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APME UPDATE • June 28, 2018 


Aug. 8, 2018: Early bird deadline for NewsTrain workshop in Greenville, S.C.
Sept. 7-8, 2018: NewsTrain workshop in Greenville, S.C.
Sept. 11-12, 2018: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Austin, Texas
Aug. 22, 2018:
Early bird deadline for NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
Sept. 22, 2018:
NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
March 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Toronto
April 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Denver
2019: NewsTrain workshops in Austin and Milwaukee

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Who do you know who lived diversity every day in the newsroom, life?

Nominations needed for the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership

“Diversity is a core value as important as upholding our First Amendment responsibilities as a free press,”  Karen Magnuson, the executive editor of the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY, recently wrote.


“How could we inspire inclusive problem-solving in our community if we are not inclusive ourselves?”


We are seeking nominations 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.


McGruder died of cancer in 2002 but spent his career championing diversity throughout our industry.


Nominees should have made a significant contribution during one or more years to improving diversity both through retention and recruitment in their workplaces and also through news content.


The Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership is co-sponsored by The Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors.


This year’s winner will be announced during the annual APME-ASNE conference Sept. 9-12 in Austin, Texas. The winner receives $2,500 and a leadership trophy.


As Magnuson wrote in the above-mentioned column to her news organization’s readers, “Without question, embracing diversity is the right thing to do, but it’s also a business imperative in a multicultural society. Diversity of thought is part of the solution. It inspires more creativity that drives innovation. It leads to more robust community conversations that may lead to positive change.”


Please consider nominating someone for this worthy honor.

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ASNE-APME conference, guide to leading your newsroom

The 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference is approaching quickly. For two full days at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, we'll address the latest innovations in content and technology, leadership strategies, new business models and more. Check out the schedule  and sign up now  to join us  Sept. 11-12!
Five things you don't want to miss: 
1. Book your hotel room, book your hotel room
We strongly encourage you to book your hotel room as soon as possible to get the $219 nightly rate in the ASNE-APME room block at the onsite hotel at the conference center.  

Currently, our block is sold out for the night of Sept. 12, though there are still rooms available at the hotel outside of our block. If your reservation includes the night of Sept. 12, then the online registration system won't let you reserve a room. Instead, please call 512-404-1900 and reference the program name "ASNE-APME" to book any stays that include the night of Sept. 12

2. 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 the 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, Philadelphia Media Network; and Patrick Kerkstra, managing editor of digital content, Philadelphia Media Network

This session is sponsored by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and Philadelphia Media Network.

3. The Tool Shed
What are the key technological tools that you can implement to make your newsroom more effective and efficient? Are you using the right ones? ASNE and APME have whittled down the list of competing companies and have invited the best ones to Austin to explain why other newsrooms have hired them and why you should, too. Editors will have the opportunity to ask questions about the product. You will leave with a far greater understanding of how technology can make you a better editor. Confirmed companies: Chartbeat, Dataminr, Echobox, and Trint
4. Big J Track: Editing the Archives
One of the most sacred beliefs for news organizations is that we do not take down published articles or photos. But editors are having to balance that belief with the knowledge that even the most trivial crime brief, although factually correct, can have a devastating effect on someone's life 10 years later. Editors are fielding an increasing number of appeals from the subjects of these stories who argue that the photos should be removed or the articles should at least be updated with the resolution to the case. What should you do? When should we order up more reporting? Should a story ever come down?
Confirmed speakers: Emilio García-Ruiz (moderator), managing editor/digital, The Washington PostJeremy Harmon, director of photography, The Salt Lake Tribune; and Manny García, regional editor, USA TODAY Network
5. Hollywood and You
Your newsroom creates thousands of pieces of valuable intellectual property each week, and publishers are moving quickly to better control and monetize it. The New York Times is partnering with a production company. POLITICO signed with ICM. McClatchy, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Daily Beast and NPR are represented by Storied Media Group in Hollywood. We'll explain the newest revenue stream and how you can capitalize on it. 
Confirmed speaker: Todd Hoffman, CEO, Storied Media Group

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 AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center for $219/night Sunday, Sept. 9, through Tuesday, Sept. 11. Make a reservation online.
Our room block is sold out for the night of Sept. 12. However, there are currently still rooms available at the hotel for the night of Sept. 12 outside of the ASNE-APME block. If your reservation includes the night of Sept. 12, then the online registration system won't let you reserve a room. Instead, please call 512-404-1900 and reference the program name "ASNE-APME" to book any stays that include the night of Sept. 12.

Reservations must be made by Thursday, Aug. 9 (no extension after this date).

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Trainers confirmed for day and a half of great digital training in Geenville

APME’s NewsTrain is bringing affordable training in digital-journalism skills to Greenville, S.C, on Sept. 7-8.

There are five diversity scholarships funded by the APME Foundation for the workshop. Apply to be a Greenville diversity scholar at by July 27.

Columbus, Ohio, NewsTrain alum and diversity scholar Khristopher J. Brooks posted a video of some of what he experienced in October 2017 and wrote about his experience here.

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.

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

Mark Stencel teaches journalism and oversees media studies projects at Duke University while applying lessons from senior roles at NPR, Congressional Quarterly and the Washington Post for media clients and other academic research centers. He is the author of "Fact-Check This" for the American Press Institute. @markstencel

To learn more, visit or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.

Around DFW? You don't want to miss this full day of digital journalism training in Denton

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.

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:

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

Tawnell D. Hobbs is the national K-12 education reporter for the Wall Street Journal. @tawnell

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

Five competitive diversity scholarships are available for journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds. Apply before Aug. 10.
To learn more, visit or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.

To get updates for any of the upcoming NewsTrains, visit this page and signup.


The Post and Courier: In SC, pregnant girls as young as 12 can marry. There've been 7,000 child brides in 20 years Campaign Cash: A Tale Of Two Bert Kobayashis

Montgomery Advertister: Montgomery courts overflow with evictions up nearly 80 percent over 15-year period

Sacramento Bee: Your loved one dies. The prison leaves a voicemail

Miami Herald: 'A Mickey Mouse operation': How Panama Papers law firm dumped clients, lost Miami office

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Eviction tactics squeeze renters: AJC analysis shows landlords increasingly use filings to collect late rent

Chicago Tribune: Key component of Emanuel affordable housing plan falls short

Courier Journal: Black JCPS students tend to get novice teachers, analysis confirms

Courier Journal: Danger in the cage: Lax regulation in amateur MMA puts lives at risk

The Baltimore Sun: People are throwing too much garbage in the blue bin — and it's upending the economics of recycling

Kansas City Star: Does your hospital still use pagers? Your personal information may be at risk

Columbus Dispatch: CVS Caremark cut payments to pharmacies amid $70 billion deal to buy Aetna

Journal Sentinel: A killer left DNA evidence behind. But Milwaukee police destroyed it.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Former Jacksonville prosecutor helped sentence blacks to far more time behind bars Metro-North record-breaking overtime makes track workers millions, jobs remain vacant New York psychiatric center workers frisked, interrogated and fired amid secret probe

Greenville News: 'Only thing they’ll pay for is morphine ... ': Opioid alternatives routinely denied by insurers

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Assaults in Arkansas prisons slow to come out

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Needle in the Family Tree: After Danielle’s fall


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City of Ashland (Ky.) violates open meetings rule

Appeals court affirms UW-Oshkosh professor records release

Democratic lawmaker challenges Pruitt on EPA public records


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.


NPPA Calls for Photojournalists’ Access to Detention Facilities

In Rome, Facebook announces new strategies to combat misinformation

Sobbing migrant girl on TIME cover actually wasn't separated from her family, her father says
Lee Enterprises to manage Berkshire Hathaway newspapers

GDR parent company to be offered for sale


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.


Meet the Woman Who ‘Really Runs’ the New York Times Newsroom

On the eve of the 2016 Republican National Convention, Juanita Powell-Brunson, The New York Times's deputy director of newsroom operations, was driving through downtown Cleveland with a trunk full of gas masks and bulletproof vests.

Ohio is an open-carry state, and if violence erupted, as some reports suggested was possible, Ms. Powell-Brunson was ready to outfit Times staff members with riot gear. She was, she admitted, a little nervous.

At home in New Jersey, Ms. Powell-Brunson's husband was also worried - about the possibility that she would get pulled over, she said, "and the cops would think I'm trying to commit a crime."

Ms. Powell-Brunson, 42, has worked at The Times for 18 years, and her responsibilities are vast and varied. She oversees operations for two of the paper's most logistically complicated sections - National and Politics - where reporters crisscross the country to cover primaries, fires, erupting volcanoes and the president. She is also in charge of the national bureaus and manages 11 desk administrative managers and two confidential administrative assistants.

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Charles Krauthammer, Prominent Conservative Voice, Dies at 68

Charles Krauthammer, a former psychiatrist and self-described Great Society Democrat who metamorphosed into one of the nation's most cogent conservative voices as a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and television commentator, died on Thursday. He was 68.

The Washington Post, where his weekly column had appeared since 1985, reported the death, quoting his son, Daniel, who said the cause was cancer of the small intestine. The Post did not say where he died.

On June 8, explaining what he called his 10-month "uncharacteristic silence," he revealed in The Post that despite surgery for a stomach tumor last August, cancer had recurred, and that he had only weeks to live.

"This is the final verdict," he wrote. "My fight is over."

While Mr. Krauthammer continually extolled Ronald Reagan (he ranked him No. 2 among 20th-century presidents, behind Franklin D. Roosevelt) and belittled Barack Obama's record, he could criticize his fellow neoconservatives and Republicans just as fiercely as he skewered liberal Democrats.

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Richard Valeriani, Veteran NBC News Correspondent, Dies at 85

Richard Valeriani, an NBC News correspondent who was a familiar presence on television for more than three decades, covering events like the civil rights movement, John F. Kennedy's assassination and Henry A. Kissinger's globe-trotting diplomatic missions, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 85.

His wife of 38 years, Kathie Berlin, said the cause was chronic heart failure.

Mr. Valeriani joined NBC in the early 1960s. He was hired away from The Associated Press while covering the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba, where his proficiency in speaking Spanish with a Cuban dialect proved vital.

He went on to become a correspondent for "NBC Nightly News" and, for a few years in the 1970s, a co-anchor of "Today" from Washington.

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Former newspaper editor, Holland historian 'loved stories'

HOLLAND, MI – Randall "Randy" Vande Water, who spent decades as a newspaper man detailing daily life in Holland, then turned his attention to chronicling the city's past, has died.

He was 88.

Vande Water spent four decades at his hometown paper, The Holland Sentinel, where he was sports editor, city editor, editorial-page editor and managing editor.

He followed his newspaper career by researching and writing about Holland's history. He wrote 15 books about the area.

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