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APME Update, July 26, 2016
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 APME UPDATE      JULY 26, 2016



Sept. 12-15 -- ASNE-APME Conference in Philadelphia

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 -- NewsTrain in Murfreesboro, Tennessee 

Oct. 1 -- Deadline to apply to host a NewsTrain


Kathleen Carroll, AP executive editor, stepping down

Kathleen Carroll, the executive editor of The Associated Press who championed ambitious, investigative journalism and pushed the cooperative forward in a rapidly changing digital world, announced announced she will step down after 14 years leading the world's oldest news agency.

Gary Pruitt, AP president and chief executive officer, praised Carroll and said she will help with the leadership transition. Carroll is to leave at the end of the year. A successor is expected to be in place in by Jan. 1.

"If AP were a sports team, we would be retiring Kathleen's number" Pruitt said. "I respect Kathleen's decision to move on from AP and appreciate her years of leadership and service... Her combined extraordinary editorial skill, committed engagement with staff, toughness and compassion have made AP news what it is today."

The announcement of Carroll's departure comes three months after the AP was awarded its first Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, for an exhaustive investigation of slavery in the Southeast Asian fishing industry. The AP won four other Pulitzers, six George Polk Awards and 15 Overseas Press Club Awards under Carroll's tenure.

"Fourteen years is a long, long time to do this job," Carroll said in an interview. "I've had a good run. The place is strong and the people are strong and they'll take it to the next level. It feels like a good time. You don't want to stay too long. You don't want to be stinky cheese."

Carroll, 60, the former Knight Ridder Washington bureau chief and a former writer and editor in four AP bureaus, was appointed in 2002. During her tenure, she helped establish bureaus in North Korea, Myanmar and Saudi Arabia, and she led the AP's transformation from a primarily newspaper-focused agency to one that produces video, photography and text stories for all platforms.

"She has pushed the AP to take on the hardest stories and do the most ambitious work," said Martin Baron, editor of The Washington Post. "While she was consistently attentive to AP's clients, more importantly she was animated by its mission to serve the public... She also was unwavering in her commitment to get at the truth and have AP tell things as they really were."

Carroll said her plans after leaving AP include taking some long-postponed trips with her husband, and joining in family events leading up to their son's college graduation in the spring. She said she wanted to "reclaim some life that hasn't been within easy reach during these 14 years."


Registration is open for  ASNE-APME Conference/ Room deadline is Aug. 19!

Register now for the 2016 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Sept. 11-14 in downtown Philadelphia. The conference opens with an evening reception Sunday, Sept. 11, at the landmark National Constitution Center, at 525 Arch St., just blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

A pre-conference workshop focused on newsroom transformation is Sunday afternoon for a limited number of participants. Attendees will also be able to attend events hosted by the Associated Press Photo Managers, which holds its annual conference in conjunction with APME and ASNE.

Our event hotel is the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, at 1201 Market St. Conference sessions begin there Monday morning and conclude by noon Wednesday.

The conference includes:

· Keynotes by leading-edge thinkers and influences, including Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, who will speak about the transformational changes he has led in the newsroom.

· Panels and workshops on practices and tools to improve coverage and engagement, including workshop by The City University of New York’s CUNY Graduate School of Journalism to teach editors how to develop community-driven news products.

· Award-winning journalists talking about their work.

·  APME Innovator of the Year presentations.

· Free tools for newsrooms.

· One-on-one leadership coaching by Jill Geisler, Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago, and Butch Ward, senior faculty at Poynter.

· Silent and live auctions offering one-of-a-kind items, such as sports tickets, vacation retreats, jewelry, autographed books and much more.

APPM offer speakers from news organizations across the country, from those doing community photojournalism to photojournalists making documentary films. One of the speakers is Brian Cassella, a staff photographer at the Chicago Tribune, talking about his series "The Next Day," which documents the day following fatal shootings throughout Chicago.

For baseball fans, the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Citizens Bank Park. A limited number of tickets are available, for purchase when you register for the conference.

The pre-conference workshop is an interactive event designed to help news leaders interested in making digitally focused change in their newsrooms. The Knight-Temple "Table Stakes" effort, with the participation of four metropolitan newsrooms, has defined what any newsroom must have to be “in the game” of news in the 21st century. In this workshop, those attending will:

· Hear a series of key questions that determine whether their respective newsrooms are actually, as opposed to theoretically or notionally, in the game now.

· Gain insight about how and why to move forward, including the kind of commitment needed to make the transition.

· Get an overview of the dozens of specific tools and techniques created in the K-T effort and how to make use of them. 

Registration: To register for the main conference: The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers. There are special rates for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Lunch tickets for Monday and Tuesday can be purchased during registration and a limited number of tickets is available for the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies baseball game at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets can be purchased for $32 when you register for the conference.

Deadline to make hotel reservations is Aug. 19. The block of rooms we reserved at the Marriott has a nightly rate of $199 for Sunday, Sept. 11, through Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Questions? Please contact Jiyoung Won at or Sarah Nordgren at



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