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APME Update, March 5, 2015
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APME UPDATE – March 5, 2015



March 6New Deadline for APME Journalism Excellence Awards

May 15-16 - NewsTrain at the University of Central Florida

Oct. 15-16 - NewsTrain in Monroe, Louisiana

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

Oct. 29-30 - NewsTrain at Northern Illinois University

Nov. 13-14 - NewsTrain in Philadelphia


The final deadline for submitting entries in the 2014 Associated Press Media Editors Journalism Excellence Awards is Friday, March 6.

Enter your best journalism and innovative work in 10 categories. There’s a special category for colleges and universities and a new one for news organizations that build close ties to their communities.

Four awards carry monetary prizes: the Innovator of the Year Award for newspapers, the Best of Show in the Public Service Awards, the Tom Curley Sweepstakes in the First Amendment Awards and the Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism.

The Community Engagement award will be given to news organizations that best demonstrate the ability to provide effective dialogue with their communities.

The entry fee is $75 per entry for APME members and $100 per entry for non-members. The entry fee for the college category is $25.

The 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 Oct. 16-18 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.



To strengthen the relationship between newsrooms and journalism classrooms, APME is launching a pilot exchange program for editors and professors.

Bob Heisse, executive editor of The Times of Northwest Indiana and past president of APME, will spend a week in March with Ball State University's media students and faculty, and  Ball State professor Juli Metzger will spend time later in Heisse’s newsroom at The Times of Northwest Indiana in Munster.

The Editor Educator Exchange partnership between classrooms and newsrooms was developed by APME board member Mark Baldwin, executive editor of The Rockford Register Star in Rockford, Ill., who shared the feelings of many APME board members that we need to do more help journalism programs stay abreast of the rapid changes occurring in U.S. newsrooms.

“We’re excited about the plan Mark put together and that Juli embraced enthusiastically,” said Alan Miller, APME president and managing editor / news at The Columbus Dispatch. “The demands of modern newsrooms are evolving so rapidly that we wanted to make sure classrooms are up to speed on what we editors expect from those entering the workforce.”

Assuming the pilot program goes well, Miller said, the goal will be to identify funding to expand it and connect more journalism schools and newsrooms in other states.

Metzger, a veteran editor and publisher who now directs the Ball State journalism program’s Unified Media Lab, described it as something akin to a reverse internship.

“In a normal internship, a single student is embedded at a newsroom to gain the lessons available in a professional environment,” she said. “In this program, newsroom professionals and university professors swap places to gain perspective that sharpens their focus and recalibrates their purpose."

Heisse, formerly executive editor of The State Journal Register in Springfield, Ill., and before that, executive editor of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa., will host lectures for the program March 9-13 in Muncie. Topics will include getting a journalism job in 2015, being an editor/leader today, online strategies, digital success, social media and managing a newspaper covering a big, breaking story.

Metzger, who worked for the Gannett Company for 22 years as a top editor of three newspapers and publisher of three others before joining Ball State in 2011, will travel to Heisse's newsroom this semester to observe the latest tools and techniques in newsgathering and delivery.

“For us, it’s about exposing students to all forms of media and getting them comfortable delivering on all platforms,” said Metzger. “We’re now bringing the editors right to school – to join us as partners in learning and to provide valuable insights from the industry to entire classes.”

Trainers announced for Orlando NewsTrain; dates set for Monroe, DeKalb, Philly workshops

Trainers from The New York Times and Detroit Free Press will share their expertise in enterprise reporting, data journalism, social media and video at the Orlando NewsTrain May 15-16.

Ron Nixon, Washington correspondent for The New York Times, will teach producing enterprise stories efficiently, and getting started with data journalism.

Karen Workman, social strategy editor for the Times, will teach maximizing your use of social media for reporting, as well as for personal branding and community engagement.

Kathy Kieliszewski, visuals director for the Detroit Free Press, will teach shooting engaging smartphone video.

Registration – just $75 for two full days of training – is open for the workshop at the University of Central Florida. Additional sessions include:

  • planning for breaking news in the digital age,

  • taking charge of your career by thinking like an entrepreneur, and

  • unleashing your watchdog with beat mapping.

In addition, save these dates for other NewsTrain workshops:

Agendas for these workshops are being developed with the help of local journalists. Get notified when agendas are set and registration opens for these NewsTrains by signing up here.

Or for updates, visit, follow us on Twitter @NewsTrain or like us at

NewsTrain’s low tuition 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

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 Silicon Valley will emphasize our digital future.


The Sheraton Palo Alto is the conference hotel and is a short walk from the Stanford campus buildings where the conference will be held. The conference rate is $169/night.



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