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APME UPDATE • May 2, 2019 

SAVE THE DATES

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

If you have news about news, news leaders or newsrooms you'd like to share, send details here.


Eighty-two polish skills in social, mobile, data and video at Denver NewsTrain

Eighty-two journalists, journalism students and journalism educators practiced new skills in social, mobile, data and video at Denver NewsTrain April 11-12.

They learned from experienced journalists:

  • Doug Bell, adjunct instructor at Metropolitan State University of Denver,
  • Burt Hubbard, data journalist,
  • Kelly Jones, news-intelligence journalist for Storyful.com,
  • AAron Ontiveroz, visual journalist for The Denver Post,
  • Anthony Quintano, freelance photojournalist and social-media consultant, and
  • Christy Robinson, digital coordinator for public media’s KERA in North Texas.

Here’s what attendees had to say about the workshop, held in conjunction with the Colorado Press Association Convention and hosted by Colorado State University:

  • "Thank you #DenverNewsTrain for excellent training sessions! Learned tangible skills that will expand and improve my reporting immediately. – Katie Langford, education reporter, The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction. 

  • "I’m excited to increase my knowledge of website and social media strategies….NewsTrain gave me usable skills that I look forward to utilizing in upcoming stories." – Emily Wenger, education reporter, Greeley Tribune

  • "We learned tips about modern storytelling, not just the old tried and true tactics that may be tired." – Kaitlin Durbin, public safety reporter, The Gazette in Colorado Springs

The day after NewsTrain, Collegian News Director Austin Fleskes tweeted that Colorado State University student Ravyn Cullor was “flexing her #DenverNewsTrain muscles and shooting and editing a video in the field.”

We have three more NewsTrains coming up this fall. Please provide an email address at bit.ly/NT2018-19 to get updates on:

  • Milwaukee on Sept. 27,
  • Austin on Oct. 18-19, and 
  • Albuquerque in October.

Register now for our fall conference and join us in NOLA!

How can newsroom leaders lead in times of urgency, while at the same time training the next generation and growing readers' trust? We'll focus on those questions and many more during the inaugural News Leaders Association conference, Sept. 9-10 in New Orleans.

At the heart of the conference: leadership and audience engagement/growing digital revenue. You'll go home with takeaways that can be incorporated into your work immediately, as well as new connections and tools to help your newsroom grow.

Register for the 2019 NLA Conference now HERE

In addition to our fantastic program, Joy Mayer and Lynn Walsh from Trusting News and the Poynter Institute, will be offering a workshop from 1-5pm on Sunday, Sept. 8 before the NLA conference. The workshop, "How any journalist can earn trust," will center on how to stop thinking of distrust in journalism as an unsolvable, big-picture problem. This is a great opportunity to learn how to address a very serious concern faced in our industry.

In addition to the Poynter workshop before our conference, we are also working with the Knight Foundation to offer a workshop from the coaches and news leaders with the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative, also known as the Table Stakes program. The workshop will be Wednesday, Sept. 11 and will share lessons and tools for leading effective digital transformation in your newsroom.

To register for these workshops, visit our conference registration page and select one or both workshops from our online store to add to your conference registration cart.

A terrific group rate is available at the New Orleans Marriott for $179 per night. To book a room, click the link below or call 504-581-1000 and mention the ASNE-APME event.

Book your hotel HERE

NLA encourages all journalists from across all disciplines and platforms to join our cause. We are the creation of the merger between two of the most significant organizations in the journalism industry: the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors. The News Leaders Association is committed to leading, nurturing and serving journalism and democracy.

To view the full conference announcement, click here.

Participate in the 2019 Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey now!

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 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 diversityresearch@asne.org.

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

Apply now for the 2019 ASNE Emerging Leaders Institutes


The American Society of News Editors is accepting applications for the four Emerging Leaders Institutes, which will take place in various locations throughout the year, with the goal of training up-and-coming news leaders with diverse backgrounds, and helping them develop core leadership and strategic skills.

Mid-level managers from newsrooms serving all platforms may apply to be considered to attend at one or more locations of their choice.

Dates and locations are:
  • June 7-8 at Loyola University Chicago
  • Aug. 6-7 prior to the NABJ Annual Convention in Miami
  • Sept. 4 at the Excellence in Journalism Conference (NAHJ, SPJ, RTDNA) in San Antonio
  • Sept. 7-8 prior to the NLA (ASNE-APME) Conference in New Orleans
All institutes are free and will provide some travel reimbursements to participants. Selected candidates will receive an email with information on lodging and how to receive travel reimbursements.

Selected candidates and their supervisors will also be required to complete pre-institute assessment forms before participating in the program.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the American Press Institute, Gannett and McClatchy are generous sponsors of the 2019 Emerging Leaders Institutes.

To apply for one of the Emerging Leaders Institutes, please fill out this form.

To see the full announcement, click here.

ASNE-APME join civil liberties organizations in letter to DHS

ASNE and APME joined more than 100 civil liberties organizations on a letter to the Department of Homeland Security protesting DHS' surveillance of activists, journalists and lawyers working with individuals seeking asylum; practices which, among others, were documented in several news stories in recent weeks (see a story from the NBC affiliate in San Diego here and a story from The Nation here). The main thrust of the letter is:

  • CBP's creation of a database of, and dossiers on, journalists, activists and lawyers based on their lawful - indeed, First Amendment-protected - activities likely violates the Privacy Act of 1974 because the government is not allowed to create records about U.S. citizens and permanent residents when they are not pertinent to an authorized law enforcement activity.
  • It also chills freedom of association and speech by intimidating people into silence. Most important for our purposes, this undermines press freedom and government accountability. In addition to the intimidation factor, the seizure of devices may threaten a reporter's relationship with his or her sources - it can also deter sources from interacting with that reporter in the future. Targeting lawyers can deny migrants' access to legal services.
  • ICE monitoring of protest activity also threatens the rights of freedom of speech and association because the monitoring is politically motivated in nature. It also violates the Privacy Act.

As the surveillance of journalists (and others) is a clear violation of your First Amendment rights (and completely antithetical to who we are as a society), we felt an absolute need to join this effort.


APME joins three amicus briefs with more on the horizon

APME and ASNE have recently joined three amicus briefs, all drafted and filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, on behalf of several media organizations and companies. Here's a short summary of each:
  • We supported ProPublica when they (and other local media) were subjected to a prior restraint by a Cook County (IL) judge via an order that prevented them from identifying families involved in a child welfare case. Our brief (technically a letter to the court) argued against both the unconstitutional prior restraint and the closing of the proceedings in the absence of a prior, on-the-record hearing demonstrating a compelling interest for closing the courtroom and a closure order that is as limited as necessary.

  • In Blades v. United States, we were also taking on the closing of a courtroom to some degree. In this instance, it challenges the policy of trial courts in the District of Columbia to use a "husher" to prevent those in the courtroom from hearing conversations between the judge and trial participants. We argued that its use - even during voir dire, as was the case here - must once again be limited to only those situations where absolutely necessary to protect a compelling interest such as the privacy of a witness or juror (and often only with regard to specific questions or topics rather than entire testimony).
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  • Finally, in Arkansas Times v. Waldrip, a weekly newspaper is challenging an Arkansas law that requires anyone doing business with the state (including taking advertising from any state entities, such as public universities) to pledge that it will not boycott Israel or take "other actions" in support of a boycott. As our brief notes, this law is an unconstitutional intrusion on editorial independence. Regardless of the decision made by the paper, it will be perceived as aligning with one side or the other, losing any semblance of objectivity on the issue (note that the brief does NOT take a position for or against a boycott of Israel). The case is currently before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
That's just a summary of what we've done for you lately; there are already several more in the works.

Make sure to follow News Leaders Association on social media so you don't miss out on ASNE-APME updates!

The News Leaders Association's new logo 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. You'll be seeing this new logo everywhere, so make sure to keep an eye out for it!


Our new logo will officially 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.

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

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 diversityresearch@asne.org.

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

WATCHDOG REPORTING

Los Angeles Times: L.A. Metro cops are in a bind: Avoid racial profiling while also fighting crime

Miami Herald: The curious circumstances that led to the SunPass debacle were years in the making

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Federal corruption probe reaches into Atlanta law department

Des Moines Register: Iowa 4-H accused of systemic racial, cultural discrimination; Trump administration shuts down civil rights initiatives in 4-H, source says

The New York Times: Claims of Shoddy Production Draw Scrutiny to a Second Boeing Jet

Post and Courier: A loophole lets SC hospitals take millions from residents’ tax refunds for unpaid bills

Austin American-Statesman: After Statesman’s open records lawsuit, state to review handling of day care deaths

The Seattle Times: Deadly sting, wrong target: How the death of a cop’s son led King County deputies to kill a Des Moines teen

Houston Chronicle: Texas Permanent School Fund’s investment returns don’t measure up, but bonuses do

The Post and Courier: THE UNTOUCHABLES: Inside SC’s secretive process for disciplining judges

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Turnstile teaching: At 26 Philly schools, teachers churn through jobs at an alarming rate, hindering some of the city’s most vulnerable children.

The Record: Schools authority executive's resignation raises questions as her husband, ally also quit

The Kansas City Star: Locked out of care: Brain fungus death points to extensive problems in Kansas prisons

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Consumers face long odds battling debt collectors in local courts

The Denver Post: Shootings by police in Denver suburbs more than triple over four years while incidents in the city remain level

San Francisco Chronicle: VANISHING VIOLENCE: Juvenile hall costs skyrocket

The Sacramento Bee: ‘No reason that boy should’ve died’: More people than ever are dying in California jails

Arizona Republic: Black students are suspended at the highest rate from Arizona schools, data shows

Arkansas Democrat-Chronicle: Firm's collapse risked Arkansas care homes' frail, raises concern about state's oversight of owners

USA Today: We found 85,000 cops who’ve been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records.

Honolulu Civil Beat: A Nonprofit Honolulu Rehab Center Mixes Taxpayer Support With Lavish Pay

READ MORE IN THE WATCHDOG ROUNDUP

Are you doing great journalism that you want to shout about? Send current links and any preamble here and we'll share them with journalists, each week. Thanks for participating.


OPEN RECORDS / FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Group: Americas saw greatest deterioration of press freedom

Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court

News groups fight to keep Harvey Weinstein's hearing open

Argus Leader: Justices grapple with whether food stamp payments are public records

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Overtime for state workers tops $80 million, with some Wisconsin employees more than doubling their pay

Virginia courts exempt themselves from public record laws

Lee slowly shies away from reporters in first 100 days

READ MORE

Are you doing great journalism that you want to shout about? Send current links and any preamble here and we'll share them with journalists, each week. Thanks for participating.


INDUSTRY NEWS

Sonoma Media Investments, owner of The Press Democrat, pays off debt

Fake news? Mueller isn’t buying it

Report for America Announces 61 Corps Members Placed in 50 Local News Organizations

Inside the Shrinking Newsroom of the Paper That Shapes the Primaries

Public Relations Jobs Boom as Buffett Sees Newspapers Dying

Man accused of newspaper attack takes up an insanity defense

READ MORE IN THE ROUNDUP

Have journalism news you can share? Send current links and any preamble here and we'll share them with journalists, each week. Thanks for participating.


EDITORS IN THE NEWS

Des Moines Register executive editor Amalie Nash takes new job with USA TODAY Network

Amalie Nash, the Register’s executive editor and vice president for news and engagement, has been promoted to a new role in Gannett as West Region executive editor.

In her new position, Nash will oversee about 50 news organizations in the Midwest and the west side of the country, working closely with the just named East Region executive editor, Manny Garcia.

The new role with the USA TODAY Network aims to better align the organization's newsrooms to elevate their journalism and encourage more collaboration, Nash said.

Nash, who has served as the Register’s executive editor since January 2014, has focused heavily on watchdog reporting and innovation.

She advocated for changes to Iowa’s public records laws and spearheaded a push for access to public records, including two lawsuits seeking records in high-profile cases. She also was one of the editors of the award-winning project “Harvest of Change,” the first virtual reality news project in the country to be designed for the Oculus Rift platform.

Read more: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/business/2016/08/01/register-executive-editor-amalie-nash-takes-new-job-usa-today-network/87907826/ 


IN MEMORIAM

Editor, ex-publisher of the Republican-American dies at 87

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — The longtime editor and former publisher of Waterbury's Republican-American newspaper has died, the newspaper's managing editor Anne Karolyi said Sunday.

Karolyi said William J. Pape II died Saturday. He was 87.

Pape began working at the newspaper in 1959 after he graduated from Harvard Business School and eventually became publisher, like his father and grandfather, the Republican-American reported . His grandfather, William J. Pape, bought The Republican in 1901.  

The Navy veteran was a champion for press freedom, a philanthropist and a devout Catholic. He was also an avid Republican, but stressed the importance of the editorial pages and news staff operating independently.

He was honored with many awards, including the Yankee Quill Award in 1999 for his contributions to journalism in New England.

Pape was known for having high expectations for his staff and delivering sometimes blunt responses to readers.

"I am sorry to hear you are unhappy with our newspaper," Pape once wrote to a reader who complained that there was too much negative news. "If the country is going to hell in a hand basket, I feel it is important that our readers know it," he wrote.

Chris Powell, a director of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information, called Pape "principled and fearless." Powell said Pape was "unafraid to protest the long misdirection of Connecticut's public policy no matter how many people would consider him politically incorrect."

"His legacy is not just the vigorous, civic-minded news organization he led, but the example he set for independent journalism," said Powell, a columnist and retired managing editor of the Journal Inquirer in Manchester.

Read more: https://www.rep-am.com/campership/2019/04/20/william-j-pape-ii-editor-and-former-publisher-of-the-republican-american-dies/

Carl Bell, who oversaw AP bureaus in 3 cities, dies at 95

ATLANTA (AP) — Carl Bell, a journalist known for defending the free press who served as chief of three Associated Press bureaus, has died. He was 95.

Bell died April 15 after a recent fall that caused a brain injury, wife Ouida Bell said.

He headed bureaus in Phoenix; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Atlanta, in a career that began in 1944 in Arkansas and ended with his 1990 retirement in Atlanta.

Bell was always a defender of the free press, his wife recalled in an interview Monday.

“He had a great passion for the news and always thought AP was the one to be with,” she said.

Read more: https://apnews.com/7a09bb278ecc4f6eb760f153c3ed633d


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