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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

Train in social, mobile, data, verification and time management at Greenville, S.C., NewsTrain on Sept. 7-8

Ball State University students Elena Stidham and Gabbi Mitchell edit their mobile video at Muncie NewsTrain. Photo by Val Hoeppner

Greenville NewsTrain will offer a day and a half of digital training on Sept. 7-8, 2018, at the Younts Conference Center at Furman University. 

Training Sessions Include:

  • Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices
  • Getting your story read: maximizing and measuring social media for branding and audience engagement
  • Data-driven enterprise off your beat
  • Becoming a verification ninja
  • Mobile newsgathering: better reporting with your smartphone
  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools
  • Can you unplug? Making time to have a life

Early-bird registration is $75 through Aug. 7; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 8.

Competitive diversity scholarships are available for journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds; Click here to apply.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify the best way to tell a particular story on a small screen.
  • Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.
  • Improve your writing on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.
  • Identify accurate content and debunk hoaxes.
  • Use social media for sourcing, spotting news trends and verifying user-generated content.
  • Turn your smartphone into a versatile, multimedia reporting tool in the field.
  • Better manage your time and that of your newsroom teams.
To learn more, visit or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.

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

ASNE-APME conference: a guide to leading your newsroom

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:
Harassment in the Newsroom:In the year of #metoo, newsrooms are confronting incidents of sexual harassment by reporters and editors. What have we learned? Jill Geisler, Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago, will lead a wide-open conversation focused on changing the way we hire, train and respond to issues of workplace misconduct and revisiting the systems that led to years of silence. We will look at which publishers are examining the intersection of harassment, discrimination and incivility and taking on the big challenges. Who’s recognizing that things that aren’t necessarily illegal are still unacceptable? Who’s looking out for the least powerful in newsrooms: our interns, temporary workers and freelancers?
Tools TalkWhat are the key technological tools that you can implement to make your newsroom more effective and efficient? Are you using the right ones? ASNE and APME have whittled down the list of competing companies and invited the best ones to Austin to explain why other newsrooms have hired them and why you should, too. Editors will have the opportunity to ask questions about the product. You will leave with a far greater understanding of how technology can make you a better editor.
Innovation Track: Changing You and Your Newsroom: In a newsroom, change can’t happen unless it starts with leaders like you. What are the key steps to getting into the right frame of mind to change the way you work so you can then change how your team works? What is it about our brains that make us slaves to old processes? How do we break free?
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 Monday to bring APME NewsTrain's 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 Monday, 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.

INSTANT CITATION: Peoria (IL) Journal Star

This certificate from Associated Press Media Editors recognizes your contribution to The Associated Press news coverage. The recommendation from George Garties, director of local markets of The Associated Press in Chicago included the following:

“Please consider the Peoria (IL) Journal Star for an APME Instant Citation for deadline reporting on one of the weekend’s major stories – the killing of four people at a Waffle House restaurant outside Nashville on April 22, 2018. Journal Star reporter Andy Kravetz, covering a news conference in the gunman’s hometown outside Peoria, took time on deadline to scan and share reports on the gunman’s past with the AP.

“The Journal Star’s unhesitating participation in AP newsgathering provided vital detail for the global audience following this story.”


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NPR newscaster Carl Kasell dies at 84

Every weekday for more than three decades, his baritone steadied our mornings. Even in moments of chaos and crisis, Carl Kasell brought unflappable authority to the news. But behind that hid a lively sense of humor, revealed to listeners late in his career, when he became the beloved judge and official scorekeeper for NPR’s news quiz show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”

Kasell died of complications from Alzheimer's disease in Potomac, Maryland. He was 84.

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Richard Blystone, correspondent at AP, later CNN, dies at 81

Richard M. Blystone, a longtime Associated Press correspondent who covered the Vietnam War and went on to become one of the first journalists at the CNN network even before it went on air, died in London. He was 81.

His sister, Louise Reilly, said her brother died in a hospital of cardiac failure, following a stroke.

Blystone began his career with AP in Atlanta in 1965, covering the civil rights struggle, and later worked at the news cooperative's New York headquarters before moving to the AP's Saigon bureau in 1970 at the height of the Vietnam War. He covered major combat action and, in 1973, became AP's Chief of Bureau in Bangkok, Thailand.

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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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