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APME Update •  Feb. 8, 2017
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March 4, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Norman, Oklahoma
Oct. 8-11, 2017: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.

Oct. 14, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Beverly, Massachusetts

Norman, Oklahoma, NewsTrain nearing sellout

Spaces are going fast!

Don’t delay registering for Norman, Oklahoma, NewsTrain on March 4. We are nearing capacity for this daylong training in digital skills at the University of Oklahoma, 24 miles south of Oklahoma City.

Registration is just $85, and sessions include:

• Using social media as powerful reporting tools,

• Planning for breaking news in a mobile-first, multiplatform environment,

• Experimenting with virtual reality and 360-video to tell immersive stories,

• Shooting short, shareable smartphone video,

• Accessing the Oklahoma public records you need to tell compelling stories, and

• Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Trainers for Norman NewsTrain include:
Daniel Victor, senior staff editor for The New York Times, who reports for the breaking-news Express Desk.
Socrates Lozano, national technology coordinator and photojournalist for The E.W. Scripps Co. and an expert on using 360-video to cover breaking news.
Joey Senat, one of the foremost authorities on Oklahoma open-records law.
Clifton Adcock, award-winning investigative reporter for Oklahoma Watch.

NewsTrain attendees regularly rate their training as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful.

The program also includes a keynote lunchtime talk by APME President Bill Church: “Finding the Right Leadership Tune.” Church is senior vice president of news at GateHouse Media.

The workshop is being held in conjunction with the AEJMC Midwinter Conference at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, 24 miles south of Oklahoma City. Attendees of both events qualify for discounted registration.

Questions? Email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin.


Award Spotlight: Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Reporting (including a Gannett Grand Prize winner — $2,500)

The APME Awards are open for entries.

Criteria: Entries will be judged by how they advance the role of community watchdog in helping a community understand and address important issues. Consideration will be given to innovative use of interactivity, new tools and creative use of any digital medium.

Categories: There will be two awards, recognizing accomplishments by small and large news organizations. Newspapers will be divided by average daily circulation: up to 75,000; and 75,000 and up, according to the latest audited figures. Broadcasters should use their DMA ranking to determine what category is appropriate. Wire service work should be entered in the 75,000-and-up category.

Nominations: Individuals, news organizations, professional societies, journalism schools, state AP associations and others may submit nominations.

Submissions: Entries should include electronic files of stories, series, visuals and/or editorials and community reaction. Up to 20 electronic files may be submitted, as well as a letter outlining the background, execution and accomplishments of the effort. The letter should discuss significant challenges to the accuracy or approach of the entry, and steps the organization took to address those concerns. The entry must include all published corrections or clarifications.

Judging: Judging will be done by a panel of APME board members.

The deadline for all entries is March 1, 2017. Enter today!




101 Things That Play in Peoria • Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star

101 Things That Play In Peoria was a daily series of items in the city that attract attention, are unique to our city and are a point of pride. To determine our list, columnist Phil Luciano asked readers to submit their suggestions online, by email or by mail. We got more than 101 ideas. Starting in March 2015, we ran one item per day with a photo and a video on

As we rolled out the 101 selections, each had a hint referencing the next day’s Thing. The first correct answer to our quiz on Facebook received a prize provided by one of our five sponsors.

Readers bombarded us with requests to compile the complete list of 101 Things. So, we did a special section at the completion of the series in June.

Further, readers asked for a book, so we researched the possibility and determined it was a great idea. As of this writing, more than 1,200 copies of the book have been sold.

— Dennis Anderson

Link to the eBook and see all the 2016 Great ideas and Submit your own for inclusion in the 2017 edition!


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Man not guilty on gun charges still sent to prison
American-Statesman: Why teachers accused of improprieties aren’t charged
Philadelphia Inquirer: Parking authority brass padded salaries
Toledo Blade: Overtime puts sheriff’s deputy at top of payroll
Washington Post: Documents show Trump still benefitting from his business
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Why does city pay $84,000 a year for vacant land?
Courier-Journal: Beef prices stay high but cattle farmers take hit
Des Moines Register: Sex abusers escape prison time in Iowa
Miami Herald: Is Florida moving too slow to save the Everglades?
Sun Sentinel: Airport gun procedures unchanged at Fort Lauderdale
San Diego Union-Tribune: Nuclear plant power players still fighting
Modesto Bee: Modesto braces for spike in pension costs
Santa Fe New Mexican: Courts feel crunch amid economic scarcity
Los Angeles Times: An Apache reservation’s toxic legacy



Hearing delayed on modernizing Colorado's Open Records Act
Court weighs halting release of police video of shootings
News organization threatens to sue Oakland over records on fatal fire
Kansas lawmakers consider strengthening open government law
Attorney general: WKU open records denials were illegal
Michigan House members introduce new public records proposal
Tardy payments in whistleblower case boosts school's costs
Officer 'does not trust' FWPD to investigate leaked bodycam video



Melania Trump re-files Daily Mail lawsuit
Kremlin protests Fox News host's 'killer' comment on Putin
With McCarthy playing Spicer, 'SNL' cranks up Trump satire
Some Boston Globe editions suggest Patriots lost Super Bowl
Fighting fake news isn't just up to Facebook and Google
Trump team relaxes EPA restrictions on media and contracts
Judge dismisses Melania Trump's lawsuit against Daily Mail
New York Times racks up digital customers; print ads slide
Ex-head of Boston Indy bid charged with kicking photographer
Reddit bans forum for white nationalists from its website
CBS to spinoff radio unit and combine it with Entercom
Gannett announces new Cincinnati-based regional president
Facebook beats Street 4Q earnings, revenue forecasts
False news, absurd reality present challenges for satirists
Journalist says he was wrongly detained under Trump order
Pulitzer-winning photographer returns to West Bank outpost
Reality show comparisons in Trump announcement inescapable
GateHouse Media buys Dix Communications newspaper chain
Meredith Corp. cuts 40 jobs, about 1 percent of workforce
Shepard Smith stands out in Fox's sea of opinion
Oprah Winfrey to be 'special contributor' to '60 Minutes'



Izaguirre named AP Alabama legislative relief staffer

Anthony Izaguirre, a breaking news journalist, is joining The Associated Press as the Alabama legislative relief staffer. His appointment was announced Wednesday, Feb. 1, by Interim South Editor Ravi Nessman and Deep South Editor Jim Van Anglen. Izaguirre will work with AP statehouse reporter Kimberly Chandler to cover the 2017 legislative session. The 24-year-old has worked as a freelancer for the Daily News in New York. During his time there, he has chased spot news stories, including tracking down a drunken driving suspect accused of killing his best friend in a crash. He has also written enterprise and feature stories, such as a story about prisoners missing mental health appointments in lock-up. Izaguirre earned a master's degree from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

Sentinel newspaper names Brian Cox managing editor

Brian Cox has been promoted to the position of managing editor at The Sentinel in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. Cox began working at the newspaper in 2008 as a sports reporter, and went on to serve as news editor, city editor and most recently as assistant managing editor. Publisher Ruth Eddy announced the appointment. Cox is a 2007 graduate of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Mattawana.

Wisconsin native Keith O’Donnell named editor of Chippewa Herald

Chippewa Valley Newspapers has named a new editor for the Chippewa Herald, of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. River Valley Media Group Publisher Mike Burns has announced Keith O’Donnell has taken over for longtime former editor Ross Evavold. O’Donnell will oversee the newsroom staffs of both the Chippewa Herald and the Dunn County News. “The River Valley Media Group and The Chippewa Herald are excited to welcome Keith as our new editor,” Burns said. “His tenure and expertise make him the perfect choice to lead our news gathering and reporting team in Chippewa Falls and Dunn County.” O’Donnell, a Wisconsin native, has more than 20 years’ experience working for local community newspapers, most of it in Wisconsin. He grew up in Green Bay and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. “As a resident of the community I live in, I value having a good, reliable local news source,” O’Donnell said. “And as a journalist, I want to work hard to make sure the community gets the best coverage of local news and events.”


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