed light on the human condition earned top honors in The APME Awards for 2018.

The Houston Chronicle led the way with two first place awards and an honorable mention. Public radio stations – in Boston, Milwaukee and Missoula – won three first place awards, including two in the storytelling category. And in keeping with APME’s tradition of recognizing work from news organizations of all sizes, winners ranged from the Los Angeles Times to the Bristol Herald Courier in Virginia.

"The winning entries reflect a few common themes: a continued commitment to pursue strong watchdog reporting, experiment with innovative storytelling and find new, creative ways to directly engage audiences,” said APME President Jim Simon. “As many of my fellow judges noted, the list of winners shows the spirit of public interest journalism remains strong even in many financially strapped newsrooms with diminished resources."

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis won the grand prize in the Public Service category for uncovering flaws and incompetence in the handling of elder abuse cases. “It’s so well done in every aspect: The beauty of the prose and the photos, the shocking findings themselves, the tremendous governmental reaction and response,” judges said.

The Kansas City Star won the grand prize in the First Amendment category for exposing the culture of secrecy in Kansas state government, and showing how it undermines the democratic process. “The impact of the Star’s work was swift,” judges said. “In a 12-week span, 32 transparency measures were proposed, and the speaker of the House ended the practice of allowing bills to be introduced anonymously.”

The Houston Chronicle won the grand prize for News Reporting for its coverage of Hurricane Harvey. “The Houston Chronicle gave readers everything they needed to know, and then some.  Exceptional multi-platform work from beginning to end,” judges said.

The annual contest honors excellence and innovation in journalism, and reflects the Associated Press Media Editors’ mission of fostering newsroom leaders, empowering journalists to succeed, and cultivating ideas that work. Teams of judges are composed of APME national board members and top editors at The Associated Press. Individual awards have one, two or three size categories, based on tradition and the wishes of some sponsors.

Winners will be recognized at the ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference, Sept. 11-12, in Austin, Texas.

At the conference, finalists for one of the APME’s most prestigious awards – Innovator of the Year – will make presentations, and the winner will be selected by conference attendees and will receive $1,000, sponsored by the APME Regents. This year’s finalists: An app created through a collaboration between The Blade of Toledo and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; a web template used across GateHouse Media; and an “Idea Fest” hosted by the Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin. The live judging by industry peers is unique among journalism awards.

A full listing of winners with judges’ comments is here. Judges also had the option of awarding honorable mention recognition.

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Top trainers set for Greenville, S.C., NewsTrain on Sept. 7-8. Study social, mobile, data, verification and time management

Ball State University students Elena Stidham and Gabbi Mitchell edit their mobile video at Muncie NewsTrain. Photo by Val Hoeppner

Greenville NewsTrain will offer a day and a half of digital training on Sept. 7-8, 2018, at the Younts Conference Center at Furman University. 

Training Sessions Include:

  • Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices
  • Data-driven enterprise off your beat
  • Getting your story read: maximizing and measuring social media for branding and audience engagement
  • Becoming a verification ninja
  • Mobile newsgathering: better reporting with your smartphone
  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools
  • Can you unplug? Making time to have a life

Early-bird registration is $75 through Aug. 7; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 8.

Competitive diversity scholarships are available for journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds; Click here to apply.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify the best way to tell a particular story on a small screen.
  • Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.
  • Improve your writing on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.
  • Identify accurate content and debunk hoaxes.
  • Use social media for sourcing, spotting news trends and verifying user-generated content.
  • Turn your smartphone into a versatile, multimedia reporting tool in the field.
  • Better manage your time and that of your newsroom teams.

Among our accomplished trainers are:

Derrick Ho guides the strategy and development roadmap for native apps and web, balancing user needs, business requirements and internal resources for McClatchy's newspapers. @derrickhozw

Cal Lundmark is the social media editor at The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. @calundmark

Ron Nixon is in the Washington, D.C., bureau for The New York Times and is a former training director for IRE. Nixon consistently gets top marks for his data-enterprise training sessions at NewsTrain. His first career job was in South Carolina. @nixonron

Taylor Shaw is the social media and analytics editor at The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. Previously, she worked in digital media for broadcast TV. @taylorcshaw

To learn more, visit or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.

To get updates for any of the upcoming NewsTrains, visit this page and signup.

Head to Denton, Texas, to train in social, mobile, data, video and data viz on Sept. 22

Denton NewsTrain will offer a full day of digital training on Sept. 22, 2018, at the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in the University Union, room 333, 1155 Union Circle. It is 41 miles north of Dallas and 38 miles north of Fort Worth.

Training Sessions Include:

  • Data-driven enterprise off your beat
  • Shooting smarter video with your smartphone
  • Getting your story read: maximizing social media for branding and audience engagement
  • Use data visualization to tell better stories
  • Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices

Early-bird registration is $75 through Aug. 22; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 23.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify the best way to tell a particular story on a small screen.
  • Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.
  • Improve your writing on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.
  • Sequence your best five shots to produce video news clips of under one minute with minimal editing.
  • Design informational graphics with impact, such as maps and charts, using free and easy-to-use tools.

Early-bird registration is $75 through Aug. 22; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 23.

Competitive diversity scholarships are available for journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds; Click here to apply.

To learn more, visit or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.

To get updates for any of the upcoming NewsTrains, visit this page and signup.

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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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