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APME UPDATE • Feb. 14, 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.

Fall conference to focus on leadership training and skills development – REGISTER NOW!

We are excited to announce that in 2019, the Associated Press Media Editors and American Society of News 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 here.


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!

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.


Austin American-Statesman: Statesman investigation spurs lawmakers to file 11 bills on child care safety

The Post and Courier: Santee Cooper board took expenses-paid lake trips with steak dinners — for decades

Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News: Abuse of Faith: Investigation reveals 700 victims of Southern Baptist sexual abuse over 20 years

The Tennessean: A Tennessee clinic swindled the military out of $65M. This is how it got caught

The Plain Dealer: Desperation on the Arizona-Mexico border and the gap between politics and reality: Special Report

The News & Observer: Former Moore aide was paid $70,000 after he left. He now says it was a mistake.

The New York Times: ‘It’s Cold as Hell’: Inside a Brooklyn Jail’s Weeklong Collapse

Santa Fe New Mexican: Taxing inequities: Effects of cap on residential property increases vex policymakers

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: County library paid $6.1 million for 6 acres in Frontenac — and didn't get an appraisal first

The Baltimore Sun: Baltimore enacts new rules to root out squalid rental properties. But some tenants could lose their homes

Des Moines Register: Is Iowa to blame for this town's 'desperately needed' $9 million housing project sitting unfinished and empty?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Credit errors upend lives of thousands of consumers

Los Angeles Times: Who urinated in her boots? A mystery at a California military base brings cover-up claims

The Missoulian: Head of MT board regulating programs for troubled teens open to increased transparency

The Wall Street Journal and PBS: A Pedophile Doctor Drew Suspicions for 21 Years. No One Stopped Him.


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.


Tennessee bill would allow public records requests bans

The New York Times: Attacking a Pay Wall That Hides Public Court Filings

Chinook Observer: Legislators propose to limit Public Records Act for themselves

Kansas City Star: After meeting Brownback’s circle, firm was on ‘right path’ to $61M no-bid contract

Vermont high school paper to be recognized for pushing story

Newspaper honored for Sandy Hook shooting records quest

Hawley subpoenaed in open records lawsuit

Ex-city spokeswoman faces prosecution under open records law


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.


Amazon's Bezos accuses National Enquirer of 'extortion and blackmail'

Ex-NYT editor Jill Abramson says she will update her book following allegations of plagiarism

Hereford newspaper gets second chance after former employee purchases the publication

Ionia newspaper cuts print product to 2 days a week

Adams Publishing Group to launch new Idaho newspaper


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.


Lipschutz named deputy editor in chief of WSJ, Dow Jones Newswires

Wall Street Journal editor in chief Matt Murray sent out the following announcement on Tuesday:


I am delighted to announce that Neal Lipschutz is assuming the role of Deputy Editor in Chief for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.

As deputy, Neal will work closely with me and the entire senior team on the daily news report, and will oversee the newsroom in my absence. We all know what he brings to the position: supreme integrity and journalistic rigor, extensive managerial experience, knowledge of business and markets from his days atop Dow Jones Newswires and superb judgment and wisdom. As we extend our journalistic ambition and pursue new areas of growth, Neal will help ensure that our efforts succeed while living up to the highest expectations and traditions of the Journal and Dow Jones.

Read more:


Annie Shooman remembered for work ethic, infectious optimism

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Annie Shooman, a longtime Associated Press reporter and broadcast editor who was known for her work ethic and infectious optimism, has died.

Shooman, 59, died Tuesday in a hospital outside Portland, Oregon, from complications of multiple sclerosis, a disease she had wrestled with for more than two decades, said her close friend and former AP colleague, Allison Barker.

She remained close with many former colleagues even after her illness forced her to leave the career she loved in 2008.

Read more:

Longtime Daily Camera editor Kevin Kaufman dies at 62

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Kevin Kaufman, who worked at the Boulder Daily Camera for 25 years, most recently as the newspaper's executive editor, has died. He was 62.

Kaufman died at his home in Louisville on Sunday of complications from cancer, the newspaper reported .

"Simply put, Kevin Kaufman walked the Earth to serve his profession and his family. What he accomplished will never be forgotten," said Albert Manzi, president and CEO of Prairie Mountain Media.

Kaufman joined the Camera in 1994 as an assistant city editor and later became city editor. In 2005, he was named managing editor, and in November 2006, Manzi appointed him as the newspaper's executive editor.

Kaufman helped the newspaper adapt to the digital age and directed its coverage of high-profile stories that included the ouster of outspoken University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill and the killing of JonBenet Ramsey.

More recently, Kaufman led the development of the Camera's offices in Boulder as a digital design hub where all 13 papers in the Prairie Mountain Media group — as well as the Denver Post, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press and the Boston Herald — are laid out daily. He did so amid an increasingly tough business climate that has seen thousands of newspaper jobs disappear as editors and publishers are forced to do more with diminishing resources, the Camera reported.

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