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APME UPDATE, JAN. 19, 2016
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APME UPDATE – JAN. 19, 2016




Jan. 21 -- NewsTrain in Lexington, Ky

April 9 -- NewsTrain in Lincoln, Nebraska

May 6-7 -- NewsTrain in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Sept. 12-15 -- ASNE-APME Conference in Philadelphia

Fall TBA -- NewsTrain in Murfreesboro, Tennessee



Educate, Empathize, Engage: 12 Ways for Editors to Reach and Relate to Untapped Communities

By Francesca Lupia, Stanford University

Connecting people with stories is a journalist’s job – and it’s almost never as easy as it sounds.

Identifying reliable sources and reaching broad audiences are challenging tasks, especially when covering “untapped” communities that have little experience in the media spotlight. Interacting with such populations requires time, skill, and, in some cases, an entirely new approach to journalism.

From Oct. 16-18, 2015, newsroom leaders from across the country met on Stanford University’s campus for the annual American Society of News Editors – Associated Press Media Editors conference. In a featured panel entitled, “Flip It! Disruptive ways to engage untapped audiences,” three editors shared their experiences with “flipped” narratives – community at the center – and community engagement. Intrigued, I reached out to the editors after the conference, hoping to expand upon the panel’s productive discussion. In a series of interviews, all three editors offered detailed discussion and advice, providing fresh insight into their methods and takeaways.

The editors hailed from diverse locations and backgrounds:

     Suki Dardarian, managing editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reflected on her newspaper’s coverage of Somali-American refugee communities in the Twin Cities area.

    Gilbert Bailon, editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, shared insights gained by covering communities of color in Ferguson and greater St. Louis.

    Alfredo Carbajal, managing editor of Dallas-based daily Spanish-language publication Al Dia, discussed the steps he and his colleagues take to provide nuanced coverage of immigration issues and Mexican-American communities in Texas.

In this set of suggestions for editors seeking to reflect diverse perspectives through community engagement, the editors share their thoughts on powerful, people-centered journalism. Here are three themes (Educate, Empathize, and Engage) to keep in mind when embarking on an endeavor in “flipped” journalism:

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The APME NewsTrain is getting ready to pull into Lexington, Kentucky. You can still register for the Jan. 21 session -- for just $75, get a full day of digital training. For more info and to register --
Sessions include: maximizing social media for branding and reporting; getting started with data-driven enterprise reporting; and shooting compelling smartphone video. 

Can't make that one? There are more chances coming! We're bringing our high-quality, affordable training to Nebraska, Nova Scotia and Tennessee this year. More information on these events to come.

 April 9 in Lincoln, Nebraska
 May 6-7 in Halifax, Nova Scotia
 A fall date in Murfreesboro, Tennessee



Los Angeles Times: Ethics committee: Lobbying in the shadows growing 

San Francisco Chronicle: City fears PG&E tampered with records in 2014 blast

Denver Post: Denver homicides hit nine year high with 50 killed in 2015

Chicago Tribune: School funding plan spurs concerns over cuts

Sun Sentinel: 911 call-taker orders pizza while ignoring emergency call

Des Moines Register: Iowa Muslims: Terror, politics hijack faith

Wichita Eagle: Clinic releases e-mails detailing fall into financial trouble

Baltimore Sun: Jury was one vote short of acquittal on manslaughter charge

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Stadium task force spent $16.2 million on failed plan

New York Times: Drug overdoses push up mortality rates of young whites

Columbus Dispatch: Drugmakers prepare to fight proposed RX price controls

Philadelphia Inquirer: How non-profit newsrooms avoid conflicts of interest

Tennessean: Audit slams Nashville airport authority, calls for culture change

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Settlement reached in federal lawsuit over traffic stop

Illinois, other states debate laws for police videos

State's appeals court: Jeffco teacher sick leave records not protected

County defends redacted information

State officials replaced amid investigation approved to stay on payroll

Knoxville schools reverse policy on viewing public records

Newport News, insurers pay $2 million to settle Boyce case

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Phillips, Gray



U.S. Congressmen in Germany to meet Americans released by Iran

Omaha World-Herald dropping afternoon edition

UK court: Police who held journalist's partner not at fault

Iran releases US journalist Rezaian, 3 others in swap

UK's Duchess of Cambridge to guest-edit Huffington Post

Sean Penn tells '60 Minutes' his 'El Chapo' mission 'failed'

Virginia, Missouri limit media access at state Capitols

Journalism groups decry lack of access to Virginia Senate

Media companies seek access to bridge lane closure case list

Cable news network Al Jazeera America to shut down

EU opens case against Poland over new media, court laws

New Media investment Group closes deal for Erie Times-News

Philadelphia newspapers, website handed off to new nonprofit

Rupert Murdoch announces engagement to Jerry Hall

Appeal seeks mental exam of media mogul Sumner Redstone

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