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APME Update, Oct. 30, 2014
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APME UPDATE – Oct. 30, 2014



Nov. 7 – Deadline for submitting entries for Great Ideas of the Quarter

Dec. 10 – Deadline for submitting applications to host NewsTrain in 2015

Feb. 27 – Deadline for APME Journalism Excellence Awards


APME Journalism Excellence Awards: Deadline Friday, Feb. 27

APME announced that the deadline for the 2014 APME Journalism Excellence Awards will be Friday, Feb. 27.

The awards honor superior journalism and innovation among newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites in the United States and Canada. They seek to promote excellence by recognizing work that is innovative, well-written and incisively reported and has outstanding multimedia.

A special award honors innovation by colleges and universities, and a new category recognizes news organizations that build strong ties to their communities.

All awards will be presented for journalism published or launched between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014. A news organization can enter as many categories as it wants, but is limited to entering a specific body of work in no more than two categories.

New this year is the Community Engagement Award. It will be given to news organizations that best demonstrate the ability to provide effective dialogue with their communities and/or seek partnerships that sustain the dialogue and encourage more community dialogue.

Other categories include: 45th Annual Public Service Awards, 45th Annual First Amendment Awards and Citations, Innovator of the Year Award for newspapers, Innovator of the Year Award for college students, Innovator of the Year for radio and TV, Best Mobile Platform, Digital Storytelling Awards and International Perspective Awards.


Does your newspaper or media company do something special?

Please share it with the Associated Press Media Editors' "Great Ideas of the Quarter," which features the best and brightest ideas from around the industry.

Your Great Idea can be for print or digital. It can be something new and innovative or a fresh take on something you do every day.

Past Great Ideas have featured ideas on audience engagement, multimedia, niche products/sections/sites, quick- turnaround packages, holidays’ coverage, revenue generators, social media, streaming live/broadcast, video, alternative story forms, database reporting, diversity and more.

Click here for a form to submit entries and upload images to accompany your idea:

The deadline to submit entries for this quarter is Nov. 7.

Questions: Please contact Alison Gerber, editor, Chattanooga Times Free Press



APME’s NewsTrain is looking for four lucky cities to host a NewsTrain workshop in 2015, its 12th year of providing high-quality, low-cost training to journalists where they live. Successful applicants help shape a one- or two-day workshop to the needs of journalists in their area.

NewsTrain attendees return to their newsrooms energized, inspired and with skills they can use right away. As one attendee tweeted this year: “Thought I was crazy to drive through night to get to workshop…One presenter down: would have walked here.”

What’s required to apply?

  • Form a host committee consisting of media outlets, organizations and schools in your region. (The backbone of such a group may already exist in the form of a state APME, broadcast or press organization.)

  • Compose a cover letter on why a NewsTrain workshop should come to your town and complete the application at

  • By Dec. 10, email the cover letter and application to Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director, at

In addition to helping plan the program, the host committee secures a venue for the workshop, negotiates a discounted hotel rate, handles the catering and, most importantly, aggressively markets the workshop locally to achieve the attendance target of 100 journalists, journalism students and journalism educators. It receives $35 of each registrant’s $75 fee to cover its costs.

APME’s NewsTrain staff does the rest, including engaging top-notch trainers, organizing the program, providing online registration, delivering all training materials and marketing the workshop nationally.

For the topics NewsTrain workshops included this year, please see the slides and handouts at Your region’s workshop can include these topics or others your committee deems relevant.

Questions? Visit or email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director, at

Please send in your application by Dec. 10!  Applicants will be notified early in 2015 of their status.


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