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APME UPDATE • March 21, 2019 


March 31, 2019: Mobile microlearning survey closes
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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Sample the first course in digital journalism delivered to your phone. Mobile microlearning works!

For almost two years, APME’s NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin has been researching how to expand NewsTrain’s reach via bite-size lessons delivered by smartphone.

The idea is to overcome the biggest obstacle to training for journalists — lack of time — by providing learning in five-minute chunks that can be consumed while on public transit or waiting in line. In the past decade, mobile microlearning has taken off in other industries but not yet in journalism. Think Babbel for language learning.

Funded by a Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowship from the University of Missouri, she developed the first of these mobile-microlearning courses for digital journalism: The 5 C’s of Writing News for Mobile Audiences.

To study its effectiveness, 35 journalists completed the course under the auspices of the Information Experience Lab at the University of Missouri. All of them said they would recommend the course to other journalists interested in the subject. They described the course as “fun,” “interesting,” “short and helpful,” “convenient” and “easy to use.”

And now you can try that course!

All you have to do is sample a five-minute lesson and take a 10-minute survey on how we should price the courses: Then, we’ll provide a preview of the full course that you can take on any mobile browser. Please answer the survey by March 31.

The Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri will analyze the pricing-survey responses. That information will go into developing a budget with which to approach potential funders about building a library of mobile-microlearning courses in digital journalism.

Deadline extended! Register by tonight 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 deadline 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:

Learn more below and at

Accomplished trainers teaching social, data, mobile, video and verification at APME’s Denver NewsTrain April 11-12

APME’s Denver NewsTrain has a stellar lineup of trainers ready to help you polish your skills in social, data, mobile, video and verification April 11-12.


For just $85, you can 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; 

  • Becoming a verification ninja, led by Kelly Jones, news-intelligence journalist with, which provides social-media verification to media and business clients; and

  • Finding a journalism job, led by Doug Bell, who teaches a course in 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.


In addition, be among the first 20 to register and receive a free AP Stylebook. 


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 workshop will beheld in conjunction with the Colorado Press Association Convention at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center in suburban Denver. 


#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.

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.

Leadership training and skills development are just a taste of what you can expect from our fall conference 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. 

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!

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 An Accused Drug Dealer Became Key To The Biggest Corruption Case In Honolulu History

The State: Thousands exposed to dangerous drinking water across South Carolina

FOX45: Judge Rules City Schools 'knowingly and willfully' Violated Law

The Seattle Times: Flawed analysis, failed oversight: How Boeing and FAA certified the suspect 737 MAX flight control system

The Oregonian: Oregon sends hundreds of foster kids to former jails, institutions, not families

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle: After most deadly crash in a decade, limo rules still haphazard as prom season nears

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Weak, vague campaign finance law easily exploited

St. Louis Post Dispatch: Who investigates after police shootings in St. Louis?

The Times-Picayune: A Louisiana 16-year-old with disabilities ran out of options, so we locked him away

Des Moines Register: Iowa bars felons from voting, but those convicted in other states often escape notice, investigation finds

The Post and Courier: SC sheriffs fly first class, bully employees and line their pockets with taxpayer money


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.


Time: 'Murder Is the Ultimate Form of Censorship.' CPJ's The Last Column Honors Journalists Killed in the Line of Duty

AP: Tennessee high court rules for reporter in defamation suit

News organizations to highlight most threatened journalists

AP: Wyoming governor asks media for ideas to ensure transparency

AP: Newspaper association praises Noem's transparency efforts

Modesto Bee: Modesto Police Department opens book on how it polices its officers

Peoria Journal Star: Bradley University apologizes, restores access for PJS hoops writer

AP: House OKs subjecting lawmakers, governor to record requests

Voice of OC: California News Media Partnership Forms to Publish Police Misconduct Records

Los Angeles Times: Here are the stories about police misconduct uncovered so far by a new media partnership

Cleveland Plain Dealer: files against Cuyahoga County in Ohio Court of Claims after denial of records, videos for seven use-of-force cases against inmates


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.


Nieman: Collaborating at the Capitol: A new Illinois reporting service nearly doubles the number of statehouse journalists

Nieman: Nine local partners in Charlotte form a new reporting collaborative, with Solutions Journalism Network and the Knight Foundation

The Plain Dealer: A painful adjustment at The Plain Dealer, and a few thoughts about our future

AP: Should media avoid naming the gunmen in mass shootings?

The Daily Astorian: Changes planned at The Daily Astorian


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.


Managing Editor To Leave Post-Gazette At The End Of March

Sally Stapleton, managing editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, said she will leave her position at the end of March, according to sources at the paper. She did not say why she was leaving and under what circumstances, in a brief announcement to the newsroom Tuesday.

“I have loved being part of this incredibly talented and dedicated staff,” Stapleton wrote in an email to WESA.

Stapleton is the second high-ranking editor to exit the paper in the last few months. She served as interim executive editor after David Shribman unexpectedly announced his early retirement in December. Keith Burris was appointed to the top editor position in February. Burris also leads the editorial sections of both the Post-Gazette and its sister paper, The Toledo Blade. 

His appointment came after the paper’s publisher John Robinson Block, visited the newsroom late one Saturday night in February in what newsroom employees called a ‘bizarre’ sequence of events that staff shocked and concerned. According to eyewitness accounts, Stapleton – after being called in at Block’s request – was one of several people who dealt with the publisher that night.

Stapleton joined the newspaper in 2016 as assistant managing editor in visuals.

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Black editor resigns from newspaper that urged KKK revival

LINDEN, Ala. (AP) — An African-American woman who took over the helm of a small-town Alabama newspaper that recently called for the Ku Klux Klan to "ride again" has stepped down after a few weeks, citing interference from the newspaper's owner.

Elecia R. Dexter told The New York Times on Friday that she stepped down because of continuing interference from the newspaper's owner who had published the KKK editorial. Dexter said she wanted to maintain her "integrity and well-being."

"I would have liked it to turn out a different way, but it didn't," Dexter, 46, told the newspaper. "This is a hard one because it's sad — so much good could have come out of this."

Dexter last month replaced Goodloe Sutton as editor and publisher of the Democrat-Reporter of Linden. Dexter took over after a firestorm erupted when Sutton wrote and published an editorial that began: "Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again." The editorial said Democrats and "Democrats in the Republican Party" are plotting to raise taxes, so the Klan should raid their communities.

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Brett Blackledge to lead The Daily Advertiser, named new editor

Brett Blackledge, a Pulitzer Prize winner and Louisiana native, will be the next editor of The Daily Advertiser.

Blackledge, current investigations editor for six Gannett-owned Florida newspapers, will take over the longest-serving daily newspaper in Lafayette on April 1.

He brings a deep passion for Louisiana, a history of journalism honored at the highest level and a pledge to be accountable to Lafayette’s need for news.

“Brett is an outstanding journalist,” Gannett Vice President for Community News Randy Lovely said. “Plus, he’s from Louisiana. This combination makes him the perfect editor to lead Lafayette forward. Louisiana is an important part of the USA Today Network, and we’re committed to telling the unique stories from this community.”

In 2007, Blackledge received the Pulitzer Prize, considered journalism’s highest honor, for his investigative series on Alabama’s two-year college system’s corruption, nepotism and cronyism. His reporting for the Birmingham (Ala.) News led to more than a dozen federal convictions and guilty pleas of system leaders and lawmakers, the dismissal of the system’s leadership and other reprimands.

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Alva Review-Courier publisher dies

Lynn Martin, publisher of the Alva Review-Courier, has died, according to Oklahoma Press Association. He was 77.

A memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Alva High School auditorium, 501 14th.

Martin began working as a photographer and columnist for his local community newspaper while in high school. He graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University with a degree in psychology.

In 1969, Martin and his wife Marione purchased KALV-AM in Alva, which they operated until its sale in 1988.

In 1972, the Martins began publishing Newsgram, a free weekly publication. In 1990, Martin purchased the Alva Review-Courier. Martin also was owner and operator of a professional photography studio in downtown Alva.

Lynn and Marione were both inducted into the OPA Quarter Century Club in 2015.

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