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APME UPDATE • Jan. 31, 2019 


April 11-12, 2019: Denver NewsTrain, hosted by Colorado State University and the Colorado Press Association
April 30, 2019: Apply to host a NewsTrain workshop in 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.

Accomplished trainers teaching social, data, mobile, video and verification at APME’s Denver NewsTrain April 11-12

APME’s Denver NewsTrain has a stellar lineup of trainers ready to help you polish your skills in social, data, mobile, video and verification April 11-12.

For just $75, early birds can benefit from the expertise of these journalists on the digital edge -- who are also accomplished trainers -- teaching:

 getting your story read: maximizing and measuring social media for branding and audience engagement, led by Anthony Quintano, who's overseen social strategy for NBC News, the "Today" show, and Honolulu Civil Beat;
mining data for enterprise stories off any beat, led by Burt Hubbard, a data journalist who has worked with the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain PBS and 9News;
using social media as powerful reporting tools, led by Quintano;
shooting and editing smarter video with your smartphone, led by AAron Ontiveroz, visual journalist at The Denver Post;
storytelling for mobile audiences: making smart choices; 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 agenda (PDF) was customized for Denver by a host committee of local journalists led by Colorado State University’s Department of Journalism and Media Communication.

Because the 1.5-day workshop is being held in conjunction with the Colorado Press Association (CPA) Convention, CPA members can register for NewsTrain at the CPA website for an even greater discount.

If you or your media organization is not a member of CPA, register at for the early-bird rate of $75 through March 11; the first 20 to register will qualify for a free AP Stylebook.

Also, competitive scholarships, offered by the APME Foundation, are available through Feb. 25 for journalists, journalism educators and journalism students from diverse backgrounds.

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.

Christy Robinson, digital coordinator for public media station KERA in North Texas, will teach storytelling for mobile audiences at Denver NewsTrain April 11-12. Photo by Hatch Visuals.

Apply by April 30 to bring APME’s NewsTrain digital training to your town in 2020

If you’re looking to bring affordable training in digital journalism to your region in 2020, consider hosting one of APME’s NewsTrain workshops.

Apply by April 30  for a chance to experience the learning, morale boost and fun of  a  NewsTrain workshop in your town next year.

The first step is to put together a tentative host committee of representatives from local journalism organizations and apply. Successful host committees work hand-in-glove with the NewsTrain staff over six months to plan and promote their workshops.  

The practical skills taught are customized to the needs of journalists in your region and designed to be used immediately. Registration is just $75 to $85 for NewsTrain, with registration fees retained by APME.

NewsTrain provides trainers who are accomplished journalists teaching what’s happening on the front lines of digital journalism. Recent trainers have come from The New York Times, NowThis News, The Boston Globe, The Sacramento Bee and USA Today, as well as Arizona State University and the University of Southern California.  

Attendees regularly rate NewsTrain’s interactive training as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and useful.  

The host committee’s financial obligation includes supplying food for a one-day, 1.5-day or two-day workshop attracting 100. It should seek local sponsors to cover that cost, which can run $1,500 to $3,000. The host committee also markets the workshop regionally and secures a venue, usually a university site.

The payback is smarter, more engaged and enthusiastic journalists, journalism students and journalism educators in your region.

“Hosting a NewsTrain gives you the opportunity to tailor high-quality training that will be accessible and affordable for your staff,” said Angie Muhs, executive editor of the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois, and president of APME. “It’s worth the investment of your time and effort.”  

Since 2003, Associated Press Media Editors (APME) has produced 92 NewsTrains in the United States and Canada, training more than 7,500 journalists. APME will merge with the American Society of News Editors in 2019 to form the News Leaders Association.

Questions? Visit or email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin.

Register now for 2019 News Leaders Association Conference in New Orleans

We are excited to announce that in 2019, the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors will be joining forces. With this merger, ASNE and APME will become NLA, the News Leaders Association.
This is an exciting time and our new organization will continue to advocate for strong leadership, a diverse and inclusive workforce and defend against challenges to the First Amendment. We ask that you join us and provide your expertise and leadership as we move forward this year.
The 2018 ASNE-APME conference in Austin, Texas was a big success. This year, we'll be in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sept. 9-10.Registration for the 2019 News Leaders Association Conference is open. Register now!


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. 

Thank you for entering the 2019 News Leaders Association Awards!

Thank you for entering the first-ever News Leaders Association Awards! The News Leaders Association Awards will replace the ASNE Awards and APME Awards from now on, blending hallmarks of both contests.

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

Sunshine Week 2019 is March 10 - 16!

We are currently updating the  Sunshine Week website!

We're seeking editorial cartoons and columns to post to the  Toolkit for use by anyone during Sunshine Week 2019. If you have any content you'd like to contribute, or events you'd like to add to our calendar,  let us know!

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. 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. Entries can now be submitted at: media-awards.amnestyusa.orgThe closing date for entries is Feb. 15, 2019.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

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.


Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Minnesota police board approves the state's first sexual assault policy

The Post and Courier: House Speaker Jay Lucas proposes massive overhaul of SC’s public education system

The Seattle Times: How a crumbling dam in the Enchantments could change our understanding of the PNW wilderness

Houston Chronicle: New taskforce targets unsafe drivers on Houston roads

Austin American-Statesman: Turmoil at the Austin Zoo: Documenting a zookeepers’revolt

The Tennessean and The Indianapolis Star: After 5 deadly overdoses, Tennessee doctor now practicing in Indiana

The Inquirer: Stealing from the dead

The Oregonian: Costly, ineffective, cruel: How Oregon ensnares mentally ill people charged with low-level crimes

Bridgewater Courier News: Caregivers endure greater financial, mental health risks

The Record: North Jersey officials spent over $350K of your tax money during a trip to Atlantic City

Las Vegas Review-Journal: LVCVA board member Michele Fiore travels far at agency’s expense

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: 5 St. Louisans guided Better Together's merger recommendations

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Hungry for data on food safety? In Minnesota, it's more than a click away

Louisville Courier-Journal: You're more likely to be busted for weed in Louisville if you're black

Des Moines Register: An Iowa woman said her husband repeatedly raped her. Almost no one believed her. She's not alone.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Eight deputies heard gunfire at Stoneman Douglas but didn't rush in. Here are the consequences so far.

Greenville News: TAKEN: How police departments make millions by seizing property


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.


Columbia Journalism Review: Encryption efforts in Colorado challenge crime reporters, transparency

Houston Chronicle: Texas investigates possible open meetings violations by HISD trustees

ProPublica: We’re Expanding Our Washington Coverage

Capital News Service: Lawmakers kill legislation to protect student journalists

Ruling: Students' free speech, free press lawsuit to proceed

Bill could push more Mississippi government records online

Trial begins in lawsuit over Idaho execution records

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: State conducting criminal investigation of shale gas production

The State: Media groups press to make public records of secretive SC House GOP Caucus


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.


Johns Hopkins to buy Newseum building in D.C. as journalism museum plans to relocate

Gannett lays off journalists across the country

More than 1,000 media jobs lost in one day

Schurz Communications selling its newspapers, including eight in Indiana

Some journalists wonder if their profession is tweet-crazy

UF’s “Fresh Take Florida” to provide news coverage of state government

Arkansas lawmaker wants to bring back journalism class requirement in public schools

Loss of newspapers contributes to political polarization


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.


Sally Buzbee, AP executive editor, to receive 2019 William Allen White National Citation

LAWRENCE - Sally Buzbee, executive editor of The Associated Press news agency, has been selected to receive the 2019 William Allen White Foundation National Citation. The award, which recognizes individuals for outstanding journalistic service, comes from a vote of the trustees of the William Allen White Foundation, which is named in honor of White.

Buzbee, a 1988 graduate of the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications, will accept the award on William Allen White Day, which is April 11. Buzbee's speech, set for 3 p.m. in the Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union, is free and open to the public.

As executive editor and senior vice president of the AP, Buzbee oversees the news service's global operation, which includes journalists in more than 254 locations in 100 countries.

"Sally Buzbee is an inspiration to journalists throughout the world, and her alma mater is particularly pleased with her selection as this year's recipient," said Ann Brill, dean of the School of Journalism. "Her dedication to thorough and contextual information is a great example to our students, as is her support of local news media."

Read more:

Pam Fine Is Named Editor of The Chronicle

Pam Fine, a national journalism leader, tenured professor, and veteran of three newsroom-leadership posts, was named on Monday as the eighth editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. As editor, she will lead the nation's largest newsroom covering colleges and universities.

Fine was most recently the John S. and James L. Knight Chair for News, Leadership, and Community, and a professor of journalism, at the University of Kansas, where she collaborated on media and transformation projects with professional news organizations and taught reporting, ethics, and multimedia journalism, among other subjects. She is a nationally influential voice in journalism, serving as president of the American Society of News Editors in 2016-17 and as a Pulitzer Prize juror four times.

Read more:


Tacoma loses its editor — Randy McCarthy was the unseen force behind our biggest stories

“Less talking, more typing!”

The barked directive rings in the ears of every reporter who worked in The News Tribune newsroom for the past 30 years. It came from Randy McCarthy, longtime editor, who died Jan. 19 of pancreatic cancer, a month after the unexpected diagnosis.

He was 66, and he was ours.

His name was little known to readers, and he was just fine with that. He still deserves an honored title: Tacoma’s editor.

Read more:

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