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Jan. 24, 2019: News Leaders Awards deadline, APME and ASNE contest entries are due
April 11-12, 2019
: Denver NewsTrain, hosted by Colorado State University in conjunction with the Colorado Press Association

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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2019 News Leaders Awards are now open for submissions


The American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors announce the first annual News Leaders Awards. The News Leaders Awards reflect the merging of these tradition-rich organizations in honoring excellence and innovation in journalism. They will replace the ASNE Awards and APME Awards, blending hallmarks of both contests.

All news websites, news services (including radio, TV stations and magazines) and newspapers in the United States are eligible to enter. Outside the United States, news organizations that are headed by an active member of ASNE or APME are also eligible. Each nominating organization must create its own account to enter. To submit entries to the 2019 News Leaders Awards, please click here.

All entries must have been published originally, whether in print or online, in 2018, except for the Batten Medal and O’Brien Fellowship Award, which can include work published over a two-year period (Jan. 1, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2018). All entries must be submitted in English. The work of a journalist or team can be entered in more than one category but will be selected as a winner in no more than one. The work of both employees and freelance contributors is eligible.

Organizations can submit up to three entries per category. Individuals from eligible organizations may self-enter even if the organization submits three entries. No minimum number of articles/digital components is required in each category. Be sure to read all of the rules and category descriptions before submitting entries. Entrants in the News Leaders Awards should read each category closely to make sure rules are followed. Deviations from the rules may result in disqualification.


All entries must be submitted by
11:59 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019.

There is a nonrefundable handling fee of $75 per entry.

In five categories, there will be two awards, recognizing accomplishments by large and small news organizations. Those categories are:

Frank A. Blethen Award for Local Accountability Reporting.

Punch Sulzberger Award for Innovative Storytelling.

Deborah Howell Award for Writing Excellence

Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership and Community Engagement.

Visual Journalism Award.

Size is determined by the number of full-time-equivalent employees in a newsroom — all those involved in reporting, editing, visuals, multimedia, design and production, and will be defined as:

Large (News organization with staffs of 51 or more)

Small (News organization with staffs of 50 or fewer)

In the following categories, one person, team or organization will be honored:

Al Neuharth Breaking News Reporting Award.

Batten Medal for Courage in Journalism.

O’Brien Fellowship Award for Impact in Public Service Journalism.

Dori J. Maynard Award for Justice in Journalism.

Mike Royko Award for Commentary and Column Writing.

First Amendment Award.

Thanks to our sponsors, eight of the 11 categories come with a cash prize. They are:

The Frank A. Blethen Award for Local Accountability Reporting, sponsored by The Seattle Times.

The Punch Sulzberger Award for Innovative Storytelling, sponsored by The New York Times.

The Deborah Howell Award for Writing Excellence, sponsored by Advance Publications.

The Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership and Community Engagement, sponsored by The Dallas Morning News.

The Batten Medal, sponsored by a group of editors from the former Knight Ridder company.

The O'Brien Fellowship Award for Impact in Public Service Journalism, sponsored by the fellowship at Marquette University.

The Dori J. Maynard Award for Justice in Journalism, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The Mike Royko Award for Commentary and Column Writing, sponsored by the Chicago Tribune.

Questions can be answered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST Monday-Friday. Contact ASNE Senior Information Specialist Megan Morrison at mschumacher@asne.org or ASNE Senior Communications Assistant Deena Kahn at dkahn@asne.org or 573-882-2430.

Winners will be announced in the spring and will be recognized at the NLA (ASNE-APME) conference, September 9-10 in New Orleans. Registration for the 2019 NLA conference is open, register now!


Colorado Press Association members get a discount for APME’s Denver NewsTrain coming April 11-12

APME’s NewsTrain is bringing its highly rated, affordable digital training to Denver on April 11-12 in conjunction with the annual Colorado Press Association Convention.

Colorado Press Association members can attend NewsTrain for a discounted rate as part of their convention registration. For just $75, others can attend 1.5 days of training in digital skills.

The draft agenda (PDF), planned by a host committee of local journalists led by Colorado State University’s Department of Journalism and Media Communication, includes sessions on:

      social-media branding and reporting,
     
data-driven enterprise reporting,
     
smartphone-video shooting and editing,
     
storytelling for mobile audiences, and
     
being a verification ninja.

To learn when registration opens and trainers are named, please provide an email address: bit.ly/NT2018-19.

Because of NewsTrain’s emphasis on immediately usable skills, attendees often rate its interactive training as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and useful.

“Ya’ll ARE AWESOME. I didn’t want to leave the lectures to use the bathroom because they were so good,” wrote Phoenix NewsTrain attendee Chase Budnieski, a journalism student at Arizona State University.

With more than 30 years of experience, reporter Rebecca Bibbs at The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Indiana, was excited to update her skills at Muncie NewsTrain. “It … allowed us to practice what was preached.”

The workshop will be at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center in suburban Denver.

The concurrent Colorado Press Association’s annual convention, April 11-13, will feature an additional day of training, meetings and keynote speakers, as well as a job fair, plus awards ceremonies for both the association’s Colorado Better Newspaper Contest and the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters contest.

#DenverNewsTrain will be the 93rd such workshop organized by the Associated Press Media Editors. APME, a nonprofit group of newsroom leaders, has sponsored NewsTrain since 2003, training more than 7,500 journalists and visiting every U.S. state and three Canadian provinces. NewsTrain last visited Denver in 2005 and Colorado (in Colorado Springs) in 2013.

Here are this year's NewsTrain stops:

  • Denver, April 11-12, hosted by Colorado State University and the Colorado Press Association;
  • 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 bit.ly/NT2018-19.

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

Data coach Dr. Valarie Bell from the Mayborn School of Journalism at University of North Texas, works with attendees during Wall Street Journal's Tawnell D. Hobbs' workshop on data-driven enterprise on your beat at the Denton, Texas, NewsTrain on Sept. 22, 2018. Photo by Hatch Visuals.



Registration is open for 2019 News Leaders Association Conference in New Orleans

Join the Associated Press Media Editors and American Society of News Editors on Sept. 9-10, 2019, at the New Orleans Marriott. The two organizations are on track to merge and become the stronger News Leaders Association in 2019.

You can reserve your spot now at what will be a unique, invaluable experience. More details as they unfold.

REGISTRATION

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

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

HOTEL INFORMATION

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. 

QUESTIONS?

Stay tuned for more details at asne.org and apme.com or email us for more information.


Michael Holahan of The Augusta Chronicle wins October Member Photo of the Month

The Associated Press Media Editors has honored this photograph as National Member Photo of the Month forOctober 2018. 

Thanks to Rich Saal and Ted Schurter of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., for judging. 

Here is what the judgeshad to say about the winning image:

“It’s a challenge to judge images of such diverse subject matter and mood against each other in an effort to pick the “best.” The winning image by Michael Holahan of The Augusta Chronicle succeeded by any measure in translating such raw emotion as that of distraught parents. Michael Robinson, Sr. and Chinikka Jackson are in utter despair over the loss of their 12 year-old son Melquan, who was accidentally electrocuted at a ball field. They’re not only lost in the depths of their own grief, but they’re also hugging two of their son’s friends, who were injured themselves trying to pull the boy to safely. It’s a gripping scene.”

Below is the link to all images entered forOctoberand the winner is slide #29.

http://apphotocontests.ap.org/APME_POM/APME_POM_october_2018/index.html

Melquan Robinson, Sr., and Chinikka Jackson, parents of electrocution victim Melquan Kwame Robinson, 12, embrace, from left, David Sette, 11, and Traqwon Berry, 13, who were both injured trying to pull their friend to safety when he was electrocuted while touching a fence that was in contact with a live wire at a ball field during a vigil at the Bernie Ward Community Center in Augusta, Ga., Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.  (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)


What could USC's Annenberg faculty and students do for your newsroom?

NewsTrain trainer Laura Davis is the digital news director for the student-run newsroom at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

She, her colleagues and students are interested in how they might help local newsrooms. Some possibilities are providing audience research and digital best practices, but they are interested in hearing from local newsrooms about what they might want.

Please help them out by answering this survey before Dec. 12.


Up your game in 2019!
Attend a NewsTrain digital skills workshop in your area

Coming to Denver, Milwaukee, Austin and Albuquerque next year!

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 is the schedule:

  • Denver, April 11-12, hosted by Colorado State University and the Colorado Press Association;
  • 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 bit.ly/NT2018-19.

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 bit.ly/HostNewsTrain 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 bit.ly/NewsTraindonate

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.


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.



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.
 

APME: Lead. Nurture. Innovate.

OUR VISION
 
We foster newsroom leaders. We empower journalists to succeed. We cultivate ideas that work. 
 
OUR MEMBERS
 
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.
 
OUR MISSION
 
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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