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APME UPDATE • Jan. 17, 2019 

Jan. 28, 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.

2019 News Leaders Association Awards DEADLINE EXTENDED

The American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors announce the first annual News Leaders Association Awards. The News Leaders Association 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 Association Awards, please click here.

The deadline to submit entries has been extended to11:59 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. No late entries will be accepted.

Winners will be announced in the spring and will be recognized at the NLA (ASNE-APME) conference, Sept. 9-10 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

First 20 registrants for Denver NewsTrain's highly rated digital training get free AP Stylebook

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.

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!

The deadline to submit 2018 journalism wins is Jan. 22, 2019.


ASNE, APME and The Associated Press

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.

Amnesty International USA to host media awards ceremony honoring excellence in human rights reporting

After a decade-long hiatus, Amnesty International USA will once again recognize excellence in human rights reporting and the vital role of a free press at an awards ceremony on April 3. The Amnesty International USA 2019 Media Awards will be held in New York City and are now accepting entries for submission.

“In a world where speaking truth to power is as important as ever, the role of journalists cannot be overestimated,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “An informed public is critical in creating a world that is more just for everyone. That’s why it’s our honor to recognize those whose work has made a difference.”

The AIUSA Media Awards will honor excellence in reporting on domestic and international issues within the U.S. press, as well as recognize outstanding student reporting. Submissions will be judged by a panel of media professionals. Information on judges and host of this year’s awards are forthcoming.

Entries can now be submitted at:

The closing date for entries is Feb. 15, 2019

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.


The New York Times: F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia

The (Toledo) Blade: A tale of two jails: As Franklin County's goes up, Lucas' plans remain stalled

The Seattle Times: Lax Washington oversight of bounty hunters sets stage for mayhem, tragedy

The Oregonian: Gone: More cases emerge of Saudi students vanishing while facing Oregon charges

The Boston Globe: Urgent care centers proliferate in Mass., but fewer low-income patients have access

Portland Press Herald: Certified trainers keep athletes safe from injury. So why do so few Maine schools have them?

Courier Journal: Sorry, we're closed: How everyone is hurt when grocery stores shut down

Des Moines Register: EXCLUSIVE: 'This is wrong': Iowa's flawed felon list is disqualifying legitimate voters for years

Miami Herald: How a Miami tech whiz groomed and molested exchange students — and evaded cops for years

New Haven Register: CT cops have fatally shot 24 people since 2013

The Los Angeles Times: FBI corruption probe goes beyond L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar to include other City Hall figures Mental health, police-involved shootings linked

Honolulu Civil Beat: Hawaii 2040: Climate Change Is Already Here. And We’re Running Out Of Time

AP: Requests to bring in child brides OK’d; legal under US 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.


The News & Observer: NC election violations alleged in 2016 were aired with Justice Department official

Times-Picayune: ‘They fell asleep’: S&WB probe finds why 2 supervisors didn’t respond, leading to boil advisory

Sun News of Myrtle Beach: County estimates $75,000 for records; cities offer for free

Capital News Service: Legislators introduce journalist protections

Missouri lawmakers try to limit public access to records


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.


Retirement Systems of Alabama buys newspaper chain

Condoned by Trump, press attacks hit local reporters hard

Breaking news that isn’t breaking, readers who aren’t reading: Some 2019 predictions about social media

Stephen King complaint spurs newspaper subscription drive

Hedge-Fund-Backed Media Group Makes Bid for Gannett

Entire East Bay Express editorial staff laid off on Friday

Newspaper cutting print editions 2 days a week

Facebook is putting $300 million toward stabilizing local news


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.


Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News names new editor

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A 20-year veteran journalist has been named the new editor of the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News in Ohio.

The Journal-News reports that Kyle Nagel has succeeded Jennifer Burcham, who left the position in December for a role outside of journalism. Nagel is a graduate of the University of Missouri who has worked for the daily newspaper's parent company, Cox Media Group Ohio, since 1999.

He has held several jobs since starting as an intern. He has worked in sports, news reporting and in editorial leadership positions.

The Journal-News staff, based in offices in Butler County's Liberty Township in southwestern Ohio, produces news and community coverage for the Journal-News, the Pulse Journal weekly papers, and the websites and app for

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