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APME Update, Nov. 20, 2014
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APME UPDATE – Nov. 20, 2014




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

Feb. 27 – Deadline for APME Journalism Excellence Awards

Oct. 16-18, 2015 – ASNE-APME conference at Stanford University.



ASNE, APME and the Associated Press Photo Managers will hold a joint conference in 2015 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Please save these dates: Friday, Oct. 16 - Sunday, Oct. 18.

We’ll start late on Friday afternoon and continue until Sunday evening, and since we’ll be in Silicon Valley, we’ll put extra emphasis on our digital future.


Our hotel, the Sheraton Palo Alto, at 625 El Camino Real, is a short walk from the Stanford University campus buildings where we’ll be meeting. And we have a terrific nightly rate of only $169.

We’ll build on the success we had at the first joint ASNE-APME conference in Chicago, and a committee representing both organizations already has started planning the 2015 conference, including programming and fundraising.


We’ll have more details soon on conference registration and booking a room.


Newsroom managers are spending a good portion of their time these days working on their 2015 budgets. The Associated Press Media Editors would like to know what kind of strategy editors are using to preserve resources for the mission of journalism.

The following questions are designed to gather the latest information on decisions being made in newsrooms across the country.

APME asks you to complete the survey by Monday, Nov. 24.

The link:

Password: Budgets

Results will appear in APME publications.

In case of access problems, email for assistance.

Thanks in advance for participating.

DON’T MISS OUT: Apply to Bring a NewsTrain Workshop to Your Journalists

APME’s NewsTrain is taking applications to host a NewsTrain workshop in 2015, its 12th year of providing high-quality, low-cost training to journalists. 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.

APME Journalism Excellence Awards: Deadline Friday, Feb. 27

The deadline for the 2014 APME Journalism Excellence Awards is 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.


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