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APME UPDATE • April 4, 2019 

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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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News Leaders Association (ASNE-APME) announces winners of 2019 Awards

The American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors announced the winners of this year's NLA Awards earlier this week

The 2019 News Leaders Association Awards winners are as follows:

Batten Medal for Courage in Journalism

Maggie Michael of The Associated Press is the winner of the Batten Medal, which honors public service journalism in memory of revered reporter, editor and newspaper executive James K. Batten. The medal is intended to celebrate the journalistic values Batten stood for: compassion, courage, humanity and a deep concern for the underdog. Ms. Michael will receive $2,500 for winning the award, sponsored by a group of editors from the former Knight Ridder Inc.

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Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership - Large and Small

The staff of The Palm Beach Post, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Miami Herald and WLRN Public Radio will receive $1,250 for winning the Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership Large division, and Corey Friedman of The Wilson Times will receive $1,250 for winning the Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership Small division. This award recognizes editorial writing that is excellent journalism and makes a difference in a community. The award is sponsored by The Dallas Morning News in memory of Burl Osborne, who died in 2012.

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Deborah Howell Award for Writing Excellence

Dan Barry and Jeffrey E. Singer of The New York Times will receive $2,500 for winning the Deborah Howell Award for Writing Excellence, which recognizes excellence in news and feature writing (except commentary or editorials) that's not done as breaking news. The award is sponsored by Advance Publications Inc. in memory of former editor Deborah Howell, who died in 2010.

Dori J. Maynard Award for Justice in Journalism

Sharon Cohen, David Goldman and Mary Hudetz of The Associated Press are the winners of the Dori J. Maynard Award for Justice in Journalism, which celebrates journalism that overcomes ignorance, stereotypes, intolerance, racism, hate, negligence and indifference. They will receive $2,500 for winning the award, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in memory of Dori J. Maynard, who was an ASNE board member and a strong advocate for news and newsroom diversity. 

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Frank A. Blethen Award for Local Accountability Reporting - Large and Small

Barbara Laker, Wendy Ruderman and Dylan Purcell of The Philadelphia Inquirer will receive $1,250 for winning the Frank A. Blethen Award for Local Accountability Reporting Large division, and Ed Williams of Searchlight New Mexico will receive $1,250 for winning the Frank A. Blethen Award for Local Accountability Reporting Small division. This award, sponsored by The Seattle Times in honor of Frank A. Blethen, who has been The Times' publisher and CEO since 1985, recognizes outstanding work done by a news organization that holds important local institutions accountable for their actions.

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Mike Royko Award for Commentary and Column Writing

Melinda Henneberger of The Kansas City Star will receive $2,500 for winning the Mike Royko Award for Commentary and Column Writing, which recognizes excellence in writing by an individual that expresses a personal point of view. The award is sponsored by the Chicago Tribune in memory of legendary columnist Mike Royko, who died in 1997.

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O'Brien Fellowship Award for Impact in Public Service Journalism

The staff of the South Florida Sun Sentinel are the winners of the O'Brien Fellowship Award for Impact in Public Service Journalism. This award recognizes public service work that helps solve community or societal issues and leads to changes in laws, regulations or other demonstrated results. They will receive $2,500 for winning the award, sponsored by the fellowship at Marquette University in Milwaukee. 

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Punch Sulzberger Award for Innovative Storytelling - Large and Small

The staff of The Washington Post is the winner of the Punch Sulzberger Award for Innovative Storytelling Large division and Marcel Honore of Honolulu Civil Beat is the winner of the Punch Sulzberger Award for Innovative Storytelling Small division. This award recognizes excellence and innovation in the use of digital tools to tell news stories. Each winner will receive $1,250 for winning the award, sponsored by The New York Times in memory of former publisher Arthur Ochs "Punch" Sulzberger, who died in 2012.

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Al Neuharth Breaking News Reporting Award

The staff of Capital Gazette, Annapolis Md. and The Baltimore Sun are the winners of the Al Neuharth Breaking News Reporting Award for coverage of the Capital Gazette shooting. This award recognizes coverage of breaking news events produced in the first 24 hours of an event.
 
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Visual Journalism Award - Large and Small

Kristen Zeis of The Virginian-Pilot is the winner of the Visual Journalism Award Large division, and Todd Wiseman, Alana Rocha and Justin Dehn of The Texas Tribune are the winners of the Visual Journalism Award Small division. This award rewards powerful and meaningful photography, videos and any visual multimedia that capture a community, issue or news event.

First Amendment Award

Stephen Deere, Dan Klepal, J. Scott Trubey and Kelly Yamanouchi of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution are the winners of the First Amendment Award. This award recognizes the best example of protecting or advancing freedom of information principles, and/or overcoming significant resistance to the application of the First Amendment. The First Amendment Award winner receives $1,000, sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University's Free Speech Center.
 

To view the full list of finalists and winners,  view the original press release 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, Recode.net 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 Storyful.com, 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.


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 bit.ly/HostNewsTrain 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.


HOTEL INFORMATION

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 dkahn@asne.org 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!


WATCHDOG REPORTING

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Files show flaws at firms vying to run youth jails

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Housing authority finalists examined; 2 people on short list to head Little Rock agency have firings in pasts, records show

Los Angeles Times: How a couple worked charter school regulations to make millions

San Francisco Chronicle: Former SFPUC president subject of financial conflict investigation involving $1.25 million

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Inconclusive: The case against a homeless man accused of executing a woman and two teenagers

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Locked & loaded: Inside a Georgia school district with armed teachers

Courier Journal: Churchill Downs is one of the deadliest racetracks in America

The Kansas City Star: Pothole ruin your car? Cities, states can help pay for repairs but good luck with that

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Until the wheels fall off: St. Ann is proud of its rep for police chases, but there are costs.

The Record: How a federal program was exploited to pay for privately owned charter school buildings

Chattanooga Times Free Press: COST OF THE CROSSFIRE: Why we researched the cost of gun violence

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Bid document, contracts reveal massive scale of 2020 DNC in Milwaukee

Indianapolis Star: Investors say ex-‘Fox & Friends’ host turned them into unwitting slumlords

READ MORE IN THE WATCHDOG ROUNDUP

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OPEN RECORDS / FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Alabama AG’s office flunks open government test, again

Newspaper seeks disclosure on records of controversies

Daily Times, GEPB pursuing AG opinion

Norfolk School Board holds 4th illegal meeting in 6 months

READ MORE

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.


INDUSTRY NEWS

Plain Dealer lays off a third of unionized newsroom staff

Indian Country Today to relocate to ASU Cronkite school

READ MORE IN THE ROUNDUP

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.


IN MEMORIAM

Dean of Syracuse's Newhouse school, Lorraine Branham, dies

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Lorraine Branham, dean of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, has died at 66.

Chancellor Kent Syverud said Branham died Tuesday after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He called her "a pillar in the Syracuse University community" and "an icon in the media industry."

Branham, who was born in Philadelphia, received her bachelor's degree from Temple University and became a full-time journalism professor in 2002 after a 25-year career in newspapers as an editor, editorial writer and reporter in stints at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tallahassee Democrat, Baltimore Sun and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Branham took over as dean of Newhouse in 2008, replacing David Rubin. She led an $18 million fundraising campaign for the renovation of Newhouse II and the creation of the Newhouse Studio and Innovation Center featuring Dick Clark Studios, the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation, and the Diane and Bob Miron Digital News Center.

Branham also championed the student-produced, web-based news magazine, The NewsHouse, and spurred creation of the Newhouse Sports Media Center.

"I am forever grateful for what (she) accomplished," Donald Newhouse, whose father established the Newhouse school, told The Post-Standard of Syracuse.

Prior to arriving at Syracuse, Branham served as dean of the journalism school at University of Texas at Austin.

Chancellor Syverud said the university would organize gatherings for students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to mourn together.

Read more: http://dailyorange.com/2019/04/lorraine-branham-dean-sus-s-newhouse-school-public-communications-dies-cancer/



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