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APME UPDATE • FEB. 1, 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 deadline in February for Muncie, Indiana, 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.


Enter the 2018 Associated Press Media Editors Awards honoring journalism excellence and innovation by March 1

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.


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Tronc names new editors at LA Times, New York Daily News

The embattled newspaper company Tronc moved to calm rising tensions at publications on both coasts, announcing that it had named new top editors at The Los Angeles Times and The New York Daily News, The New York Times reported.

Jim Kirk, the former editor and publisher of The Chicago Sun-Times, took over as the editor in chief of The Times, and Jim Rich, who previously served as the editor in chief of The Daily News, will return to that role.

Mr. Kirk replaces Lewis D’Vorkin, a former chief product officer at Forbes who was not a popular figure in the newsroom during a tenure that lasted less than three months. Mr. D’Vorkin will stay on at Tronc as its chief content officer.

Mr. Rich, who served as the editor in chief of The Daily News for a 13-month period that ended in 2016, will return to his former post. Most recently, he was the executive editor of HuffPost, a job he left in December, when he said he planned to start a nonprofit news site.

The Daily News, which Tronc acquired in September from the real estate and media mogul Mortimer B. Zuckerman, recently suspended its managing editor, Rob Moore, and its Sunday editor, Alexander Jones, because of sexual harassment allegations made against them by current and former employees.

Marc Chase promoted to editor at The Times in Munster, Indiana

The Times Media Co. in Munster, Indiana, has a new editor.

Publisher Chris White has promoted Marc Chase to local news editor. Erin Orr will serve as deputy local news editor.

Chase previously served as editorial page editor and Orr as managing editor.

The moves came during a restructuring of The Times newsroom.

Chase is a 24-year veteran of the newspaper and online media industries, including nearly 15 years at The Times of Northwest Indiana and five years at the Quad-City Times, based in Davenport, Iowa.

CNHI publishing company forms regional editor system

Alabama-based publishing company CNHI announced that it is restructuring its leadership.

CNHI said in a statement that it is moving to a regional editor system for its more than 100 community newspapers.

Sunbury (Pennsylvania) Daily Item editor Dennis Lyons will become the national editor and work with nine regional editors.

Valdosta (Georgia) Daily Times editor James Zachary will become the deputy national editor and regional editor for papers in north Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.

Bill Ketter, CNHI's senior vice president for news, said regional editors will allow more collaboration on projects across newspapers.

Other regional editor appointments are:

Scott Underwood, editor of the Anderson, Indiana, Herald Bulletin: Indiana and Illinois.

Carol Stark, editor of the Joplin, Missouri, Globe: Missouri and Eastern Oklahoma.

Rob Collins, editor of the Enid, Oklahoma, News & Eagle: Western Oklahoma.

Chip Minemyer, editor of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Tribune-Democrat: Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio.

David Joyner, editor of the North Andover, Massachusetts, Eagle-Tribune: Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York.

Damon Cain, editor of the Beckley, West Virginia, Register-Herald: West Virginia.

Nathan Payne, editor of the Traverse City, Michigan, Record-Eagle: Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa.

Susan Duncan, editor of the Jeffersonville, Indiana, News and Tribune: Kentucky and Tennessee.


Investigative journalist Robert Parry dies at 68

Robert Parry, a longtime investigative journalist who was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1985 for his Associated Press exclusives about the CIA's production of an assassination manual for Nicaraguan rebels, has died. He was 68.

Parry died in hospice care in Virginia after a series of strokes brought on by undiagnosed pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Diane Duston.

Parry joined the AP in 1974 and went on to work in the Washington bureau, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal as it rocked the Reagan administration. His work on the scandal also brought a George Polk Award in 1984.

After leaving the AP in 1987, Parry worked for Newsweek until 1990 and then became an investigative reporter for the PBS series "Frontline."

In 1995, frustrated with what he saw as dwindling venues for serious investigative reporting, Parry founded the Consortium for Independent Journalism.

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