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APME Update, Aug. 16, 2016
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 APME UPDATE        AUG. 16, 2016





Aug. 19 -- Deadline to reserve hotel rooms for ASNE-APME Conference

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



Join Your Colleagues at APME/ASNE News Leadership Conference in Philly

Register today 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 landmarkNational 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:

Two preconference workshops on Sunday afternoon. One is focused on newsroom transformation for a limited number of participants. The other features trainers from Google Labs. Attendees will also be able to attend events hosted by the Associated Press Photo Managers, which will be holding its annual conference in conjunction with ASNE and APME for the third year in a row.

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

  • Keynotes by leading-edge thinkers and influencers, 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.
  • Silent auctions offering one-of-a-kind items, such as sports tickets, vacation retreats, jewelry, autographed books and much more.

 See full schedule.

APPM will have speakers from news organizations across the country, from those doing community photojournalism to photojournalists making documentary films. One of the speakers will be Brian Cassella, a staff photographer at the Chicago Tribune. He will talk 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, which you will need to purchase when you register for the conference.

To book your hotel room:

A terrific group rate is available at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown until Friday, Aug. 19, for only $199/night for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Make a reservation online here.

Sunday workshops:

• Tools and Techniques for Digital Success: Lessons from the Knight-Temple "Table Stakes" Project
Find out whether your newsroom is truly digital first and positioned to compete for audiences during this pre conference workshop focused on what it takes to be "in the game of news" in the 21st century. Join project leader Douglas K. Smith and leaders from the four participating newsrooms to learn key questions you should be asking about your newsroom operation and culture; what kind of commitment is needed to transition; and how to use tools and techniques created during the project.
Advance sign-up required. T
o register for the Sunday preconference workshops: Email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at

• Google Tools for Your Newsrooms
Learn about all of the free Google tools that can help your newsroom build interactive charts, maps, visualizations and more. Tools covered include Google Trends, Fusion Tables, MyMaps, Earth, Moon, Google Translate and more. Google also can provide free training in your newsroom. Session materials can be found at: labs/ Advance sign-up required with APME Executive Director Sarah Nordren at

The workshops have limited space and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are registered to attend the conference. 

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 as can tickets to the Pirates vs. Phillies baseball game Tuesday night.

Click here to register for the conference.

Stay tuned for more details at and Questions? Please contact APME Executive Director Sarah Nordgren at or ASNE's Jiyoung Won at


ASNE/APME CONFERENCE: Vote for new APME Board Members


Attention dues-current APME members: Here's the proposed slate for the 2017 APME Board of Directors, including bios and photos. Members in good standing are invited to approve or deny the slate, and request nominations for any position or our two unexpired one-year terms.


Voting ends at the Philadelphia APME-ASNE News Leadership Conference in Philadelphia, Sept. 11-14. 



Diversity-scholarship, other deadlines approach for NewsTrain

Aug. 25 is the deadline to apply for diversity scholarships to attend Murfreesboro NewsTrain Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to compete. Successful applicants will have their registration fee waived, courtesy of the APME Foundation.

NewsTrain will be at Middle Tennessee State University, 39 miles south of Nashville, for two full days of digital training in social, data, video and mobile by top journalists. Attendees regularly rate NewsTrain’s training as 4.5 or higher, with 5 as highly effective and useful.

Other upcoming deadlines include:

·      Sept. 1 for early-bird registration of $75. On Sept. 2, the rate goes to $85 for everyone except students, for whom it remains $75.

·      Sept. 1 for the $109 discounted room rate at a hotel offering a free shuttle to the Murfreesboro workshop site.

·      Oct. 1 to apply to bring the learning, morale boost and fun of a NewsTrain to your town in 2017. Form a tentative committee of representatives from local journalism organizations and apply

Murfreesboro is NewsTrain’s last stop in 2016. Slides and handouts from recent NewsTrains can be accessed at

Questions? Visit or email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin.




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