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 APME UPDATE • June 7, 2018 

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Aug. 8, 2018: Early bird deadline for NewsTrain workshop in Greenville, S.C.
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Sept. 11-12, 2018: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Austin, Texas
Aug. 22, 2018:
Early bird deadline for NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
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NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
March 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Toronto
April 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Denver
2019: NewsTrain workshops in Austin and Milwaukee

ASNE-APME conference packed with diverse sessions

Sign up now to join us Sept. 11-12 at the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas, where you will be inundated with tips and advice on how to lead your newsroom.
 
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. Detailed schedule.
 
Some highlights of our sessions and speakers you don't want to miss:
 
Innovation Track: Serving Your Readers in 2018: How can you use human-centered design to put the audience first and produce impactful storytelling? We will review a project done by Philadelphia Media Network and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which recruited three real Philadelphians to participate in a half-day human-centered design exercise. They interviewed these volunteers about their habits and priorities, discovered real needs and brainstormed service journalism story ideas. A popular series called "We The People" came out of it. Confirmed speakers:Marie Gilot, director of professional development, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Kim Fox, managing editor of audience development, Philly.com.
 
Big J Track: When the Trolls Turn On Your Reporters:Social media attacks against reporters are becoming more common, with women in fields like sports especially likely to face sexist vitriol. Meet the journalists who have gone through this experience and hear from experts on what you should do as a newsroom manager to help and support your staff. Confirmed speakers: Gina Chen, assistant professor, Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin; Sandra Clark (moderator), vice president for news and civic dialogue, WHYY; Suzanne Halliburton, sports reporter, Austin American-Statesman; and Helen Ubiñas, columnist, Philadelphia Media Network
 
Harassment in the Newsroom: In the year of #metoo, newsrooms are confronting incidents of sexual harassment by reporters and editors. What have we learned? Drawing on the lessons of the Newseum's groundbreaking Power Shift Summit, Jill Geisler, Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago, will lead a wide-open conversation focused on changing the way we hire, train and respond to issues of workplace misconduct and revisiting the systems that led to years of silence. We will look at which publishers are examining the intersection of harassment, discrimination and incivility and taking on the big challenges. Who's recognizing that things that aren't necessarily illegal are still unacceptable? Who's looking out for the least powerful in newsrooms: our interns, temporary workers and freelancers? Confirmed speaker: Jean Hodges, senior director of news, GateHouse Media

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. 12. Book by Aug. 9.


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

Diversity scholarships available!

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 vis at Denton, Texas, NewsTrain on Sept. 22

Diversity scholarships available!

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.

Among our accomplished trainers are:

Hannah Wise, audience engagement editor at The Dallas Morning News, will lead the way in the social media branding session. @hwise29

• Dallas Morning News Interactive Editor Dana Amihere will lead the data-visualization session. @write_this_way

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

Arizona  Republic: Pay raises for teachers, staff vary across Arizona school districts after #RedForEd

Modesto Bee: 360,000 Californians have unsafe drinking water. Are you one of them?

San Francisco Chronicle: Hunters Point shipyard soil scandal widens as analysis spots suspect parcels

San Francisco Chronicle: Cal scrapped probe of football program promised after 2014 death of player

Denver Post: “Hear me roar” — former Colorado foster youths speak out to improve system for those who follow

Hartford Courant: These Tenants Took On A Millionaire Absentee Landlord — And Won

Sun-Sentinel: Despite nursing home deaths, 84 percent of South Florida facilities not ready for hurricane season

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Amid opioid crisis, drug-abusing nurses get secret sanctions

Chicago Tribune: Groomed. Violated. Betrayed. CPS officials fail to protect students from sexual abuse by school workers

The Times-Picayune: Cops hurt on the job see their pensions slashed from a mistake years ago

The New York Times: A Courtside View of Scott Pruitt’s Cozy Ties With a Billionaire Coal Baron

News & Observer: NC cut landslide hazard program, despite dangers

Providence Journal: Providence is hoping the Scituate Reservoir can save its economy

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: UA's transfer of thousands a year to Razorback Foundation raises questions about 'public money'

READ MORE IN THE WATCHDOG ROUNDUP

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OPEN RECORDS / FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Puerto Rico agency sues government to obtain death data

Road widening challenged for city's lack of advance notice

CIA releases records after University of Washington lawsuit

KC’s bus agency says it’s above the law, can keep secrets from taxpayers

5 years on, US government still counting Snowden leak costs

OU Foundation denies records request

AG’s office finds EKU council did not violate open meetings law

Justices: Chambers that get tax money aren't public bodies

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Facebook kills 'trending' topics, tests breaking news label

Publishers coping with higher costs from tariffs on Canadian newsprint

Arrested Tennessee reporter wins stay of deportation

The Hidden Costs of Losing Your City's Newspaper

What might the 'dead' Russian reporter incident mean for journalism?

READ MORE IN THE ROUNDUP

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS

Kathy Kiely Named the Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies

Columbia, Mo. (May 31, 2018) — Kathy Kiely, a veteran reporter and editor with a multimedia portfolio and a passion for transparency, free speech and teaching, has been named the Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism, effective July 1.

The chair is named for Lee Hills, who had a long and varied newspaper career. He worked as a reporter, foreign correspondent, news editor, editorial writer, editor, managing editor, executive editor, and publisher and CEO of two major newspapers, the Detroit Free Press and the Miami Herald. Hills, who attended the Missouri School of Journalism between 1927 and 1929, was also the first chairman and CEO of Knight-Ridder Newspapers. The Hills Chair also is part of a national network of Knight Chairs in Journalism, supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

In endowing the chair in 1995, Hills said its goal is to increase ordinary citizens’ understanding of the value of free expression to democratic societies. “The emphasis on good journalism should be on serving citizens, not on serving newspaper or TV. People have to know what is going on if they want to govern themselves,” he said.

After a long career covering politics in Washington, Kiely moved into the classroom full-time because, she says, universities are the laboratories that will discover the formula for making fact-based journalism viable again.

Read more: https://journalism.missouri.edu/2018/05/kathy-kiely-named-lee-hills-chair-free-press-studies/

Kelly Kissel ending 34-year AP career to join his hometown newspaper in Baton Rouge

AP's Arkansas supervisory correspondent in Little Rock and a longtime AP news editor, has been named the new metro editor of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - his hometown newspaper.

Managing Editor Fred Kalmbach said in a staff note that he will begin work June 25 at the Advocate. His note said: "Kelly - an LSU grad who grew up in Baton Rouge - has run both the Little Rock and Oklahoma City newsrooms for the AP, leading coverage of major political and breaking news stories. Before he took on the news editor role, he was an AP reporter in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Mississippi."

Kissel worked in the paper's marketing department in 1983 as he was wrapping up his studies at LSU and rewrote news stories for the Advocate's cable channel, which ran text of stories on full screens.

Kissel started his 34-year AP career as a temporary staffer in New Orleans in 1984, hired by CoB Hank Ackerman, a week before he graduated from LSU.Kissel moved to Jackson, Mississippi, for another temporary job and then got his first permanent position in Charleston, West Virginia. From there he moved on to correspondent in State College, Pennsylvania, and Little Rock as news editor in 1994 - "with coal strikes, the usual rural Pennsylvania mayhem and that beautiful mix of Whitewater and Paula Jones. My parents said they knew I had 'made it' when they saw me in the NBC Nightly News b-roll of Kenneth Starr," Kissel recalled.

During his 23-year Little Rock news editor tenure, he also assumed news editor responsibilities for Oklahoma from 2009 to 2017, when because of attrition, he moved to Little Rock supervisory correspondent.

Matt Murray Named Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal named newsroom veteran Matt Murray as its new editor in chief, succeeding Gerard Baker, who oversaw broad changes to the news organization in his 5½-year tenure as it dealt with a fading print-advertising business and the rise of digital journalism.

Mr. Baker, 56 years old, will take on the position of editor at large, which will involve hosting conferences and events, writing and television presenting. Mr. Murray, currently the Journal’s executive editor, will assume his new role on June 11.

Mr. Murray, 52 years old, has been at the paper for more than two decades, and has previously served as national editor, deputy managing editor and deputy editor in chief.

Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/matt-murray-named-editor-in-chief-of-the-wall-street-journal-1528225040?mod=nwsrl_pro_pe_commentary_analysis&cx_refModule=nwsrl


IN MEMORIAM

Harald Bauer, former AP and UPI newsman and 30-year video licensing exec, dies at 90

Harald Paul Bauer, a decorated pilot in two wars who went on to a 30-year career as an award winning journalist and news executive, passed away on May 22. He was 90 years old.

A resident of Atascadero, California, he is survived by his wife Margi Bauer, three sons from his first marriage, three grandchildren and his sister.

In a life filled with extraordinary events one of the most remarkable was the fact that Hal served first for Germany in World War II and later with the United States in the Korean War.

Born in Berlin of Walter Bauer, a German surgeon and Lottka Hughes his American mother, Hal was a dual national from birth.

He was conscripted into the Luftwaffe at age 17 and was shot down by American forces as he transported new planes to the German front lines. Bauer was captured by U.S. troops and after recovering from his wounds, he went on to help them as a civilian assistant to the U.S. Military Government of Bavaria mainly tracking the activity of Russian forces in the area.

Read more: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/atascadero-ca/harald-bauer-7860500

Former Monitor editor, Steve Fagan, dies

Steve Fagan, a Navy veteran and journalist whose career started in 1970 and who spent 11 years as editor of The Monitor, died Saturday evening after complications from a second battle with pneumonia and recovery from lung cancer while at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis. He was 74.

“Steve Fagan was an extremely passionate journalist,” Stephan Wingert, publisher and editor for The Monitor, remembered about Fagan. “He was keenly aware of the important role newspapers and quality journalism play in our communities. In his time as editor of The Monitor he mentored and fostered the careers of numerous reporters, and his legacy lives on in their work. Steve will be greatly missed.”

Read more: http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_982b593c-67a5-11e8-afc6-735afbbc38cb.html


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