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APME UPDATE • MAY 17, 2017






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


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Deadline approaches to register a second editor for just $100 for Washington, D.C., conference

Register now for the 2017 APME-ASNE News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

Those who register and book their hotel rooms in the next 30 days by Saturday, June 3, will be eligible to bring a second editor for just $100.

Dubbed “Real News, Engaged Citizens,” the conference will focus on the intersection of journalism and citizenship. It will immediately follow the Online News Association conference, scheduled for Oct. 5-7 at the same Marriott. Come early and take advantage of doubly diverse sessions and networking opportunities, all offered in one location.

Attendees interested in building trust through community engagement can sign up to attend a free workshop prior to the APME-ASNE conference kickoff. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, and has limited seats.

Attendees will also be able to attend events hosted by the Associated Press Photo Managers, which will be hosting its annual conference in conjunction with APME and ASNE for the fourth year in a row.

Our conference hotel, the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, is at 2660 Woodley Road NW. Conference sessions will begin there Monday morning and conclude by noon Wednesday.

Some highlights of the sessions and speakers planned:

White House media relations: Featuring Major Garrett, CBS News chief White House correspondent; Jeff Ballou, Al Jazeera Media Network news editor and president of the National Press Club; and Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute.

Fake news and political reporting: Showcasing Liz Spayd, The New York Times public editor; Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post media columnist; April Ryan (invited), American Urban Radio Network White House correspondent; and DeWayne Wickham, Morgan State University journalism dean. We’ve also invited President Donald Trump, The Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and Facebook News Partnership and Engagement Chief Campbell Brown.

Two diversity sessions: One is on recruitment and retention, and the other is a powerful session on lessons we should all learn from coverage of the last presidential campaign. The latter centers on economic diversity and will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz, who calls Cleveland home; Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley; and author and political commentator J.D. Vance, who wrote “Hillbilly Elegy” about the rise of Appalachian values.

Awards celebration: Winners of the 2017 APME Awards and the 2017 ASNE Awards will be recognized at a reception on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 10.


To register for the main conference: The registration fee is $275 for members of APME and ASNE and $375 for non-members.

Those who register and book their hotel rooms for at least three nights by Saturday, June 3, will be able to bring a second editor for only $100. Email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at to receive a promo code for this deal.

Special conference registration rates are also available for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Lunch tickets for Monday, Oct. 9, and Tuesday, Oct. 10, can be purchased during registration.

To sign-up for the Oct. 8 preconference workshop: Email if you are registering through APME. Email Jiyoung Won at  if you’re registering through ASNE. The workshop has limited space and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are registered to attend the conference.

To book your hotel room: A terrific group rate is available at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park for $249/night Friday, Oct. 6, through Wednesday, Oct. 11. Reservations must be made by 6 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 15. Make a reservation online here.

Stay tuned for more details at and Questions? Please contact APME at or Jiyoung Won at

Accomplished trainers set for #NWNewsTrain in Seattle Nov. 11

We’ve got a tremendous lineup of trainers set for #NWNewsTrain in Seattle on Nov. 11. They include:

P. Kim Bui, editor-at-large for NowThis News and former deputy managing editor for

Laura E. Davis, digital news director of the Annenberg Media Center at the University of Southern California and a former mobile editor at BuzzFeed.

Steve Doig, professor of journalism, specializing in data reporting, at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Angela Galloway, an associate attorney who practices open-government law at the Seattle firm of MacDonald Hoague & Bayless.

Pictured clockwise from upper left are P. Kim Bui, Laura E. Davis, Angela Galloway, Steve Doig and Mike Fancher.

Here's the agenda and what you can learn from each trainer:
• Maximizing social media to get your story read, (Bui)
• Using social media as powerful reporting tools, (Bui)
• Making smart choices in mobile storytelling, (Davis)
• Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat, (Doig) and
• Using state and federal open-records laws effectively (Galloway).
The program also includes a keynote lunchtime talk by former Seattle Times Executive Editor Mike Fancher on how to bolster your newsroom's credibility.

For just $75, register to get this full Saturday of highly rated training in digital skills, including light breakfast and lunch, plus free parking. The first 20 to register will receive a free AP Stylebook – a $22.95 value.

Competitive diversity scholarships are open to journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds. Apply by Oct. 4.

Other NewsTrains this year will be on Oct. 14 near Boston and Oct. 21 near Columbus, Ohio.


Great Ideas: Simple startup for creating podcasts Journal Star, Peoria, Illinois

Mobile is our fastest-growing audience; 65 percent of our digital audience is mobile, up from 40 percent 18 months ago. And there isn’t a more mobile medium than podcasts.

Podcasts let you interact with the audience on their terms, listening while they eat breakfast, work out at the gym or on their commute.

We launched our podcast operation in spring 2016. For a digital endeavor, it was a relatively inexpensive project of $400 for a mixer, four microphones, headphones and a headphone distributor.

It also helped to have a handful of people in the newsroom who are enthusiastic about the medium, and several more who became enthusiastic after the podcasts were launched.

In the past year, we’ve created 130 episodes, a little over two per week.

Between our podcast app and our website, we’ve had 40,000 downloads. About 20 percent of the downloads are on the app.

We also have a regular sponsor — a local plumbing company.

It’s not a lot of money, but the podcasts bring value to our newspaper brand, lending our reporters’ and editors’ voice, experience and engagement with a non-traditional newspaper reader.

It also doesn’t require much time to record or produce the podcasts.

There’s little editing involved, other than adding the sponsor’s ad. And, in many cases, these are conversations that are happening in the newsroom anyway, we just happen to record them.

Adam Gerik



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Sacramento Bee: Oroville Dam had problems from the start
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Des Moines Register: Iowa schools struggle to help non-English speaking students
Kansas City Star: Rate of nonfatal shootings is alarming
New York Times: How Google took over the classroom
Wisconsin State Journal: Poor are biggest lottery buyers



Court upholds FOIA decision involving College of DuPage
Philadelphia Inquirer: Parking Authority officials altered records
Lawyer, CEO want charge dropped against journalist
North Dakota AG says commission violated open meetings law
South Dakota reporter subpoenaed in tribal marijuana case
Arizona Legislature OKs bill shielding student press rights
Loopholes in South Carolina's public records law could be closed
Idaho asks appeals court to uphold ban on spying at farms



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CJR: Gannett building a news pyramid
Tronc in talks with Wrapports to acquire Chicago Sun-Times
Russian magnate sues AP over story on Trump campaign ties
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Steven Curd to head Kansas newspaper
John Celestino named publisher of New York newspapers
Bob Fleck named La Crosse (Wisconsin) Tribune publisher



Veteran editor Amanda Barrett appointed head of AP's Nerve Center

Associated Press editor Amanda Barrett, a newsroom manager with years of experience leading innovative journalism, has been promoted to the role of Nerve Center director. In this role, she will lead the New York hub of AP's global newsroom, which serves as a center for news coordination, client engagement and audience development.

The appointment was announced by Sally Buzbee, AP's executive editor. She will report to Managing Editor Brian Carovillano.

Barrett, 49, previously served as news manager of the Nerve Center for planning and administration, focused primarily on curating the AP's global enterprise report.

Jen Guadarrama named news director of Standard-Times

A new leader has been chosen for the San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times newsroom.

Gannett has chosen Jen Guadarrama to hold the title of news director for the newspaper ( The 37-year-old journalist succeeds Michael Kelley, who retired as editor of the Standard-Times in May.

Guadarrama has been senior editor for breaking and daily news for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, another Gannett newspaper, since 2013.

Raymond Partsch settles in as managing editor in Louisiana

Raymond Partsch III has become managing editor of The Daily Iberian in New Iberia, Louisiana.

“My main goal is to improve an already extremely high quality product. I mean, this paper has a tremendous history of top-notch journalism,” Partsch said. He is a native of Mobile, Alabama.

The paper is owned by Wick Communications, a chain of family-owned community media company with newspapers, websites, magazines and specialty publications in 11 states.

Andy Adams stepping down as Lufkin (Texas) News’ editor

After about 25 years with The Lufkin News, Andy Adams is stepping down as editor to join the Lufkin Independent School District.

Adams joined The Lufkin News around 1987 as a sports stringer, taking calls, designing pages, and eventually covering and photographing Lufkin Panther games


Sally Jacobsen, AP's first female international editor, dies

Sally Jacobsen, a widely experienced Associated Press correspondent who became the first woman to serve as the news service's international editor, overseeing with a cool, steady hand coverage of wars, terrorism and a daily stream of history-making events, has died at the age of 70.

Jacobsen, who retired in 2015 to Croton-on-Hudson, New York, died at nearby Phelps Hospital from a recurrence of cancer that first struck her six years ago, said her husband, Patrick Oster, a retired Bloomberg News managing editor.

Her 39-year career took her from the precincts of financial power as a Washington economics correspondent, to the earthquake-ravaged barrios of Mexico City, to the councils of NATO in Brussels and then to the pressure-packed job at New York headquarters of leading AP's scores of international correspondents through the years of 9/11 and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

In her final jobs, she supervised the AP Stylebook, shepherding through changes in newswriting conventions followed by media organizations everywhere, and was executive director of the industry group Associated Press Media Editors.

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Robert H. Phelps, editor at New York Times and Boston Globe, dies at 97

Robert H. Phelps had a distinguished career at The Boston Globe, shaping the modern paper, overseeing the coverage in major series that won Pulitzer Prizes, and serving as the newspaper’s executive editor for 11 years.

But he may be remembered as much for one story that he missed. In 1972, as news editor in the Washington bureau of The New York Times, he inadvertently let the Watergate scandal slip through his fingers, allowing it to become The Washington Post’s enviable scoop.

Mr. Phelps died at 97 on in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Thomas Mulvoy Jr., his friend and former Globe colleague, said the cause was complications of colorectal cancer.

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Richard Anthony, former Daily Star publisher, has died

Richard J. “Dick” Anthony, a former longtime publisher at The Daily Star in Oneonta, New York, has died at age 81.
Anthony retired in 1998 after 14 years leading Oneonta's daily newspaper. He was associated with Ottaway newspapers, the former parent company of The Daily Star, for 37 years.

Anthony, of Guilderland, died at Albany Medical Center from various medical conditions, according to his daughter, Carolyn Adam, of Cooperstown.

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Longtime Hennessey (Oklahoma) Clipper publisher dies

Retired Hennessey (Oklahoma) Clipper publisher William 'Bill' Brent Walter has died at age 82.

Walter was a third generation publisher of The Clipper, which was in his family from 1904-2014.

Walter loved photography and was the newspaper's expert in that department. His collection of cameras was donated to Hennessey Public Library several years ago and still is on display.

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