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APME Update, Feb. 2, 2016
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APME UPDATE -- Feb. 2, 2016


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


The latest on The Latest

AP has been rolling out a new format for writing and filing text news stories: The Latest.

 With a live-blog presentation that includes time-stamped, running updates, The Latest is an easy way to quickly identify what's happening and post breaking news.

The Latest provides fresh bursts of information that can easily be incorporated into newscast scripts or stories, and is tailored for use on digital, social and mobile platforms.

In coming weeks, we'll be using The Latest in more stories to help get developing news out even faster. You'll notice stories done in this format, with more and more frequent updates.

Want to know more? Check out our blog post ( for information on how The Latest came to be. Questions can be emailed to us at


Two expert journalists named as trainers for Lincoln NewsTrain on April 9

The New York Times' Theodore Kim and Omaha World-Herald's Matt Wynn will train at Lincoln, Nebraska, NewsTrain on April 9. 

For just $75, you can get a full day of digital training, including meals, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Kim will teach writing for mobile and making smart choices in digital storytelling. He is a senior staff editor at The Times, where he edits and produces the home page and flagship apps. Before that, he was mobile editor at The Washington Post, helping oversee daily production for the mobile and tablet apps.

Wynn will teach data-driven enterprise reporting. He is a developer and watchdog reporter at the Omaha World-Herald, where he oversees, a collection of interactive and data-driven projects.

Other Lincoln NewsTrain sessions, for which a trainer will be named soon, include:

  • maximizing your social media for personal branding and audience engagement, and
  • planning for breaking news in the digital age.

The first 25 to register will receive a free AP Stylebook, a $20.95 value, courtesy of Dale Leach, AP's regional director - Central.

Competitive scholarships that cover the $75 registration fee are available for journalists, journalism educators and journalism students from diverse backgrounds. March 8 is the deadline to apply. The scholarships are funded by the APME Foundation.

Discounted hotel rooms -- an eight-minute walk from the workshop venue -- are available for $129 a night, plus tax.

More info and register at

Questions? Email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin at



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