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APME UPDATE • June 27, 2019 


July 19, 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.

Remembering those we lost on the anniversary of the Capital Gazette shooting

As we approach June 28, the anniversary of the Capital Gazette shooting, it's important to remember those we've lost and honor their memory. There will be several events held in honor of the five employees killed in this shooting, and we encourage all who are able to participate.

Read the piece from The Baltimore Sun for details about these events here.


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!

If you wait too long and can't get a room in our block, don't fret! Just reach out and we'll help you find a room so you can still join us!

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:

  • Sept. 27 in Milwaukee, hosted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Registration opening soon!
  • Oct. 18-19 in Austin, hosted by GateHouse Media LLC and the Austin American-Statesman. Registration opening soon!
  • Oct. 25-26 in Albuquerque, hosted by the University of New Mexico in conjunction with the New Mexico Press Association Convention.

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 has been extended for the ASNE Diversity Survey

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 deadline to complete the survey has been pushed back to July 19 to give more newsrooms the opportunity to complete their surveys.
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.

Apply now for ASNE's two remaining Emerging Leaders Institutes for 2019!

The American Society of News Editors has two Emerging Leaders Institutes left for 2019. Don't miss out on the opportunity to participate in this valuable training!

Both 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.

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.


The Arizona Republic: Phoenix police shot at more people than NYPD did in 2018. Will that change?

The San Diego Union-Tribune: Dehesa School District profited by cultivating charter schools

Miami Herald: Why Airbnb is making it harder for Miami locals to find a place to rent

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Politics and conflicts mire EMS service in Georgia

The Topeka Capital-Journal: Kansas regulators struggle with record-high 22K abandoned oil, gas wells

Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram: CMP misled the public, mismanaged rollout of new billing system

The News & Observer: Wells Fargo mistakes cost people their homes. It was just the start of their problems

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Rape of 95-year-old with dementia raises questions about Ohio’s assisted-living regulations for staffing, training

The Columbus Dispatch: Dispatch analysis: State's attempt to curb drug middlemen mostly futile

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Friction between Erlanger doctors and CEO comes to a head

The Seattle Times: The inside story of MCAS: How Boeing’s 737 MAX system gained power and lost safeguards


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.



Frustration, confusion as Bakersfield Californian faces layoffs and new ownership

Greentown newspaper stops publishing due to slumping ad sales

Judge orders holding newspaper shooting trial in 2 phases

SEEING ISN’T BELIEVING: The Fact Checker’s guide to manipulated video

Florida newsrooms band together to cover the effects of climate change


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 Sally Stapleton to manage new global religion team

NEW YORK (AP) - Sally Stapleton, an award-winning editor, photojournalist and newsroom leader, has been tapped to direct global religion coverage for The Associated Press, overseeing a new team that will report on faith and its influence throughout the world.

The appointment was announced Friday by Sarah Nordgren, AP's deputy managing editor for sports, business, entertainment, health, science and religion.

As global religion editor, Stapleton will lead a team funded by a $4.9 million grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. to the Religious News Foundation. The AP will work with Religion News Service and The Conversation to improve understanding of developments in the world of faith and analyze their significance.

Stapleton, 61, was managing editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 2017 until April of this year and led that newsroom's transformation to a digital-first operation. The staff of the Post-Gazette received the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting for its coverage of the Tree of Life synagogue hate-crime massacre.

Read more:

El Paso Times hires new executive editor

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The El Paso Times has tapped an award-winning veteran journalist to become its next executive editor.

The 138-year-old newspaper announced its hiring of Tim Archuleta on Monday. Archuleta will replace Zahira Torres, who resigned in early June for a managerial role with ProPublica.

The 55-year-old has been editor of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times since 2013. During his tenure, the Caller-Times earned Newspaper of the Year and other statewide awards. The Caller-Times was also part of the USA TODAY Network's group of journalists that provided reporting, research, photos and video for a series examining the impact of President Donald Trump's projected border wall. It won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2018.

Archuleta will continue working with the network to oversee news organizations in states including Texas and New Mexico.

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