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Dec. 19, 2013


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


APME Is Seeking a Project Manager for its NewsTrain Program

Job description

The Associated Press Media Editors seeks a project manager for its signature NewsTrain Project.

NewsTrain provides regional training workshops for news leaders, especially frontline editors who are leading rapidly changing digitally focused newsrooms. NewsTrain has provided leadership and journalism skills training to more than 6,000 frontline editors in the United States and Canada since its inception almost 11 years ago.

The project manager plans and produces NewsTrain training workshops for the APME in locations throughout the United States and Canada. This is an independent contract position that reports to a committee of the APME board. The position is funded through grants and donations secured annually by the board for the following year. The initial term is for one year, with renewal dependent upon funding.


1. Plan and produce workshops based on the NewsTrain process/model. This includes:

  • Selecting sites and workshop dates (currently up to four a year);
  • Assembling and leading a planning committee at each site;
  • Holding a planning meeting at each site to create the program, plan logistics and divvy up tasks;
  • Recruiting and coaching faculty members on their seminar material;
  • Building an agenda that meets the stated needs of the planning group and can be effectively run in the available room space;
  • Supervising and working with the NewsTrain program assistant (another contract position), to ensure the timely and accurate completion of logistical, financial and administrative tasks;
  • Managing workshop registration on the APME website; and
  • Running the workshops successfully (in person) for hosts, faculty or participants.

2. Work with the APME board committee to select workshop sites.

3. Conduct workshops within a process/model that has been approved by funders and donors and is overseen by a committee of the APME board.

4. Collect and evaluate feedback from participants and hosts after each workshop. Strive to continually improve or adapt workshops to the changing needs of the industry.

5. Manage the NewsTrain portion of the APME website.

6. Attend APME board meetings and report to the APME board about each workshop.

7. Contribute information for reports that the APME board committee prepares for funders.


The successful candidate will be a seasoned newsroom veteran with 10+ years of experience, and experience operating successful newsroom training programs. Must be able to work independently and flexibly; demonstrate an understanding of the learning needs of newsrooms; demonstrate an understanding of how to create effective training seminars; manage oversight of the program overall; manage every content and logistical aspect of each workshop; travel to sites around North America; and work within a budget.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume detailing credentials, qualifications and experience to Deadline for applications is Jan. 15, 2014.



Be a Virtual Mentor: Take Part in an APME-Maynard Institute Partnership

APME is pleased to partner with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education to offer virtual mentoring to journalists on 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 LogoApply now to host a NewsTrain Workshop 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,

New AP e-book recommends free attractions across U.S.

The Associated Press has published an e-book collecting its correspondents’ recommendations of five free things to see and do in 45 top destinations across the United States.

Titled "Five Free Things,” the e-book is an insider’s travel guide. For each stop – from San Diego to Milwaukee to Portland, Maine – readers will find an itinerary with five essential places or experiences that are all free of charge. These include historic sites, museums, monuments, churches, architecture and art. The guide points readers across historic bridges, aboard scenic ferries and through the best neighborhoods. It also includes tips on hikes, trails, beaches, markets, parks, gardens and scenic views.

"Five Free Things" grew out of a popular weekly series of the same name published by AP. Every list is curated by AP journalists who live, work and play in the places they write about. It’s full of information not only about well-known attractions, but also hidden diversions that only a local would know about.

Every local AP writer answered the following questions to help enhance the travel experience: Where would you take a visitor? Where do you go to experience this city? What are the "musts” that define your destination as long as they don’t cost a thing?

"AP’s unique footprint across the 50 states allowed us to create a definitive travel guide that gets beyond the tourist basics,” said Lou Ferrara, vice president and managing editor at AP. "We’re thrilled to make this terrific series available in one place, providing expert advice about the most beautiful, meaningful, interesting and unique spots in the country.”

The book is available electronically for $4.99 on for Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook, and is expected to be available at the Apple iTunes bookstore in early 2014.


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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