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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

NewsTrain brings social, mobile, data and open-records training to Seattle on Nov. 11

Come for a full Saturday of digital training at the University of Washington in Seattle on Nov. 11. Registration is open, and training sessions include:

• Maximizing social media to get your story read,
• Using social media as powerful reporting tools,
• Making smart choices in mobile storytelling,
• Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat, and
• Using state and federal open-records laws effectively.

Please register by Oct. 11 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 receive a free AP Stylebook – a $22.95 value. Diversity scholarships are available; deadline is Oct. 4.


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AP: Peacekeepers as Predators: The U.N.'s sex abuse crisis
AP: Manafort firm received Ukraine ledger payout
Arizona Republic: Arizona firefighters are a power in local elections
Santa Fe New Mexican: Firms with state business among AG’s key donors
Indianapolis Star: Success of needle exchanges for drug users vary
Des Moines Register: Iowa targeting problem bars to tackle drunk driving
Louisville Courier-Journal: Kentucky among worst for student loan defaults
Maine Sunday Telegram: Deeper EPA cuts pose a particular menace to Maine
Minneapolis Star Tribune: States move to protect internet privacy
Kansas City Star: Union leaders’ salaries and perks climb as membership sinks
New York Times: With Trump appointees, many potential conflicts of interest
Columbus Dispatch: Out of town investors buying up central Ohio apartments
Oregonian: EPA busy scuttling rules, planning cut backs in pro-business shift
American-Statesman: State agency-funded research often favors development
Seattle Times: City neglected to collect $3.4 million payment from developer



Secrecy of public hospital records at issue in Ga. Supreme Court case
Report: School chief spent tax money on ads, custom framing
Company: Nebraska shouldn't have gotten death penalty drug
Wage theft in Colorado no longer a secret
Florida House: University boosters need to open books



Lawmakers consider more protections for student journalists
Vegas journalist arrested at Trump rally released from jail
Chasing retirement, newsman-rancher takes on state and wins
Maine governor: Printed legal notices prop up dying industry
CNN commentator Lord defends his likening of Trump to King
Boston Fox affiliate drops "Fox" from newscast name
The Providence Journal has named a new executive editor
Audit sparked by newspaper probe flags Reno jail death rates
Who could Fox News tap if Bill O'Reilly doesn't return?
CIA director calls WikiLeaks 'hostile intelligence service'
$19.8 billion airwaves auction may mean better cell service
Courts administrative arm investigated for vehicle auctions
Journalists at 2 New York digital news sites opt to unionize
Embattled O'Reilly takes his longest spring break in years
Melania Trump wins damages from Daily Mail publisher
Rolling Stone settles, but fight over rape story isn't over
Upstate NY newspaper delivery driver retires after 57 years
Advertisers are fleeing Bill O'Reilly, but viewers aren't
New center to combat disinformation to be built in Finland
'Daily Show's' Hasan Minhaj to star at Correspondents Dinner
Black journalists hold regional conference in Philadelphia



Jim Fitzgerald, longtime AP writer and editor, dies at 66

Jim Fitzgerald, a longtime Associated Press writer and editor who helped shape the news service's coverage of stories from terror attacks to the evolving landscape of aging, died Monday, April 17. He was 66. Fitzgerald, who worked for the AP for 45 years before retiring in December, had been fighting leukemia for more than a year and a half. He died at a New York hospital, said his wife, Ellen Nimmons, a manager at AP's headquarters. During decades of covering New York City's northern suburbs and editing local and national stories, Fitzgerald was known for handling some of the top news of the day with a can-do demeanor, professionalism, fairness and a gentlemanly grace. His trademark answer to an everyday "How are you?": "Never better."

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Longtime northwest Arkansas newspaper editor Morriss dies

Longtime northwest Arkansas newspaper editor James Morriss II has died at age 80.
Sisco Funeral Chapel says Morriss died Wednesday, April 12, at a hospice in Springdale. A cause of death was not immediately released. Morriss spent 53 years in the newspaper business until his retirement in 2003. He began in 1950 at The Springdale News by sweeping the press room and later worked as a reporter and photographer for the newspaper until being named city editor in 1960 and editor in 1963. He was named editor of The Morning News, which was created when The Springdale News merged with the Northwest Arkansas Morning News of Rogers.
The publication is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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