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APME Update Sept. 5, 2014
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APME UPDATE – Sept. 5, 2014



• 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


Don’t miss the joint ASNE-APME conference Sept. 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago. 

The “Fast Forward” conference features media thought leaders and digital innovators. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be welcoming attendees, and the conference will quickly move into a powerful program on leading change.

Among the themes are leadership on Monday, Sept. 15; innovation and creativity on Tuesday, Sept. 16, and values on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

The conference will start at 1:30 p.m. CDT Monday, Sept. 15, and conclude at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17.

For the full schedule, go to

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


Michael Days, editor of the Philadelphia Daily News, and the New Haven Register are the recipients of the 13th annual Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership, awarded by the AsMsociated Press Media Editors in partnership with the American Society of News Editors and other journalism organizations.

The McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership is given annually to individuals, news organizations or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and a graduate of Kent State University. McGruder died of cancer in April 2002. A past president of APME and a former member of the board of directors of ASNE, McGruder was a relentless diversity champion. The awards will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at the annual awards luncheon of the ASNE-APME conference at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago.

This year, the 13th annual McGruder awards were sponsored by the APME Foundation, ASNE, The Plain Dealer and Kent State University. Supporters include the Detroit Free Press, the Chips Quinn Scholars program of the Newseum Institute and Annette McGruder. The honorees will each receive $2,500 and a leadership trophy at the awards luncheon.

Days and the New Haven Register are being honored for their commitment to diversity in news content and in newsroom recruiting and staff development.

"This year's McGruder recipients have diligently and relentlessly made diversity a key priority in their newsrooms even as so many other urgent priorities pull for attention,'' said APME President Debra Adams Simmons. "We are proud to honor their work. Each of these news organizations faced considerable challenges during the past year, yet they held true to diversity as a core value. When we look at news developments around the nation and world, in Ferguson, Missouri, and in Israel, there is no question that diverse voices make us stronger and make us better."

The 2014 judges included representatives from APME, ASNE, The Plain Dealer and Kent State University and previous recipients of the McGruder award. Jurors assessed nominees based on their significant contribution during a given year or over a number of years to furthering the cause of diversity in content and in recruiting, developing and retaining journalists of color.


Get top-flight training at NewsTrain workshops in Las Vegas and Columbus, Ohio.

Registration is just $75. Diversity scholarships and discounted hotel rates are available. 

Here are more details on each upcoming NewsTrain:

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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