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APME UPDATE • April 18, 2019 


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 rolls out new logo as ASNE-APME merger nears completion

Columbia, Mo. (April 18, 2019) — The American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors are joining forces to become NLA, the News Leaders Association. Today, NLA is launching our new logo, which symbolizes the unity between two of the most significant organizations in the journalism industry. 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.

Our new logo will replace both the ASNE and APME logos as of September with the first-ever News Leaders Association conference, continuing on the ASNE-APME conference we have held previously for many years. This year's conference will focus on two main topics: Leadership and Audience Engagement/Growing Digital Revenue.

With a variety of sessions on different topics for all in the journalism industry, our 2019 conference is the place to be this fall! Not only is our conference jam-packed with valuable content and amazing speakers, but it is also in one of the most incredible spots around: New Orleans! Plan to spend two full days this fall in a city filled with festive spirit, renowned for vibrant live music, spicy cuisine and round-the-clock nightlife.

To register for our fall conference, click here!

Make sure to follow the News Leaders Association on social media! We are on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. 

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.

We need you to participate in the 2019 Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey, now in the field!

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 last Thursday, 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 have not yet received a link to the survey should reach out to ASNE at

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

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. 


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Michele Matassa Flores to succeed Don Shelton as Seattle Times executive editor

Don Shelton, who has worked at The Seattle Times for 32 years, including the last three as the newspaper’s executive editor, announced his retirement Monday. Shelton will be succeeded as executive editor by Michele Matassa Flores, The Times’ current managing editor.

In his tenure as executive editor, Shelton has led the newspaper’s drive toward digital transformation, introducing the use of metrics in the newsroom and stressing the importance of digital subscriptions. He’s overseen the launch of two new community-funded journalism initiatives — Traffic Lab and Project Homeless — and, just last week, the announcement of a new Investigative Journalism Fund at the newspaper.

In 25 years with The Seattle Times, Matassa Flores has worked in or supervised nearly every department in the newsroom.

Matassa Flores was first hired by The Seattle Times in 1988 and has served as a reporter, deputy business editor, co-metro editor, deputy investigations editor, features editor, assistant managing editor for sports and features and deputy managing editor. She left the company in 2008, taking on leadership roles with the Seattle news website Crosscut and the Puget Sound Business Journal. She returned to The Times in 2013 and has served as managing editor since 2016.

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Detroit News editor and publisher Jonathan Wolman dead at 68

Jonathan Wolman, editor and publisher of The Detroit News for the past 12 years, died Monday of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 68.

In a career spanning 46 years, the Madison, Wisconsin, native covered and managed some of the biggest stories of his time — as longtime Washington bureau chief for the Associated Press, as the wire service’s executive editor in New York and, finally, as editor and publisher of The Detroit News, the city where he had his first AP posting outside his hometown.

In his dozen years leading The News, he edited and directed coverage of some of the region’s most consequential stories in the past half century: the bankruptcies of two automakers and later the city of Detroit, the public-corruption conviction of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, the Flint water crisis, the continuing revitalization of Detroit, the improbable victory in Michigan of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race.

“He found a profession he was sort of made for,” said Bridget Mary McCormack, chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and a close friend of Mr. Wolman and his wife, Deborah Lamm, for the last decade before his death on April 15, 2019. “He’s a metaphor for the Washington we wish for.”

He evinced the values of a bygone Washington, friends and colleagues say, an ability to disagree without being disagreeable, a keen interest in policy less freighted with politics than the archly partisan capital of today. In Detroit, he worked the back channels of power, Republican and Democrat, business and philanthropy.

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