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APME UPDATE • MARCH 8, 2018 

 

SAVE THE DATES

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

ENTER BY MIDNIGHT SATURDAY!

Time is running out to enter the APME contests!

The Associated Press Media Editors Journalism Excellence and Innovation Awards and the Associated Press Staff News, Multimedia and Photography Awards contests deadline is midnight Saturday, March 10!

Enter for your chance to showcase your incredible work today!
 
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 http://bit.ly/2018APMEawards. 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.

Remember, in order to complete your entry, you must click the SUBMIT button under the Status pane, or your entry will be Complete, but Not Submitted!

For more information, contact Laura Sellers (lsellers.newstrain@gmail.com) or Paula Froke (pfroke@ap.org) or click here


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 by today.

Register today! NewsTrains often sell out.

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.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER: bit.ly/MuncieNewsTrain.


Get a day and a half of top-notch digital training at Phoenix NewsTrain for just $85

APME’s NewsTrain is bringing affordable training in digital-journalism skills to downtown Phoenix on April 6-7.

Register for $85 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 rate of $85 includes two light meals. Discounted hotel rooms start at $129 a night, but you must reserve your room by March 12.

#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.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER: bit.ly/PhoenixNewsTrain.


Apply by April 30 to bring APME’s NewsTrain affordable digital training to your area 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 bit.ly/HostNewsTrain.

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 bit.ly/HostNewsTrain 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.


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EDITORS IN THE NEWS

Veteran journalist named editor of Indian Country Today

A veteran journalist who has worked for outlets including the Navajo Times, the Arizona Republic and the Seattle Times has been named editor of Indian Country Today.

The National Congress of American Indians announced the selection of Mark Trahant.

The group says Trahant is highly respected for his keen insight into issues impacting tribal nations.

Trahant is a member of Idaho's Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and a former Native American Journalists Association president.

NCAI took over Indian Country Today about a month ago after the Oneida Nation put operations on hold to explore new business models. It later donated assets to NCAI.

The organization says it plans to share content for free with tribal newspapers, radio stations and websites.


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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