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APME Update, Aug. 14, 2014
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APME UPDATE – Aug. 14, 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


The awards honor 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.

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


We're happy to share a draft of the historic ASNE-APME conference agenda with you! Check out a number of great, exciting sessions and lively events Sept. 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency in the heart of downtown Chicago. The draft is also available at and

The conference theme is "Fast Forward," and it meshes with a packed program that features media thought leaders and digital innovators. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be welcoming attendees, and the conference will quickly evolve into a powerful program on leading change.

Leadership (on Monday), innovation and creativity (Tuesday) and values (Wednesday) are among the conference's key themes. Among the highlights:

• Kickoff session:
Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute, and Amy Webb, CEO of WebbMedia Group, will highlight the latest trends involving news audiences and emerging technology.

• Engaging and growing audiences sessions: Two concurrent sessions will be held Tuesday afternoon. Session A will invite Kainaz Amaria, a multimedia producer at NPR, to talk about interactive storytelling. Session B will cover creating and managing news partnerships.

• Women at the top discussion (Wednesday morning):
Come hear the views of women who know firsthand whether newsrooms are doing enough to prepare women for leadership positions and support them once they get there. Featuring:
Debra Adams Simmons of Advance Local, Kathleen Carroll of The Associated Press, Kathleen Davis of Fast Company and Aminda Marques Gonzalez of the Miami Herald

• First Amendment luncheon (Wednesday closure):
James Risen of The New York Times will deliver a short keynote address, followed by a panel discussion of how state and national news organizations are fighting efforts to curb press freedoms.

There's more, from your chance to see news innovators pitch for your vote to luncheons that honor the top journalism coverage of the past year. Plus, you'll have a chance to hoist a few with friends, participate in the live and silent auctions featuring a variety of items and take an evening cruise the Chicago River on the Mystic Blue.

The conference will start at 1:30 p.m. CDT Monday, Sept. 15, and conclude at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17. A free, two-session "Climate Change and the News" seminar will be offered by the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Register by Aug. 25.

Registration to attend the conference
: It's only $250 for members of ASNE and APME, $350 for nonmembers. APME members, register here

Hotel reservation
: Book your room at the Hyatt Regency as soon as possible before our block of rooms sells out.


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.

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.

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


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