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APME UPDATE • FEB. 29, 2018 



March 6, 2018: Early bird deadline for Phoenix NewsTrain
March 10, 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


Hey, whaddya think this is, curling?! Hurry up and enter the APME contests!

The Associated Press Media Editors is extending its Journalism Excellence and Innovation Awards and the Associated Press Staff News, Multimedia and Photography Awards contests deadline for 10 more days, until midnight Saturday, March 10!
Wipe your brow! Contest season is full of deadlines, so here’s a little breather so you have a chance at national acclaim for your top-notch work.

It’s just $75 per entry for APME members, $100 for non-APME members. For those who submit three or more entries, the fee is discounted to $60 per entry for members, and $85 for non-members. For universities and college students, the fee remains $25 per entry. 

To join APME or renew, click here to receive your discounts.

Awards will be presented at the 2018 APME-ASNE Conference  Sept. 11-12, in Austin, Texas. A highlight of the conference is when the finalists for the Innovator of the Year Award will make presentations, with the winner selected on-site by attendees.

Here are all the winners from the 2017 and 2016.

The first step in entering is signing up as an "entrant" 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, contact Laura Sellers ( or Paula Froke ( or click here

Overseas Press Club Foundation's first Sally Jacobsen Scholarship winner announced

Hiba Dlewati, winner of the first OPC Foundation Sally Jacobsen Scholarship, with Patrick Oster, Sally's husband. Photo/Michael Dames

The winner of the first Overseas Press Club Foundation's Sally Jacobsen Scholarship is Hiba Dlewati, a Syrian American born in Flint, Michigan, and educated in Damascus, where she got a medical degree before having to flee the country because of the civil war. She is fluent in English and Arabic and also speaks Turkish and French. She has worked in the Middle East as a freelancer, covering the plight of Syrian refugees, among other topics. 

She will work for the AP in the Beirut bureau after she finishes her master's at Columbia's journalism school in September, when she will finish her training in making documentaries. She is currently working on a documentary about the aftermath of the recent hurricane damage in Puerto Rico.

Jacobsen was on the board of the foundation and started a program to get young journalists internships with the AP and other news organizations. She was APME's executive director for many years. Jacobsen, the first woman to serve as the AP's International Desk editor, died last year. About $60,000 has been raised to endow the scholarships in perpetuity. Formally, it's the Sally Jacobsen Scholarship if you wish to contribute. A check can be sent to the OPCF at 40 West 45th Street, NYC 10036, or you can donate online at

Early bird registration of $75 ends March 6 for 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.


For just $85, train in social, video, mobile, data and beat mapping at Muncie, Indiana, NewsTrain on March 24

APME’s NewsTrain is bringing affordable training in digital-journalism skills to Muncie, Indiana, on March 24.

Registration is $85 for a full Saturday of training at Ball State University. 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.

Your accomplished trainers include

  • Linda Austin, project director for NewsTrain.
  • Amy Bartnerdowntown reporter for The Indianapolis Star and its former social media editor and engagement manager.
  • John Russell, investigative reporter at the Indianapolis Business Journal.
  • Val Hoeppner, director of the Center for Innovation in Media at Middle Tennessee State University.

Register soon for $85, which includes meals. Discounted hotel rooms on campus start at $68 a night, plus tax, but must be reserved soon.

Register today! NewsTrains often sell out. Plus, the first 20 registrants receive a free AP Stylebook.

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.


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

Registration is open for the 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Sept. 11-12 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas. Sign up now to join us for two full days of innovative programming!

We have a terrific nightly rate of $219 for Sunday, Sept. 9, through Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the on-site hotel at the conference center.We highly encourage attendees to book their rooms as soon as possible.The very limited number of rooms in our block is available until Aug. 9 or until the block is full.

The registration fee is $275 for members of APME and ASNE and $375 for nonmembers.

Click here to sign up for the conference.

Click here to book your hotel room.


Orange County Register: Forensic work isn’t always like what you see on TV
Des Moines Register: Debt rising for college students
Detroit Free Press: 250,000 jobs gone forever?
Akron Beacon Journal: Who does NRA back in Ohio politics?
Philadelphia Inquirer: City’s trash tirade
Tennessean: Mayor’s bodyguard earned thousands in overtime
Montgomery Advertiser: Sex offenders in school
New York Times: Louisiana communities left  to the tides



Washington Lawmakers approve legislative records exemption
Bill expanding open meeting law clears Idaho House
Poynter: There are 149 fact-checking projects in 53 countries. That’s a new high.



McClatchy: Hoax attempts against Miami Herald
George Polk Awards announced in Washington
OPC Foundation announces Sally Jacobsen scholarship winner
Gothamist news sites brought back to life by public radio
Challenge to Murdoch: US giant Comcast also bids for Sky
Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation joins CPJ's board of directors
NRA strikes a defiant tone, criticizes gun control advocates
Omaha World-Herald cuts 43 jobs
Publishers sue city over ordinance limiting free papers
Topeka Capital-Journal names new publisher
Report Detailing Harassment At NPR Cites 'High Level Of Distrust' Of Management



J. Todd Foster named editor at The Daily Times in Tennessee

A new editor has been named for The Daily Times in Maryville, Tennessee.

He is J. Todd Foster, who succeeds Frank "Buzz" Trexler. Trexler retired Nov. 30 after leading the newsroom for nearly three decades.

Foster and Daily Times Publisher Carl Esposito worked together until about eight years ago at the Bristol (Virginia) Herald Courier, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Esposito is also president of Adams Publishing Group's Tennessee and North Carolina operations.

More recently, Foster has worked as a digital journalist and publications manager for several community magazines published by hibu, formerly the Yellowbook Co.

CBS names Margaret Brennan as 'Face the Nation' anchor

In appointing Margaret Brennan as moderator of "Face the Nation," CBS News gets the first person with day-to-day experience covering the Trump administration as host of a Sunday morning political talk show.

Brennan, 37, replaces John Dickerson. Dickerson recently moved to New York to become one of the three anchors of "CBS This Morning."

Brennan, in an interview, said the Sunday political shows are an increasingly important forum for lending perspective at a time the news cycle moves so quickly for journalists and viewers.

"To be able to step back and give some perspective is value-added," she said.

Brennan has been a panelist on "Face the Nation" and filled in as moderator since Dickerson's exit, along with Nancy Cordes and Major Garrett. She's currently a White House and foreign affairs correspondent for CBS, and interviewed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on "60 Minutes" this past Sunday.

Miami Herald: Saltz leaving as publisher, editor of Sun Sentinel

Howard Saltz, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Sun Sentinel, is stepping down from his post. Sources told the Miami Herald his last day at the newspaper will be Feb. 28.

Replacing him as editor-in-chief will be Julie Anderson, a long-time Tronc executive who currently serves as senior vice president of content & business development for the Orlando Sentinel Media Group, according to sources.

Nancy Meyer will oversee the Sun Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel and the Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia, as the region’s general manager. She currently serves as president of North Jersey Media Group. Previously she served as publisher and CEO of the Orlando Sentinel Media Group.

Tronc, which is based in Chicago, has a portfolio that includes the New York Daily News and The Baltimore Sun.

Saltz became publisher and editor-in-chief of the Sun Sentinel in August 2016.


Life magazine photo archivist Bobbi Baker Burrows has died

Bobbi Baker Burrows, a stalwart custodian of Life magazine’s storied photo archive who, as director of photography for the magazine’s book series, became an arbiter of how newsmakers and news events were immortalized by one of the most influential photojournalism outlets of all time, died at her home on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. She was 73.

The cause was corticobasal degeneration, a rare neurological disorder, said her husband, photo archivist Russell Burrows.

Mrs. Burrows was hired in 1966 as a photo assistant at Life, a cornerstone of the Time-Life empire, toward the end of its heyday as a mass-market pictorial magazine.

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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.


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