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

NYT editor, 360-video expert to teach digital skills at Norman, Oklahoma, NewsTrain on March 4

Spaces are going fast!

A New York Times editor and a national expert on 360-degree video will teach at APME’s NewsTrain workshop on March 4 in Norman, Oklahoma.

For just $75, early-bird registrants can get a full Saturday of digital training. Sessions include:

• Using social media as powerful reporting tools,

• Planning for breaking news in a mobile-first, multiplatform environment,

• Experimenting with virtual reality and 360-video to tell immersive stories,

• Shooting short, shareable smartphone video,

• Accessing the Oklahoma public records you need to tell compelling stories, and

• Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Trainers for Norman NewsTrain include:
Daniel Victor, senior staff editor for The New York Times, who reports for the breaking-news Express Desk.
Socrates Lozano, national technology coordinator and photojournalist for The E.W. Scripps Co. and an expert on using 360-video to cover breaking news.
Joey Senat, one of the foremost authorities on Oklahoma open-records law.
Clifton Adcock, award-winning investigative reporter for Oklahoma Watch.

NewsTrain attendees regularly rate their training as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful. “This is the best hands-on collection of practical sessions with knowledgeable ‘in-the-field’ instructors I’ve experienced,” said reporter Kelly Shiers, who attended NewsTrain in Halifax, Nova Scotia, last year.

Register by Feb. 4 at before the rate increases to $85 on Feb. 5.

The first 25 registrants qualify to receive a free AP Stylebook.

Journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply by TODAY, Feb. 1 for competitive diversity scholarships, which cover the registration fee.

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.

Questions? Email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin.


Innovator of the Year nominations at hand. Enter your media cutting-edge concept and face off in Washington, D.C., for $1,000

The APME Awards are open for entries. Three finalists present at the APME-ASNE News Leadership conference, Oct. 8-11 in Washington, D.C. to take the top prize based on audience voting.

Award Spotlight: Innovator of the Year

Criteria: Entries will be judged by how journalists or their organizations create, execute and sustain a cutting-edge concept that could be successfully be adopted by other news media. The innovation can be in product development, organizational change, audience advancement, or any other effort that enhances the viability of news organizations.

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

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: The selection of three finalists will be made by a panel of APME board members. The finalists will make presentations at the APME/ASNE conference in October, and a vote of attendees will determine the winner.

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

Last year's Innovator of the Year was the Northwest Times of Indiana for "Civility Counts."




Filling the Gaps • Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Florida

While reporting my series, “2 Million Kids, $24 Billion Battle,” on Medicaid for children in Florida, I noticed that there was no research on what pediatricians thought about the state’s program. Since they care for kids and bill the Medicaid system, it seemed like a huge oversight not to hear their voice.

To fill in this gap, I asked the executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, which has a long history of researching Florida’s Medicaid program, if they’d be interested in finding out more about the experiences of pediatricians in the system.

They agreed to do the research, and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence (SCOPE) agreed to provide funding. The foundations saw the connection between kids’ health and their own work on school readiness and grade-level reading. The partnership yielded a statewide pediatrician survey and study, which was published June 13 and shared at a public forum in Sarasota the following day. The study offered a unique opportunity to hear from a large group of pediatricians who treat Medicaid patients, and report on their thoughts about how to improve the health of Florida’s children.

— Maggie Clark

Link to the eBook and see all the 2016 Great ideas and Submit your own for inclusion in the 2017 edition!


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Albuquerque Journal: People leaving New Mexico in unprecedented numbers
Sunday Star Ledger: Fentanyl’s OD deaths could top heroin’s
Kansas City Star: Election board’s relocation delay costs county double rent
Boston Globe: Law firms profited from county treasurer’s ties
Baltimore Sun: Can police address violence and reform simultaneously
Des Moines Register: Rising home values left behind some neighborhoods
Indianapolis Star: Elusive funding for Pence’s bicentennial projects dogs state
Chicago Tribune: Bonds raised for gun crimes but suspects getting out faster
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: City blocks release of records in bribery probe
Sun Sentinel: Bus driver in tragedy back behind wheel
New Haven Register: Connecticut sees rise in pedestrian deaths
San Francisco Chronicle: Aid to homeless reveals extent of heroin use
New York Times: Troops who cleaned up radioactive islands can’t get care
Seattle Times: Washington’s 30-year earthquake drill for the “Big One”
Tennessean: The power of the lobbyist
Philadelphia Inquirer: Region has hundreds of problem bridges.



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New Jersey court allows 3rd-party open records requests
Texas DA says she was required to release shooting video
Pitino, Louisville rebut NCAA findings in escort scandal
Judges rules in favor of university in open-records case



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