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March 4, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Norman, Oklahoma
Oct. 8-11, 2017: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.

Deadlines approach for March 4 NewsTrain training in social, data, mobile- and 360-video at Norman, Oklahoma

Two deadlines are coming up for Norman, Oklahoma, NewsTrain on March 4:

1. Apply by Feb. 1 for competitive diversity scholarships.

2. Register by Feb. 4 to get the early-bird rate of $75. Registration increases to $85 on Feb. 5. In addition, the first 25 registrants receive a free AP Stylebook.

Norman NewsTrain attendees will experience a full day of digital training taught by accomplished journalists. Sessions include:

• Using social media as powerful reporting tools, and planning for mobile-first breaking news, taught by Daniel Victor of The New York Times;

• Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat, taught by Clifton Adcock of Oklahoma Watch;

• Identifying and accessing the Oklahoma public records you need, taught by Joey Senat, a foremost authority on the state’s open-records law;

• Shooting short, shareable smartphone video, and

• Experimenting with virtual reality and 360-video to tell immersive stories, taught by Socrates Lozano, national technology coordinator for The E.W. Scripps Co.

NewsTrain attendees regularly rate their training as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful.

For successful diversity-scholarship applicants, the $75 early-bird registration fee is waived, but they are responsible for travel expenses. Journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply by Feb. 1 at

The program also includes a keynote lunchtime talk by APME President Bill Church: “Finding the Right Leadership Tune.” Church is senior vice president of news at GateHouse Media.

The workshop is being held in conjunction with the AEJMC Midwinter Conference at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, 24 miles south of Oklahoma City. Attendees of both events qualify for discounted registration.

Can’t make it to Norman? NewsTrain will be in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 21, and Seattle, Washington, and Beverly, Massachusetts (outside Boston), in the fall. Please sign up here to be notified when these workshops are open for registration and accepting diversity-scholarship applications.

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.


The 2017 Associated Press Media Editors First Amendment awards offers $1,000 to honor nation's best effort

The APME Awards are open for entries. If you win the Tom Curley Sweepstakes Award for best in category, you win $1,000.

Award Spotlight: First Amendment

Criteria: Entries will be judged by how they protect or advance freedom of information principles, and/or overcome significant resistance to the application of the First Amendment. Consideration will be given to work that widens the scope of information available to the public, and advances understanding of the importance of public access to that information.

Eligibility: Journalists with Associated Press or Canadian Press member organizations, or the organizations themselves, are eligible.

Categories: There will be three awards, recognizing accomplishments by small, medium and large news organizations. Newspapers will be divided by average daily circulation: up to 39,999; 40,000 to 149,999; and 150,000 and up, according to the latest audited figures. Broadcasters should use their DMA ranking to determine what category is appropriate. Wire service work should be entered in the 150,000-or-more category.

Nominations: Individuals, news organizations, professional societies, journalism schools, state AP associations and others may submit nominations.

Submissions: Entries should include electronic files of stories, series, visuals and/or editorials and community reaction. Up to 20 electronic files may be submitted, as well as a letter outlining the background, execution and accomplishments of the effort. The letter should discuss significant challenges to the accuracy or approach of the entry, and steps the organization took to address those concerns. The entry must include all published corrections or clarifications.

Judging: Nominations will be judged by members of the APME Executive Committee, the chairman of the APME First Amendment Committee and distinguished experts on public access issues.

The deadline for all entries is March 1, 2017. Enter today!

Last year's Tom Curley Sweepstakes winner was the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel for "A push for openness."




Reader Advisory Board • Columbus Dispatch, Ohio


Other newspapers have done this, so it’s not necessarily a new idea, but it is one worth considering if you don’t do it already:


Invite readers to be part of an advisory board. We didn’t make them part of the Editorial Board. Instead, we created a board of 30 readers who will meet monthly to give us feedback and advice on many aspects of what we do.


The biggest benefit — unintended — so far is that we clearly have made new ambassadors for the paper. They were thrilled even to be asked.


And once they arrived for the first meeting, they were engaged and excited to help us keep the paper strong and vibrant.

— Alan Miller

Link to the eBook and see all the 2016 Great ideas!


Toledo Blade: University athletics audit chronicles financial disarray
Northwest Indiana Times: Why do so many babies die in Indiana?
Arizona Republic: Why are children taken by the state? Often, no one knows
Sun Sentinel: Co-workers: “Officer should have worn police vest to ID himself”
Miami Herald: This prison is by far the deadliest in Florida
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia argues its laws immune from challenges
Honolulu Star Advertiser: Prison officials seek $1 million for fruitless master plan
Maine Sunday Telegram: Maine’s rural hospitals dread repeal of Obamacare
Baltimore Sun: Casinos pump out millions for schools, so why budget deficits?
Baltimore Sun: Shootings by police languish on prosecutors’ desks
Kansas City Star: Child deaths in Kansas shrouded by secrecy
American-Statesman: Doubts raised as early as 2009 about Austin’s DNA lab



Judge keeps alive newspaper case seeking BYU police emails
Another stand for Open Records Act in Oklahoma
UW-Madison suspends fraternity for serving minors



'Net neutrality' foe Ajit Pai is new FCC head
Gannett laying off 141 employees at New Jersey news group
Alaska publisher named leader of Columbia Daily Tribune
Trump's 'running war' on the media undermines trust
Inauguration coverage shows deep divisions remain
Baldwin named publisher of the Cleveland Daily Banner
Bill would give students control of school-sponsored media
Lawmaker fires aide behind fake news site
Trump steps into security bubble; will he bring his phone?
Trump hotel bans media during inauguration week
Study illustrates Facebook's growth as campaign news source
New York Times correspondent denied entry into Turkey



George Krimsky, 1970s AP correspondent in Soviet Union, dies

Journalist and author George Krimsky, who covered Charles Manson's arrest, the Lebanese civil war and dissident activity in the Soviet Union and co-founded a center for international journalists, has died at age 75. Krimsky, who lived in Washington, died Friday, Jan. 20, after a yearlong battle with lung cancer, his family said Saturday. He had a career that spanned nearly five decades, much of that spent abroad or working in international affairs. Krimsky grew up in New York, California and Connecticut. He joined the Army in 1962. Following three years of military service, during which he studied Russian and lived in Germany, he returned to Connecticut and took a job as a reporter for The Republican newspaper in Waterbury. In 1969 he began working for The Associated Press in Los Angeles, where he covered Manson's arrest following the killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and several other people, a deadly 1971 earthquake and the slayings of at least 25 migrant farm workers, among the worst serial murder cases in U.S. history.

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Wayne Barrett, tenacious NYC reporter of Trump, dead at 71

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Longtime Miami Herald sports columnist Edwin Pope dies at 88

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William Hilliard, former Oregonian editor, dies at 89

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