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APME Update, Jan. 15, 2015
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APME UPDATE – Jan. 15, 2015




Feb. 27 – Deadline for APME Journalism Excellence Awards

Oct. 16-18 – ASNE-APME conference at Stanford University.


The 2014 Associated Press Media Editors Journalism Excellence Awards honor superior journalism and innovation among newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites in the United States and Canada. A special award honors innovation by colleges and universities.

The deadline for all entries is Friday, Feb. 27.

The awards seek to promote excellence by recognizing work that is innovative, well-written and incisively reported and has outstanding multimedia.

A new category recognizes news organizations that build strong ties to their communities.

The Community Engagement award will be given to news organizations that best demonstrate the ability to provide effective dialogue with their communities and/or seek partnerships that sustain the dialogue and encourages more community dialogue.

Other changes:

-The Tom Curley Sweepstakes for the First Amendment Award will be given to a news organization that is selected from all the entrants and is not a winner of an individual division category. Thus, a best of the best from all from the entrants will be chosen by judges.

-The International Perspective Award will have two circulation categories: up to of 59,999 average daily circulation, and 60,000 or more.

-News organizations can submit the same entry in only two categories.

Four of the awards categories offer monetary prizes: the Innovator of the Year Award for newspapers, the Best of Show in the Public Service Awards and the Tom Curley Sweepstakes in the First Amendment Awards.

The entry fees are $75 per entry for APME members and $100 per entry for non-members.

All awards will be presented for journalism published or launched between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014.

The awards will be presented at the joint ASNE-APME Conference in October at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and are linked on the APME website. The finalists of the newspaper Innovator of the Year will make presentations at the conference, and the winner will be selected by conference attendees.

Nominations are received online only.

The website is:

For more details, please go to the APME website:

For more information, contact Sally Jacobsen ( at The Associated Press at 212-621-1838 or Sue Price Johnson ( at 919-810-1169.


APME’s NewsTrain will bring its popular workshops to DeKalb, Illinois; Monroe, Louisiana; Orlando, Florida; and Philadelphia in 2015.

Dates and topics for the four sites are still to be decided.

NewsTrain’s first workshop of 2016 is scheduled for Jan. 21 in Lexington, Kentucky. Other 2016 sites will be selected at the end of this year.

If you want to be notified when dates and agendas are set for the workshops, please submit your email here.

NewsTrain’s low tuition – $75 – is made possible by donors, big and small. To help keep NewsTrain training coming to your community, please donate at the big red buttons on

For updates on NewsTrain’s next workshops, watch, follow us on Twitter @NewsTrain or like us at

Questions? Email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin.



ASNE, APME and the Associated Press Photo Managers will hold their 2015 joint conference Oct. 16-18 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

The conference, in the Silicon Valley, will put extra emphasis on our digital future.


Our hotel, the Sheraton Palo Alto, at 625 El Camino Real, is a short walk from the Stanford University campus buildings where we’ll hold the conference. We have a nightly rate of only $169.

We’ll build on the success we had at the first joint ASNE-APME conference in Chicago, and a committee representing both organizations has started planning the 2015 conference, including programming and fundraising.


We’ll have more details soon on conference registration and booking a room.


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