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APME UPDATE • MAY 10, 2017






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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Act soon to bring a second editor for just $100 to the APME-ASNE-APPM News Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

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 to bring a second editor for just $100.

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 9 a.m. to 5 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.


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

Train in mobile, social, video and data at Columbus, Ohio, NewsTrain on Oct. 21

Come for a full Saturday of digital training in suburban Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 21. Registration is open, and training sessions include:

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

Experience NewsTrain’s highly rated training; attendees regularly judge sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly useful and highly effective.

Please register by Sept. 21 to get the early-bird rate of $75 for a full day of training, including light breakfast and lunch. Plus, the first 20 to register will be entered in a drawing for five, free, yearlong subscriptions to the AP Stylebook online – a $26 value. Diversity scholarships are available; deadline is Sept. 13.

Don't delay: NewsTrains often sell out.


Great Ideas: Music Wednesdays
Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press

The Chattanooga Times Free Press launched “Music Wednesdays” in August 2016 to tap into the growing local music scene in our city through the newly introduced Facebook Live platform. At first, we wanted to see whether 30 to 45 minutes of music and conversation during the city's lunch break would make an impact on the newspaper's readership.

More than 30 shows later, the popular weekly performance has grown to encompass genres ranging from opera to bluegrass and has expanded the newspaper's profile among younger demographics and non-readers. We have broadcast live from our newspaper; on location from performance venues across the city; and once from a popular pedestrian bridge. We also did an extended Christmas version of “Music Wednesdays,” which featured multiple musicians and collected peanut butter for the Chattanooga Food Bank.

“Music Wednesdays” also have introduced musicians to a broader audience, and we are now being approached on a regular basis by musicians asking to be a part of the show. The broadcasts also have raised the profile our entertainment reporter and our news broadcaster, who host “Music Wednesdays.”

Full disclosure: We were inspired to created “Music Wednesdays” after seeing a “Great Ideas” about “Window on the World” by the Columbus Dispatch (so this is proof that the ideas in “Great Ideas” are useful).



AP: Sex assaults in high school sports minimized as 'hazing'
AP: US looks for evidence of crimes by Haitians
Washington Post: Funds forfeited as DC homeless languish
Chicago Tribune: Bond system fosters cycle of violence
Baltimore Sun: Low-income renters become migrants in their own city
Boston Globe: Trump as target of lawsuits is absolutely huge
Detroit Free Press: The faults in no-fault insurance
New York Times: Health Act repeal could threaten job engine
Providence Journal: Rhode Island’s gas-pipe network leaks like a sieve
Washington Post: Kushners court cash in Beijing



Arizona Daily Star: Most hard drugs smuggled through legal crossing points
Judge refuses to seal filings in wrongful imprisonment case
AP: GOP chairman warns agencies about requests for records
Colorado governor approves public records mediation
AP: Iowa regulator used state email for legal work
AP: Georgia losing patience with drug treatment tourists



Pay for news? More than half of Americans say they do
Sinclair to buy Tribune Media, expanding its local TV reach
Poynter: Northwestern’s Medill opts out of accreditation system
Tim Franklin leaving Poynter for Medill
New York Times adds 308,000 digital subscription in 1Q
Minneapolis Star Tribune CEO Mike Klingensmith to chair news industry trade group
Institute tasked with saving local journalism raises $26M
Facebook to hire 3,000 to review videos of crime and suicide
Networks, CNN refuse to air Trump advertisement
Mark Hamrick to head SABEW
Fired BET executive sues, alleging 'old boys' club' bias
John Rung named CEO of Shaw Media
Winston-Salem Journal publisher Kevin Kampman announces his retirement



Commercial Appeal editor Louis Graham announces resignation

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — The editor of The Commercial Appeal has announced his resignation.
Louis Graham, who began working for the Memphis newspaper 38 years ago as a reporter in Jackson, told staff that he is leaving for a position at ALSAC, the organization that handles fundraising and awareness for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Graham told the newspaper ( that he's "just moving into another mission." He was named editor in 2013.
The newspaper is owned by Gannett Co., which purchased previous owner Journal Media Group last year.
Opinion editor Mark Russell will lead the newspaper while a search is conducted for a new executive editor.

Las Cruces (New Mexico) Sun-News cuts staff, loses top editor

The Las Cruces (New Mexico) Sun-News laid off three journalists, and the newspaper’s top editor has resigned.
The cuts were part of a continuing reduction in staff at papers owned by Gannett, which owns seven papers in New Mexico and the El Paso Times in West Texas.
Lucas Peerman, the newspaper’s news director, was named interim editor after Managing Editor Sylvia Ulloa resigned. She had served in the position since November 2013.

Veteran newsman named Times-Gazette editor

Terence Corrigan joined the Shelbyville, Tennessee, Times-Gazette news staff as editor in May.
Corrigan came to the Times-Gazette with 30 years of newsroom experience, most recently as the editor of the Marshall County Tribune in Lewisburg.
Before moving to Middle Tennessee, Corrigan was with the White Mountain Independent in Show Low, Arizona, where he served as editor for 15 years.

Ronayne to lead Associated Press coverage from Sacramento

Kathleen Ronayne, The Associated Press' politics and government reporter in New Hampshire who helped lead coverage of the state's first-in-the-nation presidential primary, has been promoted to supervisory correspondent in Sacramento, California.
In her new assignment, Ronayne will oversee AP's largest statehouse bureau. She also will have a leadership role in political coverage in California.
West Region News Director Anna Johnson announced her appointment.
Ronayne joined AP in 2014 after working for The Concord Monitor in New Hampshire.

Grim leaving HuffPost for The Intercept

HuffPost's longtime Washington, D.C., Bureau Chief Ryan Grim is leaving the company, HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen announced in a memo.
Although Polgreen didn't say where Grim is headed, Politico's Hadas Gold reports he will be The Intercept's D.C. bureau chief.


Public broadcaster, father of acting Wilson brothers dead at 76

Robert A. Wilson, father of actors Luke, Owen and Andrew Wilson, and a landmark public television station executive who introduced "Monty Python's Flying Circus" to its first American audience, has died in Dallas. He was 76.

Luke Wilson told The Dallas Morning News ( ) that his father died after years of fighting Alzheimer's disease.

Bob Wilson was placed in charge of Dallas public television station KERA in 1967. He hired Dallas Times Herald city editor Jim Lehrer, put him in charge of the station's public affairs programming and created a nightly news program called "Newsroom" with Lehrer as anchor. Lehrer went on to anchor "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" for PBS.

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Photojournalist Bill Cooke dies in Florida

Bill Cooke, a tough-as-nails photojournalist and blogger, died in the Miami VA hospice after years of battling pulmonary fibrosis. He was 70.

A Vietnam veteran and notorious curmudgeon who taught himself to shoot a camera, Cooke built his career in Miami as a freelance photographer with a nose for news. He scored big in 1992 when he followed a crew sign pointing down a neighborhood alley and snapped Madonna naked in a backyard shooting stills for her book “Sex.” While working as a car valet, he got a gig at the Associated Press by walking into the Miami office with photos of Al Pacino shooting scenes for “Scarface.”

“He’d managed to sneak in and get some really outstanding pictures,” said Phil Sandlin, a former AP photo editor who worked with Cooke for about a decade. “Bill was a hustler. And he was actually as good a newsman as he was a photographer.”

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Pioneer Vietnam War journalist Morrissy Merick dies at 83

Anne Morrissy Merick, who successfully fought for equal treatment of female reporters during the Vietnam War, has died. She was 83.

Morrissy Merick died of complications from dementia in Naples, Florida, said her daughter Katherine Anne Engleke.

ABC had assigned Morrissy Merick to cover the war in 1967 when U.S. commander Gen. William Westmoreland ordered that female reporters could not spend the night in the field with the troops. That made it impossible for the female reporters to go on most combat missions as there would be no way for them to return to the base at night.

She and Overseas Weekly editor Ann Bryan Mariano organized the half-dozen female reporters covering the war to challenge Westmoreland's order. They appealed to the Defense Department, which overrode Westmoreland.

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