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APME Update •  Feb. 22, 2017
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March 1, 2017: Deadline to enter APME awards honoring journalism excellence and innovation

March 4, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Norman, Oklahoma
March 10, 2017: National Press Foundation Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting

March 10, 2017: National Press Foundation Stokes Award for Best Energy Writing

March 20, 2017: Deadline to apply for National Press Foundation free, four-day farm-to-table training program

April 15, 2017: Deadline to apply to host a NewsTrain workshop
Oct. 8-11, 2017: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 14, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Beverly, Massachusetts

Oct. 21, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 11, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Seattle

Deadline soon for APME awards honoring journalism excellence and innovation

The APME Awards are open for entries. The deadline is March 1.

This week's spotlight: Storytelling

Criteria: Entries will be judged by how they combine feature and/or explanatory reporting in a compelling narrative that integrates a range of digital tools into the full experience of the story.

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: Judging will be done by a panel of APME board members.

Winners in 2016 were:

150,000 and up circulation: Demographics 2050,” Wall Street Journal
“An ambitious and at times startling look at how demographic trends are reshaping the world's economy, the environment and the way we live. Beautifully designed, with rich data and interactive graphics that do much of the storytelling. Vivid photography and clear, accessible writing throughout the series. The bold, non-traditional storytelling delivered a big payoff.”

40,000 to 149,999 circulation: Hard Time in Cleveland,” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A gripping narrative that used the unique sentencing of a real estate scam artist to take readers inside the insular world of Slavic Village, a blue-collar neighborhood leveled by hard times. The project sucked you in from the beginning with crisp writing and strong multimedia elements.”

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



Time running out to register for Norman NewsTrain on March 4

Don't miss your chance to polish your digital skills in Norman, Oklahoma, on March 4. Here's what you can learn for just $85:

• 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.

Registration open for New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14

NewsTrain is coming to New England on Oct. 14 for the first time in 10 years.

The workshop will provide a full Saturday of digital training at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, 26 miles north of Boston.

Early-bird registration is $75 through Sept. 14; it increases to $85 on Sept. 15.

Competitive diversity scholarships that cover the registration fee are available to journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds.

To be notified when the agenda and trainers are set, please provide an email address.


Apply by April 15 to bring APME’s NewsTrain to your newsroom in 2018

If you’re looking to bring affordable, digital training to your newsroom in 2018, consider hosting one of APME’s NewsTrain workshops.

To experience the learning, morale boost and fun of a NewsTrain workshop in your town, the first steps are to put together a tentative host committee of representatives from local journalism organizations, and apply by April 15 at

Successful host committees work hand-in-glove with the NewsTrain staff over six months to plan and promote the workshops. The skills taught are customized to the needs of journalists in your region and designed to be used immediately.

The host committee’s financial obligation includes supplying food for either a one-day or two-day workshop attracting 100. It should seek local sponsors to cover that cost, which can run $1,500 to $3,000. The host committee also markets the workshop regionally, makes copies and secures a venue, usually a university site.

The payback is smarter, more engaged and enthusiastic journalists, journalism students and journalism educators in your region.

“Hosting a NewsTrain gives you the opportunity to tailor high-quality training that will be accessible and affordable for your staff,” said Angie Muhs, executive editor of The State Journal-Register, and chair of the host committee for NewsTrain in DeKalb, Illinois, in 2015. “It’s worth the investment of your time and effort.”

Questions? Visit, or email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin at



The year in review • The Daily Astorian, Astoria, Oregon

For our first Friday Extra section of 2016, we commissioned a local graphic artist to capture 2015 in cartoon.

This seemed doubly appropriate given the wealth of oddball news the area experienced.

Then, the artist suggested the line-drawing version for folks to color. Lots of fun!

Laura Sellers

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


AP: Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals
AP: Hundreds of Texans may have voted improperly
AP: DHS weighed National Guard for immigration roundups
AP: If California dam failed, people likely stuck
Santa Fe New Mexican: Complaints of overcrowding plague women’s prison
Sun Sentinel: Being “under observation” in hospital can cost seniors
Washington Post: Sweeping new guidelines for deporting illegal immigrants
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Health regulators can’t keep up with abuse reports
New York Times: A peak at the exclusive members list at Mar-a-Lago
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Chemicals left in barrels leave workers at risk
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Guard watched as inmate killed himself
Arizona Republic: No more “courtesy holds” for federal immigration agents
Montgomery Advertiser: Alabama has biggest dam problem in U.S.



Newspaper seeks release of video showing man's death in jail
Judge: EPA nominee Pruitt must provide records of meetings
House panel OKs making wage-theft findings open to public
Police chief quietly retires after leave, harassment claim
Indiana Senate overrides Pence vetoes
Court: Missouri not required to identify execution drug's source
San Antonio officers who had sex on duty are appealing firing
Alleged Florida airport shooter lied about his record on job form
New Mexico bill would end ‘political purpose’ barrier to public data



AP, other media ask judge to order release of iPhone records
Website features 171,000 photos from newspaper's archive
Trump campaign articles among winners of George Polk awards
McCain says a free press is essential to a healthy democracy
Trump rallies supporters by renewing old promises, insults
New Missouri Gov. Eric Grietens grants few interviews
Trump exchange with black journalist sparks outrage
Vermont newspaper that sought owner in essay contest is sold
Digital media, press restrictions changed baseball coverage
Trump praises his 'fine-tuned machine,' says media dishonest
Remember Nixon? There's history behind Trump's press attacks
Trump fans praise combative news conference
CNN: Donald Trump attacks haven't hurt the news network
Wichita Falls publisher gets Corpus Christi paper presidency
Oldest TV station in Maine to be sold for $85M
Venezuela shuts off CNN in Spanish after criticizing story
Baylor official accused of throttling reporter cleared
Trump criticizes 'fake media' on Flynn story
Reporter gets to cover 'secret witness' in Durst murder case
AP, HHMI collaborate on expanded science, health coverage
Pennsylvania’s Times-Shamrock newspapers offer employee buyouts
NBC acquires stake in Euronews, shuffles news executives
New York Times: Reporter's Melania Trump dig 'inappropriate'



Tom English named executive editor of The Southern Illinoisan

Craig H. Rogers, publisher of The Southern Illinoisan, announced Feb. 17 that Tom English was named executive editor, effective immediately. “After a national search, I’m thrilled to promote Tom English to executive editor,” Rogers said. "Tom is respected in our newsroom and knows our local communities well. His longtime dedication to The Southern Illinoisan and passion for local journalism uniquely qualify him to lead our newsroom." English was named interim editor July 5 and has served in that position since. He began his career at The Southern as a telemarketer in 1999. He also has been a copy editor, sports copy editor, night editor and city editor.

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