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Train in social, video, mobile and data at New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14

The agenda is out for New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14 in Beverly, Massachusetts — 26 miles north of Boston — and here are the sessions:

• Maximizing social media to get your story read,
• Using social media as powerful reporting tools,
• Shooting short, shareable smartphone video,
• Making smart choices in mobile storytelling, and
• Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Please register by Sept. 14 to get the early-bird rate of $75 for a full day of training, including light breakfast and lunch.

Don't delay: NewsTrains often sell out. Plus, the first 20 to register will be entered in a drawing to receive one of five free, yearlong subscriptions to the AP Stylebook online.


April 15 is the deadline 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



Solutions Journalism • The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer

A couple of years ago, the Observer committed to taking a meaningful look at crime in the community. We settled — through a lot of discussion — on an approach known as solutions journalism. Solutions journalism looks at issues from the perspective of what is working or has the promise to work in addressing a significant community issue.

It is not necessary to do a major project to apply the principles. We’ve done one-shot stories using the principles of seeing what works and talking with officials about how and why — or why not — such answers could be applicable to problems in our community.

— Michael Adams

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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Maine Sunday Telegram: Health care: Elderly, rural Mainers have most to lose
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Des Moines Register: Iowan fights Medicaid firm trying to cut in-home help
Orlando Sentinel: Fingerprint examiner’s alleged mistakes go back years
Los Angeles Times: Immigration crack down worsening farm labor shortage
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Vermont media shield law will go up for Senate vote
Sean Hannity denies pointing gun at Juan Williams on Fox set
Ex-UK Treasury chief George Osborne to edit London newspaper
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UK regulators to examine Murdoch media deal
Randall family explores selling Frederick newspaper
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German official wants $53M fines for social media hate posts



USA Today names Joanne Lipman as new top editor

Gannett has named Joanne Lipman as the editor-in-chief of USA Today, one of the country's biggest newspapers. Lipman has been with McLean, Virginia-based Gannett Co. since December 2015 and will keep her chief content officer position.

A former Wall Street Journal reporter and editor, she founded a Conde Nast business magazine, Portfolio, to much fanfare in 2007, shortly before the financial crisis. The magazine folded two years later. Patty Michalski, who had been USA Today's acting editor-in-chief, will now focus on digital efforts for USA Today and Gannett's other papers. She reports to Lipman. Gannett also owns newspapers such as the Arizona Republic, Detroit Free Press and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gannett spokeswoman Amber Allman said that Lipman was the first woman to be USA Today's permanent editor-in-chief. But Karen Jurgensen was named the newspaper's top editor in 1999. She resigned in 2004 after a fabrication scandal involving a star reporter at the time.

Mason City newsman takes over as editor in Charles City

A veteran newsman from Mason City has been named editor in Charles City, Iowa.

The Charles City Press reports ( that Bob Steenson is the new leader of the newsroom. Steenson said Monday that he's replacing Chris Baldus, who left the Press to seek other opportunities. Steenson attended high school in Forest City and earned bachelor's degrees from Iowa State University. Steenson has spent time at newspapers in Dyersville and Webster City in Iowa and at the Fairmont Sentinel in Fairmont, Minnesota. He joined the Globe Gazette in 1995 as news editor. Charles City and Mason City are 27 miles apart in northern Iowa.

Rick Thames retiring as editor of The Charlotte Observer

The publisher of The Charlotte Observer has announced that editor Rick Thames is retiring. Thames, editor since 2004, told newsroom staffers of his decision March 15 ( Publisher Ann Caulkins said managing editor Sherry Chisenhall will succeed Thames as editor. Under Thames, three of the Observer's projects were recognized as Pulitzer Prize finalists, including a 2007 investigation into foreclosures and the subprime mortgage business. Thames also led the Observer's coverage of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, the Carolina Panthers' 2015-16 Super Bowl run, Charlotte's extraordinary growth, and the protests that rocked the city last September.

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New managing editor has history at The Daily Nonpareil in Iowa

The new managing editor is a familiar face in the offices of The Daily Nonpareil newspaper in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Courtney Brummer-Clark has returned to the Nonpareil as its top editor, replacing John Schreier. The Nonpareil reports ( that he's accepted a post with another BH Media newspaper. Brummer-Clark joined the Nonpareil in 2000 after graduating from the University of Iowa. She held positions in advertising and news over the following years, until she joined the Omaha World-Herald in Nebraska as Good News editor in 2015. The World-Herald also is a property of BH Media, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway.


George Bria, AP newsman who flashed Nazi surrender, dies at 101

George E. Bria, the Associated Press newsman who flashed word of the German surrender in Italy at World War II's end and went on to become chief U.N. correspondent, a key news editor and a widely published gardening columnist, died Saturday, March 18. He was 101. Bria died at a New York hospital after his health had declined for a time, said his daughter, Judy Storey. As a young reporter, Bria bore witness to Benito Mussolini's death and covered the Nuremberg war crimes trials. Later, as a senior foreign news editor at AP's New York headquarters, he helped define and shape the day's news and prepare generations of journalists to cover the world. "George Bria was a multitalented journalist of many interests, a dedicated professional of the old school who exemplified the best of the AP during a long, distinguished career," said AP Executive Editor Sally Buzbee.

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Jimmy Breslin, chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, dies at 87

Author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of wise guys and underdogs who became the brash embodiment of the old-time, street smart New Yorker, died Sunday. He was 88. Breslin died at his Manhattan home of complications from pneumonia, his stepdaughter, Emily Eldridge, said. Breslin was a fixture for decades in New York journalism, notably with the New York Daily News. It was Breslin, a rumpled bed of a reporter, who mounted a quixotic political campaign for citywide office in the '60s; who became the Son of Sam's regular correspondent in the '70s; who exposed the city's worst corruption scandal in decades in the '80s; who was pulled from a car and stripped to his underwear by Brooklyn rioters in the '90s. With his uncombed mop of hair and sneering Queens accent, Breslin was like a character right out of his own work, and didn't mind telling you. "I'm the best person ever to have a column in this business," he once boasted. "There's never been anybody in my league."

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Washington Post copy editor and author Bill Walsh dies at 55

Bill Walsh, a copy editor at The Washington Post whose witty blog and books about grammar, spelling and capitalization made him a popular voice on language, has died. Walsh's wife, Jacqueline Dupree, tells The Post ( that he died March 15 from complications of bile-duct cancer at a hospice in Arlington, Virginia. He was 55. The American Journalism Review called Walsh "the undisputed king of copy bloggers." During his 20 years at The Post, Walsh was copy chief of the national and business sections. He wrote three books on copy editing. The most recent was "Yes, I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk," published in 2013. Walsh was a frequent speaker at conferences of the American Copy Editors Society.

Claude Lewis, Philadelphia journalism pioneer, dies at 82

Claude Lewis, who became the first black man to write a regular newspaper column in Philadelphia and was a founding member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), died March 16 at Virtua Voorhees Hospital in Voorhees, N.J. He was 82. Born and raised in Harlem, N.Y., Lewis had been battling diabetes for years. The disease had claimed his vision about a decade ago. In 1965, Lewis was lured from NBC to the Evening Bulletin. He joined the city staff as a general assignment reporter. In 1968, the managing editor, George R. Packard, wanted Lewis to write a column three times a week. The move made Lewis an icon, especially in the African-American community.

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