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APME UPDATE • May 16, 2019 


Aug. 5, 2019: Deadline to nominate for the McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership
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

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NLA is now seeking nominations for the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership

The News Leaders Association is seeking nominations for the next recipient of the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership, sponsored by the USA TODAY Network. We are looking for individuals or news organizations whose actions and work reflect a strong commitment to diversity in honor of the late Robert G. McGruder, a former Detroit Free Press executive editor and former managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

Nominees should be individuals or news organizations who have made a significant contribution to improving and promoting diversity for one or more years, both through retention and recruitment in their workplaces, as well as through news content.

The Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership has been co-sponsored by the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors, which are now the News Leaders Association, and is also sponsored generously by the USA TODAY Network.*

This year's winner will be announced during the News Leaders Association Conference in New Orleans Sept. 9-10. The winner receives $2,500 and a leadership award.

Please submit your nominations by Aug. 5 to Submitted nominations should include the name of the individual or organization, a brief explanation of why they're being nominated and a headshot or photo of the individual/organization.

To view the full press release, click here. 

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 1-5 p.m. 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 ASNE's 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

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 three remaining 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:
  • 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.

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.


Arizona Daily Star: Rep. Raul Grijalva to investigate whistleblower's claims about Vigneto project

San Francisco Chronicle: Street of dreams: When the ‘Twitter tax break’ took effect eight years ago, it was intended to draw tech companies to rundown Mid-Market Street and lead to a neighborhood revitalization. Did it succeed?

The San Diego Union-Tribune: Meet East Village Green, San Diego’s most expensive downtown park

The Denver Post: Denver area sees more school shootings by population than nation’s largest metro areas, analysis shows

Stamford Advocate: CT opioid death data shows ‘it’s an everywhere problem’

The Washington Post: ‘Who’s going to take care of these people?’

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Pressure mounts on medical boards to root out sexual predator doctors

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Chinatown grapples with surge in homeless

Courier-Journal: Kentuckians were promised internet. What they got: $1.5B information highway to nowhere Louisiana officials ask little before letting private schools get millions in public vouchers

Baltimore Sun: Baltimore nonprofit tied to ex-Mayor Pugh claimed notable board members who deny they ever held such positions

The Boston Globe: Ivy League coaching endowments raise ethics questions

The Kansas City Star: Veterans group leader: Is KC VA’s yearlong silence on Missouri vet’s death a coverup?


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.


Los Angeles Times: Pot smuggling arrests at LAX have surged 166% since marijuana legalization

South Florida Sun Sentinel: Paper wins contempt case over Parkland shooting suspect

AP: California reporter vows to protect source after police raid

CtPost: Hearst reporter detained by Bridgeport cops while covering protest


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.


Reading Eagle newspaper gets 'multiple bids'

Man who threatened Boston Globe journalists pleads guilty

Quincy Media to purchase Hannibal Courier-Post


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.


Former Press Herald editor resigns top job in Illinois to spare layoffs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois’ capital-city newspaper, a 188-year-old institution tied intimately to Abraham Lincoln, is without a news chief after its editor resigned in hopes of sparing more layoffs, according to a staff writer.

Angie Muhs served notice of her resignation on Friday from The State Journal-Register in Springfield, owned by one of the nation’s largest publishers, GateHouse Media. When the newspaper’s general manager escorted Muhs from the building on Monday, the newsroom emptied as editorial employees accompanied her “as a show of respect and support,” staff writer Dean Olsen said.

Muhs previously held top editing jobs at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, including managing editor.

Newspaper circulation in the U.S. has declined every year for three decades, while advertising revenue has nosedived since 2006, according to the Pew Research Center. In the faces of those economic challenges, many newsrooms have shrunk, through layoffs and attrition. This month’s sale of The Times-Picayune of New Orleans and its planned merger with The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is the latest example of industry uncertainty.

According to Olsen, Muhs explained that her departure was in part “to save money on salaries in the hopes that GateHouse would not attempt more reductions in the newsroom.”

Others have interrupted careers for similar reasons. Shortly after GateHouse acquired The Standard-Times of New Bedford, Massachusetts, in December 2014, its editor stepped down to spare additional layoffs. The executive editor of the Gannett-owned El Paso Times bowed out in September 2017 after being ordered to cut newsroom staff.

Muhs, who arrived in Springfield in 2014 from Maine and became president of the Associated Press Media Editors late last year, declined to comment when contacted Tuesday. State Journal-Register general manager Eugene Jackson and GateHouse did not respond to requests for comment for this story. But GateHouse in the past has rejected the notion that its motivations are strictly financial and has pointed to measures it’s taken to keep news flowing at newspapers across the U.S.

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Detroit News names Gary Miles editor and publisher

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit News has named managing editor Gary Miles the newspaper's new editor and publisher.

The 55-year-old Miles succeeds Jonathan Wolman, who died April 15 due to complications from pancreatic cancer.

Miles had been managing editor since 2013. He was hired at the News in 2000 and later promoted to metro editor and deputy managing editor. He previously worked at newspapers in New Jersey, Port Huron and Lansing.

He said Friday in a statement the newspaper will "keep giving Metro Detroit and all of Michigan a news report that's honest, accurate, fair and compelling."

Wolman had been editor and publisher since 2007. He spent nearly 31 years with The Associated Press, starting in 1973 as a reporter in Madison, Wisconsin. He rose to serve as Washington bureau chief, managing editor and executive editor.

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Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press names Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler chairman

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press named Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler as its newest chairman. Adler succeeds David Boardman, Dean of the Klein College of Communication at Temple University.

The Reporters Committee also named Margaret Low, senior vice president of The Atlantic and President AtlanticLIVE as vice chair.

"I'm honored to be named chairman of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press," said Adler. "The Reporters Committee's work providing journalists with access to legal representation and support is of critical importance as press freedom increasingly comes under threat. I look forward to continuing my work with RCFP to protect the First Amendment rights of journalists and to expand legal resources available to state and local press across the country."

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Gannett Regional VP Tom Donovan to retire June 3

Thomas M. Donovan, Northeast Regional vice president and publisher of the Asbury Park Press, will retire from Gannett effective June 3, he announced Monday.

Donovan, who guided the The Press through the Great Recession and led the company’s digital growth with, said he would take the next two or three months to spend some time with his friends and family, including his 8-month-old granddaughter, before figuring out his next steps.

“I have truly enjoyed each and every day of working in our great business,” said Donovan, who has been in the newspaper industry for 32 years. “You see, I get to wake up each day and interact with our subscribers about what matters to them, collaborate with our advertising clients in ways that allow them to meet their business goals and then often meet with or attend a community function that helps our communities thrive. That’s a pretty good day.”

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