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APME UPDATE • FEB. 14, 2018 



Feb. 20, 2018:
Deadline for Diversity Scholarships for Phoenix NewsTrain
Feb. 21, 2018:
Deadline for General and Diversity Scholarships for Muncie, Indiana, NewsTrain
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

Just over two weeks left to enter the 2018 Associated Press Media Editors Awards honoring journalism excellence and innovation

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 to register 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

APME Instant Citation

The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press

Associated Press leadership can nominate work and actions by AP members and customers to receive the APME Instant Citation for going above and beyond to contribute to the cooperative's news report. Nominees receive a certificate and letter from the APME president.

Eva Parziale, regional director-East of The Associated Press has nominated The Grand Rapids (MI) Press, for an APME Instant Citation, stating:

"Please consider The Grand Rapids (MI) Press for an APME Instant Citation for its terrific coverage of a father of three victims of Larry Nassar trying to attack the disgraced former sports doctor during a sentencing hearing on Feb. 2, 2018. When the father rushed to Nassar in the courtroom, Grand Rapids Press photographer Cory Morse never took his eye off the view finder and “captured the intense moment to make the most storytelling images,” AP regional photo editor Kiichiro Sato said.
"Because the Grand Rapids Press shared the photos quickly with AP, the world instantly saw _ and felt _ the intensity and the magnitude of this horrific event. "

Muncie NewsTrain scholarship deadlines extended. Sign up soon!

Phoenix diversity scholarships deadline Feb. 20

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. 21. 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. 20.

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.


NewsTrain success story

Lisa Roberson of the Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria, Ohio, tweeted this good news about her first video following the Columbus NewsTrain in October being nominated for an award.

If you have a NewsTrain success story to share, send it to

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.

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.


Houston Chronicle: Business along Texas border fear future without NAFTA
Oregonian: Low vaccination rates put some charter schools at risk for measles
New York Times: Kentucky rushes to remake Medicaid, other states to follow
Boston Globe: Look at the arrest record of a commuter rail engineer
Maine Sunday Telegram: Maine sees worrisome increase in sex diseases
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgians now immersed in health care changes
Miami Herald: Travelers keep falling for “free’ cruise schemes
Sun Sentinel: For cash and prostitutes, agent helped drug lord avoid arrest
Washington Post: Is Kraton a natural pain remedy or an addictive killer?
Hartford Courant: Police to get drones, but city has no rules
Arizona Daily Star: Drug-smuggling sentences vary wildly along Mexico border



Bill to exempt certain judicial records from FOIA withdrawn
Court: Idaho nuclear waste documents won't be made public
Health chief requires FOIA from senator to release emails
Fort Smith, Arkansas, to appeal FOIA ruling in case over emails
Judge: Las Vegas police must release mass shooting records
Bill advances to limit college student info sharing
Wisconsin Supreme Court OKs delay in releasing union records



NBC apologizes to South Koreans for analyst's remark
End of an era: Times-Union downtown newspaper presses done
Historic Columbus, Ohio, newspaper building to get new occupant
Radio host suspended after using stereotyped Asian accent
Fox deletes column on 'darker, gayer, different' Olympics
Settlement reached in race suit filed by fired ex-TV anchor
Northwestern journalism professor investigated, takes leave
Arkansas court: Lawsuit in anchorwoman's death can proceed
Mueller memos illustrate media's great divide
Arizona university gets $1.9M to research future of TV news
Twitter turns first profit ever, but problems remain
Jim Carrey says users should yank their Facebook accounts
New Kansas governor promises new open-government websites
Auction set next month for bankrupt West Virginia newspaper
Police: Consumer affairs reporter assaulted on assignment
Local billionaire buys Los Angeles Times for $500 million
LA Times buyer is a basketball-loving biotech billionaire
House panel kills Sioux Falls students' free speech bill
'Today' show's Kotb says authenticity got it through crisis



Herald-Dispatch editor-publisher Ed Dawson retiring

Ed Dawson, editor and publisher of The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, West Virginia, has announced his retirement effective at the end of the month. The Herald-Dispatch reports the 68-year-old Dawson is retiring after about 17 years with the newspaper. Dawson says it "has been my great privilege to work with so many wonderful people at the newspaper and in our community, and I want to thank them all for those opportunities." Dawson will be replaced as editor by Les Smith, the Herald-Dispatch's managing editor. Dawson's other duties will be split among newspaper controller Georgetta Thevenin, advertising director Chuck Jessup and circulation-production director Dave Hamilton. Doug Reynolds, managing partner of Herald-Dispatch owner HD Media, called Dawson "the consummate journalist who has never wavered in his passion for empowering our community through the power of accurate news and editorial leadership."

Utah's Spectrum newspaper names Melissa Galbraith top editor

The Spectrum newspaper in southern Utah has a new executive editor, a Utah native who spent more than a decade at the Arizona Republic. The Spectrum reported Feb. 9 that Melissa Galbraith held several roles at the Phoenix newspaper, including assistant news editor, features desk chief and digital producer. She replaces Steve Kiggins, who resigned in December to take a job in California. Galbraith is scheduled to start Feb. 19 overseeing publications that cover St. George and Cedar City in Utah as well as Mesquite, Nevada. She is a graduate of Alta High School in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy and also worked at the Salt Lake Tribune. Arizona Republic editor Nicole Carroll says she is an experienced editor who has a passion for local news. Both newspapers are owned by Gannett.

Kelly Brown, the Eagle's first female editor, resigns, joins Texas A&M

The first woman to serve as the top newsroom executive at The Eagle of Bryan-College Station, Texas, has resigned to accept a vice presidency at Texas A&M University. The Eagle reports Kelly Brown resigned Feb. 9 as editor of the newspaper to accept the newly created position of associate vice president of marketing and communication at A&M. Managing Editor Darren Benson is being promoted to succeed her and will be replaced by special projects editor Rob Clark. Brown, who is 50, had been managing editor for nine years when she was promoted to editor in 2010. Benson, who is 43, succeeded her as managing editor.

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 providethe 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 ending soon: 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.

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