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APME UPDATE • Feb. 28, 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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Register by March 5 to pay as little as $55 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:

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.

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:

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

APME names National Member Photos of the Month for November-January

November 2018: Marc Lester of the Anchorage Daily News

Thanks to Jake May at  The Flint Journal/  for judging. 


Here is what the judge had to say about the winning image:


“This is how you show impact of an earthquake immediately. This is how you make readers/viewers stop in their tracks to gain a further understanding of the news. This is not something you see every day. Bravo to the photographer for taking this vantage point, making a striking image that shows the sheer devastating force of mother nature’s wrath. From the people interacting with the scene, to the changed landscape and the jagged lines it creates, this photographer nailed the image in one photo. Truly, this was incredibly well seen.”


Below is the link to all images entered for November and the winner is slide #23.



This aerial photo shows damage on Vine Road, south of Wasilla, Alaska, after earthquakes Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 shattered highways and rocked buildings Friday in Anchorage and the surrounding area, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami warning for islands and coastal areas south of the city. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

December 2018: Autumn Payne of The Sacramento Bee

Thanks to James Gregg at the Austin American Statesman for judging. 


Here is what the judge had to say about the winning image:


“This in my opinion, is the strongest of the group. Each expression gives a different layer of urgency to the scene, ultimately landing with the grief and contemplation of the father who has lost his son.  The reporting is strong, connecting to an urgent, larger story that has been humanized to the level of everyday people in a poignant way.  Giving a face to the impact of governmental policy and giving the viewer intimate access to these scene makes the news real to me in a way I otherwise would not feel as significantly.”


Below is the link to all images entered for December and the winner is slide #21.


Ali Hassan, second from right, views the wrapped body of his two-year-old son, Abdullah Hassan, at his funeral at the Sacramento Islamic Center on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. The toddler died days after a reunion with his mother from Yemen, after a long fight with a degenerative brain disease. He was separated from his mother due to travel restrictions instituted by the Trump Administration. (Autumn Payne/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

January 2019: David Joles of the Star Tribune

Thanks to Sean Elliot, director of photography at The Day in New London, Connecticut, for judging. 


Here is what the judge had to say about the winning image:


There were many good photos, especially those showing powerful emotions, but Joles’ image captures an iconic moment in the big news story of the month, the polar vortex cold snap that affected so much of the country. One just feels cold looking at the photo.


Below is the link to all images entered for January and the winner is slide #20.


Frost covers part of the face of University of Minnesota student Daniel Dylla during a morning jog along Mississippi River Parkway Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Minneapolis. Extreme cold and record-breaking temperatures are crawling into parts of the Midwest after a powerful snowstorm pounded the region, and forecasters warn that the frigid weather could be life-threatening.  (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

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.

Introducing a new aspect of the ASNE Press Freedom Hotline: a Weekly Video Short.

The American Society of News Editors has been proud to bring you the ASNE Legal Hotline for the past two years, thanks to generous grants from the Charles Koch Foundation and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. Via the Hotline, members of ASNE, APME and LION (the Local Independent Online Publishers) can consult with ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin M. Goldberg via telephone (703-812-0462), email (, or, ideally, the closed group ASNE Press Freedom Legal Hotline Facebook Page (where we hope others will join in the conversation).
We're happy to announce yet another element of the Hotline: a weekly video to be released every Monday on the Press Freedom Legal Hotline Page, and ASNE's main Facebook Page with links via other sources such as Twitter and the "This Week @ ASNE" newsletter. Kevin will identify a timely topic of interest in media law and provide an overview of key issues in about 60-90 seconds. As with the Legal Hotline itself, these videos should not construed or taken as "legal advice" and are not to be used as a substitute for obtaining their own legal counsel. There's also the possibility of additional videos on "breaking news" type issues from time to time.
ASNE, APME and LION members are encouraged to be regular viewers of these videos and continue the discussion on the closed group Press Freedom Legal Hotline Page. More importantly, while Kevin will be pulling topics from his daily work on behalf of ASNE, we hope that you'll send ideas for topics Kevin will discuss. These can be specific situations you have encountered, ala the Legal Hotline itself, or more general topics that you've always wanted to understand better.
We hope you'll enjoy this new feature, which we intend to extend (along with the Legal Hotline itself) beyond the ASNE/APME merger that will create the new News Leaders Association.

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

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.


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Dairy farmers are in crisis — and it could change Wisconsin forever

The Seattle Times: HUNGER: The decline of salmon adds to the struggle of Puget Sound’s orcas

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Beaten, then silenced

The Oregonian: Polluted by Money

Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism: Protection of vulnerable seniors a growing challenge in Ohio

The News & Observer: Pay $500 on a panhandling charge or sit in jail for five days. Should NC find a better way?

Albuquerque Journal: NM faces hurdles recruiting doctors

The Kansas City Star: Amid unrest in Ferguson, Missouri Highway Patrol started using secret messaging app

Star Tribune: Should police turn to genealogy sites to catch a long-sought killer?

Portland Press Herald: Across Maine, prices for the same medical procedures are often staggeringly different

Courier Journal: Kentucky's 'too low and too slow' response to the nation's worst hepatitis A outbreak

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Ralston helped write the law allowing him to delay criminal cases

Billings Gazette: Families, investigators struggle to track down missing Native women

AP: Court records reveal a Mueller report right in plain view

Honolulu Civil Beat: Rural Schools Take A Big Hit In Hawaii’s Funding Formula


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.


AP: Arizona marshal faces backlash over dustup with kid reporter

The New York Times: An Arizona cop threatened to arrest a 12-year-old journalist. She wasn’t backing down.

The Greenville News: Sheriff's Office denied Greenville News reporter access to drag queen event at public library

AP: Court strikes down key part of Texas' open meetings law

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Despite state law and its own policy, the Richmond School Board approved a budget the public hasn't seen


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.


AP duo to focus on #metoo, gender politics

2 arrested in robbery of California news crew

The Morning Call’s journalists are starting a union: ‘We want a voice’ in newsroom decisions, they say

Montana bill requiring media to identify owners is tabled

Seattle Weekly stops the presses, ending four decades of print and joining the web-only ranks

American Journalism Project Launches Major Effort to Reinvigorate Local News with $42 Million in Founding Commitments


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.


Montgomery Advertiser: Goodloe Sutton, Alabama editor who called for lynchings, hands over the reins of newspaper

The embattled Alabama publisher and editor Goodloe Sutton who received widespread condemnation this week for racist and violent rhetoric announced Friday he has handed over control of his Marengo County newspaper.

Elecia Dexter, was named publisher and editor on Thursday, according to a news release distributed by the Democrat-Reporter newspaper.

Reached by phone on Friday afternoon, Sutton said Dexter was the new “publisher, owner, and editor” of the Democrat-Reporter. He refused to say if the paper had been sold to Dexter or if ownership had been transferred, and repeatedly called an Advertiser reporter “dumb” for asking.

The Secretary of State’s website did not have a record of any transaction as of Friday afternoon. It can sometimes take a few days for records on the site to update.

The Advertiser has asked Dexter to clarify what role, if any, Sutton will have at the small-town weekly going forward.

Sutton this week called for the extrajudicial killings of "socialist-communists" after his history of racist and anti-Semitic editorials came to light. In a Thursday interview with the Montgomery Advertiser, he refused to apologize for his previous writings and would not acknowledge his call for violence constituted lynchings.

"Lady, I don't give a shit. I'm quitting," Sutton said, alluding to possibly selling the newspaper.

Read more:

Lawrence newspaper names Lawhorn as new publisher

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Lawrence-Journal World has announced that Editor Chad Lawhorn has been named publisher of the newspaper.

Ogden Newspapers of Kansas, the paper's owner, said Tuesday that Lawhorn will also continue to serve as editor.

He will oversee news, advertising, circulation and other operations of the Journal-World as well as write for the newspaper and website.

Lawhorn has been with the Journal-World since 2001 and has served as a reporter, managing editor and editor.

Before joining the Journal-World, Lawhorn was editor and publisher of The Baldwin Ledger and the Lawrence Business Ledger and owned their parent company. He joined the Journal-World after selling those weekly newspapers to the Journal-World.

Lawhorn, a fourth-generation Kansan from Melvern, replaces Scott Stanford, who has accepted a promotion within the Ogden organization.

Read more:

Prengaman named to lead AP's West Region

NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Prengaman, an award-winning multiformat global news manager, has been appointed to lead The Associated Press' West Region.

As West News Director based in Phoenix, Prengaman will oversee a team of text, photo and video journalists responsible for general news, politics and enterprise in 13 western states. The appointment was announced Tuesday by Noreen Gillespie, deputy managing editor for U.S. News.

"Peter is a true cross-format journalist who understands how to build teams that bring ideas in from all corners of the newsroom," Gillespie said. "He also knows how to create distinctive, memorable work with those teams, and has done it over and over again on some of the biggest stories of the day."

As news director in Brazil, Prengaman led a team of journalists covering political turmoil and major shifts in Latin America's largest and most populous nation, including the impeachment and removal of President Dilma Rousseff, the jailing of ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the election of Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right former army captain who rose to power on an anti-corruption and pro-gun agenda.

Read more:

‘Time to try new things.’ Tom Eblen on retiring from the Herald-Leader & his next chapter

After 21 years at the Lexington Herald-Leader, I leave the staff March 1. I have had a great run, but it’s time to try new things.

McClatchy, which owns this and 28 other newspapers, made a voluntary early retirement offer to 450 staff members nationwide. For this 60-year-old, it is an offer too good to refuse.

I loved playing important roles at my hometown newspaper after 14 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and five years before that with The Associated Press. I enjoyed my 10 years as the Herald-Leader’s managing editor, but stepping down in 2008 to be the metro/state columnist was the best thing I ever did professionally.

Still, there are other things I want to do, such as write books, and this will give me the flexibility to do them.

At various points in my career, when I was doing well, I made a leap of faith to try something new and it always worked out. Only once did I stay too long in a job, and that taught me some lessons. A sad aspect of this leap of faith is that I am leaving full-time daily journalism after an exciting four decades.

Read more here:

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