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APME UPDATE • May 23, 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

If you have news about news, news leaders or newsrooms you'd like to share, send details here.


Register now to join us in New Orleans in September!

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.

AP's Gary Pruitt Op-Ed for Memorial Day weekend

NLA/ASNE/APME Colleagues:

Have your readers ever wondered what, exactly, is this "AP" whose stories from around the world make their way into these readers' local newspapers and online sites?

As part of everyone's efforts to be more relatable to readers and break down some of the barriers to understanding how news stories in all formats come to be, AP CEO Gary Pruitt has written this op-ed.

AP offers it now with an EMBARGO of Sunday, May 26, which is the day before Memorial Day.
Some of you may want to provide other related material, so this will give you time to plan.

If you use this AP op-ed, let us know by tagging us in your related posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. 

Know a diversity champion? NLA is seeks 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.

Don't miss the 2019 fall NewsTrains

Please sign up here  to be emailed when more information becomes available on the dates, agendas and instructors for the 2019 workshops.

Questions? Email Linda Austin or Laura Sellers, NewsTrain project co-directors. 

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.


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: ‘Struggling to tread water’: Dairy farmers are caught in an economic system with no winning formula

Austin American-Statesman: Overwhelming workload leaves Austin detectives 10 hours to solve sex crimes, analysis shows

The Tennessean: Tennessee's rural hospitals are dying off. Who's next?

The New York Times: ‘They Were Conned’: How Reckless Loans Devastated a Generation of Taxi Drivers

North Jersey Record: The story behind the little-known failed project in New Jersey that got Trump fired

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada’s high suicide rate a mystery

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis halfway house for federal prisoners turns into cash cow for family that runs it

Des Moines Register: Police credibility: Confusion about 'liars list' may be depriving suspects of fair trials

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Hawaii leaders have done little to fix overcrowding issues at jails

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Two diabetics in prison died from alleged neglect; the doctor was promoted

Miami Herald: Did hotels inflate the price of panic buttons to try to delay a law protecting workers?

The Washington Post: A dangerous delay: The University of Maryland waited 18 days to inform students of a virus on campus. That decision left vulnerable students like Olivia Paregol in the dark.

Los Angeles Times: L.A. County juvenile halls are so chaotic, officers are afraid to come to work

The Arizona Republic: How deadly was Dolphinaris? By today's standards, deadliest in America

Anchorage Daily News: Lawless: One in three Alaska villages have no local police

Daily Press: Black Virginians are far more likely to be charged with disorderly conduct


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.


Rockford Register-Star: Rockford mayor: Winnebago County state’s attorney not helping city battle domestic violence

Odessa American: Hospital hires Austin firm to fight FOI’s

West Hawaii Today: Hawaii newspaper says reporter banned from Army meeting


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.


Anderson newspaper to sell its building and move downtown

Rochester newspaper sold to Forum Communications

New Jersey Herald sold to GateHouse Media

53 percent of college students say free speech is important; 45 percent say that have little trust in the media

Pope pays tribute to journalists who were killed; says press freedom vital

Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Reading Eagle to chain

Rutgers students vote to slash funding for student paper. Daily Targum could shut down.

Police to return property seized from San Francisco reporter

How The Advocate conquered New Orleans (and most of the rest of Louisiana, too)

Bend Bulletin Owners Plan To Sell Everything And Dissolve The Company


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.


Veteran McClatchy editor will be the first woman to lead the company’s news division

Kristin Roberts, one of four regional editors and executive editor for politics at McClatchy, has been named vice president of news, the company announced Wednesday. Roberts becomes the first woman to lead the news division in McClatchy’s 162-year history.

Her new responsibilities include oversight of the Sacramento-based media company’s 30 newsrooms across 14 states, its corporate news operations and McClatchy Studios, which produces documentaries. McClatchy’s regional editors in the West, Central and Carolinas will report to her.

Roberts will assume her new role May 27. She will report to Craig Forman, McClatchy president and chief executive, and join the six-member senior executive leadership team.

Roberts will remain in Miami, where she has been based as East Region editor, overseeing newsrooms including the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald, Lexington Herald Leader and the McClatchy Washington Bureau.

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