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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


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Register now for the 2017 APME-ASNE News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. Those who register and book their hotel rooms in the next 30 days by Saturday, June 3, will be eligible for a promotional deal.

Dubbed “Real News, Engaged Citizens,” the conference will focus on the intersection of journalism and citizenship. It will immediately follow the Online News Association conference, scheduled for Oct. 5-7 at the same Marriott. Come early and take advantage of doubly diverse sessions and networking opportunities, all offered in one location.

Attendees interested in building trust through community engagement can sign up to attend a free workshop prior to the APME-ASNE conference kickoff. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, and has limited seats.

Attendees will also be able to attend events hosted by the Associated Press Photo Managers, which will be hosting its annual conference in conjunction with APME and ASNE for the fourth year in a row.

Our conference hotel, the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, is at 2660 Woodley Road NW. Conference sessions will begin there Monday morning and conclude by noon Wednesday.

Some highlights of the sessions and speakers planned:

White House media relations: Featuring Major Garrett, CBS News chief White House correspondent; Jeff Ballou, Al Jazeera Media Network news editor and president of the National Press Club; and Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute.

Fake news and political reporting: Showcasing Liz Spayd, The New York Times public editor; Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post media columnist; April Ryan (invited), American Urban Radio Network White House correspondent; and DeWayne Wickham, Morgan State University journalism dean. We’ve also invited President Donald Trump, The Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and Facebook News Partnership and Engagement Chief Campbell Brown.

Two diversity sessions: One is on recruitment and retention, and the other is a powerful session on lessons we should all learn from coverage of the last presidential campaign. The latter centers on economic diversity and will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz, who calls Cleveland home; Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley; and author and political commentator J.D. Vance, who wrote “Hillbilly Elegy” about the rise of Appalachian values.

Awards celebration: Winners of the 2017 APME Awards and the 2017 ASNE Awards will be recognized at a reception on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 10.

APPM’s programming will highlight effective ways news organizations can interact with readers. A number of organizations have found success in hosting community events. We will hear from Kathy Kieliszewski with the Detroit Free Press about its film festival and other speakers about how their ideas have bolstered their presence in the communities they cover.

The APPM portion of the conference will also include a presentation from Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly about his time as a White House photographer for the Ford presidency. Also, there will be a session on drones and the privacy issues that accompany their use.

The APME-ASNE preconference workshop will address the role of community engagement for news organizations and how to build trust with their audiences and communities. Best practices and examples of community engagement will be incorporated. Attendees will emerge from the workshop better equipped to engage readers and strengthen trust in quality journalism. More information about the workshop will be available soon.


To register for the main conference: The registration fee is $275 for members of APME and ASNE and $375 for non-members.

Those who register and book their hotel rooms for at least three nights by Saturday, June 3, will be able to bring a second editor for only $100. Email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at to receive a promo code for this deal.

Special rates are also available for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Lunch tickets for Monday, Oct. 9, and Tuesday, Oct. 10, can be purchased during registration.

To sign-up for the Oct. 8 preconference workshop: Email if you are registering through APME. Email Jiyoung Won at  if you’re registering through ASNE. The workshop has limited space and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are registered to attend the conference.

To book your hotel room: A terrific group rate is available at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park for $249/night Friday, Oct. 6, through Wednesday, Oct. 11. Reservations must be made by 6 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 15. Make a reservation online here.

Stay tuned for more details at and Questions? Please contact APME at or Jiyoung Won at

Experience top trainers at New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14; for just $75, learn mobile, video, social, data

We have an amazing lineup of trainers set for New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14 in suburban Boston. All are experienced instructors with deep expertise. They are:

Theodore Kim, innovation and workshops editor at The New York Times and former mobile editor at The Washington Post. He will teach storytelling for mobile.
Cindy E. Rodríguez, senior journalist-in-residence at Emerson College in Boston. She will teach smartphone video.
Daniel Victor, senior staff editor at The New York Times, where he reports for the breaking-news Express Team. He will teach social media reporting and branding.
Todd Wallack, data journalist on The Boston Globe's Spotlight investigative team, who will teach data-driven enterprise.

Here's what we'll be learning:

• Making smart choices in storytelling for mobile,
• Shooting short, shareable smartphone video,
• Maximizing social media to get your story read,
• Using social media as powerful reporting tools, and
• Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Here’s the agenda. NewsTrain attendees typically rate NewsTrain training as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful.

Register today for just $75! NewsTrains often sell out. Also, the first 20 registrants will be entered in a drawing for one of five, free, yearlong subscriptions to the AP Stylebook online.

Here are key dates:

• Sept. 6: Last day for journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds to apply for competitive diversity scholarships, which cover the registration fee.
• Sept. 14: Last day to register at the early-bird rate of $75 for a full Saturday of training, including light breakfast and lunch.
• Oct. 14: NewsTrain workshop at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, from 9 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. Beverly is 26 miles north of Boston. Beverly is a 35-minute train ride from Boston's North Station, leaving at 8:30 a.m. on the Newburyport/Rockport Line. A campus shuttle will meet the train at the Beverly station.

More info and registration are at


Great Ideas: Faces of the Region
The Times of Northwest Indiana, Munster

After the success of the Facebook page Humans of New York, we decided to launch a local version called Faces of the Region. We created a Facebook page that has photos and quotes from everyday Northwest Indiana people that took off. Then we expanded further and started Faces of the Region galleries, where we took large galleries of people mugging for the camera at events. It has added millions of pageviews to our site.



AP: Trump 100-Promises
AP: Hidden horror of sex assaults by K-12 students
Sacramento Bee: Recession wiped out wealth for area’s African-Americans
Des Moines Register: Many Iowa bail bondsmen have checkered pasts
Portland Press Herald: In Maine, many with drunken-driving convictions still have licenses
Baltimore Sun: Tenants lose, landlords win in Baltimore’s rent court
Kansas City Star: Area pain doctor is among top-paid promoters of drug to treat opioid side effects
Philadelphia Inquirer: Volunteer fire companies fight shortage of volunteers
Seattle Times: A disaster years in the making



St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Man hung in cell for hours at St. Louis lockup while guards streamed Netflix
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Police tech tools outrun the law
Spicer: White House 'looking into' libel laws
Poynter: New report from Index on Censorship paints a bleak picture for U.S. press freedom
Media: Proposed rule could block public from court records
Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions
Albuquerque police using Facebook to attack judges, media
News outlets including AP sue state House GOP Caucus



Philadelphia Inquirer: Trump rips media in speech to mark 100 days
Journalists honor press freedom at a dinner without Trump
Poynter: Times-Picayune and New York Times partnership
New York Times: Time Inc. has decided not to sell itself
Huffington Post: Fox News to leave election pool
ESPN laying off 100 broadcasters, writers as viewers dwindle
Lawsuit filed against Fox alleges racial discrimination
Congressional organization denies credentials to Breitbart
Brad Bailey named publisher of Press-Republican
McClatchy announces changes in restructuring
Capital Press in Salem, Oregon, names publisher
Tri-City (Washington) Herald publisher to retire
New ownership set for Frederick, Maryland, newspaper



Williamson to retire as Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News editor

Doug Williamson has announced that he will retire as editor of the Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News in May.

The Abilene native had worked for the Reporter-News for 32 of his 41-year career in journalism, the past five as its top editor.

The Reporter-News reports ( Williamson came to the Reporter-News in 1985 after nine years with the Waco Tribune Herald. He was promoted to managing editor in the late 1980s and editor in May 2012.

No successor was immediately named for the Gannett-owned newspaper.


NBC reporter, Latina journalism pioneer Cecilia Alvear dies

SANTA MONICA, California — Cecilia Alvear, who fought for Latino inclusion in newsrooms and reached unprecedented heights for a Hispanic woman in journalism in a decades-long career with NBC news, has died, her partner said.

Alvear, who also served as president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, died at her home in Santa Monica after suffering from breast cancer that recurred in 2012, her longtime partner George Lewis said. Alvear was 77.

A native of Ecuador born in the Galapagos on the island of San Cristobal, Alvear came to the U.S. in 1965 and worked in a congressman's office until getting a job as a TV news production assistant in 1971.

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Longtime New Ulm (Minnesota) Journal publisher dies at 65

Bruce Fenske, former publisher of The Journal in New Ulm, Minnesota, died suddenly at his home at the age of 65.

Fenske was a New Ulm native who took over as publisher of The Journal in 1980 at the age of 29. He served as publisher for 35 years in a journalism career that started when he was in high school, taking sports calls at night and shooting photos. He worked as a stringer for The Journal during his years at the University of Minnesota.

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