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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Associated Press Media Editors announces winners of the 2018 AP Staff Excellence Awards


June 21, 2018


New York – Coverage of news events that tested the human spirit and challenged how we see ourselves won top honors in the 2018 Associated Press Media Editors Awards for AP staff.


Hurricane Harvey, the collapse of the caliphate in Mosul and the plight of Rohingya refugees all showcased AP’s ability to put together powerhouse teams of journalists anywhere in the world and produce award-winning work.


There were also individual honors for journalists who single-handedly made a difference with their efforts.

Sarah Rankin of the AP’s Richmond, Virginia, bureau was recognized for excellence by a staffer 30 years old or younger for a body of work that included breaking coverage of the Charlottesville white nationalist rally that turned violent. “Rankin combines tenacious reporting with elegant writing and multimedia skills,” judges said.

Rachel La Corte of AP’s Olympia, Washington, bureau was honored for her relentless reporting on state lawmakers who claimed they were exempt from public disclosure laws. “Through her reporting,” judges said, “AP got a powerful coalition of news organizations in Washington state to bring suit in this legitimate case of interest to the public.”

And Jae C. Hong won both the top award and honorable mention for photo feature stories: first place for his photos of homeless people in Los Angeles, and honorable mention for photos of people who eke out a living dressing as superheroes for tourists on Hollywood Boulevard. Judges – who did not know both series were by the same photographer – were struck by the unusual access to the subjects, which could only have been earned by putting in long stretches of time with them.

The annual AP contest honors the best staff work in news, multimedia and photography. Committees of judges are made up of national board members of the Associated Press Media Editors. Winners will be recognized at the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, September 11-12 in Austin, Texas.


“The breadth and depth of the work that The Associated Press produces every year is remarkable,” said Thomas Koetting, deputy managing editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and coordinator of this year’s contest judging. “The judges were impressed and inspired.”

Full listing of winners

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

Diversity scholarships available

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 mobile apps, mobile web and distributed platforms, by balancing readers' needs, business requirements and internal resources for McClatchy's newspapers. He was formerly deputy digital editor of The Straits Times, Singapore's most-widely read newspaper, where he led the newsroom's multi-platform real-time coverage of key news and political events. Ho also oversaw the relaunch of The Straits Times' website and apps, and established a team to create new story-telling formats including long-form narrative and explanatory projects, interactive graphics and e-books. He has also written for and The Associated Press. Ho graduated with a masters in journalism from the University of Missouri, specializing in multimedia journalism, digital strategy and technology. In his free time, he gawks at awesome web and magazine designs, listens to movie soundtracks, and practices yoga. @derrickhozw

Cal Lundmark is the social media editor and regional audience growth producer for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. As part of the regional team, she works with eight McClatchy newsrooms throughout North and South Carolina. She has a master’s in mass communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix, specializing in digital audience engagement and social media best practices for news media. She has worked for Cronkite News, the Phoenix New Times as a food and drink reporter and volunteered with radio station KUPS in Tacoma, Washington, as well as her collegiate newspaper, The Trail. @calundmark

Ron Nixon is a Washington correspondent for The New York Times who covers the federal regulatory agencies. He is a visiting associate for journalism and media studies at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a former adjunct professor at Howard University. A former training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors, he has taught investigative reporting and data journalism to reporters nationwide and abroad. @NixonRon

Taylor C. Shaw 
is a regional audience growth producer. She oversees social media strategy and seeks ways to have comfortable conversations online with readers of the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. and the Herald-Sun in Durham, N.C. Most recently, Shaw was the digital executive producer at KSHB-TV in Kansas City, Missouri. Even though she calls North Carolina “home,” Shaw has also lived and worked in Knoxville, Tennessee and Washington, D.C. She has her master’s in journalism from the American University School of Communication. She is also graduate of William Peace University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she studied mass communication and political science. Shaw co-leads the Online News Association Triangle NC chapter and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She was a participant of Poynter’s 2017 Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. @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

Diversity scholarships available

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.

Your accomplished trainers include:

Dana Amihere is an interactive editor for The Dallas Morning News, contributing to the newspaper’s digital storytelling and data visualization efforts. Previously, she worked as a web developer for Pew Research Center’s digital team and as an interactive designer on The Baltimore Sun’s data desk. @write_this_way

Tawnell D. Hobbs joined The Wall Street Journal in July 2016 as the national K-12 education reporter. Before that, she was an education reporter at The Dallas Morning News for 16 years. Hobbs started her journalism career at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where she covered education and other beats. She teaches computer-assisted reporting at Texas Christian University and uses the method often to find stories or to strengthen them. As she tells her students, “The stories are in the data.” Hobbs has won numerous awards, including sharing a 2016 National Headliner Award for education writing with a team of reporters. Before her journalism career, she served in the U.S. Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard for a combined 10 years. @tawnell.

Hannah Wise is the engagement editor at The Dallas Morning News. She oversees the newsroom's social media strategy and seeks ways to cultivate conversation around the News' journalism. Wise is the Online News Association Dallas-Fort Worth chapter co-founder and president. She is the stitching maven behind behind the viral Instagram account @sewmanycomments where she doesn't read the comments, but sews them. She is pursuing her master's in journalism at the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. @hwise29

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.

ASNE-APME hotel rooms going away quickly, book now!

Are you planning to attend the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Sept. 11-12in Austin, Texas? We strongly encourage you to book your hotel room as soon as possible before the rooms we've reserved at the nightly rate of $219 sell out.

Currently, the ASNE-APME room block at the onsite hotel at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center is sold outf or the night of Sept. 12, though there are still rooms available at the hotel outside of our block.If your reservation includes the night of Sept. 12, then the online registration system won't let you reserve a room. Instead, please call 512-404-1900 and reference the program name "ASNE-APME" to book any stays that include the night of Sept. 12.

Some highlights of the conference from our interactive schedule:
Innovation Track: Does Local Opinion Still Matter?: In one word: Yes. How can you focus your opinion writing on issues that are critical to your community and make changes? What are the new digital storytelling techniques, other than narrative argument, that you can use to state your case? Confirmed speakers: Rick Christie, editorial page editor, The Palm Beach Post; O. Ricardo Pimentel, editorial writer and columnist, San Antonio Express-News; and David Plazas(moderator), opinion engagement editor, The Tennessean.

This session is sponsored by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and Philadelphia Media Network.

Sept. 11 Luncheon: A Conversation with A.G. Sulzberger:Arthur Gregg Sulzberger became the publisher of The New York Times on Jan. 1, 2017. There could not have been a more critical moment. As Donald Trump prepared to take office, the 37-year-old Sulzberger assumed command of one of the world's most important news institutions. As if the job weren't hard enough, Sulzberger soon faced a president who routinely lambasted the "failing" New York Times. Sulzberger and the newsroom stood their ground and the results have been anything but "failing." Sulzberger has presided over a surge in readership, revenue and subscribers. Under his watch, the newsroom broke the seminal story of 2017, a Pulitzer Prize-winning work that rocked Hollywood and spawned the nationwide #metoo movement. And the Times' coverage of Trump provided one exceptional revelatory piece after another.
Sept. 12 Luncheon: A Conversation with Google:We'll chat with Google news executive Chrissy Towle on the company's news efforts. Towle is a Google veteran having just entered her 13th year at Google. Towle currently manages the News & Local Media team working with the largest publishing partners in the United States. Towle's team facilitates and strategizes with those partners to ensure optimal use of Google products to drive maximum revenue and profitability. Towle graduated from Santa Clara University with a major in Communication and Journalism.

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 AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center for $219/night Sunday, Sept. 9, through Tuesday, Sept. 11. Make a reservation online.
Our room block is sold out for the night of Sept. 12. However, there are currently still rooms available at the hotel for the night of Sept. 12 outside of the ASNE-APME block. If your reservation includes the night of Sept. 12, then the online registration system won't let you reserve a room. Instead, please call 512-404-1900 and reference the program name "ASNE-APME" to book any stays that include the night of Sept. 12.

Reservations must be made by Thursday, Aug. 9 (no extension after this date).

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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.

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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