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APME Update, March 8, 2016
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APME UPDATE -- March 8, 2016




March 11 -- Deadline for APME 2015 Journalism Innovation Awards

April 9 -- NewsTrain in Lincoln, Nebraska

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

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

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 -- NewsTrain in Murfreesboro, Tennessee


SUNSHINE WEEK 2016: Celebrate Access to Public Information

The American Society of Newspaper Editors in 2005 launched the first national Sunshine Week, a celebration of access to public information that has been held every year since to coincide with the March 16 birthday of James Madison, father of the U.S. Constitution and a key advocate of the Bill of Rights.

This year, ASNE (now the American Society of News Editors), The Associated Press, The McClatchy Co., the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Tribune Publishing teamed up to develop a package of stories, photos and graphics to mark the occasion.

A detailed advisory is moving on wires and will appear in your email this week. All stories except Sunshine Week-Police Emails and Sunshine Week-College Endowments will move in advance on Thursday, March 10.

Moving Saturday, March 12, for use on Sunday, March 13:


By Mary Spicuzza (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) and Jeremy White (The Sacramento Bee). UPCOMING: 1,200 words. Photo.

With graphic


By Matt Volz. UPCOMING: 750 words.


By Anders Gyllenhaal, vice president for news at McClatchy. Print, 800 words; digital 1,100 words.

Moving Sunday, March 13, for use on Monday, March 14:


With: BC-US--Sunshine Week-Statehouse Secrecy-States, details of legislative records restrictions in every state.


By Adam Beam. UPCOMING: 800 words. Photo.

Moving Wednesday, March 16:


Moving Thursday, March 17:




NEWSTRAIN: Scholarship, Hotel Deadlines Loom in Lincoln


The deadline to apply for a Diversity Scholarship to attend the April 9 NewsTrain in Lincoln is today! And for those signed up to attend, the deadline to get a hotel room at the special discounted NewsTrain rate is this Saturday, March 12.

Register soon if you plan to attend -- we have had an exceptional turnout for this workshop. It's just $75 for a full-day of digital training -- register today!

All the information you need to apply for a scholarship, sign up for a hotel room or register is here: Questions? Email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin at



APME Contest Deadline is Friday! 

You can't win if you don't enter ... and time is ticking away! The deadline to enter the Associated Press Media Editors' Journalism Innovation Awards for 2015 is this Friday, March 11.


The awards honor excellence in newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites in the United States and Canada. News organizations that are members of The Associated Press are eligible to enter.

Eligible work must have been posted, published or launched between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015. News organizations can submit the same entry in up to two categories. The fee is $75 per entry for APME members and $100 per entry for non-APME members. The fee is $25 per entry for the Innovator of the Year for College Students.

To see if you or your organization is an APME member, please go to (If you are not yet an APME member, you may join at this site: For more information, read more here or contact Sue Johnson ( or Sarah Nordgren ( at the Associated Press. 

Enter the APME competition at this site: 




Los Angeles Times: Air quality board moves to weaken pollution regulation

Washington Post: Oil prices, fiscal policies produce budget crisis in Louisiana

Chicago Tribune: Attack ads epitome of “dark money” campaign spending

Portland Press Herald: Maine medical board criticized in psychiatrist case

Boston Globe: Parents start questioning independence of genetic counselors

New York Times: It’s discounted but is it a deal? How list prices lost meaning

The Oregonian. Soil tests show little long-term risk from Portland’s toxic air

Seattle Times: Seattle priest, a known pedophile, was moved parish to parish

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Gag order issued in case of man accused of shooting officer

Private college records bill heads to Indiana governor's desk

Wisconsin records show lack of contact before Oscar Mayer announcement

Despite complaints, Iowa agency couldn't regulate boarding school

Georgia hospital admits Open Meetings Act violation

Florida Senate OKs public records bill

Read more



Publication that came out of newspaper strike digitized

Missouri Senate to delay media move, citing cost concerns

Harvard awards journalism prize to The Associated Press

Fox earns fans with its own debate performances

Fox's Megyn Kelly, Donald Trump largely civil in debate

Musicians and media figures celebrate Murdoch-Hall wedding

Jury selected in Hulk Hogan-Gawker civil trial

Jacob Riis exhibit coming to Library of Congress in April

Melissa Harris-Perry exit puts focus on MSNBC record

New Jersey's largest newspaper says Christie should resign

3 Kansas newspapers change hands in deal between families

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IN MEMORIAM: Collins, Windham


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