APME seeks applicants for NewsTrain project manager
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Posted by: Angie Muhs
The Associated Press Media Editors seeks a project manager for its
signature NewsTrain Project.
NewsTrain provides regional training workshops for news leaders,
especially frontline editors who are leading rapidly changing digitally focused
newsrooms. NewsTrain has provided leadership and journalism skills training to
more than 6,000 frontline editors in the United States and Canada since its
inception almost 11 years ago.
The project manager plans and produces NewsTrain training workshops for
the APME in locations throughout the United States and Canada. This is an
independent contract position that reports to a committee of the APME board.
The position is funded through grants and donations secured annually by the
board for the following year. The initial term is for one year, with renewal
dependent upon funding.
1. Plan and produce workshops based on the NewsTrain process/model.
Selecting sites and workshop dates (currently up to four a year);
- Assembling and leading a planning committee at each site;
Holding a planning meeting at each site to create the program, plan
logistics and divvy up tasks;
- Recruiting and coaching faculty members on their seminar material;
Building an agenda that meets the stated needs of the planning group and
can be effectively run in the available room space;
Supervising and working with the NewsTrain program assistant (another
contract position), to ensure the timely and accurate completion of logistical,
financial and administrative tasks;
Managing workshop registration on the APME website; and
Running the workshops successfully (in person) for hosts, faculty or
2. Work with the APME board committee to select workshop sites.
3. Conduct workshops within a process/model that has been approved by
funders and donors and is overseen by a committee of the APME board.
4. Collect and evaluate feedback from participants and hosts after
each workshop. Strive to continually improve or adapt workshops to the changing
needs of the industry.
5. Manage the NewsTrain portion of the APME website.
6. Attend APME board meetings and report to the APME board about
7. Contribute information for reports that the APME board committee
prepares for funders.
The successful candidate will be a seasoned newsroom veteran with 10+
years of experience, and experience operating successful newsroom training
programs. Must be able to work independently and flexibly; demonstrate an
understanding of the learning needs of newsrooms; demonstrate an understanding
of how to create effective training seminars; manage oversight of the program
overall; manage every content and logistical aspect of each workshop; travel to
sites around North America; and work within a budget.
How to Apply:
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume detailing credentials,
qualifications and experience to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for applications is Jan. 15, 2014.