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APME UPDATE • FEB. 8, 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
April 30, 2018: Deadline for applications to host a NewsTrain in 2019
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

Apply by April 30 to bring APME’s NewsTrain to your newsroom in 2019

If you’re looking to bring affordable, digital training to your newsroom in 2019, consider hosting one of APME’s NewsTrain workshops.

To experience the learning, morale boost and fun of a NewsTrain workshop in your town, the first steps are to put together a tentative host committee of representatives from local journalism organizations, and apply by April 30 at

Successful host committees work hand-in-glove with the NewsTrain staff over six months to plan and promote their workshops. The skills taught are customized to the needs of journalists in your region and designed to be used immediately.

The host committee’s financial obligation includes supplying food for either a one-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. APME engages the accomplished trainers.

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

“It’s simply the best training ever,” said Tina Ongkeko, managing director of member services for News Media Canada and host-committee chair for four NewsTrains. “The organization, program development and execution of NewsTrains are top-notch.”

Since 2003, Associated Press Media Editors (APME) has produced 88 NewsTrains in the United States and Canada, training more than 7,300 journalists.

Questions? Visit or email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin.

Only six days left to apply for diversity and open scholarships for Muncie, Indiana, NewsTrain and Phoenix diversity chances close soon!

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

All-expenses-paid opioids training for journalists

Are opioids and other drugs overwhelming your community? The National Press Foundation and the American Society of Addiction Medicine are offering a special all-expenses-paid opportunity for 15 U.S.-based journalists to take a deep dive into the opioids crisis. 
Over three days (April 10-12), this NPF training will address: the science of addiction; public attitudes about and understanding of the disease, including the stigma often attached to it; the latest clinical recommendations for effective treatment; trends in substance use; current public policy debates, including criminal justice efforts and sober living residences; impacts on families and communities; and more. With this grounding in hand, journalists will then cover the three-day American Society of Addiction Medicine Annual Conference April 12-15, with full access to presenters and abstracts. Both the training and conference will be in San Diego.



Covering the Opioids Crisis and Related Issues training in D.C.

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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Los Angeles Times: Homeless caught in vicious cycle
Orange County Register: Students in crisis
Chicago Tribune: Pollution-related penalties fall under Republican governor
Indianapolis Star: Police shootings don’t get required review
Detroit Free Press: Banking on benefactors
New York Times: Molested as FBI case plodded for a year



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Judge declines to issue order barring Greitens' texting app
Report: 538 public records exemptions in Tennessee law



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Washington Post, Lenfest Institute, Media Network announce news technology alliance Paxton Media purchases North Carolina paper
Lee Enterprises sells Kentucky newspaper to Champion Media
3 Mississippi newspapers eliminate Monday print edition
Columbia Journalism Review: The end of Time Inc.
Editor says he was fired for seeking better pay for women



AP names Lisa Mascaro as chief congressional correspondent 

The Associated Press has named Lisa Mascaro as chief congressional correspondent, a senior reporting role leading AP's coverage of Capitol Hill. The appointment was announced by Julie Pace, AP's Washington bureau chief.

"Lisa is a tireless reporter and a graceful writer who brings years of experience covering Congress to her new role," Pace said. "I'm excited for her to join our talented team covering Capitol Hill."

Mascaro joins the AP from the Los Angeles Times, where she has covered Congress since 2010. She's also traveled the country covering congressional races and presidential politics.

Mascaro previously served as Washington correspondent for the Las Vegas Sun and also worked at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is originally from the Los Angeles area and graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in economics and political science.

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Jeffry Couch named editor, general manager of Belleville News-Democrat

Jeffry Couch has been appointed editor and general manager of the Belleville (Illinois) News-Democrat. Couch has led the BND’s newsroom for nearly 14 years. Tony Berg, Midwest regional publisher for McClatchy, the BND’s owner, announced Couch’s expanded role during a recent staff meeting.


Nicholas von Hoffman dies at 88

When reporter Nicholas von Hoffman joined The Washington Post in 1966, he brought with him a flair for controversy that eventually triggered a resignation threat from a top editor, a boycott from advertisers and, according to Post historian Chalmers M. Roberts, “produced more angry letters to the editor than the work of any other single reporter in the paper’s history.”

The son of a professional explorer who once walked from Cape Town, South Africa, to Cairo, Mr. von Hoffman had worked for community organizer Saul Alinsky in Chicago before reporting on the civil rights movement in the South while sporting an elegant suit and a prematurely white shock of hair.

Mr. von Hoffman was 88 when he died Feb. 1 at a hospital in Rockport, Maine.

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Indiana, New York editor Roger L. Mosher dies at 67

Roger L. Mosher, who worked for 20 years at The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and edited other newspapers in Indiana and New York, died at the Wyoming County Community Nursing Facility in Warsaw, New York. He was 67.

Mosher, a Fort Wayne native, started his journalism career at the Huntington Herald-Press, then served in several roles at The Journal Gazette, including leading its newsdesk in the late 1980s.

He became editor of the Shelbyville News in 1990, and was named editor and publisher of the Batavia Daily News in 1993, where he served for nine years.

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William Whitney, retired newspaper city editor, dead at 84

 William "Bill" Whitney, a former city editor and award-winning columnist for The Republican Co., died on Sunday, Feb. 4. He was 84.

Whitney died at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., after a brief illness.

"Bill Whitney was one of the most dedicated editors I ever met," said Wayne Phaeuf, executive editor of The Republican. "He was dogged about the finding the truth."

He worked for The Republican's predecessors, The Morning Union and Union-News.

Upon his retirement from the city desk in 2002, he penned the column Just Browsing for the next 10 years.

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