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APME Update, Aug. 12, 2015
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APME UPDATE – Aug. 12, 2015




Aug. 31 - Deadline for submitting Great Ideas

Oct. 1 - Deadline for applying to host a NewsTrain workshop

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

Jan. 21, 2016 - NewsTrain in Lexington, Kentucky




Data storytelling. Navigating the shifting media ethics of the digital age. Creating a real-time news desk.


Those are some of the topics we’ll be discussing at 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 partner in the conference.


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


On Friday evening, the conference will kick off with a talk on creativity by David Kelly, founder of the Institute of Design at Stanford and a creator of the Apple mouse. That will be followed by a reception where you can sip California wine with friends, listen to stand-up comedy and bid in the annual live and silent auctions of great items.


Highlights of some of the exciting sessions Saturday and Sunday:


-       Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute will start Saturday with “What’s New, What’s Next,” looking as what the future has in store for the news industry.

-       The ASNE-APME awards luncheon on Saturday will celebrate the best in journalism.

-       “The War on Science: What Journalists Need to Know” will explore later Saturday why millions of Americans reject what science says about topics like global warming.

-       “Startup Stories: What Journalists Can Learn from Silicon Valley” on Sunday will feature entrepreneurs sharing their experiences starting innovative new media ventures.

-       Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times, will be the keynote speaker at Sunday’s lunch.


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 group rate is available at the Sheraton Palo Alto until Sept. 15 for only $169/night for FridaySaturday 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.


Contact Sally Jacobsen at or Cindy Roe at


Attendees at the ASNE-APME conference are being offered an exceptional opportunity by Stanford’s Institute for Design – or the – which is a renowned hub for innovation at the university.

 The is offering a FREE workshop Friday, Oct. 16, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – just before the start of the ASNE-APME conference – for a limited group of editors who register for the conference.

 Here’s the description of the workshop:

 1-4 p.m. Pre-conference event: Hands-on design thinking seminar

Using design thinking as a framework, workshop participants will tackle a hands-on innovation challenge. Participants will complete the workshop with an understanding of the key tenets of design thinking in the newsroom and a sense for ways they can incorporate this into their work. Limited to 50 participants who have registered for the ASNE-APME Conference. Advance sign-up required.


More on the

The is a hub for innovators at Stanford. Students and faculty in engineering, medicine, business, law, the humanities, sciences, and education find their way here to take on the world’s messy problems together. Human values are at the heart of our collaborative approach. We focus on creating spectacularly transformative learning experiences. Along the way, our students develop a process for producing creative solutions to even the most complex challenges they tackle. This is the core of what we do.


In a time when there is hunger for innovation everywhere, we think our primary responsibility is to help prepare a generation of students to rise with the challenges of our times. We define what it means to be a student broadly, and we support “students” of design thinking who range from kindergarteners to senior executives. Our deliberate mash-up of industry, academia and the big world beyond campus is a key to our continuing evolution.


Interested? Please send your name to Sally Jacobsen at APME:



We’re looking for vacation getaways, sports tickets, bracelets, earrings, scarves, autographed books, journalism memorabilia and more for the live and silent auctions at the joint ASNE-APME Conference Oct. 16-18 at Stanford University.

The proceeds will fund journalism initiatives. 

Please let us know as soon as possible, but no later than the end of August, about your donations.

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

Email or mail to Kim Meader at, Arizona Republic, 200 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 or fax to 602-444-4374

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



Please share your best and brightest ideas for "Great Ideas of the Quarter." Click here for a form to submit entries and upload images to accompany your idea:


All entries will be included the Great Ideas book, available at the ASNE-APME Conference at Stanford University.




Four NewsTrain workshops will offer training in the digital skills identified by local journalists as vital to their success.

·       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.

Registration fee: $75.

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




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