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Jim Simon to lead APME in 2018

Monday, March 9, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Angie Muhs
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The Associated Press Media Editors is pleased to announce its 2018 president, Jim Simon, deputy managing editor of The Seattle Times. 

The APME board of directors voted last week to move Simon to the leadership ladder following the resignation of APME Vice President Teri Hayt, who is now the executive director of the American Society of News Editors.

Simon has been an APME director since 2011. He has served as conference planning co-chairman for two years.

"Jim is as dedicated to APME and its programs as he is passionate about good journalism," said Alan D. Miller, 2015 APME president and managing editor / news at The Columbus Dispatch. "Jim brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm for APME's work to support journalists in newsrooms across the country. The board enthusiastically supported his move to the leadership ladder."

Simon is the deputy managing editor for The Seattle Times. He has worked as an editor and reporter at the Times for most of his career, including stints covering the environment, politics and the statehouse, and as staff writer for the Times' Sunday magazine. As an editor, he helped oversee the team that won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for its coverage of the killings of four suburban police officers. Prior to joining the Times, he worked as a UPI reporter in the Philippines. 

He has taught journalism at the University of Washington and Seattle University. He also has experience as a teacher and trainer in Southeast Asia, including serving as a Knight Journalism Fellow in Indonesia and East Timor.

"I'm honored to join the leadership team and be selected as a future president," said Simon. "It's a great opportunity to continue working with the smart and creative people on the board to shape APME's future."

"Amid the upheaval in the news business, APME has had to rethink how it can best support journalists and good journalism. That's an ongoing challenge. But I feel very positive about the direction APME is headed."

In recent years, he noted that APME has forged stronger partnerships with organizations like ASNE, launched a national reporting project with the Associated Press, developed new funding for its signature training program and is working on new initiatives like an editor-educator exchange with colleges. 

With Hayt's departure, Laura Sellers becomes the APME vice president and Bill Church the association's secretary. Sellers is managing editor of The Daily Astorian in Oregon. Church is executive editor of the Herald-Tribune Media Group in Florida.

The Associated Press Media Editors is an association of news and broadcast leaders, and journalism educators and student leaders in the United States and Canada. APME works closely with The Associated Press to foster journalism excellence and to support a national network for the training and development of editors who run multimedia newsrooms.

APME is focused on advancing the journalism profession, providing feedback to The Associated Press on its news and services, and is on the front line in setting ethical and journalistic standards for newspapers and broadcast outlets, and in the battle for freedom of information and the First Amendment.

Its annual conference with ASNE is Oct. 16-18 in Palo Alto, Calif. Learn more at

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APME is a professional network, a resource for helping editors and broadcasters improve their news coverage and newsroom operations.

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