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APME Update, April 5, 2016
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APME UPDATE   April 5, 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 Reports: Tainted at the Tap Stories, Datasets Now Available

Whether local water systems are tainted with lead has been of heightened concern since the crisis in Flint, Michigan, erupted as a national story. In an analysis of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data, The Associated Press has found that roughly 1,400 water systems across the country reported a sample above the EPA lead limit over the past three years. That includes hundreds of schools and day cares. The findings are similar to ones reported recently by USA Today. The AP has done its own analysis of the EPA data and is making that available to customers for their own localizations.

The multimedia package, which includes stories, photos, an interactive and the two embargoed spreadsheets is moving for use this weekend. The stories and photos moved Monday, April 4, on an embargoed basis, and the interactive will move Friday, April 8.

The embargoed data sets are available here: 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 hosted a webinar on Wednesday, March 30, to explain the data and answer questions. For those unable to attend, here is the link to the recording:

For questions about the project, contact AP State Government Editor Tom Verdin For specific questions about the data sets, contact AP data journalist Meghan Hoyer at


Nominate a Leader for Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership 

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 Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership 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 Sept. 11-14 in Philadelphia. 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 Monday, May 16.

Send material to:

Chris Cobler, email:

Victoria Advocate

311 E. Constitution St.

Victoria, TX 77904



Hop the NewsTrain to Lincoln, Halifax!

There are only a few seats left for the next NewsTrain, set for this Saturday -- April 9 -- at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska. Don't miss your chance to get some great training at a great rate!

Sessions 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

Can't make it to Lincoln but want to get some training and get some sightseeing in? Register for NewsTrain in Halifax, Nova Scotia, set for May 6-7. And remember, the deadline to apply for a diversity scholarship for the Halifax NewsTrain is tomorrow, April 6. Information is here:

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 -- just C$55 a night!-- are still available in Halifax. Info and register for $75 at


This fall, 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.


APME members offered 50 percent discount on Data Journalism Summit registration

APME members are invited to the Data Journalism Summit, set for Monday, April 11 at The Associated Press in NYC.

The Summit is a part of Big Data for Media Week, focusing on data journalism management and strategy, and targeting delegates including editors in chief, data editors and technology editors. Among the topics at the summit include management, strategy, culture integration of data teams and newsrooms, technology, recruiting and training data practitioners.

Confirmed speakers for the interactive event include Michael Hudson, senior editor, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and part of the Panama Papers investigative team, and key speakers from The Associated Press, Thomson Reuters, ProPublica, and award-winning data editors and experts. 

To see the full program and roster of speakers, go to




 Los Angeles Times: LAPD’s trouble with Tasers

Stamford Advocate: Stun guns used more on minorities than whites

Sun Sentinel: Tri-Rail train derailed and no one could find it, records show

New Haven Register: Sex charges against nearly 60 teachers since 2005

Arizona Star: Tucson’s poorest residents about to get poorer

San Francisco Chronicle: Overdose deaths linked to pills containing fentanyl

Washington Post: In fatal police shootings, 1 in 5 officers’ names undisclosed

Democrat and Chronicle: Repeat deficiencies found at some nursing homes

Oregonian: Transgender people: Lost in transition

Dallas Morning news: Campus gun carry laws all over map

Indianapolis Star: Indianapolis police less diverse than 25 years ago

Arizona Republic: How many schools face risk of mercury contamination?

Roanoke Times: Money for nothing: Sweet deal turns sour for state

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Bill seeks to keep names of armed school personnel secret

Pittsburgh mayor calls for audit of state watchdog board

Tribunal often reverses teacher firings by superintendents

US elections head used political ties, then curbed voting

Federal appeals court says plea agreements should be open

Mississippi court rules against newspaper in public records case

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Trove of data on offshore accounts prompts probe, questions

Oakland Tribune about to disappear

Fox's Kelly: O'Reilly, CNN should have done more for me

Digital First Media buys the Orange County Register

Turkish security manhandles journalists at Washington event

Butler Eagle owner buys alternative Pittsburgh City Paper

TV station 'ends relationship' with anchor after online post

Charge against Trump campaign manager eclipses Wis. Race

Obama crystallizes criticism of 2016 campaign coverage

NFL demands retraction of New York Times concussion story

Pele sues Samsung over improper use of image in New York Times ad

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