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APME UPDATE • June 20, 2019 


July 1, 2019: ASNE Diversity Survey deadlines
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, 2019
: Austin NewsTrain
, hosted by GateHouse Media and the Austin American-Statesman

October 25-26, 2019
: Albuquerque NewsTrain
, hosted by the University of New Mexico in conjunction with the New Mexico Press Association

: Provide an email for updates on  NewsTrains in Eugene, Fresno, Lincoln and Rochester.

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

2019 APME awards honor AP journalists for powerful stories

NEW YORK (AP) — Accounts of perseverance in the wake of disaster, deep investigative looks into cyber threats against American democracy, and images that highlighted the human side of controversial political issues are among the stories that have won the 2019 Associated Press Media Editors Awards for AP staff.

Dake Kang and Yanan Wang, both 25, were honored for excellence by staffers 30 years old or younger for work exposing the Chinese government’s reach into their citizens’ personal lives. Judges called their work “insightful — even shocking.”

Sharon Cohen, David Goldman and Mary Hudetz were recognized for stories about Native American women and children who disappeared or were killed on tribal lands. The judges called it “great writing, important topic, and remarkable reporting that resonated not just in Indian Country, but across the country.”

Christina Cassidy and Frank Bajak won for their investigative look at the vulnerable American voting system that judges called “aggressive watchdog journalism at a high level.”

The AP’s “mission is to inform the world — fairly, objectively and accurately,” said Thomas Koetting, deputy managing editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and coordinator of the contest. “The work in this year’s competition reflects that mission — and I would add two words: compassion and humanity. In a complex and sometimes inhumane world, AP journalists reached out to those who needed a voice and told stories that otherwise would have remained hidden.”

The annual competition honors the best work by AP staff in news, multimedia and photography and is open to employees in every U.S. state and 100 countries globally.

The judges are national board members of the Associated Press Media Editors, which is in the process of merging with the American Society of News Editors into the News Leaders Association.

Winners will be recognized at that organization’s national conference in New Orleans on Sept. 9-10.

Read about the winners


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

We also have a fabulously-priced room block at the New Orleans Marriott for our conference attendees, if needed.

The deadline to book a room in our block is Aug. 14, but we are already 2/3 booked!

Click here to book your stay in our room block before you miss your chance!

To view the full conference announcement, click here.

NewsTrain is coming to California, New York, Oregon and Nebraska in 2020

For just $75, you can up your digital game with highly rated training at an APME NewsTrain workshop in California, New York, Oregon or Nebraska in 2020.

Here are the locations and hosts for the workshops:

  • Fresno, California, hosted by California State University, Fresno;
  • Rochester, New York, hosted by the Democrat and Chronicle;
  • Eugene, Oregon, hosted by the University of Oregon; and
  • Lincoln, Nebraska, hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

To be notified when dates, agendas and trainers are set for these workshops, please provide an email at

The sites were selected from applications by committees of local journalists throughout 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 the workshops.

Since 2003, Associated Press Media Editors (APME) has sponsored NewsTrain in serving more than 7,600 journalists at 93 workshops. It will achieve its 100th workshop in 2020, having brought its cutting-edge training to all 50 states and three Canadian provinces.

NewsTrains in fall 2019 will be:

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.

To apply to be a NewsTrain site in 2021, email NewsTrain Project Co-director Laura Sellers-Earl to get an alert when applications open in early 2020 at

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 and Gannett foundations.

To keep NewsTrain serving journalists in their communities, please donate at

Contact: Linda Austin,, or Laura Sellers-Earl,, NewsTrain project co-directors

The completion deadline for the ASNE Diversity Survey is July 1!

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.
Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter
Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter

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 view a PDF version of the 2019 Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey, click here.

To read the full 2019 Diversity Survey press release, click here.

Nominate a leader in diversity for the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership by Aug. 5

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.

One more day to apply for ASNE's Miami Emerging Leaders Institute!

In order to give more people the opportunity to participate in ASNE's fabulous Emerging Leaders Institute in Miami prior to the NAJB Annual Convention, we extended our
application deadline to tomorrow!
Applicants now have until June 21 to apply for this amazing program, so don't miss out - apply now!

All institutes are FREE and provide up to $500 for travel reimbursement!
To apply for an Emerging Leaders Institute, please fill out this form.

To see the full announcement about all of our Emerging Leaders Institutes, click here.
To see the full announcement about all of our Emerging Leaders Institutes,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.


Austin American-Statesman: East Austin residents pay more for auto insurance

USA Today: Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure.

AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides


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.


Washington Times: Trump finds sunlight really does reveal government secrets

The Spokesman-Review: Appellate judges require full disclosure of records from SFCC sexual harassment probe

Wyoming Tribune Eagle: Media outlets sue Wyoming school district over records

The Texas Tribune: Advocates say lawmakers largely exempted themselves from Texas' public records law, prompting calls for a veto


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.


UT student newspaper ends its 19-year independence from the university

MediaNews plans to cut 81 jobs at Reading Eagle

A newspaper bucks layoff trend, and hopes readers respond


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.


AP names Michael Tackett deputy Washington bureau chief

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press on Tuesday named Michael Tackett, an award-winning journalist, as deputy bureau chief in Washington, directing coverage of the White House, Congress and politics.

The appointment was announced by Julie Pace, AP's chief of bureau in Washington.

"Mike cares deeply about asking the big questions about American politics and government, and telling the story of presidential campaigns not just from Washington, but from the places that ultimately decide elections," Pace said.

Tackett joins the AP from The New York Times, where he has worked as a political reporter and deputy Washington editor. He previously served as Bloomberg News' managing editor and Washington bureau chief, and as Washington bureau chief and political writer at the Chicago Tribune. He's covered six presidential campaigns.

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The Messenger names Garrett editor

A familiar face to the staff of The Messenger has been named the paper's editor. Jon Garrett, 49, a 21-year resident of Madisonville and the paper's former managing editor, is replacing Mike Alexieff, who has accepted a publisher position with a Paxton Media Group sister paper in Lebanon, Tennessee.

"Jon is a talented journalist with deep roots in Hopkins and Webster counties," said Rick Welch, publisher for The Messenger. "We are pleased to have Jon move into this leadership role as we continue our commitment to the printed newspaper and as we continue to expand and improve our digital products. I am confident both our employees and the community will quickly learn what a quality person they have in Jon."

Garrett rejoined the paper in January following time spent as media relations director for the former Trover Foundation and as general manager for a local golf course in Providence. He also was a former magistrate in Hopkins County.

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Broadcast pioneer Lew Klein, 91, namesake of Temple's Klein College of Media and Communication

Lew Klein forged an extraordinary career in the broadcast industry and gave back, donating generously and teaching several generations of students at Temple University.

Lew Klein, the television pioneer who spent more than six decades teaching at Temple University and mentored innumerable broadcast professionals throughout his career, died Wednesday, June 12. He was 91.

Klein was honored several times at Temple for his service to the university, his support of education in media and communication, and his extraordinary career, culminating with the university's School of Media and Communication being renamed the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication in March 2017.

"Lew Klein has left an indelible imprint on the lives of countless Temple students who have gone on to build successful careers in media, communication and related fields. Those graduates are Lew's true gift to journalism. His influence will be felt for generations to come," said Temple President Richard M. Englert.

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Frank Barrows, longtime Observer writer and editor, dies at 72

Frank Barrows, a beloved former top editor of the Charlotte Observer whose journalism career took him from sports writing to leading the Carolinas’ largest newsroom, died Wednesday at his home in Charlotte. He was 72.

Barrows held many writing and editing jobs in his more than 30 years at the Observer. He left the paper in 2005 after 13 years as the newsroom’s managing editor, during which it was twice a finalist for Pulitzer prizes and scored hundreds of other awards.

Mark Ethridge, who preceded Barrows as managing editor, called him “one of the most brilliant editors and great writers who I ever knew.”

“He was a genius. He could conceptualize stories. Stories are about what happened to people, and he could understand the character arc of any story better than anybody I ever knew.”

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'He was a hell of a newspaperman': Former Billings Gazette, Independent Record publisher dies at 93

BILLINGS -- George Remington lived his life the way he reported the news: with fairness while striving for the truth.

Remington died Tuesday at 93.

An accomplished journalist and publisher for the Independent Record and Billings Gazette among others, Remington was a man known for his friendliness, wry sense of humor and extensive knowledge from literature to politics.

He instilled an importance of remaining informed along with the value of written word in both his work and his family.

“When you have someone who is so involved and connected with what’s going on, it makes for some interesting table discussions,” George’s son David Remington said. “It wasn’t until we were older that we saw the true value in that.”

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