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 APME UPDATE • May 17, 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
Aug. 22, 2018:
Early bird deadline for NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
Sept. 22, 2018:
NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
March 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Toronto

Check out what we've planned for you in Austin

Join us Sept. 11-12at the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas, where you will be inundated with tips and advice on how to lead your newsroom in 2018 and going forward.
For two full days at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center,the conference will cover the latest innovations in content and technology, leadership strategies, new business models and more. Register and book your hotel room early before our block sells out!
Here are four things you don't want to miss:

1. Interactive conference schedule

Our conference schedule is live! It is being updated daily, so check back often.This interactive schedule is easy to navigate through a number of sessions we have planned to get you fully equipped with actionable items you can take back to your newsroom.
Two ways to get the most out of this schedule:

1. Have it handy on your mobile

Go to your browser and in the URL bar, type in For directions on how to bookmark the page on your home screen so that the schedule is always only one click away, click here if you are an iPhone user or here if you are an Android user.
2. Personalize your schedule
Sign up for a free account and create a custom schedule of sessions you're interested in attending.To learn more about how to fully utilize the functionality of the schedule, refer to the attendee guides.

The program is planned and organized by ASNE-APME Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs Bill Church of GateHouse Media and Emilio Garcia-Ruiz of The Washington Post. The committee includes Colin McMahon of the Chicago Tribune,  Sandra Clark of WHYY and Traci Bauer of The Journal News, and Adviser Jim Simon of Honolulu Civil Beat.

2. Innovation Track: Table Stakes

What are the best solutions that have emerged from the Table Stakes/Lenfest effort across all newsroom sizes? What did they learn? How are the newsrooms evolving? What are the early wins in terms of audience, workflow and realignment of traditional structures? The project has moved into addressing the needs of smaller newsrooms. How have they progressed?
3. Diversity Report
The release of the annual ASNE diversity survey. We will examine the representation of diverse backgrounds/experiences in newsrooms and news coverage. We will pair strategies, tools and tactics with results of the diversity survey to give you guidance on how to lead your newsroom in this critical area.
4. Innovation Track: Does Local Opinion Still Matter?
In one word: Yes. How can you focus your opinion writing on issues that are critical to your community and make changes? What are the new digital storytelling techniques, other than narrative argument, that you can use to state your case?

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, video and data viz at Denton, Texas, NewsTrain on Sept. 22

Denton NewsTrain will offer a full day of digital training on Sept. 22, 2018, at the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in the University Union, room 333, 1155 Union Circle. It is 41 miles north of Dallas and 38 miles north of Fort Worth.

Training Sessions Include:

  • Data-driven enterprise off your beat
  • Shooting smarter video with your smartphone
  • Getting your story read: maximizing social media for branding and audience engagement
  • Use data visualization to tell better stories
  • Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices

Early-bird registration is $75 through Aug. 22; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 23.

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.
  • Sequence your best five shots to produce video news clips of under one minute with minimal editing.
  • Design informational graphics with impact, such as maps and charts, using free and easy-to-use tools.
To learn more, visit or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.

To get updates for any of the upcoming NewsTrains, visit this page and signup.

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

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
  • Data-driven enterprise off your beat
  • 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.

Our first confirmed trainer is Ron Nixon, in the Washington, D.C., bureau for The New York Times and a former training director for IRE. Nixon consistently gets top marks for his data-enterprise training sessions at NewsTrain. His first career job was in South Carolina.

To learn more, visit or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.

To get updates for any of the upcoming NewsTrains, visit this page and signup.

2018 ASNE diversity survey data collection begins

The 2018 ASNE Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey went into the field last week. We ask you to please participate and help us track the state of diversity in staffing in U.S. newsrooms and achieve our longtime goal of having the percentage of minorities working in newsrooms nationwide equal to that of minorities in the nation's population by 2025. We believe such parity is critical to providing fair and accurate coverage of communities and the country.

Supported by the Democracy Fund, the Google News Lab, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, the 2018 diversity survey is led by Meredith Clark, assistant professor of the University of Virginia's Department of Media Studies, and her research team.

Diverse candidates you can hire as summer interns

APME and ASNE encourage editors looking to place summer interns in their newsrooms to consider hiring from the talented pool of diverse candidates who applied to the 2018 Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism. For more information about each candidate, contact CQS Program Director Karen Catone at


The New Mexican: State spends millions on settlements, often silently

Denver Post: Alone in the world: Foster kids in Colorado leave system with no home, no family, little support

New Haven Register: White women: addicted, incarcerated and overlooked

Stamford Advocate: Data shows black Stamford students punished disproportionately

Sun-Sentinel: Schools' culture of tolerance lets students like Nikolas Cruz slide

Miami Herald: Behind lovely facade, allegations of slaps, bites, rapes, rats — and a horrific death

Idaho Statesman: Idaho Youth Ranch in trouble and failing to help children, say former employees

Chicago Tribune: Electronic monitoring the latest battleground in the fight to reform bond

Courier Journal: Churches are putting faith in these old vans that could kill

Times-Picayune: Nurse sounded alarm over inmate's death and sexual harassment at Orleans jail -- then was fired: lawsuit

Boston Globe: In Boston, some female firefighters allege dismissive treatment — and much worse

Star Tribune: Minnesota's Clark, Castile cases were used in Russian-made Facebook posts

Democrat & Chronicle: 40-year mystery: Where were the police when mobster 'Sammy G' Gingello was murdered?

The News & Observer: NC inmates died when jailers weren't watching. Critics say these fixes aren't enough.

Philadelphia Inquirer: At aging Philadelphia schools, asbestos is a lurking health threat to children and staff

The Tennessean: Special report: State investigated abuse involving 460 Tennessee schools. Was your child's one of them?

Seattle Times: Behind Seattle’s rising pension costs: Past mismanagement adds to taxpayers’ burden

Journal Sentinel: A long-haul defense lawyer makes do with Wisconsin's lowest-in-nation pay

The Toledo Blade: What it pays to be at the top: A look at the salaries of local CEOs



'Golden State Killer' lawyers fight to keep documents sealed

Judge says 1st Amendment protects paper accused of littering

Councilman proposes bill to expedite FOIL for journalists

Muskegon school board may have violated Open Meetings Act again

Attorney: Board of Regents likely violated open-meetings law

Brockhouse requests DA investigate possible meeting violation by City Council

Missouri House votes to toughen open records law

School district shuts down information after Stoneman Douglas shooting

The Oregonian: Portland Public Schools loses records secrecy lawsuit



NBC says no culture of harassment in its news division

Owner of Pueblo Chieftain agrees to sell; Terms not released

Denver Post Journalists Go to New York to Protest Their Owner

One fewer public editor: Not needed anymore, or needed more than ever?

Berkshire Eagle Editor Resigns, Citing Ethics Concerns

Drastic cutbacks at the Salt Lake Tribune

AP to offer election voter survey to replace exit polls



Lebanon Express names new editor

Les Gehrett, a former sports editor for the Albany Democrat-Herald, is the new editor of the Lebanon Express.

Gehrett, 48, replaces Matt Debow, who resigned to take a job at the Gresham Outlook, a twice-weekly newspaper. Debow worked for the Express for seven years.

Gehrett served as sports editor for the Democrat-Herald for 10 years, from 2005 to 2015. Before that, he was a general assignment reporter and feature writer for the Democrat-Herald for eight years, covering sports, Linn County government and police and fire.

Most recently, Gehrett worked as a skills trainer for Trillium Family Services.

"I'm very excited to return to local news and i look forward to becoming more involved in the Lebanon community,' Gehrett said.

Ruby Bailey will become Columbia Missourian's executive editor

A journalist whose reporting has ranged from hyperlocal coverage of Michigan suburbs to the Iraq War and whose editing has spanned the evolution of print and digital editions has been named executive editor of the Columbia Missourian.

Ruby L. Bailey, a local news editor at the Sacramento Bee, will begin her new role on July 1.

She will be the first woman to lead the Missourian’s coverage in the newspaper’s 109 years.

“I’m very excited to be a part of the Columbia community but also the Mizzou community,” said Bailey.

“This is an awesome responsibility, but also a privilege to represent the industry I love and to help students prepare to take the baton and take over.

“This is my chance to give back to a career and a life that has blessed me so richly and to help ensure that the function of the press remains strong,” she said. “That starts in communities.”

In addition to holding the title of executive editor, Bailey will hold the Missouri School of Journalism’s Missouri Community Newspaper Management Chair. In that role, she will work with community newspapers across Missouri to help improve their coverage and operations.

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New publisher, editor at Star as Davis leaves for public radio

Bob Davis, publisher and editor of The Anniston Star, has announced his resignation.

Davis came to Consolidated in 2003, and has been The Star’s editor since 2006. He took on the role of publisher in 2016. He’s leaving to become executive director at High Plains Public Radio, a network of stations serving communities in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

Josephine Ayers has been named The Star’s publisher, while Anthony Cook becomes executive editor of The Star and the other newspapers of its parent company, Consolidated Publishing.

“I'm proud of the journalism produced by The Star over my almost 15 years here,” Davis wrote in a prepared statement. “I consider myself very fortunate to have worked alongside so many talented journalists during that time. While I'm excited about this new opportunity with High Plains Public Radio, I will miss the many friends I've made here.”

Ayers has served as chairman of Consolidated Publishing’s board of directors since January. She has also worked as editor in chief of the lifestyle magazine Longleaf Style, which Consolidated published from 2008 to 2015.

As publisher, Josephine Ayers will oversee The Star’s editorial and business operations.

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Award-Winning Former AP Photographer Russell McPhedran Dies

Former Associated Press photographer Russell McPhedran, whose balcony photo of a hooded terrorist at the 1972 Munich Olympics became one of the iconic images of the 20th century, has died after a heart-related illness. He was 82.

McPhedran, who was inducted into the Australian Media Hall of Fame last November, worked at the Sydney bureau of the Associated Press from 1985 until his retirement in 2003. He was the longest-serving photo editor at the Sydney bureau of the AP.

"Few photographers take a picture powerful enough to enter the permanent consciousness of a nation, let alone become instantly recognizable around the world. Russell McPhedran, or Russ as his mates call him, has a clutch of them," friend and former colleague Michael Bowers said in writing a tribute for McPhedran 's Hall of Fame induction.

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Longtime AP journalist Carl Craft, a Washington bureau vet, dies at age 79

WASHINGTON (AP) - Carl C. Craft, a retired Associated Press reporter and editor who covered government and politics in Washington for more than two decades, died recently after suffering head injuries in a fall. He was 79.

Craft, who died May 5 at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia, worked for the AP for more than 30 years, starting in 1963 in Louisville, Kentucky, before moving on to be correspondent in Concord, New Hampshire, and then joining the staff of Washington AP in 1969. He worked in the Washington bureau until 1993, when he retired.

Before the days of the internet and Google, Craft was known for collecting extensive files and background on all types of government and political stories, and would keep them in big cases he would carry to and from work in his car for safekeeping. Once, when there was a fire alarm in the office, he recruited several co-workers to get his files to his car, said Bob Furlow, a Washington AP colleague.

He wrote a weekly "Status of Legislation" column on bills working their way through Congress. "He was surprised and pleased to find one week that a Tennessee paper had led its Sunday edition with his compilation," Furlow recalled.

On big election nights, he would track which states were won by each candidate on tote boards to keep the newsroom informed.

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Martha Sawyer Allen, former Star Tribune religion writer and columnist, dies at 75

During almost three decades in the Star Tribune newsroom, Martha Sawyer Allen cut a blunt, no-nonsense figure particularly as a religion writer lending insight and asking tough questions as she covered bruising upheavals in local congregations.

But on the job and off, she also brought compassion and generosity. Her searing, sensitive profiles of public figures rebounding from tragedy or public downfalls were an Easter Sunday fixture of the paper. She traveled on aid missions to Africa, nurturing decadeslong relationships with families she supported financially. Never merely a dabbler, she was a irreverent commentator on politics, a member of several book clubs and a renowned flower arranger.

Martha had so many facets to her, said Allens friend and one-time source Marilyn Chiat. Whatever role she was playing, she played it to the fullest.

Allen died April 28 in Minneapolis. She was 75.

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Journalist and former Tomblin staffer Chris Stadelman dies

Chris Stadelman, a longtime West Virginia newspaper editor who became chief of staff for former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, has died.

Stadelman 48, had battled cancer the past several years.

“He was a true gentleman, a great journalist,” Tomblin said. “He was very well respected by the media. He did a fantastic job for me as communications director and the last couple of years as my chief of staff. He was a remarkable man. He’ll be sadly missed.”

Stadelman, whose brother Matt and sister-in-law Lisa reside in Beckley, had been open about his battle with cancer, speaking about the importance of colorectal cancer screening both as a government official who could shape the public agenda and as someone going through a struggle.

“I’m going to run the disease,” he said in a 2014 Charleston Daily Mail interview. “I am not going to let it run me. I’ve always been a little stubborn.”

In addition to his many years of work at The Charleston Daily Mail, Stadelman and his wife Kelly owned and ran the Parsons Advocate in Tucker County. He and Kelly also owned Stadelman Consulting, a public relations firm.

Last year, he was inducted into the School of Journalism and Mass Communications Hall of Fame at Marshall University, an event that also served as a celebration of his life.

Longtime AP Sydney bureau chief Peter O'Loughlin dies at 78

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - Peter O'Loughlin, who helped cover the closing days of the Vietnam War for The Associated Press and was founding president of the Foreign Correspondents' Association of Australia, has died after a long illness. He was 78.

O'Loughlin was an experienced foreign correspondent who worked across Southeast Asia before going on to document the historic days when South Vietnam's cities fell to communist forces. In his home country of Australia, he commanded respect for his push to give the world press greater access to government leaders.

On April 1, 1975, as South Vietnam's Da Nang was falling to the North Vietnamese, O'Loughlin was aboard a chartered merchant ship off the coast and reported and photographed the desperate scenes as 6,000 refugees boarded in eight hours

"Years later, he never failed to choke up recalling that dreadful story," former AP and Newsweek correspondent Carl Robinson said.

In this April 1, 1975, photo taken by Peter O'Loughlin, a cargo net lifts refugees from a barge onto the SS Pioneer Contender for evacuation from the fallen city of Da Nang. Freighter took eight hours to load some 6,000 refugees.

Just days later in Saigon, later renamed Ho Chi Minh City, O'Loughlin covered the crash of a flight carrying orphaned babies as part of "Operation Babylift," the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam in the final days of the war.

When Saigon finally fell to the North Vietnamese on April 30, 1975, O'Loughlin was at the U.S. air base in the Philippines, where the last helicopters out of the city landed, Robinson said.

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