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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


Quick survey: What do you want to know about digital journalism, and how do you want to learn it?

Linda Austin, project director for APME’s NewsTrain, is working on a project to make training in digital journalism more accessible, and she needs your help.

By June 27, please take three to five minutes to answer her survey about what you want to know about digital journalism and how you want to learn it.

You might even win $50.

This survey is the first step in her project as a 2017-18 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow at the University of Missouri. Her goal is to come up with the first course — of what will hopefully be many — that will lead journalists step-by-step through what they need to know in social, video, data and other digital skills.

She’s looking at teaching these digital skills to time-starved journalists by delivering bite-sized lessons on smartphones.

By June 27, please help her by responding to the survey and sharing this link – – with your newsroom to take it.

Participants will be entered in a drawing for $50 gift cards.

Thanks for your help!


It's a deal! Register, book hotel by July 8 to win gift card!

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Register now for the 2017 APME-ASNE News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. If you get your hotel and registration in before July 8, you are entered to win one of two $300 Amazon gift cards.

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:

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.

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.

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

Apply soon for APME’s Community Journalism Initiative for smaller news media

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.



Bias on the bench, Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune
(mid-size winner of the 2017 APME Public Service Award)

Judges said: For its outstanding work documenting significant racial inequities across Florida in sentencing, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune is the winner in a strong category of entries. “Bias on the Bench” analyzed sentencing patterns of trial judges, revealing that blacks frequently received far longer sentences than whites convicted of similar crimes. Sarasota dug into data, documenting discrepancies across the state and looking at some individual judges whose sentencing was fraught with racial injustice.



New York Times: Opioid dealers embrace internet to mail deadly drugs
Santa Fe New Mexican: U.S. 550 has a reputation as a “killing zone”
Washington Post: Drug crisis raises death rate for all groups of Americans
Des Moines Register: Iowa’s oaks are sick and some blame farm chemicals
Boston Globe: Hospital for mentally ill systematically fails trusting families
Minneapolis Star Tribune: A fight to expose quality-of-care investigations
Kansas City Star: Kansans consider corpse of governor’s tax plan
Columbus Dispatch: Lawmakers benefit from business tax cuts they created
The Sacramento Bee: Victims say firefighters waited too long to make arrest
Chicago Tribune: Property taxes harmed the poor and helped the rich
Arizona Daily Star: Sheriff’s department exceeds OT budget by $2 million
Austin American-Statesman: When police restraint turns fatal



AP names Julie Pace as its new Washington chief of bureau

The Associated Press has named White House Correspondent Julie Pace as its new chief of bureau in Washington. She will direct the news cooperative's coverage of the presidency, politics and the U.S. government during a time of intense global interest. In her new role, announced Monday, June 12, Pace will remain AP's leading voice on Washington and American politics, delivering the same aggressive news reporting and insightful analysis that has defined her tenure as the news organization's senior reporter at the White House and on the 2016 campaign. "We are in an era that demands the strongest, most deeply reported, accurate and credible journalism," said Sally Buzbee, AP senior vice president and executive editor. "Julie is uniquely qualified to lead that effort. Her leadership, commitment and integrity are of the highest caliber."

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Richmond Times-Dispatch names new managing editor

The newspaper in Virginia's capital city has a new managing editor. The Richmond Times-Dispatch announced Tuesday, June 6, that Mike Szvetitz has been named to the position as the newsroom's No. 2 editor. He will handle day-to-day newsroom operations, oversee reporters and editors and report to Executive Editor Paige Mudd. Szvetitz has worked as the newspaper's sports editor for the last 2 ½ years.
The 38-year-old Pennsylvania native came to Richmond after serving for a decade as the sports editor of the Opelika-Auburn News. He started his career as a high school sports reporter for Highlands Today in Sebring, Florida. Szvetitz is taking over for Brice


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Ohio chief justice pursues study of judges' workloads



Latvian man extradited to US in alleged hacking scheme
Fired Fox executive calls lawsuit against her a 'money grab'
New Alabama governor hires PR firm to help get message out
First Amendment lawyer defending neo-Nazi website publisher
Trump's social media director receives ethics warning
Al-Jazeera a target in Gulf confrontation with Qatar
Chelsea Manning talks leaks, transition after prison release
Comey's release of Trump memo to newspaper draws criticism
Coverage of Comey testimony plays out with partisan spin
Gianforte apologizes to reporter for assault before election
Advocate for women and girls wins photojournalism award
How news networks plan to cover Comey's testimony
Newspaper objects to candidate's use of fake front pages
Young journalists honored with national Livingston Awards
US contractor arrested after leak of Russia hacking report



Tom Eblen, former Kansas City Star editor and newspaper man, dies at 80

Tom Eblen, former longtime Kansas City Star editor and University of Kansas journalism educator, died Saturday at age 80. He had been ill for some time, family members said. During a career that spanned more than 50 years, Eblen worked at The Star as a reporter, copy editor, city editor, and managing editor before moving on to serve as the general manager at the Fort Scott Tribune. He then spent more than 15 years as the general manager and news adviser for KU’s student newspaper, The University Daily Kansan. He served two terms on the APME board of directors and was editor of APME News in 1978 and ’79. Born in St. Joseph in 1936, Eblen graduated from the University of Missouri and worked at the Columbia Missourian and the Amarillo Daily News in Texas before arriving at The Star, where he rose to the position of managing editor in the 1970s. Former Star reporters remember him fondly.

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