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APME Update •  Feb. 15, 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

Enter the APME awards honoring journalism excellence and innovation

The APME Awards are open for entries.

This week's spotlight: News Reporting
($1,000 grand prize sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University)

Criteria: Entries will be judged by how they report on a breaking news event or issue by combining urgent, compelling reporting with innovative tools that advance and enhance the audience experience.

Eligibility: Journalists with Associated Press or Canadian Press member organizations, or the organizations themselves, are eligible.

Categories: There will be three awards, recognizing accomplishments by small, medium and large news organizations. Newspapers will be divided by average daily circulation: up to 39,999; 40,000 to 149,999; and 150,000 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 150,000-or-more 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.

Winners in 2016 were:

150,000 and up circulation: “San Bernardino terrorist attack,” Los Angeles Times

40,000 to 149,999 circulation: “A Nightmare for Our City,” Chattanooga Times Free Press

Up to 39,999 circulation: “Black Hawk Crash,” Pensacola News Journal

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


Apply by April 15 to bring APME’s NewsTrain to your newsroom in 2018

If you’re looking to bring affordable, digital training to your newsroom in 2018, 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 15 at

Successful host committees work hand-in-glove with the NewsTrain staff over six months to plan and promote the 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, makes copies 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, and chair of the host committee for NewsTrain in DeKalb, Illinois, in 2015. “It’s worth the investment of your time and effort.”

Questions? Visit, or email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin at

Just a few more slots for NewsTrain in Norman, Oklahoma

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.




History Initiative • The Times of Northwest Indiana, Munster, Ind.

Indiana’s bicentennial prompted us to focus on the history of our region and our state. We built a coalition of historical societies to act as partners in our effort to create a history website with a focus on material from our market area. We developed a sold-out pictorial history book and a premium special section with historic front pages from our past.

We turned our annual progress section into a Then & Now section focusing on the region’s history as well as where it’s headed. We partnered with the Indiana Historical Society to develop a daily history quiz, and we’re repackaging archived content as well as developing new content including profiles of famous Hoosiers. Readers can’t get enough of this!

— Doug Ross

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


Santa Fe New Mexican: County not utilizing 7-year-old ethics board
Sacramento Bee: Hiring spree in California as pension reform looms
Sun Sentinel: High price for eye-catching Fort Lauderdale parking garage
Miami Herald: CIA files show psychics used in hostage crisis to spy on Iran
Orlando Sentinel: Florida school districts wrestle with teacher shortage
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia PTA split by race and rivalry
Chicago Tribune: Juries may punish officers, but penalties often negotiable
Des Moines Register: Iowa’s rising child homicides raising concern
Baltimore Sun: Carjacking becoming a “youth sport” as numbers climb
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Lawmakers benefit from a push to limit lawsuits
New York Times: Federal civil servants shaken by Trump transition
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Rental inspections could displace poor families
Oregonian: Nine myths about Oregon’s pension fund
Philadelphia Inquirer: Public schools fight to win back charter school students
Austin American-Statesman: FAA missed chance to ground balloon pilot
Houston Chronicle: Oppositions solidifies against concrete batch plants
Seattle Times: The O.R. factory: High volume, big dollars, rising tension



Iowa aware of only handful of improper votes of 1.6M ballots
Montana sued for failing to release emails of state senator
Kansas lawmakers look at closing police commission records
Des Moines, Cedar Rapids police body cameras policies differ
Lawsuit: Trump Cabinet nominee has not turned over records



AP image of Turkish assassin wins World Press Photo award
News conferences raise issue of Trump seeking softballs
The new civics course in US schools: How to spot fake news
Supreme Court nominee has defended free speech, religion
Pennsylvania news organizations merge under AP Media Editors banner
2 Massachusetts daily newspapers cease publication
Spicer: 'Clearly meant Orlando' in talk of Atlanta attack
Gov. Kasich to newspaper editors: 'I want you to survive'
US-funded news channel in Russian offers Kremlin alternative
ESPN reporters writing book on NFL power struggles
Media fact-checking more aggressive under Trump
Twitter broadens its campaign against hate and abuse
Commercial Appeal publisher Cogswell steps down
Fact check on Trump’s terrorist attack claims



Editor of The Norristown, Pennsylvania, Times Herald departing industry

The editor of the Norristown, Pennsylvania, Times Herald has announced that he will be leaving his position and the industry. The Times-Herald ( reports that editor Stan Huskey said "the time was right" for him to step down as of Feb. 17. Huskey, who is also senior editor for the Philadelphia cluster of Digital First Media, said he feels the evolution of newspapers "is in full swing" and he believes print "probably isn't going away anytime soon."
Huskey plans to take on a new position as vice president of governmental affairs and public relations with the Elmwood Park Zoo.



Anthony Marquez, Associated Press LA bureau chief, dies

Anthony Marquez, an Associated Press intern who rose to Los Angeles bureau chief where his calm hand brought stability to AP's news coverage in Southern California amid titanic changes for the journalism industry, has died. He was 55. Marquez succumbed Thursday, Feb. 9, to complications from cancer. Unfailingly courteous and with a disarmingly quick wit, Marquez was that rare boss and executive who seemed to have no enemies. Those who spoke highly of him included not only the reporters, photographers and others he hired but the many editors and news directors whose newspapers, websites, and TV and radio stations received news from the AP. "Anthony was such an impressive person," said Gary Pruitt, AP president and chief executive officer. "He exemplified the very best of AP: high journalistic standards, impeccable business ethics, treating everyone with respect."

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Former Anniston Star editor Paul Rilling dies

Former Anniston Star editor Paul Rilling has died. The east Alabama newspaper reports that the longtime journalist died Sunday, Feb. 12, at a health care facility in Anniston. He was 94. Rilling worked as a writer and editor at The Star from 1973 until 1989. He taught and continued writing in retirement, producing a column about the paper's news coverage. In the 1960s, Rilling was director of the Atlanta region of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, which was responsible for monitoring racial desegregation. He resigned because he believed it was clear that the Nixon administration wasn't going to be as forceful as the Johnson administration in enforcing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Rilling is survived by his life partner, Linda Voelkel.

William E. Deibler, former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editor, dead at 84

William Edwin Deibler, the longtime newspaper reporter and editor whose intelligence, experience and quiet demeanor graced the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newsroom for three decades and to whom a cadre of retired and active journalists owe their careers, died Feb. 1 in Care One, a rehabilitation facility in Moorestown, N.J. Mr. Deibler, of Holiday Village East, Mount Laurel, N.J., and formerly of Upper St. Clair, was 84. After stints with several newspapers and the Associated Press, Mr. Deibler, who everyone knew as “Bill,” joined the Post-Gazette in 1968 as its Harrisburg correspondent before being promoted to city editor and then managing editor. He retired in the mid-1990s as senior editor. Between 1991 and 1994, he made five trips to Cuba to report on political, economic and social conditions there.

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Veteran Houston Chronicle reporter Dale Lezon dies at 62

Dale Patrick Lezon, a veteran reporter for the Houston Chronicle whose love of writing began long before he set foot in a newsroom, died unexpectedly of an undiagnosed heart condition last week. He was 62. Lezon worked at the Chronicle for more than 16 years and covered natural and man-made disasters before becoming one of the paper's main crime reporters. He came to Houston from New Mexico, where he had spent five years with the Albuquerque Journal, gaining awards and recognition for his extensive front-page reporting on a massive wildfire that roared through New Mexico in 2000. Lezon was heavily involved in the Chronicle's coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the Space Shuttle Columbia accident. In recent years, he specialized in police coverage and helped lead the paper's effort to provide breaking news on and

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