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April 30, 2018: Deadline for applications to host a NewsTrain in 2019
Sept. 7-8, 2018: NewsTrain workshop in Greenville, S.C.
Sept. 11-12, 2018: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Austin, Texas
Sept. 22, 2018:
NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
March 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Toronto

Get ready for a journalism bonanza in Austin this fall at the ASNE-APME Leadership Conference

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:
Big J Track: Should You Turn Off Comments: Turning off comments had become a trend, almost a point for pride, in recent years for editors fed up with the level of nastiness on their articles. But in the past year, as subscriptions became a more important part of the revenue stream, publishers found some interesting data. It turns out subscribers are far more likely to comment on articles or read the comments themselves, making them a critical selling and retention tool. And then a new open-source commenting system, funded by Knight Foundation, was released, which decreases costs for publishers and improves moderation. So where does that leave us now? We will walk through the latest thinking with nationally renowned researcher Talia Stroud of the Center of Media Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.
Innovation Track: Measuring Success: Publishers are creating their own analytics, combining proprietary data with Omniture and Chartbeat, to better match the goals of their newsrooms. These new scores do a much better job of judging the work of reporters and editors in the age of subscribers. How do you develop proprietary analytics that help your newsroom succeed in its mission? Confirmed speaker: Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute.
Big J Track: Editing the Archives: One of the most sacred beliefs for news organizations is that we do not take down published articles or photos, barring a court ruling. But editors are having to balance that belief with the knowledge that even the most trivial crime brief, although factually correct, can have a devastating effect on someone's life 10 years later. Editors are fielding an increasing number of appeals from the subjects of these stories that argue these articles and photos be removed or in the case of articles, at least updated with the resolution to the case. What should you do? When should we order up more reporting and republish the piece?
Registration and hotel

The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME 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.


Host a NewsTrain on your own stomping ground

Apply by the end of the month to bring APME’s NewsTrain affordable digital training to your city 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.

HSPA Foundation scholarships enable journalists to polish digital skills at Muncie, Indiana, NewsTrain

Indiana University students Carley Lanich and Eman Mozaffar edit their mobile video at the Muncie NewsTrain. Photo by Val Hoeppner

Scholarships offered by the Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) Foundation allowed dozens of journalists, journalism students and journalism educators to attend APME’s NewsTrain workshop for free in Muncie, Indiana.

The 45 attendees emerged from their April 14 training at Ball State University energized and ready to put their new digital skills to use in their newsrooms and classrooms.

 “I have been in the business for 30 years, and it’s good to be able to acquire updated skills,” said reporter Rebecca Bibbs at The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Indiana. “I also thought it was very interactive and allowed us to practice what was preached.”

Sessions included smartphone video and mobile newsgathering with Val Hoeppner of Middle Tennessee State University, data-driven enterprise stories with Mark Nichols of USA Today, social reporting with Amy Bartner of The Indianapolis Star, and beat mapping with Linda Austin of NewsTrain.

The trainers’ handouts and most of their slides from this and other recent NewsTrains can be found at

Jeffrey Schmucker, assistant city editor at The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, said, “Loved my time here. I highly recommend this for every newsroom.”

Muncie NewsTrain was 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 in the United States and Canada has sponsored NewsTrain since 2003, training more than 7,400 journalists.

To bring a NewsTrain workshop to your town in 2019, the first step is to apply at by April 30.

Fall 2018 NewsTrain dates set for Greenville, S.C., and Denton, Texas

Choose from two NewsTrain workshops in September.
Join us in Greenville, S.C., at Furman University on Sept. 7-8 for a day and half of exceptional training for journalists of all levels.

Then, after the ASNE/APME/APPM conference in Austin, NewsTrain heads to Denton, Texas, on Sept. 22 for a daylong workshop on the University of North Texas campus.

Both locations will offer early bird registration at $75. Details to be announced soon.

To get updates for any of the upcoming NewsTrains, visit this page and signup.


New York Times: Trump sought to fire Mueller in December
AP: $30,000 rumor? Tabloid paid for, spiked, salacious Trump tip
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Opioid-makers gushed dollars to state doctors
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 13 years of living dangerously, Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez Soto remains detained by ICE
News Journal: Overtime, tensions rising in Delaware prisons
Washington Post: Dog rescuers, flush with donations, buy animals from breeders
Chicago Tribune: Tests of tap water show lead dangers
Boston Globe: Rail safety system is off-track
New York Times: Why cities and states are short of cash
Philadelphia Inquirer: In Pennsylvania, open season on undocumented immigrants
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Dairy crisis forcing farmers out of business
New York Times: How Liberty University built a billion-dollar empire online



News media sue over California's new execution rules
AP: Fighting for access in Cohen hearings
Government starts making White House visitor logs public
Navy: Training jet flew too low – for thrills – before crash
Complaint: Atlanta city officials violated open records law
Wisconsin paid $591,000 to settle misconduct, harassment claims at university
Lawyers: Journalist was detained by ICE because of reporting



Times, New Yorker win Pulitzer for Weinstein scandal
GateHouse Media buys Akron Beacon Journal,
Bowling Green newspaper sold
Chicago Tribune employees announce plan for union
AP: US publishers worry about pricier newsprint with new tariffs
New York Times: Report for America to support journalism



Longtime Missouri journalist Betty Jo Simpson Spaar dies

Betty Jo Simpson Spaar, who owned The Odessan newspaper in Odessa for nearly 60 years, has died. She was 85.

The Missouri Press Association says Spaar died at Lafayette Regional Health Center in Lexington.

She also was owner/publisher of the Focus on Oak Grove.

Spaar was president of the Missouri Press Association in 1988 and was inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame in 1997. She also was a past president of the Missouri Press Foundation.

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Ron Fournier leaving Crain’s Detroit

Crain's Detroit Business Publisher and Editor Ron Fournier is leaving journalism to become president of the Lansing-based Truscott Rossman public relations and lobbying firm.

The firm's founder and CEO, Kelly Rossman-McKinney, is retiring and seeking election to the state Senate in her district in mid-Michigan.

Co-founder and current President John Truscott will become CEO of the firm and is buying out Rossman-McKinney's stake. Truscott said the firm's name will not change. He would not comment on the purchase price.

Fournier will be based in the firm's Detroit office in the GM Renaissance Center.

Fournier, 54, joined Crain's in September 2016, after covering politics in Washington, D.C., for The Associated Press, the National Journal and The Atlantic.

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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