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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

Take a sneak peek at ASNE-APME conference program

Join us Sept. 11-12 at the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas, where you will be inundated with tips and advice on how to lead your newsroom in 2018 and going forward. 

For two full days at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, the conference will cover the latest innovations in content and technology, leadership strategies, new business models and more. Register and book your hotel room now!
Some highlights of our sessions and speakers you don't want to miss:
What Do I Need to Know?: It is impossible to keep up with all the latest developments in an industry that is constantly evolving, so we will do it for you. You will learn the latest in everything from visual storytelling breakthroughs to new business models. What does it do? How much does it cost? How do I use it to tell stories in a newsroom my size? You will leave with recommendations on where you should invest your resources. We will update you on the state of video and podcasts and report back on the new startup moves in journalism, fueled by Spirited Media and The Athletic. Confirmed speaker: Jeremy Gilbert, director of strategic initiatives, The Washington Post.
Innovation Track: Serving Your Readers in 2018: How can you use human-centered design to put the audience first and produce impactful storytelling? We will review a project done by the Philadelphia Media Network and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which recruited three real Philadelphians to participate in a half-day, human-centered design exercise. They interviewed these volunteers about their habits and priorities, discovered real needs and brainstormed service journalism story ideas. A popular series called "We The People" came out of it. Confirmed speakers: Marie Gilot, director of professional development, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Kim Fox, managing editor of audience development,
Big J Track: When the Trolls Turn On Your Reporters: Social media attacks against reporters are becoming more common, with women in fields like sports especially likely to come under attack. Meet the journalists who have gone through this experience and hear from experts on what you should do as a newsroom manager in this situation.

Hollywood and You: Your newsroom creates thousands of pieces of valuable intellectual property each week, and publishers are moving quickly to better control and monetize it. The New York Times is partnering with a production company. POLITICO signed with ICM. McClatchy, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Daily Beast and NPR are represented by Storied Media Group in Hollywood. We'll explain the newest revenue stream and how you can capitalize on it. Confirmed speaker: Todd Hoffman, CEO of Storied Media Group.
Registration and hotel

The registration fee is $275 for members of APME and ASNE and $375 for nonmembers. A terrific group rate is available at the on-site hotel at the conference center for $219/night Sunday, Sept. 9, through Wednesday, Sept. 12.


You still have time to apply for a scholarship to polish your digital skills at NewsTrain in Muncie, Indiana

Join us Saturday

You still have time to apply for a scholarship to polish your digital skills at NewsTrain in Muncie, Indiana, on its rescheduled date of April 14.

Scholarship applications have reopened at Winners will be notified first-come, first-served until the limited number of scholarships is exhausted. Apply today to improve your chances!

These scholarships, generously funded by the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation, are available to journalists, journalism students and journalism educators.

The scholarships cover the $85 fee 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 smarter video with your smartphone,

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.

“The training made me excited to bring new strategies to work tomorrow!” said Cheryl Truman, veteran Lexington Herald-Leader reporter who attended NewsTrain in 2016.

Your accomplished trainers in Muncie include (clockwise from upper left):

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 Bartner, downtown reporter for The Indianapolis Star and its former social media editor and engagement manager.


Linda Austin, project director for NewsTrain.

Muncie NewsTrain was originally scheduled for March 24 but was rescheduled because of snow. Scholarship applicants will be notified by April 11.

It will be the 90th 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.


Phoenix NewsTrain 'was a great experience'

The Arizona Newspapers Association led the host committee of journalists that brought APME's NewsTrain workshop to Phoenix on April 6-7.

Sixty-seven journalists, journalism educators and journalism students attended the 1.5 days of journalism training at Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Instructors included Cronkite's Sarah Cohen on data-driven enterprise, Fernanda Santos on writing short AND well, Jessica Pucci on audience engagement and the University of Arizona's David Cuillier on open records.

Pictured left, University of Southern California Professor Laura E. Davis shows a feature of Instagram Stories to NewsTrain attendees Richard Haddad (left) of Western News&Info Inc. and independent journalist Mark Casey. 

"This was a great experience, and I learned a lot that I can actually apply!" said Cronkite student Skylar Mason.
Elizabeth Montgomery, digital producer at, said, "I really enjoyed the whole event. ... Everything was covered, no matter your beat."
The slides and handouts can be found at

Phoenix NewsTrain was the 89th such workshop organized by the Associated Press Media Editors (APME). The nonprofit group of newsroom leaders has sponsored NewsTrain since 2003, training more than 7,300 journalists in cities across the United States and Canada.

Host a NewsTrain on your own turf

Apply soon 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.

Don't miss ASNE's special event covering politics, diplomacy, America's world role

Register by May 2 to attend their one-of-a-kind event May 6-7 in Washington, D.C., which will include briefings on conservatism v. Trumpism, Supreme Court "decisions to watch" and America's foreign policy in the age of Trump.

A $200 travel reimbursement is available to a limited number of registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The event begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6 at The Heritage Foundation, co-sponsored by The Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies & Citizenship, the D.C., arm of Michigan's Hillsdale College. First, we'll hear from an all-star cast of right-leaning notables who will debate the question: "Can Conservatism Survive Trump?" Then, we'll hear three legal scholars - right, left and centrist - discuss which Supreme Court decisions, soon to be handed down, could most profoundly affect American life. We'll end the day with an hour of journalism shop talk focusing on community engagement in an election year.

Then on the morning of Monday, May 7, you'll head to the U.S. Department of State to meet our nation's top diplomats for a whirlwind tour of U.S. foreign policy under President Trump. Name the hotspot, and it's covered. This has long been one of ASNE's most popular annual traditions.

There is a registration fee of $15, which includes one boxed lunch for May 7. The fee will be waived for those who can only attend the May 6 briefings at The Heritage Foundation. Please email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at if you want to register for just the May 6 briefings.

See you in Washington!


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Washington Post: John Kelly fades as West Wing disciplinarian
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Indianapolis Star: Lottery often ends high-prize games early
South Bend (Indiana) Tribune: Doctors are backing off opioids
Courier-Journal: Kentucky’s insurance bounty hunter
Boston Globe: The troll in the Maine forest, living on lies
Oregonian: A disconnected series of clues before cliff plunge
The Tennessean: Inside Megan Barry’s final days
New York Times: Many find they can’t quit antidepressants



AP: Mulvaney gives big pay bumps to his hires at consumer agency
Ann Arbor News: Former special education staffers face child abuse charges



Knight Foundation looks at local television
Poynter: 16 J-School deans and chairs issue letter expressing concern to Sinclair
The Denver Post is in open revolt against its owner.
Trump to skip annual White House correspondents' dinner
USA TODAY names Cuban-American woman as new publisher
New publisher for newspapers in Elko, Nevada and Twin Falls, Idaho
Josh Trust named River Valley Media Group publisher



Tom Baldwin, veteran journalist, foreign correspondent, dies

Tom Baldwin, a longtime journalist whose career included a stint as a Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press, has died. He was 71.

Baldwin, of New Hope, Pennsylvania, got his start in in journalism at The Press of Atlantic City in New Jersey, before moving on to the AP bureau in Philadelphia in 1973. He later transferred to the AP in New York and then to the Boston bureau, where he was editor.

In 1980, Baldwin achieved a career goal by being named a foreign correspondent for the AP, reporting from the Middle East. His wife, Toni Donina, also worked there as a radio reporter. He later transferred to Johannesburg, South Africa.

After leaving the AP in 1986, Baldwin continued his journalism career, working for a shipping newsletter and several newspapers in New Jersey, including The Trentonian and the Home News-Tribune.

Journalist William Prochnau dies at 80

William Prochnau, a journalist and author who wrote a critically acclaimed book, “Once Upon a Distant War,” about a handful of skeptical reporters whose early warnings that the United States wasn’t winning in Vietnam went unheeded, died on March 28 in his home in Washington, The New York Times reports. He was 80.

The cause was coronary artery disease, said his wife and frequent collaborator, Laura Parker, a staff writer for National Geographic magazine.

Mr. Prochnau was a reporter for The Washington Post and a contributing editor of Vanity Fair, where his article “Adventures in the Ransom Trade” was the basis for the movie “Proof of Life” (2000), a kidnapping thriller starring Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe.

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