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March 4, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Norman, Oklahoma SOLD OUT!
March 10, 2017: National Press Foundation Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting

March 10, 2017: National Press Foundation Stokes Award for Best Energy Writing

March 13, 2017: Deadline to enter APME awards honoring journalism excellence and innovation

March 20, 2017: Deadline to apply for National Press Foundation free, four-day farm-to-table training program

April 15, 2017: Deadline to apply to host a NewsTrain workshop
Oct. 8-11, 2017: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 14, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Beverly, Massachusetts

Oct. 21, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 11, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Seattle

Stop worrying! We’ve extended the APME contest deadline!

The Associated Press Media Editors awards honoring journalism excellence and innovation deadline has been extended to Monday, March 13.

There are discounts for multiple entries in the annual contest honoring excellence and innovation in newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites in the United States and Canada.

The fee for APME members is $75, and $100 per entry for non-APME members. However, member organizations submitting three or more entries will receive a $15 discount and pay just $60 per entry until March 13.

To see if you or your organization is a member, please go to

Enter soon at


Free speech, press groups call president’s attacks on the media a threat to democracy

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and the Associated Press Managing Editors, along with more than 80 other organizations (including the American Society of News Editors) committed to the First Amendment right of freedom of speech and the press, condemn efforts by the Trump administration to demonize the media and undermine its ability to inform the public about official actions and policies. In a joint statement released today, the groups stress that the administration’s attacks on the press pose a threat to American democracy.

The statement cites numerous attempts by the administration to penalize and intimidate the press for coverage the President dislikes, including refusing to answer questions from certain reporters, falsely charging the media with cover-ups and manipulation of news, and denying certain media outlets access to press briefings. Official designation of the media as “the opposition party” escalated when the President described the New York Times, CBS, CNN, ABC, and NBC News as “the enemy of the American people!”

The statement emphasizes that an independent and free press is the Constitution’s safeguard against tyranny. Its job is not to please the President but to report accurately on the actions of public officials so the public has the information to hold power accountable. Efforts to undermine the legitimacy or independence of the press, the statement reads, “betray the country’s most cherished values and undercut one of its most significant strengths.”

“The press plays an essential role in democracy, by serving as an independent watchdog on government conduct and as the main source of information for the public,” said NCAC’s Executive Director Joan Bertin. “The constitutional right to freedom of speech and to petition the government for a redress of grievances cannot be exercised in a meaningful way without access to information about what the government does in our name.”

“Given his actions and rhetoric during the campaign, the attacks on the press by President Trump should not be a surprise to anyone,” said Mizell Stewart III, president of the American Society of News Editors. “Every American should be concerned about this administration’s coordinated attempts to marginalize journalists and threaten the public’s right to know.”


Act now 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



Winterfest Web • Journal Star, Peoria, Illinois

During the holiday season, the city of Peoria held its first downtown Winterfest, complete with an outdoor ice rink.

The Journal Star worked with the city to install a web cam overlooking the festival and the ice rink for readers to watch the action.

— Adam Gerik

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


AP: Ex-congregants of religious sect reveal years of ungodly abuse
AP: Utah lobbyists treat lawmakers with no scrutiny
Santa Fe New Mexican: Efforts by lawmakers to rein in small loans just die
Chicago Tribune: Police say some gangs turning to rifles for added firepower
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Widow taken for millions sparks debate
Washington Post: Anxiety grows in Florida after Trump’s immigration order
San Francisco Chronicle: Immigration courts clogged with two-year backlog
Columbus Dispatch: Replacement chemical for C8 raises health concerns
Arizona Republic: Arizona may face new schools lawsuit over spending cuts
Toledo Blade: Asian carp continue push towards the Great Lakes
Houston Chronicle: Texas builders fear fall out of immigration crackdown
Arizona Daily Star: Trump border orders raise questions for Arizona sheriffs
Indianapolis Star: Last bitter days of an Indianapolis ball bearing plant
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Toxic vapors contaminate properties across state
Democrat and Chronicle: Critics seek overhaul of police conduct review
Philadelphia Inquirer: More murders in Philadelphia going unsolved




Under court order, Iowa county hospital discloses settlement
Missouri judge says state knowingly violated Sunshine law
Wisconsin superintendent candidate unsure email broke law
Tennessee county employees got $600,000 in retirement bonuses
Montana legislators vote against restricting media photos
Ohio court will hear debate on autopsies of 8 family members
Georgia “citizen journalist” wages single-handed fight for open government
Kansas House votes to limit access to police records
EPA head's emails with energy companies to be released



Trump takes on entrenched practice of Washington leaks
Cambodian official urges emulating Trump's position on press
Swedes puzzle over Fox News' Swedish 'security advisor'
New York Times to broadcast 'truth' ad during Academy Awards
Trump will not attend White House correspondents’ dinner
White House says chief of staff not wrong to talk to FBI
Bill aims to restrict media's publication of accident photos
White House bars major news outlets from informal briefing
Efforts to stop anonymous sources clash with 1st Amendment
Trump blasts media, anonymous sources _ after WH uses them
The Washington Post's new motto predates Trump's election
Report: German spy agency targets foreign reporters' phones
Justice Ginsburg praises media and the role of free press
Conservative activist O'Keefe posts tapes targeting CNN
School board member sues paper over secret meeting recording
7-year-old boy meets NBC's Holt after on-air shout out



Ravi Nessman named news director for US South region

The Associated Press has named Ravi Nessman regional news director for the U.S. South, a new position overseeing AP's journalism and news operations across formats in 13 states. The appointment was announced Monday, Feb. 27, by Brian Carovillano, AP's vice president for U.S. News. Nessman is based in Atlanta, AP's regional hub for the South. AP is merging text, photo, video and interactive journalism at each of its four U.S. hubs in a reorganization similar to one completed overseas. Nessman will oversee 13 states in the South, which will become fully cross-format, with multimedia journalists and integrated editing desks that emphasize video and social media, along with a streamlined management structure.

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Las Vegas Optic editor resigns for Albuquerque Journal job

The Las Vegas Optic editor has resigned for a position at the Albuquerque Journal.
The northern New Mexico newspaper announced ( that Martin Salazar stepped down to take a job as a reporter covering Albuquerque City Hall and Bernalillo County. Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., the Optic's parent company based in Shelbyville, Kentucky, says Optic sports editor Dave Kavanaugh will serve as interim editor. Salazar resigned his position as president of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government earlier this month, but he plans to serve out the remaining eight months of his term on the New Mexico Press Association's Board of Directors. He had been at the helm of the Las Vegas Optic for the last four years.

Joyner named executive editor of North of Boston Media Group

David Joyner has been named executive editor of North of Boston Media Group, a company that includes eight newspapers, 15 magazines and multiple digital platforms, including The Daily News of Newburyport. Joyner will oversee all editorial operations for the group and will also become executive editor of The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover. Joyner, 41, worked as an editor at The Salem News, Gloucester Daily Times, and Eagle-Tribune before moving to Alabama to become a news executive for North of Boston Media Group’s parent company, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. Most recently he worked as national editor for CNHI, overseeing the company’s Washington and statehouse reporters.

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Editor who pushed for justice in civil rights killings dies

Mississippi editor Stanley Dearman, who pushed for justice in the murders of three civil rights workers, died on Saturday, Feb. 25, in Florida. The death of the 84-year-old was announced by the newspaper in Philadelphia, Mississippi, that he once published. Dearman wrote articles and editorials in The Neshoba Democrat that helped lead to conviction of a former Klansman in the 1964 killings. His funeral and burial was planned for Tuesday in Philadelphia. The civil rights workers — Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael "Mickey" Schwerner — disappeared on June 21, 1964. A deputy sheriff in Philadelphia had arrested them on a traffic charge and released them, but not before alerting a mob. Their bodies were dug up 44 days later under a dam, after Mississippi's then-governor claimed their disappearance was a hoax. The murders inspired the 1988 film "Mississippi Burning."

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Author, newspaper columnist Jay Cronley dies at 73

Oklahoma-based author Jay Cronley, whose books were made into movies starring some of Hollywood's most notable funnymen, has died at age 73. The longtime Tulsa newspaper columnist died Sunday, Feb. 26, at his home of an apparent heart attack, his daughter Samantha Noel told The Associated Press. She said he would want to be remembered for his writing, humor and creativity. "He would find humor in the most mundane parts of life. He didn't like praise, he didn't like attention, he just liked to write and be read," Noel said. Cronley's books included "Funny Farm," which was turned into a 1988 movie starring Chevy Chase, and "Quick Change," made into a movie starring Bill Murray in 1990. Cronley worked at the Tulsa Tribune for 22 years before joining the Tulsa World in 1992, according to the Tulsa World. His final column appeared in March 2016.

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University asks for help with a survey

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