April 2019: Denver, hosted by Colorado State University
Sept. 27, 2019: Milwaukee, hosted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

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

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 are the timing and hosts for the workshops:

  • Denver, in April, hosted by Colorado State University;
  • 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

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 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

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

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, 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.

News Leadership Conference wraps up engaging two days

The 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference was filled with sessions to help editors lead their newsroom

See the coverage by Ball State University and University of Texas at Austin students here, or at #NewsLeaders2018

See you next year in New Orleans on Sept. 9-10!

Our conference hotel is the New Orleans Marriott, at 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130We have a nightly rate of $179.

Immediately following the 2019 ASNE-APME conference will be the Online News Association conference Sept. 12-15 at the Sheraton New Orleans.

More details coming soon.

Hey, great, you’ve been named to a newsroom leadership role. Congratulations!

Now what the hell do you do?


First, stop sweating. We’ve all been there. And we’re here to help.


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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