Print Page | Contact Us | Your Cart | Sign In | Register
APME Update, June 3, 2015
Share |

APME UPDATE – June 3, 2015





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




When it comes to access to records, meetings and, sometimes courts, it seems to have become increasingly challenging to win access on behalf of the public.

APME is looking for ways to join forces with you and perhaps other journalism organizations to ensure open access to public information and meetings. And not so much because it would make our jobs easier, but because the public needs a champion to preserve the rights of all Americans to keep a close eye on our government.

That might mean moving out of our comfort zones and doing more than grousing about it - or even more than writing stories to publicly shame those who say "no." We might need to pick a key target and file a lawsuit that will get everyone's attention. We might need to work as or hire lobbyists to push for law changes. Perhaps we could create an industry toolkit to help front-line reporters and editors fight the fight. Are there other ways?

To help frame the conversation going forward, we'd really like to know details about a few key points on that topic. So if you would, please take a few minutes to fill out this online survey.

The link:

Password: access

(For technical assistance, email

We're looking for survey responses by Friday, June 5, ahead of an APME board meeting.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Alan D. Miller

APME President

Managing Editor/News

The Columbus Dispatch

Gary Graham

APME Sounding Board chairman


The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington


We need your help: APME and ASNE are combining forces for a live and silent auction to benefit both organizations during their joint conference Oct. 16-18 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

Proceeds from the auction will fund journalism initiatives.

The live auction - featuring vacation getaways, sports tickets and more - will be held during the opening night reception at the Francis C. Arrillaga Alumni Center on the Stanford campus. A small silent auction with top items also will take place that night.


The larger silent auction - featuring donated books, regional gifts, jewelry, sports and event tickets and more - will be held during the conference at the Li Ka Shin Center, the conference headquarters on the Stanford campus.

How can you help now? We're looking for donations that will stand out. 

To donate, please fill out the 2015 pledge form: download the pledge form.

Bob Heisse of the APME Foundation and George Stanley of ASNE are coordinating the auction. You can contact either of them at or

Thank you for any consideration to make this auction a grand success.  


Register now for the ASNE-APME conference of the nation's top editors Oct. 16-18 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. The Associated Press Photo Managers is also a conference partner.


The theme for the Silicon Valley conference is 3-D: Digital, Diversity, Disruption.


The conference will open with an evening reception Friday, Oct. 16, at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center. Join your colleagues under beautiful October skies for a taste of California wine and music and an intimate conversation with David Kelley. A creator of the Apple mouse and founder of the groundbreaking at Stanford, Kelley will share his thoughts on how each of us can find joy in our creative endeavors.

We will have conference sessions Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Li Ka Shing Center, part of the Stanford Medical Center. The conference hotel is the Sheraton Palo Alto at 625 El Camino Real. 

The lively and topical sessions will focus on: 

  • Digital transformation and the innovative use of technology in the newsroom.

  • Diversity in the newsroom and in reaching new audiences.

  • First Amendment and access issues.

  • Newsroom leadership.

APPM will focus on using analytics and research to better utilize visual journalism, as well as innovative approaches to increase the impact of visual reporting.

Other highlights: 

  • We will celebrate the winners of the ASNE Awards and APME Journalism Excellence Awards at a Saturday luncheon. On Sunday, we will meet again for a special lunch. Tickets to both lunches can be purchased when you register.

  • The opening reception will also include an auction at the alumni center. The silent and live auctions will offer one-of-a-kind items, such as sports tickets, vacation retreats, jewelry, autographed books and much more. 

  • The conference will feature high-profile speakers from the tech and journalism industries. More details coming soon. 

Register now: The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers. There are special rates for retired editors, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Click here to register.  

Book your hotel room: A terrific group rate is available at the Sheraton Palo Alto until Sept. 15 for only $169/night for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Rates for Wednesday and Thursday are $329/night. Make a reservation online or call the hotel directly at 650-328-2800 and mention the block of rooms reserved for ASNE and APME.


Stay tuned for many more details at and Questions? Contact Cindy Roe at or Sally Jacobsen at



Registration at $75 each is open for four NewsTrain workshops. All will deliver training in the digital skills identified by local journalists as vital to their success.

Here are the locations, dates and skills that will be taught:

  • Monroe, Louisiana, Oct. 15-16, 2015, social media, mobile newsgathering, data-driven enterprise reporting, mobile-first breaking news coverage, journalism ethics in the digital age.

  • DeKalb, Illinois, (65 miles west of Chicago) Oct. 29-30, 2015, social media, smartphone video, audience analytics, data-driven enterprise reporting, beat mapping, creative local features coverage.

  • Philadelphia, Nov. 13-14, 2015, a digital-storytelling boot camp including social media, data-driven enterprise reporting, smartphone video and photos, writing news for mobile.

  • Lexington, Kentucky, Jan. 21, 2016, social media, smartphone video, data-driven enterprise reporting.

The skills taught are chosen by a committee of local journalists in each town who conduct an assessment of the needs in their newsrooms.

The experienced trainers are accomplished journalists and journalism professors. Among the instructors are Pulitzer Prize winner Michael J. Berens, investigative reporter at The Chicago Tribune; Steve Buttry, director of student media at LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication; Kathy Kieliszewski, visuals director for the Detroit Free Press; and Ron Nixon, Washington correspondent for The New York Times.

At each of these workshops, we’ll offer both discounted hotel rates and competitive diversity scholarships. Journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply for the scholarships, which cover the $75 registration fee. They are sponsored by the APME Foundation. To apply, visit the links above for each workshop.

If you can’t make it to these NewsTrains, you’ll find the slides and handouts from these and past NewsTrain workshops at

Want to bring a NewsTrain to your town? The deadline is Oct. 1 to apply to host a NewsTrain workshop in 2016. It’s a great opportunity to get affordable training close to home in the skills that matter most to journalists in your area. For more information, visit

We’d also welcome your financial support. To help keep NewsTrain training coming to your community, please donate at the big red buttons on

For updates on NewsTrain’s next stops, follow us on Twitter @NewsTrain or like us at

Questions? Contact Linda Austin, project director for NewsTrain, at or @LindaAustin_.



Wisconsin attorney general creates open records office

News media oppose gag order in Baltimore's Freddie Gray case

Tennessee Supreme Court case will decide public access to police files

Public access to UW job applicants would be reduced

Lee Enterprises sues former publisher over marketing info

Washington Post hits back against Iran court claims

Man killed in Richmond by police was shot 8 times

High court to consider appeal over exclusion of black jurors

Read more Watchdog Reporting



Wisconsin attorney general creates open records office

News media oppose gag order in Baltimore's Freddie Gray case

Tennessee Supreme Court case will decide public access to police files

Public access to UW job applicants would be reduced

Lee Enterprises sues former publisher over marketing info

Man killed in Richmond by police was shot 8 times

High court to consider appeal over exclusion of black jurors

Read more FOI Reporting


Maine newspapers' sale complete; most employees offered jobs

NBC approaching 4 months without Williams decision

Gannett acquiring 4 Pennsylvania newspaper companies

Gannett buys El Paso Times, 6 New Mexico papers

Charlie Rose to get university's 2015 Walter Cronkite Award

It's a wrap for CBS' Bob Schieffer at 'Face the Nation'

Pa. newspaper: We 'bungled' letter calling for Obama's execution

Turkey revokes journalist's honor over Erdogan criticism

UN recognizes role of journalists in preventing conflict

Letter to Obama discussed at Post reporter's trial in Iran

San Diego newspaper lays off 1/3rd of workforce after sale

Obama meets with family of reporter killed by Islamic State

Read more Industry News

IN MEMORIAM:O’Regan, Anderson, Parsons

Associated Press Media Editors

APME is a professional network, a resource for helping editors and broadcasters improve their news coverage and newsroom operations.

Quick Links

Home About News Events