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April 15, 2017: Deadline to apply to host a NewsTrain workshop
Oct. 8-11, 2017: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 14, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Beverly, Massachusetts

Oct. 21, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 11, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Seattle

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April 15 is the deadline to bring APME’s NewsTrain to your newsroom in 2018

If you’re looking to bring affordable, digital training to your newsroom in 2018, 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 15 at

Successful host committees work hand-in-glove with the NewsTrain staff over six months to plan and promote the 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, makes copies 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, and chair of the host committee for NewsTrain in DeKalb, Illinois, in 2015. “It’s worth the investment of your time and effort.”

Questions? Visit, or email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin at

Train in social, video, mobile and data at New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14

The agenda is out for New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14 in Beverly, Massachusetts — 26 miles north of Boston — and here are the sessions:

• Maximizing social media to get your story read,
• Using social media as powerful reporting tools,
• Shooting short, shareable smartphone video,
• Making smart choices in mobile storytelling, and
• Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Please register by Sept. 14 to get the early-bird rate of $75 for a full day of training, including light breakfast and lunch.

Don't delay: NewsTrains often sell out. Plus, the first 20 to register will be entered in a drawing to receive one of five free, yearlong subscriptions to the AP Stylebook online.



AP Exclusive: Trump campaign chief linked to Putin interests
Newark Star Ledger: New Jersey’s immigration backlog among highest
Akron Beacon Journal: Obamacare repeal could hurt drug, mental health care
Maine Sunday Telegram: Heroin’s killer grip on Maine’s people
Des Moines Register: Iowa’s drunk drivers kill 90 people a year
Boston Globe: Depleted state system fails many with serious mental illness
Washington Post: Howard University Hospital shows symptoms of crisis
Chicago Tribune: Police escaped discipline after officials lost track of cases
Arizona Republic: Insiders rip power agency over theft, threats
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio test results mixed on school vouchers
Seattle Times: Nurses gain traction on bills to address “dangerous” staffing
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 3M to settle pollution case without paying fine




News service sues Vermont over access to new lawsuits
Kentucky attorney general seeks to intervene in records lawsuit
Lawsuit challenges Arkansas execution secrecy
Ohio court rejects media request for autopsies of 8 slain
Colorado public records mediation bill going to Senate
Senate sends amended electronic records bill to House
Health company appealing orders on records, legal costs
Open records plan not meant to violate law, mayor says
Kentucky AG seeks to intervene in open records case



Media press FBI for price it paid for tool to unlock iPhone
A closer look at the 'panic buttons' distributed in Colombia
Hannity angry at treatment by CBS in interview
Will Cabinet follow Tillerson's lead in media access?
Trump delivers his news to newspaper reporters
Justice Department settles suit over LA Dodgers broadcasts
Twitter attack follows New Hampshire reporter's comment about hoops fans
ABC News says 3 of its Twitter accounts were hacked
Breslin celebrated for bringing 'honor' to his press pass
Australia pair are first foreigners to own US radio stations
'Fox & Friends' the morning show of choice for Donald Trump
Syrian conflict dominates Overseas Press Club Awards winners
Altered Facebook news headline jolts Virginia governors race
Court rejects copyright exemption for online TV provider



Escobar named editor of Inquirer, Daily News,

The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and have a new editor. Philadelphia Media Network on Monday, March 27, placed Gabriel Escobar in charge of the entire news report of the sister newspapers and their digital news site.
The 60-year-old Escobar also becomes a vice president. He had been managing editor for news. Escobar worked for years as a reporter in Philadelphia and elsewhere. At the Washington Post, he had stints as a Latin America correspondent, a crime reporter, and city editor. Inquirer editor William Marimow, who twice won Pulitzer Prizes as an Inquirer reporter, takes on a new role as editor-at-large. His job will include coaching the investigations team. Daily News editor Michael Days becomes editor for reader engagement. The company ( ) says both will have leadership roles as vice presidents.

R.J. Rico named AP Louisiana legislative relief staffer

R.J. Rico, an industrious reporter with excellent news judgment, has been hired by The Associated Press for the Baton Rouge legislative relief position. The 11-week assignment was announced Friday by South Regional News Director Ravi Nessman and Deep South Editor Jim Van Anglen. The 27-year-old has worked for the past two years as a news associate at the Shared News Desk in Atlanta. As a freelance journalist, he has also published stories in a range of outlets including The Guardian, The New York Times and VICE. In 2014, Rico traveled to Ukraine to cover the uprising and produced a number of stories for VICE about the intersection between sports and war. Rico has a B.A. in history from Yale University.

Multi-format reporter Dake Kang to join AP Cleveland bureau

Multi-format journalist Dake Kang is joining the Cleveland staff of The Associated Press after reporting for the news cooperative in Bangkok, Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey. Kang will report in Ohio and western Pennsylvania during an eight-month temporary assignment starting April 17. The appointment was announced March 23 by Karen Testa, AP's east region editor, and Delano Massey, the Ohio news editor. Kang has experience as a reporter, photographer and videographer. He reported on the run-up to the Democratic National Convention and accompanying protests last summer in Philadelphia. His coverage as an Overseas Press Club fellow in Thailand included human rights issues, illegal fishing vessels and a sprawling temple at the center of a power struggle. The 23-year-old also worked as an intern for Fox News, CNN and The Times of India. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.


Historian, journalist and activist Roger Wilkins dies at 85

Roger Wilkins, a historian, journalist and activist who held a key civil rights post in President Lyndon Johnson's administration and helped The Washington Post win a Pulitzer for its Watergate coverage, died Sunday, relatives said. He was 85. Wilkins, most recently a history professor at George Mason University, died at an assisted-living facility in Kensington, Maryland, said his wife, Patricia King, and his daughter, Elizabeth Wilkins. The cause of death was complications from dementia, they said. His uncle Roy Wilkins was the longtime executive director of the NAACP. A lifetime later, his daughter Elizabeth worked in the presidential campaign of then-Sen. Barack Obama.

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Robert Hoag Rawlings, Pueblo, Colorado, newspaper leader dies at 92

Robert Hoag Rawlings, chairman and editor of The Pueblo Chieftain, has died of natural causes. He was 92. Rawlings worked at The Pueblo Chieftain and its former sister publication, The Pueblo Star-Journal, for 70 years. The Chieftain reports ( ) that he spent the past 37 years as publisher and editor, becoming chairman of the Star-Journal Publishing Corp. this year. A Pueblo native and a World War II Navy veteran, Rawlings used the editorial pages to advocate for Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado. He fought to protect institutions such as Colorado State University-Pueblo and the Colorado State Fair but was best known for his battle to protect the quantity and quality of water in the Pueblo area.
Under his direction, The Chieftain won numerous awards for its reporting and editorials about water.

Don Carter, a newsman for 5 decades, dies in Georgia at 99

Don E. Carter, a newspaper reporter, editor and executive whose career began before World War II and spanned nearly five decades, has died at age 99. Carter died Wednesday,March 22, at his home on Sea Island, about 70 miles south of Savannah, Georgia. Richard Best, a funeral director for Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, confirmed his death and said Carter, who would have turned 100 in June, had been under hospice care. Carter became a reporter at The Atlanta Journal after graduating from the University of Georgia in 1938. After serving overseas in the Army during World War II, he resumed his news career as an editor, publisher and later as a vice president for Knight-Ridder before retiring in 1982. His surviving relatives include a prominent cousin, former President Jimmy Carter.

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