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APME UPDATE • JAN. 18, 2018 



March 1, 2018
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
Sept. 7-8: NewsTrain workshop in Greenville, S.C.
Fall 2018:
NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
March 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Toronto

Fifty-five scholarships available for Muncie NewsTrain

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

We have up to 50 general scholarships funded by the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation available to all journalists, journalism students and journalism educators. And we have five diversity scholarships funded by the APME Foundation for journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds. Please apply by Feb. 12, 2018.

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 (clockwise):

  • Mark Nichols is a data journalist, based in Indianapolis, on the national investigations team for USA Today.
  • Val Hoeppner, director of the Center for Innovation in Media at Middle Tennessee State University.
  • Amy Bartnerdowntown reporter for The Indianapolis Star and its former social media editor and engagement manager.
  • Linda Austin, project director for NewsTrain.

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.


APME News is available online

Read about The Dallas Morning News' move to new digs and other items of interest from our industry. Among the offerings:

The President’'s Corner: NewsTrain is essential to APME’'s mission
Ken Paulson: Recently launched First Amendment databases are a true gift
Meet Paula Froke: APME executive director brings experience, enthusiasm
A New Space: Dallas Morning News sets up new shop and a new culture
Social Shift: Facebook explores surfacing local news for local audiences
Award Season: Journal Sentinel wins innovation honor; award winners list
Impact in Indiana: Ball State meth project captures college innovation prize
Ideas & Ideals: Leonard Pitts urges journalists to take a strong stance
Great Ideas: Creative new features, web projects and social media tools
Welcome Aboard: APME board welcomes new members
Drone Zone: Looking to the sky for ways to enhance news coverage
Truth Seekers: Fake news, politics and reporting in the age of Trump
Miles to Go?: Speakers urge more progress in diversity coverage
The Youth Beat: Students provide sights and sounds of D.C. conference
Editors in the News: Promotions, appointments and awards
NewsTrain: Program spans the country for last three workshops of 2017


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 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

Covering the Opioids Crisis and Related Issues

The National Press Foundation is producing a one-day workshop in Washington, D.C., for journalists covering the opioids epidemic and related issues from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29. Expert speakers will provide the latest research and projections on usage of opioids, other drugs and alcohol; evidence on federal, state and local models that work; insight on systemic changes in prevention and treatment; information on the impact and stigma on children and families; and other topics TBA. A download session will conclude the training.

NPF offers this professional development opportunity for journalists to enhance skills, increase knowledge and recharge their reporting on one of today’s most critical issues.

This training is for professional journalists only. Registration is mandatory. Lunch will be provided.

Support for this program is provided by a grant from the Trust for America’s Health.


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 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.


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.


Arizona Republic: ‘Loophole’ in DACA provokes criticism
Washington Post: 24-year-old helps lead Trump drug policy office
Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Officials vow changes after alert system goes awry
Chicago Tribune: Murder on the margins
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Worker shortage worst in decades
New York Times: Male models accuse photographers of sexual exploitation



Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Man's death in prison leads to $1 million settlement
Senator wants to shield all court records from public view
Office of Open Records issues decision in newspaper appeal of sewer-sale bills
AP: Rhode Island refuses to release hand-delivered Amazon pitch
Pennsylvania Health Department ordered to grant access on medical marijuana



AP: Facebook edits feeds to bring less news, more sharing
New York Times: Facebook tests show impact of overhaul
Poynter: Sports Illustrated is reduced to a biweekly publication
Ohio native Clarence Page to receive journalism award
Newspaper in Mississippi now run by family's 4th generation
Tennessean President Laura Hollingsworth stepping down
Klostreich named publisher of the Wahpeton Daily News
Farrugia to step down as The Day's publisher
News-Miner Publisher Fuller Cowell to retire; Harris named to position
Chappell named publisher of Cleburne newspaper
CBS appoints John Dickerson as Rose's replacement
Bannon out as chairman of Breitbart News, loses radio show
New York Times: Two journalists face allegations of inappropriate conduct



Poynter: McClatchy adds regional editors to speed up innovation

McClatchy has announced a change in the company's leadership structure with the goal of speeding up newsroom innovation, Poynter reports.

Starting in the Carolinas and California, McClatchy is adding two regional editor positions that can help the newsrooms in those areas transform together instead of one by one. (Disclosure: McClatchy is one of Poynter’s funders.)

Robyn Tomlin, Dallas Morning News' managing editor, will be the regional editor for the Carolinas. Lauren Gustus, executive editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, will be the regional editor for McClatchy's newsrooms in California and Boise, Idaho.

John Drescher, executive editor of the News and Observer, will be Opinion and Solutions Editor in Raleigh. Sacramento Bee executive editor Joyce Terhaar is leaving the company.

Modesto Bee editor Kieta leaving for same position at Fresno Bee

Joe Kieta, The Modesto Bee’s editor and senior vice president, was named to the same position at The Fresno Bee.

Since arriving in 2012, Kieta has worked to quicken the pace of the newsroom’s digital transformation, establishing itself as one of the the leaders in McClatchy for audience growth.

Sullens named Courier Express editor

David J. Sullens, formerly editor and publisher of a group of weekly newspapers operated by Tioga Publishing Co. in Tioga, Potter and McKean counties, has been named editor of The Courier Express in Dubois, Pennsylvania, Publisher Pat Patterson announced.

Sullens also will serve as executive editor for Community Media Group’s East Coast Group, which includes papers in Pennsylvania and New York.

The Tioga papers and The Courier Express all are owned by Community MediaGroup.


Longtime Associated Press executive James Donna dies at 71

James M. Donna, who over three decades served in an array of news and management posts with The Associated Press, died after an illness of several weeks. He was 71.

Donna’s wife, Pat Lukaszewska, said the cause of death was kidney and liver failure.

Donna joined the AP at its Philadelphia bureau in 1973 after stints with Look magazine and the Reading Eagle newspaper in Pennsylvania.

He subsequently served in several posts at AP's global headquarters in New York, including enterprise editor and New York City bureau chief.

He left the AP briefly in the early 1980s to work for Gamma Liaison news photo agency, then returned to serve in a diverse series of management jobs, including assistant to the president, vice president and secretary of the board of directors, director of human resources, and senior vice president of international business. He retired from the AP in 2006.

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