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APME UPDATE • Feb. 21, 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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Early-bird, scholarship deadlines approaching for APME’s Denver NewsTrain digital-skills workshop April 11-12

Save money on already affordable digital-skills training by registering before the early-bird deadlines for APME’s Denver NewsTrain workshop April 11-12 


A stellar lineup of trainers will help you polish your skills in social, data, mobile, video and verification. 

Early birds pay only: 



Those from diverse backgrounds  journalists, journalism students and journalism educators can  apply  by Feb. 25 for competitive scholarships  that cover the registration fee.  


And the first 20 to register will receive a free AP Stylebook. 


Attendees will 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.


The 1.5-day workshop is being held in conjunction with the Colorado Press Association (CPA) Convention at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center in suburban Denver. 


The concurrent  CPA  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. 


Denver NewsTrain trainers are (top left)
Burt Hubbard, Kelly Jones and Anthony Quintano;
(bottom left) Christy Robinson and AAron Ontiveroz

AP brings fact-checking to the local and state levels


The AP’s fact-checking team is launching a trial effort to do more fact-checking on the state and local levels, not just the national and international levels, and we seek your help: Please tell us some newsmaker claims or questionable stories circulating online that you think we should research.


Specifically, we’re looking for exact claims from local newsmakers from any arena, including politics, business, sports, entertainment, etc. that have been expressed publicly. We’re also hoping to hear about misinformation that is spreading across the internet and has the potential to affect your communities.  


We might handle the results of our checking in the form of AP Fact Checks, which examine the veracity of statements from newsmakers; or Not Real News items, which we use to debunk false information. We might also do a straight news story or an explainer.


Again: AP journalists will do the fact-checking, working from proposals that we ask you to send our way.


We’ve created a Google Form to submit any claims or stories you’d like to point out:


We appreciate all suggestions, and our team will closely consider all the information we receive.  


This two-week project will run from Feb. 25 to March 11.


Please also feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any questions or suggestions.



Karen Mahabir

Fact Check Editor

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.

Help ASNE get its annual Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey into the right hands!

The American Society of News Editors is preparing to send out their annual Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey soon and they need your help! If you work for a newsroom/news organization, please email with someone they can contact within your organization to answer the survey! ASNE would like to get as much data from as many newsrooms/news organizations as possible, but they can't do that without your help!

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.


Los Angeles Times: Homeland Security replacing troubled biodefense system with another flawed approach

The Sacramento Bee: Cal Fire damages your home or car? Good luck collecting money from the state

Pensacola News Journal: After successful make-or-break week, Pensacola's 'Project Titan' not yet ready for flight

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Alleged victims say powerful Georgia lawmaker repeatedly delays cases

Indianapolis Star: Veteran agency's secretive deal with former state senator possibly violated lobbying laws

Miami Herald/McClatchy: 12 months, nearly 1,200 deaths: the year in youth gun violence since Parkland

The Star-Ledger: A huge mountain of dirt is tearing apart this N.J. town and no one can stop it from growing.

Albuquerque Journal: Feeling the Pain

The Oregonian: ‘Give me the money, and I’ll give it to her.’ Former Oregon lawmaker describes participating in dubious campaign practice

The Tennessean: The hospital is dead. Welcome to Ducktown

Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News: 'Awful, awful trauma' — Southern Baptist church members and leaders react to sexual abuse findings

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The killing of Baby Bill Thao shocked Milwaukee in 2014. New evidence suggests the wrong suspect is behind bars.

The Blade: Critics fear systemic mistakes in Lucas County Auditor's home values


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.


Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram: Maine paid for 40 rooms at Trump hotel for LePage staff

News-Press: Fort Myers police captain under investigation for alleged sex act during prostitution sting

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Former Reed official charged with violating 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.


Pittsburgh newspaper union wants publisher barred from newsroom over 'violent' incident

The Washington Post sued by family of Covington Catholic teenager

Many Well-Known Journalists Are Leaving The Kansas City Star


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.


Matt Thompson hired as new editor in chief for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting

EMERYVILLE, Calif. – The Center for Investigative Reporting has appointed Matt Thompson as its new editor in chief.

Thompson will oversee CIR’s award-winning newsroom, which publishes its work through the website, the Reveal public radio show and podcast produced with PRX, short- and long-form television and documentary projects, and in collaboration with news organizations across the country.

Thompson currently is executive editor of The Atlantic, where he oversees major editorial projects and new initiatives, such as the launch of the magazine’s podcasting unit, membership strategy and talent development teams. In his time as deputy editor of, he helped lead the magazine’s digital team through three record-breaking years of audience growth. Previously, he was director of vertical initiatives for NPR, where he created several broadcast and digital journalism teams, including Code Switch and NPR Ed. He is a former board member of the Center for Public Integrity, where he served for eight years.

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The Post-Gazette’s controversial editorial director just took over the newsroom

The editorial director of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — who penned a controversial Martin Luther King Jr. Day editorial and was at the center of the firing of cartoonist Rob Rogers — has been named the paper’s new executive editor.

Keith Burris replaces David Shribman, a Pulitzer Prize winner who left the post late last year.

The announcement was posted in the PG newsroom and emailed to staff Monday afternoon, according the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh, which represents some 150 newsroom employees.

The notice says effective immediately, Burris, the longtime editorial director of the Post-Gazette‘s sister paper in Toledo, Ohio, would be executive editor of the paper here. Burris, who was brought on to direct the Post-Gazette’s opinion page in March of last year, will continue to direct the merged opinion pages of both papers, the notice reads.

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Ashland (Oregon) Tidings has a new editor

We’d like to announce the appointment of Justin Umberson as the new editor of the Ashland Tidings.

Justin will direct news coverage of both the Tidings and the Mail Tribune, where he’s worked in different capacities since 2016. He started as a copy editor, then was promoted to copy desk chief after Rosebud Media brought pagination back in-house. He became city editor of the Mail Tribune last November.

He has 10 years’ experience in newspapers, including as copy editor at the Corpus Christi Caller Times in Texas and news editor at the Wenatchee World in Washington.

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Retired Peninsula Daily News executive editor dies at 70

Rex Wilson, who led the Peninsula Daily News’ coverage of local news for almost 17 years as its executive editor, has died. He was 70.

Wilson died Wednesday at his home in the Mexican town of Zapopan, a suburb of Guadalajara, of complications from a stroke and lung cancer. His wife, Olga, was at his side.

He and Olga moved from Port Angeles to Zapopan following Wilson’s retirement on Aug. 1, 2015. He had directed the PDN’s news and sports reporters, photographers, desk editors and layout staff since December 1998.

Working closely with then-editor and publisher John Brewer, Wilson oversaw the nuts and bolts of the PDN’s coverage of local events — and during his tenure these ranged from hospital fundraisers to the Makah whale hunt; City Council and School Board meetings to the arrest in Port Angeles of al-Qaeda terrorist Ahmed Ressam; local court coverage to the slayings of Clallam County Sheriff’s Deputy Wally Davis and U.S. Forest Service officer Kristine Fairbanks and a mountain goat killing a hiker in Olympic National Park; county fairs and tractor pulls to Tse-whit-zen, “’Twilight’ Fever” and the removal of the Elwha River dams.

“Rex Wilson and local news. The two thoughts are inseparable,” said Brewer, who retired in October 2015.

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