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June 3, 2017: Last day to save and bring a second editor for $100 to the ASNE-APME conference in D.C.
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


APME honors the 2017 award winners for excellence and innovation in journalism

NEW YORK — Watchdog journalism that saved lives, exposed bias, held government officials accountable and shed light on hidden practices earned top honors in the 2017 Associated Press Media Editors Awards.


The Chicago Tribune earned the grand prize in Public Service for “Dangerous Doses,” which exposed pharmacies that were dispensing drug combinations that could cause harm or death, APME announced Wednesday. “This high-impact project wins first place because of its journalistic sophistication, its novel approach and because it changed rules and laws governing pharmacists and their training,” judges said.


The Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register also received top honors in Public Service. The Herald-Tribune documented significant racial inequities across Florida in sentencing; the State Journal-Register led a collaborative statewide effort to show the impact of the state budget stalemate.


The Charleston Post and Courier won the grand prize for work advancing the principles of the First Amendment. The newspaper found that police across the United States have stockpiled huge databases with personal information from millions of Americans who simply crossed paths with officers.


Other First Amendment winners were the Quad-City Times, which successfully pushed city leaders to stop doing the public’s business in small groups behind closed doors, and the Peoria Journal Star, which battled to obtain a police officer’s report about her colleagues’ and supervisors’ misuse of on-the-clock time.


The annual APME contest honors excellence and innovation in journalism, and reflects the Associated Press Media Editors’ mission of fostering newsroom leaders, empowering journalists to succeed, and cultivating ideas that work. Teams of judges are comprised of APME national board members and top editors at the Associated Press.


Winners will be recognized at the ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference October 8-11 in Washington, D.C.


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Deadline is Saturday! Register a second editor for just $100 to join your collegues for the News Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

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 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 9 a.m. to 5 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.


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

Trainers, topics set for three fall NewsTrains: New England, Columbus and Seattle

Top-notch trainers are set to teach cutting-edge digital-journalism skills at three NewsTrain workshops this fall.

The daylong trainings will be held on these Saturdays in these cities:

Oct. 14 in Beverly, Massachusetts, 26 miles north of Boston;

Oct. 21 in suburban Columbus, Ohio; and

Nov. 11 in Seattle.

Early-bird registration of $75 is available for all these workshops, and super-early registrants will also get a chance at a free AP Stylebook.

Attendees typically rate NewsTrain sessions 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 2016 NewsTrain attendee Kelly Shiers.

Competitive diversity scholarships are available for all three workshops. Journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply.

Here are the accomplished trainers and what they’ll be teaching:

New England NewsTrain, Oct. 14

  • Theodore Kim, innovation and workshops editor at The New York Times, on making smart choices in mobile storytelling.
  • Cindy E. Rodríguez, senior journalist-in-residence at Emerson College, on shooting shareable smartphone video.
  • Daniel Victor, senior staff editor at The New York Times, on maximizing social media to get your story read and using social media as powerful reporting tools.
  • Todd Wallack, data journalist on The Boston Globe's Spotlight investigative team, on producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 21

  • Doug Carusoassistant metro editor at The Columbus Dispatch, on producing data-driven enterprise off your beat.
  • Doug Haddix, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, on using social media as powerful reporting tools.
  • Q. McElroy, director of engagement and optimization at Cox Media Group, on making smart choices in mobile storytelling.
  • Sue Morrowassistant multimedia director at The Sacramento Bee, on shooting shareable smartphone video.
  • Jeremy Pelzer, politics reporter for, on maximizing your smartphone for mobile newsgathering.

Seattle, Nov. 11

  • P. Kim Buieditor-at-large for NowThis News, on maximizing social media to get your story read and using social media as powerful reporting tools.
  • Laura E. Davisdigital news director of the Annenberg Media Center at the University of Southern California, on making smart choices in mobile storytelling.
  • Steve Doig, longtime Knight Chair in data journalism at Arizona State University, on producing data-driven enterprise off your beat.
  • Mike Fancher, former executive editor of The Seattle Times, on bolstering your newsroom’s credibility.
  • Angela Galloway, an open-government attorney, on using open-records laws effectively.

Don’t delay; register today. NewsTrains often sell out.


Smaller news organizations: Apply soon for APME’s sixth-annual Community Journalism Initiative

The sixth year of the Associated Press Media Editors’ Community Journalism Public Service Initiative continues to emphasize the important work of smaller news organizations and their impact on U.S. communities.

Because of generous grants from the Park and APME foundations, the initiative will award grants of $2,500 to two news organizations again this year to help them complete projects important to their communities. The winners will also receive an expense-paid trip to send a representative to present at the ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington.

However, news organizations must apply to be considered.

“It’s a relatively easy process to enter, and the return on the investment of time is great if you are selected,” said Joe Hight, who is serving again as chairman of the grant project and judging panel this year.

“The list is growing of outstanding smaller news organizations that APME has supported to do great journalism and projects that have an impact on their communities, It’s also great to see how these organizations have gone on to win other major awards and even national companywide honors for the work they are doing.”

Media companies in metropolitan areas (MSA) of 100,000 or fewer people are encouraged to apply for the grants. Applicants must draft a proposal of 500 words or less and include examples of how you would approach the project. It should be multi-platform, include social media and address a long-standing community issue. If the project is part of a partnership, the application must address the news organization’s role in it and its need of the grant to help complete it.

The deadline for applications is July 24. Applications can be submitted by going to The grant winners will be announced in late August.



Unmasked: The stigma of meth, Ball State University (winner of the 2017 APME Innovator of the Year for College Students)

Ball State University Professors Terry Heifetz, an instructor of Telecommunications and News Director for Indiana Public Radio and Juli Metzger, instructor of Journalism and Coordinator of Unified Media in the College of Communication, Information and Media, led a class of 27 students in a unique multi-platform, cross-disciplinary, semester-long immersion project in fall 2016.

"Unmasked: The stigma of meth" examines the epidemic-sized meth problem in Delaware County and why everyone — from lawmakers to homeowners — should care. There were 148 seized meth labs in Delaware County in 2014. That number climbed by almost 40 percent to 235 labs seized in 2015.

Two babies every week at Muncie's IU Ball Memorial Hospital are born drug addicted. There's a wait list for children who are in need of foster care because there is no one in their family not affected by drug use. But there is hope and the community is pushing for better solutions. Through law enforcement, legislative, medical, behavioral health and faith-based communities, there is progress to report.

Pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in cold medicine and used to make meth, is harder to get over the counter because of recent legislative action and pharmacists are on high alert. A unique drug diversion program in the local court system helps users overcome the addiction and get their life back. There's still more to be done.

The Ball Brothers Foundation, the underwriter for this report, wanted to raise awareness about the issue and shine a light on the work being done. Ball Brothers has funded another student-led project to rehab a meth house and awarded grants to buy protective gear for first responders.

In this project, besides this website, there is an accompanying printed edition, a radio series that will broadcast on Indiana Public Radio and a public television documentary, which will air on WIPB. Students from the Department of Journalism and the Department of Telecommunications with focuses on television production, documentary, news writing, news broadcast and graphics and web design contributed to this report.



San Francisco Chronicle: How shelters criminalize hundreds of children
Los Angeles Times: California farmers need more temporary workers
San Francisco Chronicle: Regents throw parties at university’s expense
News Journal: For Delaware female vets, each day is a struggle
Sun Sentinel: Burst pipes spew sewage into scenic waterways
Baltimore Sun: Churches find no refuge from debt
Boston Globe: Middlemen profit by soliciting addicts
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: State’s list of missing kids is unreliable
Columbus Dispatch: Opioid crisis boosting deaths
Minneapolis Star Tribune: State opioid deaths rise despite intervention



David Pace to retire from AP

David Pace, news editor in the Washington bureau of The Associated Press, plans to retire after a four-decade career in which he was a key member of the AP Vote Count election team.

His career began in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1978. Pace moved to Atlanta in 1980, where his major assignments included the Atlanta child murders and the Wayne Williams trial. He transferred to Washington in 1985 as regional report for Georgia and Alabama; he joined the national staff in late 1999 as elections projections editor. In Washington, Pace also did stints on the investigative team, as White House news editor and general desk news editor.


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Sportswriter Frank Deford dies at 78

Longtime sportswriter Frank Deford, who spent decades at Sports Illustrated and NPR, died Sunday at age 78 in Key West, Florida.

Deford’s wife first confirmed her husband’s death to The Washington Post and NPR.

Deford began his career at Sports Illustrated in 1962 and left the outlet in 1989 to become editor of The National, a daily sports newspaper with a grandiose vision of providing in-depth sports news that ceased publication after only 18 months.

Deford eventually returned to Sports Illustrated, where he most recently held the title of senior editor emeritus.

Deford was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in 2013.

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