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APME UPDATE • Jan. 3, 2019 

Jan. 24, 2019: News Leaders Awards deadline, APME and ASNE contest entries are due
April 11-12, 2019
: Denver NewsTrain, hosted by Colorado State University and the Colorado Press Association
April 30, 2019: Apply to host a NewsTrain workshopin 2020.

Sept. 9-10, 2019: News Leaders Association Conference at New Orleans Marriott
Sept. 27, 2019: Milwaukee NewsTrain, hosted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Oct. 18-19
: Austin NewsTrain
, hosted by GateHouse Media and the Austin American-Statesman

October 2019
: Albuquerque NewsTrain
, hosted by the University of New Mexico in conjunction with the New Mexico Press Association

If you have news about news, news leaders or newsrooms you'd like to share, send details here.

Register now for digital training at Denver NewsTrain April 11-12

Registration is open at $75 for early birds to get schooled in social, data, video, mobile and other digital skills at the Denver NewsTrain workshop April 11-12.

Because the workshop is being held in conjunction with the Colorado Press Association (CPA) Convention, CPA members can register for NewsTrain at a discounted rate.

If you or your media organization is not a member of CPA, register at for the early-bird rate of $75 for 1.5 days of training; the first 20 to register will qualify for a free AP Stylebook.

The draft agenda (PDF), planned by a host committee of local journalists led by Colorado State University’s Department of Journalism and Media Communication, includes sessions on:

  • Social-media branding, led by Anthony Quintano, who's overseen social strategy for NBC News, the "Today" show, and Honolulu Civil Beat;
  • Data-driven enterprise reporting, led by Burt Hubbard, a data journalist who has worked with the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain PBS and 9News;
  • Social-media reporting;
  • Smartphone-video shooting and editing, led by Geoffrey Roth, who built the first iPhone-based TV newsroom in the country;
  • Storytelling for mobile audiences; led by Christy Robinson, digital coordinator for public media station KERA in North Texas; and
  • Becoming a verification ninja, led by Kelly Jones, news-intelligence journalist with, which provides social-media verification to media and business clients.

Because of NewsTrain’s emphasis on immediately usable skills, attendees often rate its interactive training as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and useful.

“Ya’ll ARE AWESOME. I didn’t want to leave the lectures to use the bathroom because they were so good,” wrote Phoenix NewsTrain attendee Chase Budnieski, a journalism student at Arizona State University.

The workshop will be at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center in suburban Denver.

The concurrent Colorado Press Association’s annual convention, April 11-13, will feature an additional day of training, meetings and keynote speakers, as well as a job fair, plus awards ceremonies for both the association’s Colorado Better Newspaper Contest and the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters contest.

#DenverNewsTrain will be the 93rd such workshop organized by the Associated Press Media Editors. APME, a nonprofit group of newsroom leaders, has sponsored NewsTrain since 2003, training more than 7,500 journalists and visiting every U.S. state and three Canadian provinces. NewsTrain last visited Denver in 2005 and Colorado (in Colorado Springs) in 2013.

Other NewsTrains in 2019 will be in:

  • Milwaukee on Sept. 27,
  • Austin on Oct. 18-19, and
  • Albuquerque in October.

To learn when registration opens and trainers are named for these fall workshops, please provide an email address:

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

Valarie J. Bell (right), lecturer in the University of North Texas’ Mayborn School of Journalism, coaches Jacquinette Murphy of the Lancaster, Texas, school district at NewsTrain in Denton, Texas, on Sept. 22, 2018. Photo by Hatch Visuals.

Deadline is nigh! Enter your best work in the 2019 News Leaders Awards

The American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors announce the first annual News Leaders Awards. The News Leaders Awards reflect the merging of these tradition-rich organizations in honoring excellence and innovation in journalism. They will replace the ASNE Awards and APME Awards, blending hallmarks of both contests.


All news websites, news services (including radio, TV stations and magazines) and newspapers in the United States are eligible to enter. Outside the United States, news organizations that are headed by an active member of ASNE or APME are also eligible. Each nominating organization must create its own account to enter. To submit entries to the 2019 News Leaders Awards, please click here.


All entries must have been published originally, whether in print or online, in 2018, except for the Batten Medal and O’Brien Fellowship Award, which can include work published over a two-year period (Jan. 1, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2018). All entries must be submitted in English. The work of a journalist or team can be entered in more than one category but will be selected as a winner in no more than one. The work of both employees and freelance contributors is eligible.


Organizations can submit up to three entries per category. Individuals from eligible organizations may self-enter even if the organization submits three entries. No minimum number of articles/digital components is required in each category. Be sure to read all of the rules and category descriptions before submitting entries. Entrants in the News Leaders Awards should read each category closely to make sure rules are followed. Deviations from the rules may result in disqualification.

All entries must be submitted by
11:59 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019.

There is a nonrefundable handling fee of $75 per entry.

Questions can be answered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST Monday-Friday. Contact ASNE Senior Information Specialist Megan Morrison at or ASNE Senior Communications Assistant Deena Kahn at or 573-882-2430.

Winners will be announced in the spring and will be recognized at the NLA (ASNE-APME) conference, September 9-10 in New Orleans. Registration for the 2019 NLA conference is open, register now!

Department of Interior's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) changes

  • During one of the "downest" of downtimes in recent memory - on the Friday between Christmas and New Years during a government shutdown - proposed changes to the Department of Interior's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") regulations were published to the Federal Register. This opens a 30-day filing window during which interested parties can comment on the proposed changes. 
    The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NPRM") recommends, among others, the following changes:
    Allowing the agency to impose a monthly limit for processing records in order "to treat FOIA requesters equitably by responding to a greater number of FOIA requests each month" (which is unprecedented and potentially unconstitutional);
  • Redefining time "limits" for responding under the law as time "frames" (as though these are not mandated response deadlines but instead recommended times for responding);
  • Requiring that separate requests be sent to each component of an agency that might have responsive records and further noting that each individual agency component effectively acts as its own agency, refusing to forward your request to other components if they may have records (which will actually lead to an increase in overall requests and increased denials of requests);
  • Significantly changing the law's requirement that a requester "reasonably describe" the records sought by adding requirements to prohibit "extremely broad or vague" requests requiring research or those requiring agency to locate, review, redact, or arrange for inspection of a vast quantity of material (both of which are themselves broad and vague definitions giving rise to the possibility that the agency can interpret any request in a way that allows it to reject or delay the request);
  • Removes requirement that processing begin within 10 days of receipt of the request itself (which will delay the receipt of records);
  • Makes it harder to obtain records via expedited processing by creating several procedural hurdles that previously didn't exist and adding substantive barriers as well;
  • Increasing the burden on those seeking a fee waiver by allowing the agency to make value judgments as to how a request will serve the public interest in considering a fee waiver request while, at the same time, requiring the requester to state with more specificity how the request will contribute to public interest.

Again, these are just the most egregious changes; there are others. As far as we can tell, there is just one positive change: requesters who must appeal a FOIA denial will now have 90 days in which to file that appeal rather than the existing thirty days.
The Interior Department justifies these changes on "exponential increases in requests and litigation." The NPRM cites a thirty percent increase in FOIA requests from Fiscal Year 2016 to Fiscal Year 2018, with the Office of the Secretary experiencing a 210% increase during that period. On the litigation side, there were 129 active cases in litigation at the close of Fiscal Year 2018 (which occurred on September 30, 2018), compared to just 6 at the end of FY 2015 and 30 at the end of FY 2016.
In other words, as interest in oversight of the activities of the Department of the Interior is at an all-time high, the Department wants to cap the amount of requests, give itself permission to take longer in responding to filed requests, limit expedited processing of requests, and make it harder to get fee waivers where the public interest demands. None of the proposed changes, it should be noted, are likely to make it easier for the Department to process existing requests. They all seem calculated, at first glance, to excuse the Department's failure to follow the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.
Comments are due on or before Jan. 28, 2019. They can be filed via the Federal eRulemaking Portal, found at (follow the instructions on the website for submitting comments) or via U.S. mail, courier, or hand delivery (send to: Executive Secretariat-FOIA regulations, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240

Sunshine Week: seeking 2018 journalism wins

Dear friends and colleagues,

Thank you all for the incredible work you do and for continuously proving just how important journalism is to our society.

Sunshine Week will be upon us before you know it, and with it comes a great opportunity to highlight some successful journalism wins from over the last year. This can include stories of communities helped through journalistic efforts, good accountability work from this past year's election campaigns' coverage, or anything that you feel was an example of good journalism having a positive impact.

If you, your newsroom or someone you know has any notable journalism efforts that you believe should be spotlighted during Sunshine Week, we'd love to hear about it!

Please submit all examples of positive, impactful journalism from 2018 here!


ASNE, APME and The Associated Press

We'd like your suggestions for the 2019 News Leaders Association (ASNE-APME) conference

Dear colleagues and friends,

Planning is underway for the 2019 NLA (ASNE-APME) annual conference in New Orleans. We want to hear your ideas for programming, specifically what you want to hear, learn and see at this event. Your ideas will help ensure our New Orleans conference will be a success!

Have a session you want to suggest? A speaker you think we should invite? A topic we should tackle? We want to know about it. Please take a few moments to let us know your thoughts by clicking here:

The deadline for suggestions is Jan. 15, 2019.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in New Orleans in September!


Audrey Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle Editor in Chief, and Dennis Anderson, (Peoria) Journal Star Executive Editor, 2019 conference chairs

Questions? Contact Audrey Cooper at

Register now for 2019 News Leaders Association Conference in New Orleans

Join the Associated Press Media Editors and American Society of News Editors on Sept. 9-10, 2019, at the New Orleans Marriott. The two organizations are on track to merge and become the stronger News Leaders Association in 2019.

You can reserve your spot now at what will be a unique, invaluable experience. More details as they unfold.


The registration fee is $275 for members of APME and ASNE and $375 for nonmembers. 

Special rates are also available for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents.

Lunch tickets are not included in the price of registration. Don't forget to purchase Monday and Tuesday lunch tickets during registration. If you do not purchase lunch tickets at the time of registration, then you can do so later through the online store.

And don't forget to register your spouse/companion! 


A terrific group rate is available at the New Orleans Marriott for $179 per night. To book a room, click here or call 504-581-1000 and mention the ASNE-APME event. 


Stay tuned for more details at and or email us for more information.

RJI offers fellowships for 2019. Apply now!

The Reynolds Journalism Institute is now accepting applications for 2019-20 fellows and we thought you might have some great candidates in your networks. Can you help us get the word out?

RJI is looking to advance new products, services, ideas and storytelling techniques with funding, mentoring, testing and promotion. RJI offers three types of fellowships. Residential fellows earn $80,000 and spend eight months at the Missouri School of Journalism. Want to work from your home base? We offer $20,000 non-residential fellowships. Newsrooms and civil society organizations can apply for institutional fellowships that offer $20,000 stipends. All three options include additional funds for travel, technical development and marketing. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2019.

Full details:

Editors on call

Would you like some advice from an experienced newsroom leader?

APME has put together a list of on-call editors willing to offer you strategic and practical advice on nearly two dozen different topics, from ethics to legal issues, to digital best practices, to upfront story coaching and newsroom budgeting.

We don’t want to replace the conversations you have in your own newsrooms, but we can be a resource when no one else is around to ask, when you need a second opinion, when you wonder if there’s another way or if you just need help framing the right questions.

The members of APME bring decades of journalism experience to the table.

We’ve spent years helping each other cope with a fast-changing industry, learning to produce and showcase our best journalism on multiple platforms. We’ve become adept at adapting while remaining committed to our watchdog role, to reflecting our diverse communities in our newsrooms and to ethical truth telling.

Now we want to broaden the circle and help develop newsroom leaders from coast to coast to strengthen journalism for all. You don’t need to be a member of APME; we’re here to help everyone.

Give our list of editors a look and connect.


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 'I don’t want the kids to stay here and get stuck like me.'

Austin American-Statesman: Statesman investigations forced change in 2018

Austin American-Statesman: Why Texas families are struggling to find care for adults with disabilities

New Jersey Record: College hate: White supremacists recruiting 'vulnerable' students at NJ campuses

Kansas City Star: 5 years ago KC launched effort to stop homicides. City still ranks among worst in U.S.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: When rape is reporter and something happens

Portland Press-Herald: Lack of mandated testing could expose cannabis users to toxins

Louisville Courier Journal: Journalism that changed lives: Our best investigative work from 2018

Des Moines Register: EXCLUSIVE: 2 brothers who pulled off historic lottery scam have repaid virtually nothing despite $2 million in property holdings

Des Moines Register: 15 top Register investigations of 2018: Holding the powerful accountable, pointing to solutions

The Denver Post: Almost half of Colorado’s marijuana money can go wherever lawmakers wish

The Denver Post: “Where’s all that marijuana money?” Colorado’s pot dollars help schools, but maybe not as much as you think

Los Angeles Times: Here's how Paradise ignored warnings and became a deathtrap


Are you doing great journalism that you want to shout about? Send current links and any preamble here and we'll share them with journalists, each week. Thanks for participating.


ACLU, newspaper sue over police department audit

FHCHC violates open meeting laws

Beshear: CCPL board violated open meeting laws


Are you doing great journalism that you want to shout about? Send current links and any preamble here and we'll share them with journalists, each week. Thanks for participating.


Governor allows media into inaugural gala at State House

The Baltimore Sun Names the Capital Gazette 2018 Marylander of the Year

Virus named for bored anime demon Ryuk is likely culprit in attack on Union-Tribune, other newspapers

AP’s year-end video shown in Times Square on New Year’s Eve


Have journalism news you can share? Send current links and any preamble here and we'll share them with journalists, each week. Thanks for participating.


Carney takes over as T-G editor

John I. Carney has been named editor of the Shelbyville Times-Gazette by publisher William Mitchell, effective Jan. 1.

Interim editor since Sept. 1, Carney was first hired in 1985 by the late Franklin Yates, who was the T-G's publisher for decades. Carney most recently held the title of city editor.

'Those who know John know his passion for excellent journalism,' said Mitchell. 'He has served in the T-G newsroom in several roles and I look forward to his leadership in this new role.'

Former Times-Gazette editor Mark McGee said, 'This promotion for John is well-deserved. When he worked for me during my time as editor, I quickly realized how intelligent and conscientious he was. I am certain as editor he will hold the staff to the same level of consistency he long ago established for himself.

'John has a long history with the Times-Gazette. He knows the county well. He has always been a strong supporter of Shelbyville and Bedford County on many levels. Readers can expect the T-G to thrive under his leadership.'

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Dubois County Herald: Herald undergoes management changes

John Rumbach, co-publisher and editor of The Herald and co-president of Jasper Herald Co., will retire at the end of the year.

Rumbach joined The Herald in 1973 as a general assignment reporter after graduating from the University of Notre Dame. He was named managing editor in 1976, and co-publisher and editor in 1993.

Current managing editor Justin Rumbach, John’s son, will become the fourth generation Rumbach to be publisher and editor of The Herald since A.T. Rumbach took on the role in 1919. Current Co-Publisher Dan Rumbach will move away from his newspaper duties, remaining co-president of Jasper Herald Company and focusing on company matters.

Veteran newspaper editor Lynn Adams has been named managing editor of The Herald.

John Rumbach oversaw numerous changes at The Herald during his 45-year tenure, including the creation of the Saturday feature, an expansion of the paper’s news and feature coverage and its photojournalism, the introduction of digital production and the development of online products.

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Hopkinsville newspaper announces new editor

HOPKINSVILLE -- Zirconia Alleyne has been named editor of the Kentucky New Era. She assumed the role Friday after serving as the newspaper's features and magazine editor for nearly five years.

Alleyne, 29, is a longtime Hopkinsville resident and 2008 graduate of Hopkinsville High School. Born in Germany to military parents Roger Alleyne and Magaline Ferguson, she relocated to Hopkinsville, her mother's hometown, as a young child and grew up on Durrett Avenue with her parents and older sister, Semone Alleyne.

Alleyne discovered her love for writing in first grade when her poem was published in the Hopkinsville Community College's Round Table literary magazine.

"As a career 'features' girl, it is my goal to make sure that the people of Hopkinsville remain the focal point of our front page," Alleyne said.

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