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APME Update, April 1, 2015
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APME UPDATE – April 1, 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


The president and CEO of The Associated Press called on Monday for changes to international laws that would make it a war crime to kill journalists or take them hostage.

Gary Pruitt said a new framework is needed to protect journalists as they cover conflicts in which they are increasingly seen as targets by extremist groups. "It used to be that when media wore PRESS emblazoned on their vest, or PRESS or MEDIA was on their vehicle, it gave them a degree of protection" because reporters were seen as independent civilians telling the story of the conflict, Pruitt said. Last year was a particularly deadly year for the AP -- four of the news cooperative's journalists were killed on assignment. Globally, 61 journalists were killed in the line of duty in 2014, bringing to more than 1,000 the number who have died since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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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.



Enhance your skills in enterprise reporting, data journalism, video and social media with trainers from The New York Times and Detroit Free Press at the Orlando NewsTrain May 15-16. The trainers and their topics are:

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

  • Michelle Guido, former managing editor for WESH-TV, on planning for breaking news in the digital age.

  • Kathy Kieliszewski, visuals director for the Detroit Free Press, on shooting engaging smartphone video.

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

  • Karen Workman, social strategy editor for the Times, on maximizing your use of social media for reporting and branding, and on taking charge of your career.

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

Diversity scholarships and discounted hotel rates will be available.

In addition, save these dates for other NewsTrain workshops:

Agendas for Monroe and Philadelphia 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.



AP: Seafood caught by slaves in Indonesia for sale in major U.S. supermarkets

Austin American-Statesman: Lobbying rules often unheeded, unenforced

Arizona Daily Star: Jobs long gone, workers still return to their factory

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Growing God’s Kingdom pre-school gets public funds

Des Moines Register: Iowa Forfeiture: A ‘system of legal thievery?”

Newark Star Ledger: Immigrants filling void as residents flee New Jersey

Minneapolis Star Tribune: In foster system, kids go from bad to worse

Baltimore Sun: City agency director’s law firm has contract with state

Arizona Republic: Veterans operate with impunity at county shelter

Dallas Morning News: Border security leaves Texas “a tad bit less safe”

Chicago Tribune: College gives foundation member $630,000 in no-bid projects

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AP Exclusive: California leaders routinely use private email

Texas Commissioner’s appointments include campaign consultant's wife

E-911 recording captures KCSO sergeant's profanity-laced rant over Redbox dispute

Records: Georgia, Alabama governors meet on water dispute

ND bill would ID lawmakers making public records requests

House committee removes public record search fee from bill

Bill to allow charges for public records searches fails

Records: Teacher charged with sex assault counseled in 2002

Body camera video shows 2 shots in fatal Burlington shooting

Records show webmaster says Iowa IT project was intentionally thwarted

DA sues county alleging “wrongful, illegal” release of her emails, phone records

Read more FOI Reporting


Afghan court sentences AP journalist's killer to 20 years

4 journalists arrested during Ferguson protests sue police

Trevor Noah set to replace Jon Stewart on 'Daily Show'

NBC News' boss faces challenge fixing MSNBC

Rhode Island governor withdraws budget proposal affecting newspapers

Charlie Hebdo to receive PEN award

Arizona newspaper asks governor to veto bill shielding police

US students make bracelets to help jailed journalists

CBC News slashing 144 positions from local services, Radio-Canada cuts 100

US 'troubled' by Thai leader's threat to execute journalists

Vice to start daily newscast on HBO

Newspaper received email claiming to be from woman's captors

New publisher named for 2 southern New Jersey newspapers

Trial set for videographer arrested covering Ferguson

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