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 APME UPDATE • May 31, 2018 

SAVE THE DATES

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
April 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Denver
2019: NewsTrain workshops in Austin and Milwaukee

NewsTrain digital-skills workshops coming to Toronto, Denver, Austin and Milwaukee in 2019

APME’s NewsTrain will bring its high-quality, affordable training in digital journalism to two countries and three time zones in 2019.

Here are the hosts for the workshops, which have an early-bird rate of $75 each to attend:

  • Toronto, hosted by News Media Canada in March;
  • Denver, hosted by Colorado State University in April;
  • Austin, hosted by GateHouse Media LLC and the Austin American-Statesman;
  • Milwaukee, hosted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

To be notified when dates, agendas and trainers are set for these workshops, please provide an email at bit.ly/NT2018-19.

Since 2003, Associated Press Media Editors (APME) has sponsored NewsTrain in serving more than 7,400 journalists at 90 workshops. It has traveled to all 50 states and three Canadian provinces, bringing cutting-edge training close to home.

Attendees consistently rate its interactive sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful. Instructors are accomplished journalists with both frontline and teaching experience.

The 2019 sites were selected from applications by committees of local journalists from the United States and Canada. These successful committees will conduct an assessment of the needs in their newsrooms to determine which skills will be taught at their workshops.

To apply to bring NewsTrain to your town in 2020, visit bit.ly/HostNewsTrain in early 2019.

The remaining NewsTrains in 2018, which also have a $75 early-bird rate, are:

  • Sept. 6-7 in Greenville, South Carolina, with sessions on mobile storytelling and newsgathering, social reporting and branding, data-driven enterprise, verification, and making time for a life.
  • Sept. 22 in Denton, Texas (41 miles north of Dallas), with sessions on smartphone video, data-driven enterprise and visualization, social branding, and mobile storytelling.

NewsTrain’s low tuition is made possible by donors, big and small, who have included The Associated Press, GateHouse Media LLC, APME past and present board members, and the APME, Newhouse, Park and Sigma Delta Chi foundations,

To keep NewsTrain serving journalists in their communities, please donate at bit.ly/NewsTraindonate

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.



Lunch speakers set for ASNE-APME conference

Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times, and Chrissy Towle, head of Google Local News Initiatives, will be our lunch speakers at the ASNE-APME conference Sept. 11-12at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas.

On Sept. 11, we'll hear from Sulzberger who became the Times' publisher at the age of 37. Soon after he assumed the role on Jan. 1, 2017, Sulzbergerfaced President Donald Trump who routinely lambasted the "failing" New York Times. Sulzberger and the newsroom stood their ground, and the results have been anything but "failing." Sulzberger has presided over a surge in readership, revenue and subscribers. Under his watch, the newsroom broke the seminal story of 2017, a Pulitzer Prize-winning work that rocked Hollywood and spawned the nationwide #metoo movement. And the Times' coverage of Trump provided one exceptional revelatory piece after another.

The following day, we'll have a conversation and a Q&A with Towle on Google's news efforts.Towle manages the News & Local Media team working with the largest publishing partners in the U.S. Her team facilitates and strategizes with those partners to ensure optimal use of Google products to drive maximum revenue and profitability.
 
For a detailed look at the conference, refer to our schedule.

Registration and hotel
 
The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers. Lunch tickets are $40 a piece and can be purchased when you register or separately through the online store.

A terrific group rate is available at the on-site hotel at the conference center for $219/night Sunday, Sept. 9, through Wednesday, Sept. 12Book by Aug. 9.

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.


 


Top trainers set for Greenville, S.C., NewsTrain on Sept. 7-8. Study social, mobile, data, verification and time management

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.

Among our accomplished trainers are:

Derrick Ho guides the strategy and development roadmap for native apps and web, balancing user needs, business requirements and internal resources for McClatchy's newspapers. @derrickhozw

Cal Lundmark is the social media editor at The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. @calundmark

Ron Nixon is in the Washington, D.C., bureau for The New York Times and is 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. @nixonron

Taylor Shaw is the social media and analytics editor at The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. Previously, she worked in digital media for broadcast TV. @taylorcshaw

To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/GreenvilleNewsTrain 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, 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 bit.ly/DentonNewsTrain or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.

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


WATCHDOG REPORTING

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Emails reveal internal struggle over North Allegheny security consultant's Facebook posts

LA Times: Nikias' tenure as USC president was marked by growth and scandal

The Modesto Bee: Dodging Deportation: 2 women – one fearful, the other fierce – wait for the knock from ICE

San Francisco Chronicle: Sanctuary split: While SF jail snubs ICE, Marin County does the opposite

Hartford Courant: From Vernal Pools To A 200-Foot Cliff: Tilcon And New Britain's Watershed

Sun Sentinel: What went wrong on the third floor in Parkland school shooting?

Miami Herald: 'Big brother' in Coral Gables? Police capture data that says a lot about people's lives

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Weak oversight of medical devices jeopardizes patient safety

The Times-Picayune: With new massive pumps online, New Orleans levee system faces 2018 hurricane season

Star Tribune: Police use-of-force incidents show 10-year decline in Minneapolis

Newark Star-Ledger: The judge did what? Here's why more people are formally protesting N.J. judges

Austin American-Statesman: Hays County murder case evaporates as police lose a mystery informant

Houston Chronicle: An iconic Houston surgeon's hidden history of conflicts of interest, poor outcomes

Politico: Ex-aides say congressman made them his servants

READ MORE IN THE WATCHDOG ROUNDUP

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OPEN RECORDS / FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Records advocates sue over sealed documents in opioid suit

Judge rules against city of Columbia in open records lawsuit

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Tronc buys Virginian-Pilot from Landmark for $34 million

Falling tree kills 2 journalists reporting on severe weather

Reporter notes sought by lawyers for imprisoned ex-UA coach

Boston Globe Finds Itself Uncomfortably in the News

READ MORE IN THE ROUNDUP

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS

Alison Smith to take over as editor of the Times-News

TWIN FALLS — Alison Smith, an award-winning journalist and editor, will be the new editor at the Times-News.

Times-News Publisher Kevin Kampman announced the selection of Smith as the new editor at a staff meeting Thursday. She replaces Matt Christensen, who in March took the position of executive editor at the Quad City Times in Davenport, Iowa.

Smith joined the Times-News staff in 2011 as breaking news, crime and courts reporter. After three years, she was promoted to managing editor, a position she held until March. She's served as the Times-News’ interim editor for the past two months.

“Alison has performed exceptionally in her interim role,” Kampman said. “I am sure as she takes the reigns permanently, and with our outstanding staff, great things will happen.”

Smith has roots in the Magic Valley. Her mother and grandparents grew up in Twin Falls, and she has family members scattered across the valley. Her mother eventually moved to Portland, Ore., where Smith was raised, but she has fond memories of visiting her grandparents in Twin Falls back when it was just becoming the city that it is today.

Smith’s journalism career began as a photographer for her high school yearbook. After graduating from the University of Montana School of Journalism in 2009, she began her reporting career at the Shoshone News-Press in Kellogg. After obtaining her master's degree in community journalism at the University of Alabama, she worked in central Washington at NCW Media for two weekly newspapers and a monthly business journal before joining the Times-News.

IndyStar editor Jeff Taylor promoted to USA TODAY; Ramos to lead IndyStar news operation

Jeff Taylor, the top editor who oversaw IndyStar’s USA Gymnastics investigation that led to 100-year-plus prison sentences for Larry Nassar in sexual assault and child pornography cases, has been named executive editor for news at USA TODAY.

Taylor will join USA TODAY on April 9. Gannett Co. Inc., the parent company of IndyStar and USA TODAY, has named Ronnie Ramos executive editor in Indianapolis. Ramos, a Cuban-American, is the first minority to lead IndyStar’s news operation.

Ramos during five years at IndyStar has played a key role in building one of the nation’s most decorated sports departments. He also has been charged with growing IndyStar’s digital audience, a crucial task for newsrooms that are facing print revenue declines.

“I think this is one of the great newsrooms in the country,” Ramos said. “We want to continue to build on that and get even better.”

Ramos succeeds Taylor, who also served as Midwest regional editor for the USA TODAY NETWORK and held the title of editor and vice president for news at IndyStar. Taylor, a Pulitzer Prize winner, oversaw newsrooms in Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana, including IndyStar.

In addition to Ramos’ expanded role, IndyStar on Wednesday also announced the hiring of Ginger Rough, who will be the No. 2 editor in the newsroom. Rough is joining IndyStar from The Arizona Republic, where she is the features editor and founder of allthemoms.com, a website geared toward a family audience.

Rough, who has been at The Republic for 15 years, will oversee digital operations, breaking news and entertainment at IndyStar. She starts in May.

Read more: https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2018/03/28/indystar-editor-jeff-taylor-promoted-usa-today-ramos-lead-indystar-news-operation/466746002/

AP names Dustin Weaver as Congress news editor

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press on Thursday named Dustin Weaver as news editor overseeing coverage of Congress, a key leadership role in AP's Washington bureau.

Weaver's appointment was announced by AP Washington bureau chief Julie Pace.

"Dustin is a smart and savvy editor with a deep understanding of how Washington works," Pace said. "He will be an integral part of AP's coverage of Capitol Hill and the upcoming midterm elections."

Weaver joins the AP from The Hill, where he was news editor overseeing the paper's print and digital coverage of Congress, the White House and other Washington beats. Weaver previously served as The Hill's business and lobbying editor. He has also held editing positions at The Washington Post Express and The Washington Examiner.

Born and raised in Marietta, Ohio, Weaver is a graduate of Walsh University and the Scripps graduate program at Ohio University.


IN MEMORIAM

Longtime Virginia journalist Carico dies at age 101

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Melville "Buster" Carico, a Roanoke Times reporter who rose from the newspaper mailroom to become an award-winning journalist, has died. He was 101.

Carico's only child, Flip Carico, said his father went into a nursing home with declining health about a month ago, but returned home last week. He died Monday morning.

Carico started his newspaper career by delivering The World-News when he attended Woodrow Wilson Junior High and Jefferson High School. He graduated in 1934, began working as a bundler in the newspaper's mail room, and became a writer in 1936.

Carico began covering state politics by the 1950s and was honored by the General Assembly when he retired in 1981.

In 1995, Carico was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.

Carico's wife, Anne, died in 1999.

Stephen Mindich, longtime Boston Phoenix owner and publisher, dies at 74

One of many legendary stories about Stephen M. Mindich involves him using his 5-foot-5 body to block a financial rival’s much-taller emissary from entering a room to make a counteroffer when Mr. Mindich was buying his first alternative newspaper.

“It was a matter of survival. This was not casual,” Mr. Mindich recalled years later. “This paper is my guts.”

The media empire he went on to build became an essential part of Boston’s cultural identity, and its award-winning flagship weekly, The Boston Phoenix, was the place where an array of prominent writers began their careers.

Mr. Mindich, who was the owner and publisher of the now-closed Phoenix, died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday while in hospice care. He was 74 and lived in Newton. Mr. Mindich’s daughter-in-law, Rachael Mindich, announced his death Thursday in an online post.

Read more: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/05/24/stephen-mindich-longtime-boston-phoenix-owner-and-publisher-dies/lA9vUrCWZ6vEf4uWC4rj6L/story.html


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