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APME Update, March 25, 2015
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APME UPDATE – March 25, 2015






April 24 - Deadline for Entries for Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership

April 24 - Deadline for Entries for the Community Journalism Public Service Grant

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

Oct. 15-16 - NewsTrain in Monroe, Louisiana

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

Oct. 29-30 - NewsTrain at Northern Illinois University

Nov. 13-14- NewsTrain in Philadelphia


Enter your nominations for the award honoring individuals, news organizations or related journalistic organizations or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of Robert G. McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, former managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, graduate of Kent State University and relentless diversity champion. McGruder died of cancer in April 2002.

The McGruder Award is sponsored by the Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors.

Jurors will be looking for nominees who have made a significant contribution during a given year or during a number of years toward furthering diversity in news content and in recruiting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce. Announcement of the 2015 McGruder Award recipient will be made at the joint APME-ASNE conference October 16-18 in Palo Alto, California. This year’s honoree will receive $2,500 and a leadership trophy.

Who is eligible? Individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists from U.S. news organizations or related journalism organizations are eligible. The award recognizes achievement for the past 12 months or contributions over a number of years.

What are the criteria? The Diversity Leadership Award honors an individual, a news organization or related journalism organization or a team of journalists for significant leadership in diversity through:

• Recruitment: by providing opportunities for diverse journalists to learn about news careers and to enter the news industry in internships and full-time jobs.

• Development: by offering opportunities for diverse journalists to grow in their current roles and to receive mentoring and training to advance to positions of greater authority, responsibility or expertise.

• Retention: by ensuring that journalists want to remain in the news industry by providing an inclusive work environment that offers opportunities to contribute and advance.

• Content: by reflecting a diverse community accurately and in a way that demonstrates community and industry leadership. The definition of diversity in content includes ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religious background, political bent and physical ability.

• Leadership: by inspiring a commitment to diversity and providing tools, knowledge and information that further the efforts in recruitment, development, retention and content.

Nominations can be made by individuals, news organizations, professional organizations, schools of journalism and others.

Rules for entries: Send a nomination outlining specific information about the achievements and how the nominee benefited the community, the industry and/or diverse journalists. The recommendation should include the name of the person making the nomination and contact information. You may supplement an entry with electronic clips.

Deadline: Material must be received by close of business on Friday, April 24.

Send material to:

Sally Jacobsen, email:

The Associated Press

450 West 33rd Street

New York, N.Y. 10001




The outstanding work of smaller news organizations is a priority of the Associated Press Media Editors as it announces the fourth year of the Community Journalism Public Service Initiative. 

Media companies in metropolitan areas (MSA) of 100,000 or fewer people are encouraged to apply for the grant. The recipient will receive $1,000 to jump-start the initiative and a trip to the annual APME conference to present the project.

It's easy to enter: Draft a proposal of 500 words or less and include examples of how you would approach the project. It should be multiplatform, include social media and address a long-standing community issue.

Last year’s winner was the 13,000-circulation Enid (Oklahoma) News & Eagle for its community initiative "Under Pressure." Staff Writer Dale Denwalt discussed how the project unveiled that the city wasn't providing services for its poorest neighborhoods. Previous winners were The Sedalia Democrat in Missouri for "Meth at the Crossroads” and the Beaver Dam (Wisconsin) News for a series on mental illness in its community. 

The 2015 winner will present its work at the joint ASNE-APME Conference Oct. 16-18 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

To apply, go to and fill out the online form.

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 24. The grant will be awarded in June.


Register for NewsTrain Workshop in DeKalb, Illinois, Oct. 29-30

Trainers from the Chicago Tribune and Detroit Free Press will share their expertise in enterprise reporting, data journalism and video at the DeKalb, Illinois, NewsTrain 0n Oct. 29-30. The trainers include:

  • Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director, on unleashing your watchdog with beat mapping.

  • Michael J. Berens, Chicago Tribune investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner, on reporting enterprise stories efficiently and getting started with data journalism.

  • Betsey Guzior, features editor for The State in Columbia, South Carolina, and past president of the Society for Features Journalism, on approaching local features coverage creatively.

  • Kathy Kieliszewski, visuals director for the Detroit Free Press and four-time Emmy Award winner, on shooting engaging smartphone video.

We’ll also have sessions on maximizing your use of social media – for both reporting and personal branding – and using audience analytics to do better journalism.

Registration – just $75 for two full days of training – is open for the workshop at Northern Illinois University, about 65 miles west of Chicago. Discounted nightly hotel rates of $79 are available. The APME Foundation offers competitive diversity scholarships for journalists, journalism educators and journalism students of color. Please see

Registration is also open for the Orlando NewsTrain May 15-16. Join us for training in social media, video, career planning, breaking news, enterprise reporting, data journalism and 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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Associated Press Media Editors

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