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April 6-7, 2018: Phoenix NewsTrain
April 14, 2018: NewsTrain workshop in Muncie, Indiana
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, 2018: NewsTrain workshop in Greenville, S.C.
Sept. 22, 2018:
NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
March 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Toronto

Just around the corner

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.”

#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.


Don't miss out!

Muncie, Indiana NewsTrain has a new date: Saturday, April 14

For just $85, train in social, video, mobile, data and beat mapping

APME’s NewsTrain is bringing affordable training in digital-journalism skills to Muncie, Indiana, on April 14.

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 (from top left and clockwise:

  • Mark Nichols, data journalist on the national investigations team for USA Today.

  • Val Hoeppner, director of the Center for Innovation in Media at Middle Tennessee State University.

  • Amy Bartnerdowntown reporter for The Indianapolis Star and its former social media editor and engagement manager.

  • Linda Austin, project director for NewsTrain.

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.


Host a NewsTrain on your own turf

Apply by Friday 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

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 or email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin.

Fall 2018 NewsTrain dates set

Choose from two NewsTrain workshops in September.
Join us in Greenville, S.C., at Furman University on Sept. 7-8 for a day and half of exceptional training for journalists of all levels.

Then, after the ASNE/APME/APPM conference in Austin, NewsTrain heads to Denton, Texas, on Sept. 22 for a daylong workshop on the University of North Texas campus.

Both locations will offer early bird registration at $75. Details to be announced soon.

To get updates for any of the upcoming NewsTrains, visit this page and signup.

Register, book your hotel room now to join us this fall

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 (and barbecue)!

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.

Registration is only $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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