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APME Update, March 29, 2016
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APME UPDATE   March 29, 2016 



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


AP to Host Webinar on Drinking Water Story Package

The Associated Press will host a webinar on March 30 for members as it releases a story package based on an AP analysis of US EPA sampling for lead in drinking water systems. The package will move this week for use the weekend of April 9-10. A full digest will move separately. 

Two embargoed data sets for customer localizations are available at the following link:

The first spreadsheet includes the roughly 1,400 water systems that reported a sample above the EPA lead limit over the past three years. The second provides data on all water systems that have been tested for lead during the past decade.

The AP is hosting the webinar, which begins at 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific, to explain the data and answer questions. 

To join the session:

1. Go to 

2. Enter your name and email address.

3. Enter the session password: ap 

4. Click "Join Now".

5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

To join the teleconference only:

Call-in toll-free number:1-866-235-4843 (US) 

Call-in number:1-650-305-7453 (US) 

Show global numbers: 

Conference Code: 683-283-8763

For questions about the project, contact AP State Government Editor Tom Verdin


Only Six Seats Left for Lincoln NewsTrain

We are nearing capacity for the NewsTrain in Lincoln, Nebraska, on April 9. Sign up today to secure your spot and avoid the waiting list.

Sessions at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln include:

· maximizing your social media for personal branding and audience engagement,

· making smart choices in digital storytelling, 

· planning for breaking news in the digital age, 

· writing for mobile, and 

· producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Instructors include two New York Times editors – Theodore Kim and Daniel Victor – and Omaha World-Herald watchdog reporter Matt Wynn. Info and register for $75 at

Don't forget -- registration is also open for NewsTrain in Halifax, set for May 6-7. Come for the digital training and stay for the sights in scenic Nova Scotia.

Sessions include:

  • maximizing your social media for personal branding and audience engagement,
  • using social media for sourcing, including verifying user-generated content,
  • making smart choices in digital storytelling,
  • planning for breaking news on multiple platforms,
  • writing for mobile, 
  • using audience analytics to get your stories read, and
  • shooting compelling news video and photos with your smartphone.

Instructors for the workshop at the University of King’s College include:

 ·       Matt Frehner, senior editor for mobile and interactive news at The Globe & Mail.

 ·       Kathy Kieliszewski, visuals director for the Detroit Free Press and four-time Emmy Award winner.

 ·       Daniel Victor, senior staff editor for The New York Times and a former social media editor at the Times and

Competitive diversity scholarships, and discounted hotel rooms are still available in Halifax. Info and register for $75 at


NewsTrain brings digital-skills training to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Please sign up here to be notified when that program is set. Questions? Email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin.



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