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APME UPDATE • FEB. 21, 2018 



Feb. 21, 2018:
Deadline for General and Diversity Scholarships for Muncie, Indiana, NewsTrain
Feb. 24, 2018: Early bird deadline for Muncie NewsTrain
March 1, 2018: Deadline for entries for the APME Journalism Excellence and Innovation Awards
March 6, 2018: Early bird deadline for Phoenix NewsTrain
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

Muncie NewsTrain scholarships deadline today!

APME’s NewsTrain is bringing affordable training in digital-journalism skills to Muncie, Indiana, on March 24.There are two types of scholarships offered: general and diversity.

There are five diversity scholarships funded by the APME Foundation for each workshop. Apply to be a Muncie diversity scholar at by Feb. 21.

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. 21.

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.
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 this NewsTrain, including a light breakfast and lunch, but you must register by Feb. 24 for Muncie. The cost increases to $85 after that date.

Register today! NewsTrains often sell out.

Muncie NewsTrain will be the 89th such workshop 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.


2018 Associated Press Media Editors Awards honoring journalism excellence and innovation deadline soon!

The Associated Press Media Editors is 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

Register by March 6 for just $75 to get 1 1/2 days of digital training at Phoenix NewsTrain

APME’s NewsTrain is bringing affordable training in digital-journalism skills to downtown Phoenix on April 6-7.

Register by March 6 to get the early-bird rate of $75 for a day and a half of training in social, mobile, data, graphics, writing, open records, digital tools and more.

Sessions at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication include:

  • Mining data for enterprise stories off any beat, with Cronkite’s Sarah Cohen
  • 10 habits of highly effective open-records users, with the University of Arizona’s David Cuillier
  • Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices, with USC’s Laura E. Davis
  • Creating simple graphics for mobile, with KNXV-ABC15’s Courtland Jeffrey
  • Getting your story read: maximizing and measuring social media for branding and audience engagement, with Cronkite’s Jessica Pucci
  • What's missing in border and immigration coverage, with Cronkite’s Fernanda Santos
  • How to write short AND well, with Santos
  • Meet the best digital reporting tools, with the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting’s Jim Small and Evan Wyloge

Experience NewsTrain’s highly rated training; attendees regularly judge sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly useful and highly effective. “All of the sessions were very direct and relevant,” said 2017 attendee Arianna Pickard of the Tulsa World. “I feel like I’m going to use a lot of what I learned to do a better job and enjoy it more.”

The early-bird rate of $75 includes two light meals. Plus, the first 22 registrants receive a free AP Stylebook – a $22.95 value. Discounted hotel rooms start at $129 a night.

#PHXNewsTrain will be the 90th such workshop organized by the Associated Press Media Editors (APME) in collaboration with a host committee of local journalists, led in Phoenix by the Arizona Newspapers Association. APME, a nonprofit group 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.


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.


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Gannett names Arizona Republic editor head of USA Today

Media company Gannett Co. has named Arizona Republic's top editor Nicole Carroll as USA Today's editor in chief. Carroll has been executive editor and vice president of news at the Arizona Republic since 2015. The appointment was announced Feb. 14. She replaces Joanne Lipman, who was USA Today editor in chief and chief content officer and left in December after serving less than a year. Carroll joined the Republic in 1999 and held a variety of roles, from city editor to planning editor to managing editor for features, before being named executive editor in 2008. She takes over at USA Today next month. Maribel Perez Wadsworth, president of the USA Today network and associate publisher of USA Today, noted Carroll's "values, journalistic excellence, integrity and fierce competitive spirit."

Veteran journalist Garry Lenton named Reading Eagle editor

Veteran journalist Garry Lenton has been named the next editor-in-chief of the Reading Eagle, of Reading, Pennsylvania. He will succeed Harry Deitz Jr., who has been serving as associate publisher and editor while also writing a weekly column. He is retiring next month after 40 years with the company. Lenton began his career in Pennsylvania journalism in 1978 at the Lebanon Daily News, moving on to become a state capitol reporter, bureau chief and database editor at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg. He was editor of the Press & Journal in Middletown before joining the Reading Eagle Co. in 2012 as editor of Berks Country magazine. Two years ago he was named assistant news-editor features and special publications. Lenton currently serves as president of the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors.


Former AP photographer Max Desfor dies at 104

Former Associated Press photographer Max Desfor, whose photo of hundreds of Korean War refugees crawling across a damaged bridge in 1950 helped win him a Pulitzer Prize, died Feb. 18. He was 104. Desfor died at his apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he'd been living in his retirement, said his son, Barry. Desfor volunteered to cover the Korean War for the news service when the North invaded the South in June 1950. He parachuted into North Korea with U.S troops and retreated with them after forces from the North, joined by the Chinese, pushed south. He was in a Jeep near the North Korean capital of Pyongyang when he spotted a bridge that had been hit by bombing along the Taedong River. Thousands of refugees were lined up on the north bank waiting their turn to cross the river. "We came across this incredible sight," he recalled in 1997 for an AP oral history. "All of these people who are literally crawling through these broken-down girders of the bridge. They were in and out of it, on top, underneath, and just barely escaping the freezing water." Desfor climbed a 50-foot-high section of the bridge to photograph the refugees as they fled for their lives.

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Former Ebony editor author Lerone Bennett Jr. dies at 89

Lerone Bennett Jr., an African-American history author and former editor of Ebony magazine, has died at age 89. A.A. Rayner and Sons Funeral Home in Chicago said Thursday, Feb. 15, that Bennett died Feb. 14. Ebony magazine tells the Chicago Sun-Times that Bennett had vascular dementia. The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Thursday called Bennett an "activist historian" and said "a global force for justice he was, a mighty pen he had." Bennett grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and worked on his high school newspaper and edited the student newspaper at Morehouse College, where he went to school with Martin Luther King Jr. Bennett went on to work at the Atlanta Daily World before joining Jet and then Ebony. He worked at Ebony for about 50 years. "He was the guiding light for the editorial vision of Ebony," Ebony CEO Linda Johnson Rice said Wednesday. "Lerone was not just essential in the formation of Ebony's historic trajectory, he was a pillar in the black community."

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Longtime Boston television anchor Jack Hynes dies at 88

Jack Hynes, a longtime television news reporter and anchor in Boston and the son of a Boston mayor, has died. He was 88. Hynes died of heart failure at a Hingham retirement community on Feb. 13, according to a statement from his family. "He was an avid and passionate journalist to the end. We are incredibly proud of our Dad, the quintessential Boston newsman, for all he accomplished during his professional career," the family said. Known as the dean of Boston television news, Hynes eschewed the glamour and fame of the job and was known for his no-nonsense "tell-it-like-it-is" style and for setting the standard for accuracy and credibility.

He also preferred substance over style, rejecting newscast humor and banter, and once even turning down an award as the nation's most telegenic anchormen.

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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.


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APME advances the principles and practices of responsible journalism. We support and mentor a diverse network of current and emerging newsroom leaders. We champion the First Amendment and promote freedom of information. We train journalists to realize their aspirations and thrive in a rapidly changing environment. We promote forward-looking ideas that benefit news organizations and the communities they serve. We work closely with the Associated Press, the largest independent media operation in the world.


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