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APME UPDATE • March 7, 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

If you have news about news, news leaders or newsrooms you'd like to share, send details here.

Register by March 15 to pay as little as $65 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.
  • finding a journalism job, led by Doug Bell, who teaches a course on the subject at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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.

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

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

ASNE, AP release budget for Sunshine Week 2019

Dear Editors and News Directors:


PLEASE NOTE the following additions and updates:

_ A writethru to the main story, BC-US--Sunshine Week-Fading Light, has moved. It includes additional details about the state of the newspaper industry and a quote from an industry expert.

_ A glance to accompany the main story, BC-US--Sunshine Week-Fading Light-Solutions, has moved.

_ BC-US--Sunshine Week-Fading Light-Column, by ASNE board member Joyce Terhaar, has moved.

_ The American Society of News Editors is providing examples from newspapers around the country of “journalism wins,” including accountability stories and communities helped through journalistic efforts. See those at the following link,


Sunshine Week focuses attention on access to public information, open government and journalism’s role in promoting transparency. But what if there is no news outlet to shine the light? Over the past 15 years, newspaper closures and consolidations have left more than 1,400 cities across the U.S. without their main source of regular local news. What that loss means to the community and the ability to hold officials and government institutions accountable is the focus of this year’s Sunshine Week.

The American Society of News Editors launched the first national Sunshine Week in 2005 to coincide with the March 16 birthday of James Madison, father of the Constitution and a key advocate of the Bill of Rights. This year, ASNE, The Associated Press and Associated Press Media Editors mark the occasion with a package that examines a new and troubling trend across American journalism: the loss or diminishment of local news coverage. Sunshine Week begins this Sunday, March 10.

As a companion piece, the AP also is re-launching its Sunshine Hub, a digital tool that tracks anti- and pro-transparency legislation in every state. That tool is accompanied by an investigation into how local law enforcement agencies handle requests to release police video footage.

The following stories and multimedia content have moved in advance under embargo for use beginning Sunday, March 10, and throughout Sunshine Week. The Fading Light story and its sidebars have been released in time for Sunday print publications and will move live at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on Sunday. The Police Videos story will move next week for use on Wednesday, March 13.

For information about the overall project, contact Tom Verdin, editor of the AP’s state government team, at


Moved in advance for use Sunday and thereafter:


WAYNESVILLE, Mo. _ Five minutes late, Darrell Todd Maurina sweeps into a meeting room and plugs in his laptop computer. He places a Wi-Fi hotspot on the table and turns on a digital recorder. The earplug in his left ear is attached to a police scanner in his pants pocket. He wears a tie; Maurina insists upon professionalism. He is the press_ in its entirety. A Facebook blogger, he is the only person who has come to the Pulaski County courthouse to tell residents what their commissioners are up to, the only one who will report on their deliberations _ specifically, their discussions about how to satisfy the Federal Emergency Management Agency so it will pay to repair a road inundated in a 2013 flood. Last September, Waynesville became a statistic. With the shutdown of its newspaper, the Daily Guide, this town of 5,200 people in central Missouri's Ozark hills joined more than 1,400 other cities in the United States to lose a newspaper over the past 15 years, according to an Associated Press analysis of data compiled by the University North Carolina. Blame revenue siphoned by online competition, cost-cutting ownership, a death spiral in quality, sheer disinterest among readers or reasons peculiar to given locales for that development. While national outlets worry about a president who calls the press an enemy, many Americans no longer have someone watching the city council for them, chronicling the soccer exploits of their children or reporting on the kindly neighbor who died of cancer. Local journalism is dying in plain sight. By David Bauder and David A. Lieb. 2,300 words. Photos. Video. An Abridged version also is moving.


Moved in advance for use Sunday and thereafter:


CONCORD, N.H. _ Newspapers typically have played the lead watchdog role in their communities, holding local officials accountable for their statements and actions, filing public records requests to shine light on government agencies, even filing lawsuits or seeking changes to state law as a way to promote transparency. With the newspaper industry in steep decline, that role is being lost in many areas of the country. The lack of oversight by a vigorous press gives elected officials and government bureaucrats a free space to do what they want without fear that it will be exposed. With no watchdog to shine the light, corruption and waste can flourish. By Michael Casey. 700 words. Photo.


Moved in advance for use Sunday and thereafter:


It is a story of corruption that will stay secret, politicians who will need fewer votes to win, even dangerous communicable diseases that will spread faster as our best scientists struggle to fight them. The story is the slow and painful demise of local newspapers. Whether you follow the news or not, whether you trust journalists or not, the financial challenges slaying local newspapers will affect your community, your wallet, your quality of life. By Joyce Terhaar/ASNE. 900 words. Photo.


_ A selection of images by editorial cartoonists.


Moving in advance on Monday, March 11, for use Wednesday, March 13, and thereafter:


Police officers are suspended after allegedly beating a teen suspect in West Virginia. An Iowa police sergeant is fired over a traffic stop involving a black teenager that he insists he handled appropriately. And a 22-year-old Georgia man ends up dead after a struggle with a trooper and allegedly shooting himself, an explanation his friends doubt. Each incident was captured by officers’ body cameras in recent months, and the videos could show the public whether the police acted appropriately or not. But in each case, police departments have opted against transparency and refused to release the videos in response to public records requests by The Associated Press. Body cameras have been sold to the public and policymakers in recent years as a breakthrough tool to increase transparency in policing and build public trust. But a review by The Associated Press finds that departments routinely withhold videos of high-profile shootings and other incidents for months when requested, if they ever release them at all. A patchwork of state laws and local policies around the country gives great discretion to police chiefs and prosecutors to determine whether, and when, to release the videos. By Ryan J. Foley. 1,500 words. Photos. Video. An Abridged version also is moving.


_ Sunshine Hub, an online transparency tool developed by AP for its customers’ use that tracks state legislative attempts to alter the flow of public information.



Sunshine Hub is an online transparency tool that can be accessed by AP customers. The news organization worked with freedom of information experts to create the tool, which tracks state legislative attempts to alter the flow of public information. This includes bills that seek to make certain information off-limits to the public or harder to access.

The bills have been collected here:

The link is accessible to anyone with an AP member account. Members who have not signed up for other AP services can create an account through APImages. After registering, the newly created account credentials can be used to access the Sunshine Hub.

The hub provides detailed information about each bill dealing with government transparency and has a number of features reporters and editors will find useful. Reporters will be able to follow the progress of individual bills, sort bills by topic, post comments and suggest legislation to add. Send feedback to


The AP

Thank a Journalist Day set for March 13, 2019

MUNCIE, Ind.– Thank a Journalist Day, a nationwide campaign initiated by a team of Ball State University advertising and public relations students, will recognize the work that journalists do to empower their communities around the world.

Gov. Eric Holcomb has proclaimed March 13 as Thank a Journalist Day, in conjunction with Sunshine Week, a national, non-partisan initiative held annually to focus on the importance of open government, the public’s right to know on local, state and national levels, and the First Amendment.

Thank a Journalist Day acknowledges the role journalists play in keeping communities informed and safe. On March 13, everyone can participate and to thank a journalist on their social media outlets including Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #thankajournalist. The Ball State team will also tap specific supporters across a global network to thank a journalist.

“At a time when fake news, misinformation and attacks on the First Amendment take place so frequently, this class saw a need to thank journalists,” Kelli Reutman said. “Most journalists work on a hyper local level keeping politicians honest, writing about the local influencers and being a voice for those who can’t or won’t speak up for themselves.”

The project is part of an advertising campaigns class, under the leadership of Professor Michelle O’Malley, lecturer at the Department of Journalism at Ball State University. It is designed to raise awareness about the role journalists play in telling the story of community across the country. The One For All initiative at Middle Tennessee State University and Freedom Forum Institute in Washington, D.C. are national sponsors and helping spread the word.

"We have thanked firefighters, police officers and teachers who are all vital to the community,” said O’Malley. “However, we might never know about where the fire was, or who was burglarized, or won the ball game or received all A’s, if it weren’t for journalists. Journalists are an important part of every community's fabric and today is a good day to thank them for doing this very important job.”

More than 100,000 media outlets across the United States provide communities with news that supports everyday life. It’s time to thank them for providing us with the truth, and protecting free speech and democracy, said O’Malley.

Ball State students behind the project are Alissa Brewer, Michaela Dean, Claire Demirjian, Eddie Metzger, Kelli Reutman and Jillian Wilschke.

For more about the Thank A Journalist campaign, please visit and follow us on Twitter @ThankJournalist or Facebook @thankajournalist.


From left to right: Students Claire Demirjian, Jillian Wilschke, Eddie Metzger, Kelli Reutman, Alissa Brewer, Michaela Dean, Lecturer and Class Advisor Michelle O'Malley

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.

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

URGENT: Please 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. 

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.


Honolulu Civil Beat: How Many Kids In Hawaii Have Been Vaccinated? The State Doesn’t Know

Montgomery Advertiser: 'The ones nobody misses': Scope of human trafficking in Alabama wider than reported, experts say

Los Angeles Times: Newsom’s shorter California bullet train plan likely to run out of money before completion

Miami Herald: A lot went wrong in Florida’s 2018 election. That may have actually been a good thing

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia gives lawyer-legislators liberal privileges to delay cases

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Aquarium trade still triggers fierce debate, even dividing a fishing village

Courier Journal: 2 Kentucky Congressmen question why state officials didn't act faster in deadly hepatitis A outbreak

The Baltimore Sun: As Pimlico faded, its owners were pouring money into their Laurel track. Was anyone watching?

The Kansas City Star: Frank White’s administration cut over half of report detailing Jackson Co. jail issues

Las Vegas Review-Journal: A future no one could see capped Nevada’s share of Colorado River water

Democrat & Chronicle: Day of reckoning: A wave of fresh accusations against priests has been unleashed

The Oregonian: How corporate campaign cash lets pollution prevail in The Dalles

The Tennessean: Is Nashville spending too much on outsourcing?

Houston Chronicle: Broken Trust: Texas’ huge school endowment pays out less and less for schoolchildren

Tampa Bay Times: DNA supports St. Pete rape claim from woman who is intellectually disabled. Why no charges?


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.


Lexington Herald-Leader: Expert: Kentucky lawmakers take ‘a wrecking ball’ to Open Records Act with House bill

South Bend Tribune: Judge rejects Indiana city's subpoena for newspaper records

Orange Street News: Kid reporter gets apology after dust-up with Arizona marshal

AP: Trump says he'll issue order protecting campus free speech


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.


Sacramento Bee reporter detained, two more journalists covering protest march among 84 arrested

Good news: These newspapers added a print section on good news

‘PBS NewsHour’ is expanding with its first West Coast bureau


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.


Beacon Journal editor bids farewell

This editor is moving on. By the time you read these words, I will have retired.

It has been an honor to work at John S. Knight’s newspaper for 37 years, with nearly a third of that time as editor. I have had the pleasure of talking with many of you as you shared your thoughts about our community, its people and this newspaper. I have enjoyed serving you through our journalism.

The Beacon Journal newsroom is full of good journalists who care about their work and know how to tell a good story.

Today I will share some stories you have not read. These are stories from inside the Beacon Journal.

A newsroom is is not your typical office. Newsrooms collect people who are serious, dedicated, question authority (and I was an authority figure) and never believe anything without double checking. Journalists have a sense of humor and a way of looking at the world that best can be described as unique.

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.

Prengaman was also part of a major investigation into abuse by a North Carolina-based church that created a pipeline of young Brazilian congregants who told of being taken to the U.S. and forced to work for little or no pay. That series sparked investigations and lawsuits in the U.S. and Brazil.

Read more:


Ogden R. Reid, 93, Herald Tribune Editor and Congressman, Dies

Ogden R. Reid, the former editor of The Herald Tribune who represented congressional districts in Westchester County, N.Y., for 12 years, first as a Republican and then as Democrat, died on Saturday at his home in Waccabuc, N.Y. He was 93.

His death was confirmed by his son David.

Mr. Reid was the scion of a newspaper publishing family whose grandfather was the editor and principal owner of the renowned New York Tribune and whose father merged it in the 1920s with the equally storied New York Herald to form The Herald Tribune. Mr. Reid was The Herald Tribune's president and editor in the 1950s.

The newspaper was respected for its high-quality journalism but dogged by financial troubles that would help bring its demise in the 1960s; the family sold its controlling interest in 1958. Mr. Reid entered government service the next year when President Dwight D. Eisenhower named him ambassador to Israel.

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