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Oct. 8-11, 2017: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 14, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Beverly, Massachusetts

Oct. 21, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 11, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Seattle


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Lunch keynote speakers lined up.
Register, book hotel by July 8 to win Amazon gift card!

Register now for the 2017 APME-ASNE News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, and Campbell Brown, chief of Facebook news partnership and engagement, will deliver luncheon keynotes during the 2017 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington, D.C.

Register for the conference and reserve at least a three-night hotel stay by Saturday, July 8, for a chance to win one of two $300 Amazon gift cards!

The conference, focusing on the intersection of journalism and citizenship, will kick off on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 8, and conclude by noon Wednesday, Oct. 11. Our conference hotel is the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, at 2660 Woodley Road NW.

Registration is $275 for members of APME and ASNE and $375 for nonmembers. APME members can register at The block of hotel rooms reserved at the Marriott has a nightly rate of $249 for Friday, Oct. 6, through Wednesday, Oct. 11. Attendees must book their rooms by 6 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 15. Make a reservation online here.

Some highlights of the conference:

Pre-conference workshop on building trust through community engagement

From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, this free workshop will address the role of community engagement for news organizations and how to build trust with their audiences and communities. Best practices and examples of community engagement will be incorporated. Attendees will emerge from the workshop better equipped to engage readers and strengthen trust in quality journalism.

Sign up soon by emailing ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at If you're registering through APME, then email APME at The workshop has limited space and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are registered to attend the conference.

Two lunch keynotes: Campbell Brown and Leonard Pitts Jr.

Pitts, our keynote speaker for Monday, Oct. 9, will talk about current events in Washington. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, we will hear from Brown about Facebook's relationship with news organizations, and news itself.

Two diversity sessions

One is on recruitment and retention, and the other is a powerful session on lessons we should all learn from coverage of the last presidential campaign. The latter centers on economic diversity and will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz, who calls Cleveland home; Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley; and author and political commentator J.D. Vance, who wrote "Hillbilly Elegy" about the rise of Appalachian values.

White House media relations

This session features Major Garrett, CBS News chief White House correspondent; Jeff Ballou, Al Jazeera Media Network news editor and president of the National Press Club; and Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute.

Fake news and political reporting

This session showcases Liz Spayd, The New York Times public editor; Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post media columnist; April Ryan (invited), American Urban Radio Network White House correspondent; and DeWayne Wickham, Morgan State University journalism dean. We've also invited President Donald Trump and The Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson.

Awards celebration

Winners of the 2017 APME Awards and 2017 ASNE Awards will be recognized at a reception on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 10.

A draft of the conference schedule is coming soon at and Questions? Please Contact Jiyoung Won at or APME at

Smaller news organizations: Apply soon for APME’s sixth-annual Community Journalism Initiative

The sixth year of the Associated Press Media Editors’ Community Journalism Public Service Initiative continues to emphasize the important work of smaller news organizations and their impact on U.S. communities.

Because of generous grants from the Park and APME foundations, the initiative will award grants of $2,500 to two news organizations again this year to help them complete projects important to their communities. The winners will also receive an expense-paid trip to send a representative to present at the ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington.

However, news organizations must apply by July 24 to be considered.



Dangerous Doses, Chicago Tribune
(grand prize winner of the 2017 APME Public Service Award)

The Chicago Tribune earned the grand prize in the APME Public Service Awards for “Dangerous Doses,” which exposed pharmacies that were dispensing drug combinations that could cause harm or death, APME announced Wednesday. “This high-impact project wins first place because of its journalistic sophistication, its novel approach and because it changed rules and laws governing pharmacists and their training,” judges said.

The initial reporting was as remarkably basic as walking into one pharmacy after another seeking at least two prescriptions that pharmacists should have known would be dangerous when taken together. The failure rate for pharmacists was astounding.

"Dangerous Doses" by the Chicago Tribune's Karisa King, Ray Long and Sam Roe went far beyond that, however, and involved collaboration with the Columbia University Medical Center to search for potentially fatal drug interactions.

This high-impact project wins first place because of its journalistic sophistication, its novel approach and because it changed rules and laws governing pharmacists and their training. In short, judges said, this is journalism that undoubtedly has saved lives and will continue to do so.


Applications open for diversity scholarships to train in digital skills at fall 2017 NewsTrains

Journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply for diversity scholarships to train in digital skills at three APME NewsTrains this fall.

The daylong trainings will be held on these Saturdays in these cities, with scholarship-application deadlines listed:

· Oct. 14 in Beverly, Massachusetts, 26 miles north of Boston. Deadline: Sept. 6

· Oct. 21 in suburban Columbus, Ohio. Deadline: Sept. 13

· Nov. 11 in Seattle. Deadline: Oct. 4.

The winners of the competitive awards have their $75 registration fee waived. They are responsible for their own travel expenses.

Information on how to apply is in the light-gray box on each workshop’s page: Beverly, Columbus and Seattle.

Attendees typically rate NewsTrain training sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful.

Russell LaCour at the Tulsa World was a scholarship winner earlier in 2017. “Fresh ideas make me excited about going back into the newsroom with new tools. You pulled together some great presenters,” he said about the NewsTrain in Norman, Oklahoma, on March 4.



Los Angeles Times: Foreign guest workers rejected as ‘neighbors’
Washington Post: Disabled or just desperate
Des Moines Register: Winners, losers and cheats in Iowa lotteries
Baltimore Sun: Citizens worry about rising murders
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Foreign-born physicians crucial to health care
Charlotte Observer: Drugs, sex and gang violence in North Carolina prisons
Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘Pimping out’ addicts in group therapy
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Confronting child abuse



Farmington newspaper names next newsroom leader

The Daily Times in Farmington, New Mexico, has named the editor of an award-winning publication in Wyoming as its next leader.

The northwestern New Mexico newspaper announced the appointment of John Moses as editor ( ). Moses most recently served as editor of the Jackson Hole News & Guide and local news coordinator for its sister paper, the Jackson Hole Daily.

He has managed newsrooms from the San Francisco Bay area to rural Alaska, where he and his wife founded the Alaska Pioneer Press, a monthly newspaper and website that once served a sparsely populated region about the size of West Virginia.

Wright named editor of Daily Mail in Nevada, Missouri

The Nevada (Missouri) Daily Mail announces that editorial assistant Nick Wright will be moving to the editor’s position.
Wright began his career in journalism in 1999 working as a photographer for multiple papers and wire agencies in the Dallas, Texas, area. Eventually working his way to photo editor at a daily paper there.

He moved to Nevada and served as editorial assistant for the Daily Mail from 2003-2005 before moving to Independence, Kansas, to work as photography editor.

Ralph Pokorny, who served as Nevada Daily Mail editor from 2013-2017 and is a 20 year veteran of the Nevada Daily Mail, has chosen to step down and work fewer hours.

New editor of El Sol de Yakima has lived in Yakima Valley since 2004

Gloria Ibañez has been named editor of El Sol de Yakima, the Yakima (Washington) Herald-Republic’s Spanish-language publication.

Ibañez moved to the Yakima Valley in 2004 to work as a full-time reporter for El Sol de Yakima, a position she left in 2005 to raise her son. More recently, she spent more than four years at Yakima Valley Libraries, where she worked as a library assistant, translator and supervisor of the Southeast Library branch. She continued writing for the paper as a freelance correspondent. She replaces Normand Garcia, who left to take a marketing job.


Sacramento Bee: Oroville Dam crisis was boon to contractors
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Ponzi scheme or smart investor?
Ohio judge issues media-access order in police shooting retrial
Press groups urge congressional probe on assault of reporter in Montana
House GOP caucus in South Carolina argues it's exempt from open records law
South Carolina governor says public records law 'step forward' in transparency
Scranton Sewer Authority releases largely unredacted legal bills from sewer sale



Poynter: Pew Research study shows decline in newspaper business, rise in cable
New York Times offers buyouts to staff
Poynter: Lenfest Institute offers $1 million for journalism projects
WSJ, Google spar over free stories, search
14 journalists who died in line of duty in 2016 recognized
Hearst acquires New Haven Register, other newspapers
4 West Virginia newspapers changing ownership
APG purchases Eau Claire Press Company in Wisconsin
Reggae star Damian Marley, others buy control of High Times
Mark Elliott named publisher of Register-News and Times-leader



Former Norman Transcript publisher Jim Miller dies

When former Norman (Oklahoma) Transcript publisher Jim Miller, 86, died May 26, he left behind a media legacy that stretched three generations.

In January 1987, Miller was introduced as the new general manager of The Norman Transcript, moving from the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise. A 1952 OU graduate, he had begun his career in Chickasha at the Daily Express and worked at larger metro newspapers like The Tulsa World and Tribune and The Houston Chronicle.

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Dan Lynch, former editor of The Times Union in Albany, New York, has died

Dan Lynch, an old-school newspaperman who was also a novelist, producer of documentary films, radio and TV host, political candidate and journalism teacher, died at a hospital in Delray Beach, Florida. He was 71 and had been battling lung cancer.

After working as a political writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and New York editor of the Long Island paper Newsday, Lynch was hired by the Times Union as a managing editor in 1979.

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