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APME UPDATE • March 28, 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

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

Still time to register! Learn social, data, mobile, video, verification from accomplished trainers 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 $75 for Colorado Press Association members 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.

The workshop will be held in conjunction with the Colorado Press Association (CPA) Convention at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center in suburban Denver.

Journalists whose news organizations are members of CPA can register for NewsTrain at a discounted rate of $75.

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.

#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.

Sample by Sunday! Try 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.

ASNE and APME have Grande problems with a new set of photographer credentials

For the past few years, ASNE and APME have collaborated advocacy efforts in support of the First Amendment and FOIA. But one of the first areas of collaboration between these groups was on issues surrounding credentialing of reporters and photographers to cover sports and entertainment events.
Working with (and often leading) other national (and international) journalism associations, we exchanged information about and coordinated responses to restrictive credentialing provisions which ran the gamut from limitations on the amount of video that could be recorded and broadcast/streamed from team facilities on a given day, to the number of updates which could be published (or Tweeted) from an event site, to outright bans from attending practices or non-game events. One of the more constant threats to coverage were restrictions placed on or demands made of photographers covering a game, concert or other event. These are not only becoming more regular but more outrageous in nature, up to and including requirements that photographers sign over the ownership rights to their photos, receiving simply a license to publish those photos for limited news and editorial purposes only.
This article from W Magazine frames the photography issue well (pun intended!) in the context of Ariana Grande's world tour. As the article notes, the "Standard Terms and Conditions for Photographers/Live Appearances" issued by GrandAriTour, Inc. are particularly egregious. They, in effect, convert photographers seeking to shoot a concert or live event into Ariana Grande's personal photographer by, among other things:

  • Requiring the photographer to grant ownership to GrandAriTour, Inc. and Ariana Grande as a "Work for Hire";

  • Requiring the photographer to provide upon demand a complete set of contact sheets and digital files of any and all photographs taken to GrandAriTour, Inc. and Ariana Grande;

  • Allow GrandAriTour, Inc. and Ariana Grande to use any photos for any reason whatsoever;

  • Limiting the photographer's/publication's use of the photo to (a) a single instance use, (b) as part of a news item relating to the performance and (c) only upon express prior approval by GrandAriTour, Inc. and Ariana Grande. The credentials specifically state "[i]f the Photographs are to be printed together with any editorial, news or other informational text, the final edit of such text shall be subject to Artist's prior written approval."

In summary, GrandAriTour, Inc. and Ariana Grande not only own the photos, but they take on an editorial role at your publication (that last requirement is a somewhat new and unusual provision, by the way).
That's why ASNE and APME joined 14 other media organizations and companies on a letter drafted by the National Press Photographers Association which protests these restrictions. That's about as far as we can take it as your representatives. For legal reasons, the most we can do is notify our members about the existence of this controversy and educate you about the legal issue, as well as continuing to interact with GrandAriTour, Inc. and Ariana Grande on the language of the credentials. It's up to you to decide for yourselves whether you are going to sign these credentials or refuse to cover this tour and related Ariana Grande events.
Please do not hesitate to contact ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin M. Goldberg at 703-812-0462 or if you have additional questions.

Bring APME’s NewsTrain digital training to your town in 2020. Apply by April 30!

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.

With less than 6 months left until our fall conference, REGISTER NOW!

The American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors are joining forces to 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!

ASNE/APME join amicus brief filed in Supreme Court in FOIA case

ASNE and APME were 2 of 37 media organizations and companies who joined an amicus brief drafted by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press that was filed with the United States Supreme Court in support of the Argus (SD) Leader in a key FOIA case involving the "trade secrets" exemption (Exemption 4).

The paper is seeking access to documents relating to retailer participation in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Access Program (SNAP). It was successful in the District Court, at which point the United States Department of Agriculture stopped defending its initial denial of the FOIA request. However, the Food Marketing Institute took up the mantle of secrecy, appealing to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, which also ruled in favor of the paper. It is therefore very concerning that the Supreme Court agreed to hear this case.

In addition to simply being important for purposes of accessing SNAP records, this case presents two crucial legal issues. It is the first time the Supreme Court has heard a case involving Exemption 4 of FOIA. It is also the first time the Court has heard a case since FOIA was amended in 2016 to require that agencies point to a "foreseeable harm" that might result from release of records prior to issuing a FOIA denial. The Court could set precedent with regard to one or both of these issues. That's why our amicus brief actually argues that the Court should not rule at all.

Oral argument is scheduled for April 22. You can read our amicus brief here.

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.


The Seattle Times: Debt collectors that ‘sue, sue, sue’ can squeeze Washington state consumers for more cash

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: In Milwaukee, fewer than half of all homicides end in a suspect convicted of a crime.

The Oregonian: Uncertain conclusions: Hart children came to Oregon child welfare system’s attention at a time of widespread indecision

The New York Times: Boeing Was ‘Go, Go, Go’ to Beat Airbus With the 737 Max

The Record: $1 billion in taxpayer money has purchased schools — and scandal

North Jersey Record: Why are black, hispanic students suspended more often? NJ's racial gap is one of the worst

The Boston Globe: You can’t own more than three pot shops, but these companies are testing the limit — and bragging about it

The Times-Picayune: Louisiana's 170-year-old mental hospital is 'quickly deteriorating' with more than 600 patients inside

Des Moines Register: Iowa is a hot spot for trafficking in the illicit massage industry, but prosecutions are rare

San Francisco Chronicle: VANISHING VIOLENCE: Empty Cells, Rising Costs

Arizona Republic: Rascal Flatts restaurants failed nationwide. Did a Mafia soldier pull the strings?

The Miami Herald: How did this middle school teacher stay so long while girls said he was molesting them?


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.


Reno Gazette Journal: Storey County journalist appeals ruling that he's not protected by Nevada shield law

AP: State won't release video of youth detention center melee


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.


Reading Eagle Company files for bankruptcy protection

Nieman Reports: Why Newsrooms Are Unionizing Now

Times Leader Layoffs Hit Sports Department


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.


Editor of The Virginian-Pilot, Daily Press leaves amid restructuring

NORFOLK — Tribune Publishing, the owner of The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press newspapers, has announced the departure of the publications' top editor.

Marisa Porto had been both editor and publisher of the Daily Press since 2016 and editor of The Virginian-Pilot since shortly after Tribune bought The Pilot in May 2018 for $34 million from the Batten family.

Prior to overseeing both, Porto had led the Daily Press Media Group, which includes the Virginia Gazette in Williamsburg and Tidewater Review in West Point, since 2011. The publications under the Daily Press and Pilot were combined to create one news organization, called Virginia Media.

Tribune executive Par Ridder told staff Thursday afternoon that the company would no longer have a single role for both editor and publisher and that Porto had left, effective immediately. Ridder, who has been serving as interim general manager of the combined news organizations since Feb. 1, has been based in Tribune's Chicago headquarters serving as general manager of the company's Chicagoland Targeted Media properties.

Ridder said the company would begin the search to hire an editor to oversee all the publications under Virginia Media. Ryan Gilchrest, managing editor, will assume oversight of all news coverage in the meantime. The title of publisher has been eliminated and the business side will be overseen by a general manager. Ridder said the company would be looking to hire a permanent replacement for that position as well.

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Founder of black North Carolina newspaper dies at 88

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — John Kilimanjaro, who founded a North Carolina newspaper that provided information to the black community, has died. He was 88.

Afrique Kilimanjaro said her father died Wednesday morning, the same day his newspaper, the Carolina Peacemaker, is printed.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports Kilimanjaro was an Arkansas native who disavowed his family's slave name and adopted one that referenced the mountain in Africa.

The newspaper, founded in 1967, included coverage of efforts to desegregate schools and a battle to establish a district system that would make it easier for local black people to be elected to political office.

Kilimanjaro also taught drama at North Carolina A&T State University. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday in Greensboro.

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