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 APME UPDATE • May 3, 2018 


Aug. 8, 2018: Early bird deadline for NewsTrain workshop in Greenville, S.C.
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

Today, May 3, is World Press Freedom Day 2018

Read more. Listen more. Understand more.

To commemorate #WorldPressFreedomDay 2018, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) brought together major news organizations based on the idea that consuming a range of news, sources, points of view and political ideologies encourages a more informed citizenry. The campaign underscores the importance of access to information and journalistic independence with this simple phrase: Read more. Listen more. Understand more.

Partner media organizations featured blogs, articles and interviews from journalists and media experts from all over the world to enrich the public debate on freedom of expression in the context of this year’s World Press Freedom Day theme.

Read 13  years of living dangerously, Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez Soto remains detained by ICE by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

About the Day
Press Kit

Watch the video
and Listen to the radio spot
25 Seconds for Press Freedom

Cartooning for Peace
Press Freedom Quiz
 and Radio Jingles

Conference sessions you don't want to miss, register today!

Join us Sept. 11-12 at the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas, whereyou will be inundated with tips and advice on how to lead your newsroom in 2018 and going forward.

For two full days attheAT&T Executive Education and Conference Center,the conference will coverthe 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: Building Trust:What can you do to increase the trust that your readers have in your work? There are now at least seven funded projects around the world tackling this question and offering real solutions that you can implement immediately. Meet the folks behind these efforts and see the early results of their work.
Big J Track: When the Trolls Turn On Your Reporters: Social media attacks against reporters are becoming more common, with women in fields like sports especially likely to face sexist vitriol. Meet the journalists who have gone through this experience and hear from experts on what you should do as a newsroom manager to help and support your staff.

Harassment in the Newsroom:In the year of #metoo, newsrooms are confronting incidents of sexual harassment by reporters and editors. What have we learned?Drawing on the lessons of the Newseum's groundbreaking Power Shift Summit, 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?
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.


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

Denton, Texas, NewsTrain set on Sept. 22

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
  • 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, including Denton, Texas, on Sept. 22 visit this page and signup.

INSTANT CITATION: The Daily News of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

A certificate from Associated Press Media Editors recognizes your contribution to The Associated Press news coverage. The recommendation from Sally Hale, director of local markets of The Associated Press in Philadelphia included the following:

Please consider The Daily News of Huntingdon, PA, for an APME Instant Citation for its contributions to the cooperative after a freight train derailed on April 4.

“Daily News photographer April Feagley shot strong images of the toppled and damaged cars, capturing better than words could exactly what happened to the cars that went off the tracks.

“The AP saw the images on the newspaper’s Facebook page and asked Managing Editor Becky Weikert whether The Daily News would share them with fellow members. She enthusiastically agreed, and less than an hour later, the captioned photos were at the AP photo desk in New York.

APME appreciates your contributions.


Los Angeles Times: ICE sometimes mistakenly target U.S. citizens
News Journal: Ex-offenders say they were exploited as free labor by non-profit
Washington Post: Million dollar patient is good for drug companies
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: System to discipline doctors needs reform
Detroit Free Press: Squatters-to-homeowners charity faces questions
Star Tribune: Meth crisis roars back in Minnesota
New York Times: Women at Nike revolt, forcing changes
New York Times: Mueller has dozens of questions for Trump
Philadelphia Inquirer: Jehovah’s Witnesses wall of silence on abuse allegations
Appleton Post-Crescent: Rape kits sit on shelf, untested



AP, other media seek access to records in Mueller probe
Flint Journal: Former school superintendent rated ineffective days before he's ousted
AP: Texas church gunman vowed not to hurt anyone 5 years earlier



RSF Index 2018: Hatred of journalism threatens democracies
Nine journalists killed in Afghan bombing, prompting appeal to U.N.
AP reports loss on one-time accounting charges
Comedian Wolf draws laughs, gasps at correspondents' dinner
Bill Hanson named senior publisher of Commonwealth Journal
New publisher takes reins of East Oregonian in Pendleton, Oregon
New York Times metro editor resigns after investigation
Colorado editor who posted editorial on blog without permission fired
MSNBC's Joy Reid can't prove hackers wrote 'hurtful' posts
Tom Brokaw denies sexual misconduct claim by ex-NBC reporter



Matt Lindberg named new managing editor of three Nebraska newspapers

Matt Lindberg is the new managing editor of three Nebraska newspapers: the Columbus Telegram, David City Banner-Press and Schuyler Sun.

For nearly the past two years, Lindberg has served as the managing editor for the Montrose Daily Press in Montrose, Colorado. He and his news team recently won 19 Colorado Press Association awards, including the categories of General Excellence and Editorial Sweepstakes.

Prior to accepting his position in Montrose, Lindberg worked at award-winning newspapers in North Carolina and Colorado serving in numerous capacities. He worked as a sports writer and news reporter, news editor and managing editor.

Lindberg is a 2008 graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas.

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AP names Mullen US West deputy director for storytelling

The Associated Press has named Stephanie Mullen as its new deputy director of storytelling and photography for its U.S. West region, a position that will oversee the presentation of AP's breaking news and enterprise journalism across media formats in 13 states.

The appointment was announced by Anna Johnson, the AP's news director for the West region.

A journalist with more than two decades of experience leading photographers, Mullen joins a leadership team in the West region that guides the work of visual and text journalists alike. In her new role, the region's photographers will also report to Mullen.

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Journalist, educator Joan Konner dead at 87

Joan Konner, an award-winning television executive, producer and documentarian who became the first woman to lead the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has died in Manhattan. She was 87.

The cause was leukemia, her daughter Rosemary said.

After raising two daughters, Ms. Konner got a late start professionally, graduating from Columbia’s journalism school herself in 1961 when she was 30, almost a decade after she had received her bachelor’s degree.

By 1977 she was executive producer for national news and public affairs for WNET/Thirteen, the public broadcasting station of metropolitan New York. From the early 1980s until she left for Columbia in 1988, she was the executive producer of “Bill Moyers Journal,” and then the president and executive producer of Mr. Moyers’ production company, Public Affairs Television.

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Steven Komarow, Roll Call editor and ex-AP journalist, dies

Steven Komarow, CQ Roll Call's executive editor and a longtime Associated Press and USA Today journalist steeped in the ways of Washington and war, has died at 61.

Komarow died in a hospital after a long illness complicated by a recent accident, his employer said.

The famously unflappable Komarow spent nearly 20 years with the AP — 1978 to 1993 and 2006 to 2010 — and rose to become deputy chief of the AP's Washington bureau before leaving for Bloomberg News to steer defense, justice and White House coverage. In 2015, he joined CQ Roll Call as vice president and news director before his elevation a year later to executive editor and senior vice president. Komarow also worked for a dozen years for USA Today, covering wars in Afghanistan and Iraq before returning to the AP as assistant and then deputy international editor.

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