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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


Gatehouse honors its #DoJournalismWithImpact winners

APME board members at the forefront

At the 2016 Bestof GateHouse contest, winners were announced for their Newspapers of the Year and Editors of the Year.

Among the top winners were four of APME ladder and board members.

The Gatehouse release said: "Challenges in the industry have only emboldened these leaders and their newsrooms to deliver enterprising work that reveals systemic injustice and demands change. The expanding horizon of digital storytelling has provided new avenues of creativity and interaction with readers — and our top editors and newsrooms are leading the way."

The contests were judged by Ball State University's College of Communication Coordinator of Unified Media Juli Metzger and the Ball State Daily News adviser, John Strauss.

And the APME winners of particular mention are:

• Mark Baldwin, executive editor of the Rockford Register Star, has been awarded the first GateHouse Media #DoJournalismWithImpact Leadership Award. Mark is a longtime APME board of directors member and current co-chair of the leadership initiative, 2017 conference chairman as well as advising on a number of other key issues.•

"Mark is a national advocate and expert for news literacy, and his engagement efforts in the Rockford community have been courageous and thoughtful," said Bill Church, senior vice president of news and 2017 APME president. "He exemplifies an editor who understands the importance of high-touch journalism." A video of the announcement is here.

Other APME-related awards are:

• Editor of the Year (Division A): Dennis Anderson, Journal Star, Peoria, Illinois, for demonstrating high-level community engagement by nurturing relationships with his readers and doing important journalism, including uncovering how local law enforcement were doing personal business on the taxpayer's clock. Dennis is a longtime board member and treasurer.

• Editor of the Year (Division B): Angie Muhs, State Journal-Register, Springfield, Illinois, for leading a wide range of reader engagement programs and directing bold coverage, concentrated on state and government accountability, including a front page editorial calling for resolution to the state budget impasse. Angie is the APME president in 2019.

• Newspaper of the Year (Division A): Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Florida (formerly run by Editor Bill Church, who is this year's APME president) This newspaper sets the gold standard for community journalism. It has powerful design, smartreader engagement and killer enterprise. Their investigatory journalism goes beyond the ordinary. In fact, there is nothing ordinary about the Herald-Tribune.

• Newspaper of the year (Runner-up) : Register Star, Rockford, Illinois, with Mark Baldwin as executive editor.

Congratulations to all winners and a special hurrah to our APME friends!

ASNE Emerging Leaders Institute June 9-10 in Chicago

The American Society of News Editors is accepting applications for the 2017 Emerging Leaders Institute June 9-10 at Loyola University Chicago.

The institute, previously known as the Minority Leadership Institute, trains up-and-coming news leaders with diverse backgrounds and helps them develop core leadership and strategic skills. It will be co-led once again by Jill Geisler, Loyola's Bill Plante chair in leadership and media integrity, and ASNE Vice President Alfredo Carbajal of Al Dia at The Dallas Morning News, along with ASNE Leadership committee co-chairs Peter Bhatia of The Cincinnati Enquirer and Ron Smith of the USA TODAY.

This is the sixth consecutive year ASNE has committed to help train the next generation of news leaders. ASNE will host three additional institutes later in the summer and fall.

The institute is free, and travel reimbursements (airfare, baggage, hotel and/or mileage) of up to $550 per participant are available after the institute.

For two days, the institute will provide leadership and management training for new and mid-level leaders from organizations across all news platforms in the United States. It is tailored to address the most pressing issues for newsroom leaders and the basic skills needed to lead and drive change. Some of the topics on the program include coaching and feedback, leadership style, news values in digital platforms and social media environments, goal-setting and strategy, financial leadership, and technology and innovation.

If you aspire to leadership roles, this program will give you valuable tools, resources and experiences that will help you prepare to be an effective leader. Consider applying if any of the following questions applies to you:

Are you currently managing people in your newsroom role?
• If you are not currently a manager, then have you been in discussions with your leaders about future moves into management?
• Are you working on a team that requires you to help others do their best work and hold them accountable for quality, deadlines, innovation and collaboration even though you don't have the title of manager?
• Do your managers think you'd be a great candidate for this program?

Interested candidates need to apply by Friday, May 19. The application includes a resume, a brief statement on goals for participating in the institute and a nomination letter from a supervisor. Candidates will be notified of their application decision via email, and those accepted will be required to fill out a skills survey by May 26. The institute is limited to 18 people.

The institute will take place at Loyola University Chicago's Water Tower Campus, at 820 N. Michigan Ave. Accepted candidates will need to make their own hotel reservations. Click here for a list of hotels near the campus.

ASNE will host three additional institutes this year:

Aug. 8-9 at the National Association of Black Journalists Annual Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans
Sept. 6-7 at the Excellence in Journalism Conference in Anaheim, California, in cooperation with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Oct. 7-8 at the ASNE-APME conference in Washington, D.C.

The Emerging Leaders Institute is a program ASNE started in 2012 with the goal of training minority journalists to become leaders in their organizations and in the industry. ASNE has trained more than 220 news leaders since its inception.

All four institutes are underwritten by generous contributions from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Loyola University Chicago School of Communication and the American Press Institute.

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.


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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Kelly to retire as San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times editor May 12

Michael Kelly has announced that he will retire as editor of the San Angelo Standard-Times, effective May 12. The 67-year-old journalist has been the newspaper's top editor for four years. The Standard-Times reports ( Kelly had been assistant city editor for six years at the Albuquerque Tribune when he transferred to the Standard-Times, a sister paper in the Scripps chain, in 2006. Joining the Standard-Times as an assistant city editor, Kelly advanced to metro editor in 2008 and editor in October 2013.

No successor was immediately named.


Ruth Sulzberger Holmberg, past Chattanooga Times publisher, 96, dies

Ruth Sulzberger Holmberg, longtime publisher of The Chattanooga Times and a member of the family that controls The New York Times, died April 19 at her home in that Tennessee city. She was 96. Holmberg was the granddaughter of Adolph S. Ochs, the patriarch of The Chattanooga Times who gained prominence as publisher of The New York Times early in the 20th century. The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( said her death Wednesday was confirmed by her family.

It said Holmberg was born Ruth Rachel Sulzberger in New York City and that she worked as a reporter at The New York Times while in high school. She later graduated from Smith College and arrived in Chattanooga in 1946 after serving as a Red Cross nurse in Europe for a time in World War II, according to the account. Early on, Holmberg served as art and theater critic for The Chattanooga Times.

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Longtime Alabama editor Sam Harvey dies

The longtime editor of one of Alabama's best-known small newspapers has died.

Veteran journalist Sam Harvey died Tuesday, April 18, of complications from liver cancer. He was 86. Harvey edited The Advertiser-Gleam of Guntersville for 47 years. He was a former president of the Alabama Press Association and a recipient of the organization's lifetime achievement award. The Advertiser-Gleam isn't a daily paper, publishing twice a week with a circulation of about 10,000. But it's widely known for a conversational writing style and its folksy obituaries, which go into far more detail than most newspapers. Harvey's father, Porter Harvey, established the newspaper. Sam Harvey retired three years ago and sold the paper to the Shelton newspaper family of north Alabama. Survivors include Harvey's four children.

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