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APME UPDATE • Feb. 7, 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

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First 20 who register for APME’s Denver NewsTrain April 11-12 win free AP Stylebooks! Ready, set, sign up!

Five diversity scholarships are available, too!

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.

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. 

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!

Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy

Trust in American democratic institutions has steadily declined for decades due in large part to a rapidly changing information environment. Without trust, democracy cannot function. To address this, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program launched the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy in early 2017. For over a year, this nonpartisan commission of 27 leaders in government, media, business, non-profits, education and the arts examined the collapse in trust in the democratic institutions of the media, journalism and the information ecosystem, and developed new thinking and solutions around rebuilding trust.

To see the report, click here.

Talented reporters – apply now to Report for America

Applications are now open to talented, service-oriented journalists for the class of 2019. Do you want to serve under-covered areas to provide Americans with the information they need to improve their communities and hold powerful institutions accountable? Join the movement. Report for America's application is simple. Apply by Friday, Feb. 8 and start working in a newsroom by June.

APME and ASNE join 3 amicus briefs filed in the last week of January

APME and ASNE continue to remain active on the amicus front. We joined three briefs filed in cases which may have an impact on APME and ASNE members around the country, all of which are extensions of cases in which we have previously been involved.

Nat'l Veterans Legal Servs. Program v. USstems from a class action lawsuit against the federal government seeking declaratory relief and reimbursement of funds paid for access to electronic federal court records through the PACER system. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled for the plaintiffs in part and for the defendants in part. It rejected the plaintiffs' argument that the E-Government Act of 2002 limits PACER fees to the total cost of operating PACER (which is actually quite marginal). But it also rejected the government's argument that PACER fees can be used to fund any expense that involves the "dissemination of information through electronic means." It further held that the government is liable for certain costs that post-date the passage of the E-Government Act. Both sides have appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which will now determine the manner by which the government can set fees for access to federal court documents. Our brief, drafted by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and joined by 28 media organizations and companies, argues (1) the public and press benefit from the news media's access to electronic court records, (2) excessive fees for accessing records in PACER are particularly troublesome for journalists as newsrooms are cutting their budgets, and (3) the E-Government Act of 2002's limitation of PACER fees to the cost of dissemination of these records is consistent with the presumption of access (based on the 1st Amendment and common law) to court records; limiting fees charged to the costs of dissemination (which, again, is marginal) constitutes a reasonable charge that helps promote public access.

Courthouse News Service v. Yamasaki involves a lawsuit filed against Defendant David Yamasaki in his official capacity as Court Executive Officer/Clerk of the Orange County Superior Court (OCSC) claiming that its OCSC unconstitutionally delays access to newly e-filed civil complaints. It subsequently filed a motion for preliminary injunction to enjoin OCSC "from denying CNS's right of timely access to new unlimited complaints." The case wound its way through the federal courts in California where it now resides in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, after a federal district court entered a judgment for Yamasaki, holding that the delays in access should be analyzed under a time, place, and manner analysis and that, under that analysis, the delays in access did not violate the First Amendment. Our brief, drafted by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, argues that the First Amendment right to free speech would lose "much meaning" without the right of access to public proceedings. Any right of access is, admittedly, a qualified right. But rather than reviewing that right under a more relaxed and government-friendly "time, place, manner" standard, it should be reviewed under a "strict scrutiny" standard. Under that standard, access could only be denied or otherwise limited if there exists "an overriding governmental interest based on findings that closure is essential to preserve higher values and is narrowly tailored to serve that interest" (a rather difficult burden for the government). In any event, with the way news travels, any delay violates even the time, place, manner analysis. First, the court has not "left open alternative channels" for access, as required under even that lower standard; delays are effectively denials. In addition, the need for a delay is not tied to any significant government interest. It won't protect the privacy of any party, given that the information will soon be public anyway.

Mann v. Competitive Enterprise Institutemay have an even more tortured procedural history than Courthouse News Service v. Yamasaki. University of Virginia Professor Michael Mann sued the defendants National Review, Inc., Mark Steyn (a Canadian Born conservative commentator), the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Rand Simberg (a CEI consultant) for defamation after they criticized his research methods and data in various blog posts. The defendants moved to dismiss the complaint under the D.C. Anti-SLAPP statute. The District of Columbia Superior Court denied the motions to dismiss under the Anti-SLAPP statute. The case was immediately appealed to the D.C. Court of Appeals (the highest "state" court in the District of Columbia) which agreed to hear this "interlocutory appeal" but dismissed the appeal on a technicality. The case went back to the lower court, which again denied the motions to dismiss, whereupon it went back to the appellate court which ruled in favor of Mann (and then did so again on rehearing). The defendants are now seeking rehearing from the full D.C. Court of Appeals. We joined more than a dozen other organizations and media companies on an "amicus letter" which suggests rehearing is proper because "the panel's decision on the merits of plaintiff's defamation claim, including as amended by the Court, may have unintended and undesirable consequences in future cases implicating the exercise of amici's right to freedom of speech and of the press."

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.


Honolulu Civil Beat: Key Lawmakers Are Trying To Water Down Inspection Rules For Elder Care Homes

Naples Daily News: This business helped transform Miami into a national plastic surgery destination. Eight women died.

Tampa Bay Times: Hurricane Michael recovery has a big problem: People aren’t donating

Des Moines Register: Identical winning numbers crop up in hundreds of U.S. lotteries. Are the drawings really random?


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.


Why journalists and the public should be concerned about Marsy’s Law

Denver police officers disciplined for detaining journalist

Bill defeated after lawmakers speak up for rural newspapers

New Mexico bill making media delete 'irrelevant' info pulled

Governor tightens Michigan FOIA rules, except for her office

Newspaper sues Rhode Island for access to voter database

Proposed Sunshine Law restrictions divide Missouri House along party lines

TAKEN: We asked police for video of traffic stops. We didn't get much.


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.


From fake news to enemy of the people: An anatomy of Trump's tweets

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel stopped putting every single story on social media and tripled its following

McClatchy offers buyouts to 10 percent of staff

McClatchy upgrades CEO’s housing stipend to $35K a month amid buyouts

The AP is using data journalism to help strengthen local newsrooms

Gannett rejects acquisition bid, says Digital First would be unfit to run its properties

Poynter Institute and Craig Newmark Philanthropies to launch a new center on ethics. Here’s why.

Fact-checking the State of the Union for 2019

Post Register owner, Adams Publishing Group, establishes new Bingham County newspaper

Parents of 2 Parkland victims want Pulitzer for local paper

The New York Times is getting close to becoming a majority-digital company


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.


American-Statesman editor-in-chief, executive editor named

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A new executive editor and editor-in-chief have been named for the Austin American-Statesman.

Managing editor John Bridges has been promoted to executive editor. He had borne those duties since the September resignation of Debbie Hiott, who is now general manager of KUT-FM. Bridge has worked in the Statesman newsroom for 30 years and was promoted to managing editor in 2011.

Publisher Patrick Dorsey also announced that Bill Church, who is senior vice president for news at Statesman owner GateHouse Media, has added the title of editor-in-chief and will report directly to GateHouse CEO Kirk Davis.

Church has been managing GateHouse news strategy and the company's Austin-based Center for News & Design, which designs and edits all GateHouse newspapers.

Read more:

Adam Smeltz named top editor at Centre Daily Times

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Adam Smeltz, a reporter who got his start in journalism at the Centre Daily Times, is set to become the newspaper's executive editor.

The newspaper announced Smeltz will take over as top editor Feb. 18.

Since 2015 he has been a reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He also had worked for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and earlier spent about 10 years in State College as a reporter.

The Penn State graduate replaces John Roach, who left the newspaper last month.

Read more:

Paul D'Ambrosio named executive editor of and Asbury Park Press

Paul D’Ambrosio, a national award-winning reporter and editor who has spent his 37-year career in journalism at and the Asbury Park Press, was named executive editor of the Shore news organizations on Monday.

D’Ambrosio will lead a team of reporters and editors covering local, breaking, sports and features news around Monmouth and Ocean counties.

“Paul is an exceptional journalist and leader who is well deserving of this new role and its additional responsibilities,” said Hollis R. Towns, Northeast regional editor for the USA Today Network and Gannett.

Towns served as editor of the Asbury Park Press for the past 10 years before moving into a broader role a year ago overseeing Gannett’s largest cluster of newsrooms. Towns supervises 22 newsrooms in seven states, including the Press.

Read more:


Pulitzer-winner Patrick Sloyan dies at 82

Patrick J. Sloyan, a longtime Gridiron member who was Washington bureau chief of Newsday and won numerous journalism awards including the Pulitzer Prize, died of cancer Feb. 4 at his home in Paeonian Springs, Va. He was 82.

A native of Stamford, Ct., and a graduate of the University of Maryland, Sloyan came to Washington in 1960 with United Press International, where he wrote some of the early stories on the auto safety issues raised by consumer crusader Ralph Nader. He later worked for Hearst News Service before joining Newsday in 1974. While he was the Long Island daily's Europe-Mideast bureau chief, he won the ASNE award for deadline writing for his coverage of the October 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

He won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting and the George Polk Award for his coverage of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, including disclosures of the extent of US friendly fire deaths. In 1997, he was part of a Newsday team that won the Pulitzer for Spot News Reporting for its coverage of the TWA 800 crash off Long Island.

In 2015, St. Martin's Press published his book, "The Politics of Deception: JFK's Secret Decisions on Vietnam, Civil Rights and Cuba," based in part on 269 hours of secret Kennedy tape recordings. The book challenged earlier more positive versions of Kennedy's presidency and contended he made the crucial decisions involving the United States in Vietnam.

Sloyan was Newsday's Washington bureau chief from 1986-88 when he became senior correspondent. He was elected to the Gridiron Club on March 30, 1996.He retired from the paper in 2001, continuing to write for other publications.

Sloyan is survived by his wife, the former Phyllis Hampton, three children and 12 grandchildren. A later memorial service is planned.

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