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APME UPDATE • April 12, 2019 


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.

ASNE's 2019 Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey is in the field — We need your participation!

The American Society of News Editors calls on news organizations across the media spectrum to participate in this year's diversity survey, which incorporates revised design and data collection methodologies to better establish a quantitative view of the diversity status in America's newsrooms. The survey went into the field today, April 11.

The purpose of the Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey, launched in 1978, is to document employment trends in U.S. print and online publications and help newsrooms reflect the growing diversity of their audiences. The survey measures progress toward ASNE's goal of having the percentage of minorities working in newsrooms nationwide equal to that of minorities in the nation's population by 2025.

Please take the time to complete the survey. Organizations that don't receive a link to the survey by April 17 should reach out to ASNE at

To read the full 2019 Diversity Survey press release, click here.

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. 


Arizona Republic: You elected them to write new laws. They’re letting corporations do it instead.

The Los Angeles Times: How border patrol have spun out of control, with deadly consequences

The Denver Post: Colorado lets oil and gas companies pollute for 90 days without federally required permits that limit emissions

Des Moines Register: Severely disabled Iowans are dying at a state-run institution.

The New York Times: A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy

Oregon Public  Broadcasting: Incomplete reporting hides rising death rates in Northwest jails

CNN Business: How the Baltimore Sun brought City Hall scandal to light


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.


Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Payday loan group paid KSU for favorable research, records show

The Kansas City Star: New details of Branson’s sunken duck boat revealed in Coast Guard safety records


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.


The Oregonian: Oregon newsrooms team up on suicide awareness/prevention reporting


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.


Kathy Best named first director of Howard Center for Investigative Journalism

COLLEGE PARK (4/8/19) — Kathy Best, who led The Seattle Times to two Pulitzer Prizes after successful stops in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis, will be the first director of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Best, currently editor of The Missoulian in Missoula, Montana, will join Merrill College this spring. Once here, she’ll formally launch the Howard Center, a new multidisciplinary program funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation in honor of Roy W. Howard that seeks to tell stories of national and international importance while training the next generation of watchdog reporters.

“Kathy Best is a dynamic newsroom leader with a long track record of getting the most out of the journalists she works with,” Merrill College Dean Lucy A. Dalglish said. “She digs into stories that matter to the community and is eager to use what she’s learned to launch the Howard Center and make it a worldwide leader in investigative reporting.”

Liz Carter, CEO and president of the Scripps Howard Foundation, said the foundation was “thrilled to have a journalist of Kathy’s caliber, vision and experience leading the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Maryland.”

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Shani Hilton Leaving BuzzFeed News for Los Angeles Times (Exclusive)

Shani Hilton, who has worked hand-in-hand with editor-in-chief Ben Smith in running BuzzFeed News for the last few years in New York, is leaving to work for the newly restocked Los Angeles Times.

Hilton, who has been with BuzzFeed since 2013, will serve as the Times' deputy managing editor for news. Her last day as BuzzFeed's vp news and programming is May 2, and she is set to start at the Times on June 3.

"I've basically done everything that you can do here, essentially, at one point or another," Hilton told The Hollywood Reporter of the roles she has held at BuzzFeed. "I wasn't looking to leave, actually, but I'm from California and I'm really psyched to be moving back. The job was too appealing, and it felt like a really big, needed role."

At the Times, Hilton will work on digital strategy, driving subscriptions, newsroom operations, events, budgets, video programming and recruiting. "It's kind of like what I do now, which is everything," she said.

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