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APME UPDATE • JAN. 10, 2018 

 

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March 1, 2018
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Deadline for entries for the APME Journalism Excellence and Innovation Awards
March 24, 2018:
NewsTrain workshop in Muncie, Indiana
April 6-7, 2018: Phoenix NewsTrain
Sept. 11-12, 2018: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Austin, Texas
Fall 2018: NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
Fall 2018 or first half of 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Greenville, S.C.
March 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Toronto


Enter the 2018 Associated Press Media Editors Awards honoring journalism excellence and innovation

The Associated Press Media Editors is now accepting entries to its annual awards competition, which honors excellence and innovation in newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites.

The deadline for entries is March 1, 2018. Eligible work must have been posted, published or launched between Jan. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2017. News organizations are allowed to submit the same entry in up to two categories.

There are two notable changes in this year’s contest.

First, several awards are divided into categories based on size. In the past, size was determined by circulation or DMA ranking. Now, size is determined by the number of full-time-equivalent employees in a newsroom – all those involved in reporting, editing, visuals, multimedia, design and production. See specific award descriptions for details.

Second, the contest used to be open only to Associated Press and Canadian Press members. Now, it is open to all AP and CP customers, as well as members.

The fee remains $75 per entry for APME members, $100 per entry for non-APME members. For those who submit three or more entries, the fee is discounted to $60 per entry for members, and $85 per entry for non-members. For universities and college students, the fee remains $25 per entry.

Awards will be presented at the 2018 APME-ASNE Conference, Sept. 11-12, in Austin, Texas. A highlight of the conference: Finalists for the Innovator of the Year Award will make presentations, with the winner selected on-site by attendees.

The first step in entering is signing up as an "entrant" at the APME contest site at http://bit.ly/2018APMEawards. Please keep your entrant username and password. You will need it to return to the site to edit or add more entries before submitting them for judging. Submit all entries before accessing the payment page to check out.

For more information, click here


APME INSTANT CITATIONS

Associated Press leadership can nominate work and actions by AP members and customers to receive the APME Instant Citation for going above and beyond to contribute to the cooperative's news report. Nominees receive a certificate and letter from the APME president.

"Dwayne Desaulniers, AP regional director - Northeast USA, has nominated the Middletown Times Herald Record, for an APME Instant Citation.

"Twice in one week, Middletown Times Herald Record photo editor Elaine Ruxton went above and beyond and coordinated the very timely delivery of breaking news photos to the A.P.

"On Monday, November 20, the Times Herald Record provided two photos of the explosion at the Verla International cosmetics plant in New Windsor, N.Y. The photos, by Allyse Pullman, arrived within minutes of our request.

"On Sunday, November 26, the Times Herald Record provided a photo, also by Allyse Pullman, from a shooting at the Galleria at Crystal Run shopping center. This photo was also delivered quickly."


Train in social, mobile, data, graphics, writing, open records, digital tools and more at Phoenix NewsTrain on April 6-7, 2018

Phoenix NewsTrain will offer a day and a half of digital training on April 6 and 7, 2018, at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Early-bird registration is $75 through March 6; the rate increases to $85 on March 7.

Sessions include:

  • 10 habits of highly effective open-records users
  • How to write short AND well
  • Getting your story read: maximizing and measuring social media for branding and audience engagement
  • Mining data for enterprise stories off any beat
  • Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices
  • Creating simple graphics for mobile
  • Meet the best digital reporting tools
  • What's missing in border and immigration coverage

Competitive diversity scholarships are available for journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds; Apply by Feb. 20.

Experience NewsTrain’s highly rated training; attendees regularly judge sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly useful and highly effective. “This is the best hands-on collection of practical sessions with knowledgeable ‘in-the-field’ instructors I’ve experienced,” said 2016 attendee Kelly Shiers.

Your accomplished trainers include

  • Sarah Cohen, Knight Chair in data journalism at the Cronkite School.

  • David Cuillier, associate professor and director of the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

  • Laura E. Davisdigital news director of the Annenberg Media Center at the University of Southern California.

    Courtland Jeffrey, data visualizer at KNXV-ABC15.

  • Jessica Pucci, Ethics and Excellence professor of practice, data analysis and audience engagement at the Cronkite School.

  • Vanessa Ruiz, director of the Cronkite News Borderlands team and professor of practice at the Cronkite School.

  • Fernanda Santos, Southwest Borderlands Initiative professor of practice at the Cronkite School.

  • Jim Small, executive director and editor of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.

  • Evan Wyloge, senior reporter for the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.

Please register by March 6 to get the early-bird rate of just $75, including meals. Discounted hotel rooms start at $129 a night, plus tax.

Register today! NewsTrains often sell out. Plus, the first 20 registrants receive a free AP Stylebook.

Phoenix NewsTrain will be the 90th such workshop organized by Associated Press Media Editors (APME) in collaboration with a host committee of local journalists. The nonprofit organization of newsroom leaders has sponsored NewsTrain since 2003, training more than 7,300 journalists in cities across the United States and Canada.

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER: bit.ly/PhoenixNewsTrain


For just $75, train in social, video, mobile, data and beat mapping at Muncie, Indiana, NewsTrain on March 24

APME’s NewsTrain is bringing affordable training in digital-journalism skills to Muncie, Indiana, on March 24.

Early-bird registration is $75 for a full Saturday of training at Ball State University. Sessions include:

  • Mobile newsgathering: better reporting with your smartphone,
  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools,
  • Shooting short, shareable smartphone video,
  • Better time management with beat mapping, and
  • Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Competitive diversity scholarships are available to journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds. Apply by Feb 12.

Experience NewsTrain’s highly rated training; attendees regularly judge sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly useful and highly effective. “This is the best hands-on collection of practical sessions with knowledgeable ‘in-the-field’ instructors I’ve experienced,” said 2016 attendee Kelly Shiers.

Your accomplished trainers include

  • Linda Austin, project director for NewsTrain.
  • Amy Bartnerdowntown reporter for The Indianapolis Star and its former social media editor and engagement manager.
  • John Russell, investigative reporter at the Indianapolis Business Journal.
  • Val Hoeppner, director of the Center for Innovation in Media at Middle Tennessee State University.

Please register by Feb. 24 to get the early-bird rate of just $75, including meals. Discounted hotel rooms on campus start at $68 a night, plus tax.

Register today! NewsTrains often sell out. Plus, the first 20 registrants receive a free AP Stylebook.

Muncie NewsTrain will be the 89th such workshop organized by Associated Press Media Editors (APME) in collaboration with a host committee of local journalists. The nonprofit organization of newsroom leaders has sponsored NewsTrain since 2003, training more than 7,300 journalists in cities across the United States and Canada.

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER: bit.ly/MuncieNewsTrain.


Survey extended: Help research about role, status of women in communication

In the communication industries of today, change is the new normal. This survey is designed to examine the roles and status of women communication professionals, including the types of positions they hold, the role mentoring has played in their careers and their access to management opportunities in all of the major communication industries. 

This study, a second national survey, is being conducted by the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in the College of Communication, Architecture & the Arts at Florida International University.

The survey is being distributed to leading professional associations in newspaper, magazine, online and broadcast journalism, and advertising and public relations. The survey was first administered in 2015, the first time in at least a decade that all of these industries were being surveyed at the same time. This survey replicates the first survey. 

The Kopenhaver Center will release the results of this study in early 2018 and share with APME.

Your participation is voluntary, and your responses are anonymous. The survey should take you no more than 20 minutes to complete. Click here to take the survey by Feb. 16

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Lillian A. Abreu at the Kopenhaver Center at labreu@fiu.edu or 305-919-4065.

Early bird registration is open for 2018 News Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas

Book now to lock in 2017 prices for the 2018 ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 11 and 12 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.
 
Costs may go up, but the training is invaluable and you can lock last year's price in now. Stay tuned for more details, but we are building on the success of 2017's conference in Washington, D.C., to shine in 2018.

Book now to meet your budget needs.

Registration

To register for the conference: The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers. 

Special rates are also available for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Lunch tickets and hotel registration will be available at a later date.

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Des Moines Register: An aging, childless Iowa
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Baltimore Sun: Wind power faces gusts of opposition
New York Times: Out of chaos, Trump reshapes immigration
Charlotte Observer: 45 prison officers fired for sleeping since 2012

WATCHDOG ROUNDUP


OPEN RECORDS / FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

US appeals court: Idaho spying ban at farms unconstitutional
Georgia politicians, officials score with free game tickets
Organization files lawsuit against Greitens over use of app
Records: Secret recordings cost prison official his job
Colorado pays $55,000 to 2 women over sexual harassment
Media coalition files complaint regarding open records
AP: Author, publisher won't back down on explosive Trump book

READ MORE


INDUSTRY NEWS

Nonprofit Quarterly: Nonprofit journalism is growing
Media group: 81 reporters died, threats soared in 2017
AP: Russian hackers targeted more than 200 journalists globally
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Trade dispute involving newsprint worries newspapers
Poynter: Gannett fires Vermont editor after controversial tweets
BBC's China editor resigns over gender pay gap dispute
Poynter: Pew study shows local TV news viewership declining
Baltimore Sun plans summer move from longtime headquarters
San Francisco Examiner will cut back to 3 newspapers a week
Firm files $5.75m bid for Boston Herald
Hearst buys Pennsylvania publisher Rodale
Newspaper chairman resigns after spanking allegations
New York Times: Vice Media puts two executives on leave
Times will keep reporter accused of sexual misconduct
List bans 'fake news,' 'covfefe' and 'let me ask you this'

READ THE ROUNDUP


EDITORS IN THE NEWS

Monitor names Michael Rodriguez as new deputy editor

The Monitor in McAllen, Texas, has promoted a Rio Grande Valley journalist and seasoned newsroom leader to oversee its editorial coverage, together with the newspaper’s publisher. Michael Rodriguez will have the title of deputy editor. Rodriguez, 36, is a native of San Benito who previously served in a dual capacity as metro editor for The Monitor and editor of its sister paper, the Mid-Valley Town Crier.

Connecticut editor Chris Powell is retiring

Chris Powell – the managing editor of the Journal Inquirer in Manchester, Connecticut, since 1974 – will retire from the newspaper in January. Powell, 67, joined the paper upon graduating from high school in 1967, working in the press and circulation departments as well as the news department before settling in the news department as a reporter and then an editor while attending the University of Connecticut. From 1974 to 1992 he was also the newspaper’s editorial page editor.

John Roach takes over as top editor at Centre Daily Times

The Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, has a new top editor. Veteran journalist John Roach took over as executive editor after spending five years at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, most recently in the job of sports manager. Before working in New Orleans, he was a senior producer in digital media for NBCSports.com. He replaces John Boogert, who left to work at The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Kim Cox named city editor of The Paris (Texas) News

Kim Cox has been named the city editor for The Paris (Texas) News, according to Publisher Relan Walker. Cox comes to The News from The Marshall News Messenger, where she worked a variety of jobs. Cox has previously worked for The Longview News-Journal, as a copy editor; for The Pittsburg Gazette as a reporter; for The Gladewater Mirror, as an ad builder; and for The Sanger Courier, as a reporter.


IN MEMORIAM

Janet Elder, a top editor at the New York Times, dies at 61

Janet Elder, who in a three-decade career at The New York Times rose from reporter to deputy managing editor, along the way spending many years as the editor of news surveys and election analysis, has died. She was 61.

Dean Baquet, the paper's executive editor, announced the death to the staff. Elder had been undergoing treatment for cancer. She lived in Manhattan.

Elder became one of the highest-ranking women in the Times newsroom, in charge of the administrative side of the news operation. But colleagues cited an unofficial role as well, as chief counselor, hand-holder, fixer and sympathetic ear to the rest of the staff.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/21/obituaries/janet-elder-a-top-editor-at-the-times-is-dead-at-61.html?_r=0

Journalist Simeon Booker, chronicler of civil rights, dies

Simeon Booker, the Washington bureau chief of Jet and Ebony magazines for five decades, died Dec. 10 at an assisted-living community in Solomons, Maryland. He was 99 and had recently been hospitalized for pneumonia, said his wife, Carol Booker.

Few reporters risked more to chronicle the civil rights movement than Mr. Booker. He was the first full-time black reporter for The Washington Post, serving on the newspaper’s staff for two years before joining Johnson Publishing Co. to write for Jet, a weekly, and Ebony, a monthly modeled on Life magazine, in 1954. He helped bring the story of the killing of Emmett Till to the public.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/simeon-booker-intrepid-chronicler-of-civil-rights-struggle-for-jet-and-ebony-dies-at-99/2017/12/10/9a4c22b8-ddcc-11e7-8679-a9728984779c_story.html?utm_term=.17f698daa621

Former Illinois publisher Charles Deitz passes

The former publisher of the Mt. Vernon (Illinois) Register-News and Times-Leader, Charles "Chick" Deitz, has died.

Deitz worked at the Register-News and Times-Leader for more than 50 years. He started his career in newspapers as a teenager, working after school and on Saturdays at his hometown newspaper, the Times-Leader.

He continued working for the two newspapers, serving as production manager and in other capacities until his promotion to publisher. He served as the publisher of the two newspapers until his retirement in 2004. Deitz and his brothers — Bob and Dick — served the newspaper for many years before their retirement.

Read more: http://www.register-news.com/news/former-publisher-passes/article_e64168b0-f4ef-11e7-b213-4bdaa8a35434.html


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