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APME UPDATE • JAN. 24, 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

Scholarships available for Muncie and Phoenix NewsTrains

APME’s NewsTrain is bringing affordable training in digital-journalism skills to Muncie, Indiana, on March 24 and Phoenix on April 6-7.

There are five diversity scholarships funded by the APME Foundation for each workshop. Apply to be a Muncie diversity scholar at by Feb. 12. To apply for the Phoenix scholarships, fill out the form at by Feb. 20.

Columbus, Ohio, NewsTrain alum and diversity scholar Khristopher J. Brooks posted a video of some of what he experienced in October 2017 and wrote about his experience here.

In addition, the Muncie NewsTrain has 50 general scholarships funded by the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation available to all journalists, journalism students and journalism educators. Please apply by Feb. 12.

Muncie 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.

 Phoenix sessions are:

  • 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.

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.

The early bird rate is just $75 for these NewsTrains, including a light breakfast and lunch, but you must register by Feb. 24 for Muncie and March 6 for Phoenix. The cost increases to $85 after those dates.

Register today! NewsTrains often sell out.

Muncie NewsTrain will be the 89th such workshop and Phoenix the 90th 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.


Panchak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wins the APME Member Photo of the Month for November


The Associated Press Media Editors has honored this photograph as National Member Photo of the Month for November  2017. 


Thanks to Michael Delaney at  The Providence Journal for judging this month. 


Here is what the judge had to say about the winning image:


As these types of pictures go, this is one of the best I have seen. This type of situation is happening too often in this country. It is also a terrible situation for all involved – including the photographer. To capture the moment this way is a skill that includes journalistic storytelling, tact, and empathy for the victims.


Below is the link to all images entered for November and the winner is slide No. 30.



Caption: New Kensington Police Chief James Klein and Lisa Shaw, mother of slain New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw share a moment while waiting at the Rusiewicz Funeral Home in Lower Burrell for the procession to arrive Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in New Kensington, Pa. Shaw was shot in the chest Friday night in New Kensington, northeast of Pittsburgh. The shooting occurred during a foot chase that began shortly after a traffic stop took place. (Pam Panchak/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

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.


Los Angeles Times: Borrow $5,000, repay $42,000
Washington Post: At Trump’s inauguration, eager Russian Elites
Miami Herald: Dirty gold, clean cash
Idaho Statesman: Health care battery law results in felony charges against patients
Indianapolis Star: Trump makes first year bountiful for religious right
Des Moines Register: Pay gap remains for state workers
New York Times: He fought harassment, then settled own case
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Lunch shaming
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: City’s ‘single stream’ recycling doesn’t quite work
Appleton Post-Crescent: Wisconsin fumbles fixes for teen suicide



Arizona Republic: ICE released caller’s information from hotline for victims
Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska notifies second inmate of lethal execution drugs
Kentucky assistant police chief fired for racist messages
Ain't no sunshine: Hawley alleges open-records violations by county executive
DOE staffer claims retaliation over photos of secret meeting
Judge: Washington state lawmakers' emails, texts are public
AP: Head of Russian outlet RT says US foreign agent order hurts
Head of Missouri pension system replaced with interim leader



AP launches Fact Check Twitter account
Denver Post Publisher Mac Tully resigns
Judge rules for McClatchy officials accused of mismanagement
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch says Facebook should pay for news
UK regulator says Fox takeover of Sky not in public interest
Los Angeles Times loses publisher, gets union
Illinois newspaper announces organizational changes
New York Times: Trump hands out ‘fake news awards’
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake denounces Trump attacks on news media
Lawyer: ICE unjustly holding award-winning Mexican reporter



Jim Boren retires after nearly half a century at The Fresno Bee

Jim Boren, executive editor and senior vice president of The Fresno Bee, is retiring after a 48-year career at The Bee that’s included serving as editorial page editor and national political reporter. The length of his tenure at one newspaper is a rarity in the media industry.

“Jim has been a remarkable journalist for nearly half a century,” California Gov. Jerry Brown said.

As an award-winning reporter, Boren covered national political conventions and traveled with presidential candidates during campaigns that resulted in the election of presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton.

Longtime editor Linda Kinsey retires from Cleveland Sun News

A new chapter unfolds this month for Cleveland’s Sun News, with Ann Norman taking the reins from Linda Kinsey as the newspaper chain's new editor.

Chris Quinn, president and CEO of Advance Ohio -- the parent company of Sun News and -- announced Norman's new position.

Kinsey retired after a 34-year career with Sun and

Norman, who is a graduate of Ohio State University, previously worked at The Plain Dealer, the Lake County News-Herald and the Delaware Gazette.


Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman dies at 83

John Coleman, the “Good Morning America” forecasting icon who co-founded The Weather Channel, has died.

The 83-year-old Coleman, in his later years, may have become best known for championing skepticism about the human role in climate change.

Considered a pioneer in weathercasting, Coleman enjoyed a 60-year career in television. He worked at stations in Peoria, Omaha, Milwaukee and Chicago from the 1950s to early 1970s. He was seen as an innovator, the first to broadcast his entire weathercast in front of a green screen.

In the 1970s, Coleman became the first weathercaster on ABC’s morning news program.

Coleman started the Weather Channel in 1981, serving as its president and chief executive. He co-founded the network with Joseph D’Aleo, its first director of meteorology, and media entrepreneur Frank Batten Sr.

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