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APME Update, Sept. 20, 2016
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APME UPDATE     SEPT. 20, 2016  



Sept. 30-Oct. 1 -- NewsTrain in Murfreesboro, Tennessee 

Oct. 1 -- Deadline to apply to host a NewsTrain 


Associated Press Media Editors group elects board members

The Associated Press Media Editors organization elected new board members during its joint conference with the American Society of News Editors in Philadelphia, which ended Sept. 15.

Elected to at-large positions were Dennis Anderson, executive editor, the Journal Star, Peoria, Illinois; Mark Baldwin, executive editor, Rockford (Illinois) Register Star; Katrice Hardy, executive editor, The Greenville News and in South Carolina; Thomas Koetting, deputy managing editor, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Summer Moore, digital and audience engagement editor, The Times of Northwest Indiana; Autumn Phillips, executive editor, Quad-City Times, Davenport, Iowa; Maria Caporizzo, managing editor, digital, The Providence Journal; and Alison Gerber, editor and director of content, Chattanooga Times Free Press in Tennessee.

Sandra Clark, vice president for news and civic dialogue at Philadelphia's WHYY, was elected as a broadcast representative, and Matt Christensen, editor at the Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho, was elected for small-market media.

Also at the conference, the ASNE board of directors added four new members and a new executive committee.

Mizell Stewart III, vice president of news operations at USA Today Network, took over as ASNE president. He succeeds Pam Fine, Knight Chair and professor of journalism at the University of Kansas.

Three new members elected to ASNE's executive committee, pending the expected approval by the new board, include: Alfredo Carbajal, managing editor, Al Dia (The Dallas Morning News) as vice president; Nancy Barnes, editor and executive vice president of news, Houston Chronicle, as secretary; and Michael Oreskes, senior vice president for news and editorial director at NPR, as treasurer.

The board elected four directors for three-year terms: Paul Cheung, director of interactive and digital news production at The Associated Press; Lucy Dalglish, professor and dean at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism; Karen Magnuson, editor and vice president/news at the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, New York; and Hollis R. Towns, executive editor and vice president/news at the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey.

The board also appointed three members for one-year terms: David Haynes, opinions editor, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Mandy Jenkins, head of news at Storyful; and Lauren Williams, managing editor at

The conference was the third joint conference held by APME and ASNE, the nation's leading organizations for news leaders.


On deadline: Last chance to register for last NewsTrain of 2016

The last NewsTrain of the year starts Friday in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Register yourself and staff at $85 per person and get ready for the best training session you will attend this year! 

Don’t forget your hotel! The hotel has a few rooms left at the discounted room rate of $109. Register and get all the information you need -- including a link to reserve a room -- at


NewsTrain 2017: Be the host with the most 

There's still time to apply to host a NewsTrain for your region of the United States or Canada next year! Why is it a big deal to host?

“It’s simply the best training ever. APME has a winning formula, combining the ‘workshop-in-a-box’ format with a customized training approach to meet the needs of the host region,” says Tina Ongkeko, managing director for member services, Newspapers Canada, and host committee chair in Toronto in 2012, Vancouver in 2014 and Halifax in 2016. “Novice reporters and senior management alike leave feeling inspired and rejuvenated about their profession. …The organization, program development and execution of NewsTrains are top-notch.”

Angie Muhs, executive editor, State Journal-Register, and host committee chair in DeKalb, Illinois, in 2015, said hosting a NewsTrain “gives you the opportunity to tailor high-quality training that will be accessible and affordable for your staff. It’s worth the investment of your time and effort.”

Interested? Read all about it here and apply by Oct. 1.



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