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Dec. 12, 2013


• Sept. 15-17, 2014, ASNE-APME Conference, Chicago


Maynard Institute seeks virtual mentors for journalists

APME is pleased to partner with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education to offer virtual mentoring to journalists are careers, news coverage, training and development and leadership.

Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in serving as an editor-in-residence for the Maynard Institute's online mentorship program. This is just one of the Maynard Insitute's exciting events planned for The Front Door Project, a new initiative aimed at realizing Bob Maynard's vision for fair and accurate media coverage for all. The Institute is in the process of recruiting participants for the yearlong program, which begins January 2014.

The Maynard Institute is looking for editors who will each serve one-week stints as an editor-in-residence, answering online questions from young journalists about careers, coverage and other topics.

If you are interested in being a part of the program, please contact Evelyn Hsu at the Maynard Institute, The Maynard Institute is hoping for robust participation from APME member editors.

NewsTrain LogoDeadline Extended for Applications for NewsTrain Workshops in 2014

NewsTrain is a national touring workshop sponsored by APME that serves journalists in their own cities. Programs are designed to provide training in the skills, knowledge, and information needed in a rapidly changing media setting, at an affordable cost. NewsTrain's core audience includes frontline editors, department heads, and senior editors – people who edit and manage print and digital news platforms. Reporters, copy editors, visual journalists, online producers, and college journalism educators are also welcome and find NewsTrain programs valuable.

Deadline for applications: Jan. 30, 2014

Here's how:

In order to hold a NewsTrain workshop in your city, a few basic requirements need to be considered.

Host Committee: Each workshop is developed by NewsTrain staff and a local host committee. The host committee consists of 6-10 representatives from local or regional news organizations, regional AP bureaus, state press groups, journalism association chapters, and college journalism schools.

Attendance: Our target for attendance is 85 to 100 people. Host committees are responsible for promoting the workshop and recruiting participants.

Costs: Registration is $75 per person. Host committees are responsible for providing the venue and food service. Host committees receive $35 from each $75 registration fee to cover or help offset venue and food costs. NewsTrain covers all other costs.

Planning: The host committee works with NewsTrain staff to plan the workshop, manage registrations, and run the workshop. Host committees work closely with the NewsTrain Project Director through all phases.

Once your area has been selected to host a NewsTrain workshop, the host committee will receive a packet of planning tools and begin working with the NewsTrain Project Director. Planning begins six months before the workshop.

To download an application:

For more details or to request a NewsTrain workshop in your area, contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director,

Don’t Forget APME in Your End-of-the-Year Giving: Holiday Mug, Ambassadorships, Lifetime Membership

APME wants to mug you.

Give $80 this holiday season to support APME in its 80th year, and we'll send you one of these stylish mugs.

Tax-deductible donations to the APME Foundation assist newsroom leaders by providing training and ideas, protecting First Amendment rights, safeguarding Freedom of Information and fostering innovation and watchdog journalism.

Another way to help: Become a NewsTrain Ambassador with a donation of $100 or more. The low-cost, high-impact NewsTrain traveling short-course program is 10 years old and remains wildly popular. NewsTrain will make four stops in 2014.

And consider joining APME or renewing your membership heading into a momentous year that includes an unprecedented joint conference with the American Society of News Editors Sept. 15-17 in Chicago. Memberships are $150 a year, with $50 student memberships available. Also offered are $75 for associate members and retirees.

Or, for $800, you can become a lifetime member in recognition of the 80th anniversary.

Members receive discounts on APME Journalism Excellence Contest fees and annual conference registration, which more than pays for your membership.

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Applications Open: The AP-NORC Journalism Fellowship on Resilience and Recovery

Stories about natural and manmade disasters have become, sadly, an all-too-familiar element of the news. While there is ample coverage of them while the disaster is unfolding—Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, mass shootings, and the Gulf oil spill are just a few examples—in most cases coverage fades when the immediate disaster is past.

With funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, which has a long-standing commitment to support work on the issue of resilience, the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research will sponsor a 9-month Fellowship in which a journalist will receive special training and a significant opportunity to do high-impact journalism on issues related to economic, psychological, and social resilience.

The Fellowship is designed to provide time to explore community resilience in all its forms. The daily workflow of most newsrooms often prevents reporters from taking the time they need to acquire the skills and background needed to synthesize and interpret the scope of the story, how it ties one community to another, and what might be learned so that policy makers can take action.

In addition, there is a wealth of cutting edge information about resilience and recovery that is being collected and analyzed at research institutions around the world on resilience and its definition and measurement that is never delivered into the public domain. Journalists too often lack the time and the tools to uncover these sources for stories that illuminate what is known about resilience.

The AP-NORC Journalism Fellowship on Resilience and Recovery will train a person in the skills needed to do research-based enterprise journalism about community resilience in all its forms. The Fellowship will have an impact that will reach far beyond the fellowship term. The journalist will return to the newsroom with new skills and background to continue to report on resilience and recovery issues, and share that knowledge with colleagues. It is anticipated that over time other journalists will receive the same training, leading to a cadre of experts skilled in the use of research to tell some of the most important stories of the day.

For more information and application material, go to:


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