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THIS SATURDAY! 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

Two expert trainers named for New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14

Two expert trainers named for New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14.

Two respected experts in mobile storytelling and data journalism will teach at New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14 in Beverly, Massachusetts – 26 miles north of Boston. They are:

Theodore Kim, innovation and workshops editor at The New York Times and former mobile editor at The Washington Post. He will teach making smart choices in mobile storytelling.

Todd Wallack, data journalist on The Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigative team. He will teach producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Additional trainers will be named soon for these sessions on the agenda:

• Maximizing social media to get your story read,
• Using social media as powerful reporting tools, and
• Shooting short, shareable smartphone video.

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.


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Mobile app promotion • The Indianapolis Star

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Saturday 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 this Saturday, 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


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Dorothy Abernathy, longtime Virginia bureau chief for The Associated Press, has been honored by The Virginia Press Association with its Lifetime Achievement Award for exceptional contributions to the newspaper industry. Abernathy was honored Saturday at the association's annual conference. She is retiring in June after a 35-year career with the AP, including more than 25 years as bureau chief in Richmond, Virginia's capital. Before joining AP, Abernathy spent four years at The Kansas City Star, where she was part of the reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a 1981 skywalk collapse at a Kansas City hotel. Abernathy began her AP career in Arkansas before moving to Roanoke, Virginia. She also worked as an editor in Cleveland, Ohio, before returning to Virginia as bureau chief in 1989.

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