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APME Update, Aug. 8, 2014
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APME UPDATE – Aug. 7, 2014


• Aug. 15, Entry Deadline for McGruder Diversity Leadership Awards

• Aug. 22-23
, NewsTrain Workshop, Austin, Texas 

• Aug. 25, Registration Deadline for Metcalf Climate Change Seminar at ASNE-APME Conference

• Aug. 29
, Deadline for Booking Hotel Rooms at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago for the ASNE-APME Conference 

• Sept. 15-17, ASNE-APME Conference, Chicago

• Sept. 18, Metcalf Institute Seminar on Climate Change, Chicago

• Sept. 20, NewsTrain Workshop, Columbus, Ohio

• Oct. 10-11, NewsTrain Workshop, Las Vegas


Enter your nominations for the awards 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 in April 2002.
Two awards are given annually: one for newspapers with a circulation up to 75,000; one for newspapers with more than 75,000 circulation.
The awards are sponsored by the Associated Press Media Editors Foundation, American Society of News Editors, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and the Newseum Institute.
Jurors will be looking for nominees who have made a significant contribution during a given year or over a number of years toward furthering diversity in news content and in recruiting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce.
The winners will be honored at the joint ASNE-APME conference Sept. 15-17 in Chicago. Each will receive $2,500 and a leadership trophy.
Deadline: Friday, Aug. 15.

Send material to:
Sally Jacobsen, email:
450 West 33rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10001


Get cutting-edge training at affordable prices at NewsTrain workshops in Austin, Las Vegas and Columbus, Ohio.

Registration is just $75. Plus, diversity scholarships and discounted hotel rates are available. 

Here are more details on each upcoming NewsTrain:

• Austin, Aug. 22-23: Sessions include finding the best stories in data with Paul Overberg of USA Today; finding time to do watchdog reporting with Linda Austin of NewsTrain; and creating viral content with Shazna Nessa, formerly of The Associated Press. Register:

• Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 20: Sessions include maximizing your use of social media with Storyful’s Mandy Jenkins, improving your video storytelling with the Detroit Free Press’ Kathy Kieliszewski, and generating better data-driven enterprise stories with The Columbus Dispatch’s Jill Riepenhoff. Register:

• Las Vegas, Oct. 10-11: Sessions include reporting watchdog stories on a budget with Pulitzer winner Michael J. Berens of The Seattle Times; using social media for reporting and branding with Karen Workman of The New York Times; and planning content across platforms with Meg Downey, formerly of The Tennessean.

Want to bring a NewsTrain workshop to your town in 2015? Please download an application form at

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


Take a 5-minute, 3-question survey that the ASNE diversity committee and its partner, Journalism That Matters, will use to improve the “Engagement Hub” – a platform for peer-to-peer exchange about engaging community.

The Engagement Hub is part of the diversity committee’s Community Connection and Inclusion project. We will be sharing what our three pilot sites have learned about engaging diverse community and its role growing audience at the ASNE-APME conference in September. The session will feature videos from the Oakland (California) Tribune’s Voices Project, the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Gazette Company’s We Create Here, and the Rochester, New York, Democrat and Chronicle’s Unite Rochester, followed by a conversation between session participants and people from the pilot sites. 

The Engagement Hub extends the reach of the project by creating a place where you can ask questions, share stories, and find resources about engaging community. Whether you are considering trying something new or whether you’ve been at it for years, we want to accelerate everyone’s effectiveness by connecting you with each other and with what’s happening around the country. The long-term impact: engaging diverse community grows audience and improves community well-being.

So take our short survey. We’ll share what we learn in a future newsletter. Want to get involved now? Join our discussion group of expert practitioners and eager learners.

See you in Chicago!

 Karen Magnuson, ASNE Diversity co-chair, Editor & Vice President/News, Democrat and 

Chronicle Media Group

Mike Fancher, ASNE Diversity co-chair, Director, Center for Journalism Innovation & Civic 

Engagement, University of Oregon School of Journalism


Learn about innovation culture, join us for awards luncheon

Get ready for ASNE-APME’s Fast Forward conference Sept. 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago.

Join us for an exciting session on how to create an innovation culture from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, Sept. 16. If orange is the new black, innovation must be the new pocket phone. Media organizations say they're being innovative, but what does it mean and how does it work? This panel features compelling and differing perspectives from nationally 
recognized experts on innovation. From academic to startup to legacy, learn what innovation means and why it's more than the latest buzz word.
And you won't want to miss the ASNE-APME Awards Lunch that follows from noon to 2 p.m. We will recognize all the winners of the prestigious awards. Lunch tickets are only $30. 
The conference will start at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, and conclude at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17. The full conference agenda will be available soon at and at
Registration is $250 for members of ASNE and APME. It's $350 if you're a nonmember. APME members can register at
And don't forget to reserve your hotel room as soon as possible at the Hyatt Regency. We’ve reserved a block of rooms for $189/night. The rate is good until Aug. 29. 



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