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July 24, 2017: Apply for the Community Service Initiative for Smaller News Media

July 31, 2017: Deadline to submit nominations for the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership

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

2017 Conference logoCalls for nomination for the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership

Submit your nominations for the 16th annual award honoring the distinguished career of Robert G. McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, former managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, graduate of Kent State University and relentless diversity champion. He died of cancer in April 2002.

The Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership is sponsored by the Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors and will be given at this year’s ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference held in Washington, D.C. from Oct. 8-11.

Nominees should have made a significant contribution during one or more years toward furthering McGruder’s legacy of diversity in news content and in recruiting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce.

This year’s honoree will receive $1,000 and a leadership trophy.


2017 Conference logoRegister early, party with Australian ambassador

Party with Joe Hockey, Australian ambassador to the United States, on the evening of Oct. 10 at his beautiful residence!We will have cocktails, snacks and some quality time for a Q&A and other fun, engaging conversations. This stand-up reception, limited to 80 people on a first-come, first-served basis, is open to those who are registered and made a hotel reservation for the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington, D.C. Register soon if you want to join the crowd!

Also, register for the conference and reserve at least a three-night hotel stay by July 8 if you'd like to win one of two $300 Amazon gift cards!

The conference, which focuses 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. The reception with the ambassador will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 3120 Cleveland Ave. NW, about a 15-minute walk from the Marriott.

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.

Two lunch keynotes

Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, is our keynote speaker for Monday, Oct. 9. He will talk about current events in Washington.

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, we will hear from Campbell Brown, chief of news partnership and engagement at Facebook. She will discuss Facebook's relationship with news organizations, and news itself.


To register for the main conference: The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers. Those who register and book their hotel rooms for at least three nights by Saturday, July 8, will be entered into a drawing for a $300 Amazon gift card. We'll draw two winners. Special rates are also available for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Lunch tickets for Monday, Oct. 9, and Tuesday, Oct. 10, can be purchased during registration.

Register early, party with Australian ambassador

To register for the Oct. 8 pre-conference workshop and/or the Oct. 10 reception at the Australian ambassador's residence: Email APME at or, if registering with ASNE, contact Jiyoung Won at the workshop and reception have limited space and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are registered to attend the conference. Those attending the reception also need to book their rooms at the Marriott.

To book your hotel room: A terrific group rate is available at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park for $249/night Friday, Oct. 6, through Wednesday, Oct. 11. Reservations must be made by 6 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 15. Make a reservation online here.

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

Early NewsTrain registrants could win AP Stylebooks

Early-bird NewsTrain registrants already get an affordable rate — $75 — for a full day of digital training. The super-early birds could also win AP Stylebooks.

The daylong trainings will be held on these Saturdays in these cities, and click to see the special offers on the stylebooks:

Oct. 14 in Beverly, Massachusetts, 26 miles north of Boston. Sessions include mobile storytelling, smartphone video, data-driven enterprise and social reporting and branding.

Oct. 21 in suburban Columbus, Ohio. Sessions include smartphone video, data-driven enterprise, social reporting, and mobile storytelling and newsgathering.

Nov. 11 in Seattle. Sessions include mobile storytelling, data-driven enterprise, open records, newsroom credibility and social reporting and branding

Attendees typically rate NewsTrain sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful. “All of the sessions were very direct and relevant,” said Tulsa World reporter Arianna Pickard, who attended Norman, Oklahoma, NewsTrain in March. “I feel like I’m going to use a lot of what I learned to do a better job and enjoy it more.”

Discounted hotel rooms and competitive diversity scholarships are available for all three workshops. For the scholarships, journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply.

Don’t delay; register today. NewsTrains often sell out.


Digital-training survey gets 624 responses

Thanks to everyone who took and shared NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin's survey on training for digital journalism. We received 624 responses!

The next step in her project as a 2017-18 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow will be analysis of the results. That will be followed by two virtual focus groups to gather more information on what journalists want to know about digital journalism and how they want to learn it.

To help time-starved journalists get up to speed quickly, she's looking at delivering bite-size lessons on digital skills via smartphone.

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.


Sign up for Associated Press enterprise projects alerts

Sign up here to receive notifications about upcoming AP enterprise projects, including those that contain data for localizations.

The APME Foundation Auction needs you!

Our annual conference auction is now taking donations of any big-ticket item you can spare. Examples of donations, so far and in past years, include five nights at a beach condo, pro sports tickets and hotels, jewelry and rare or iconic framed pages or photographs.

This auction is one of APME's largest fundraisers of the year, so we really appreciate our donors. All donations are tax-deductible.

If you have an item, contact board member Summer Moore at


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Nina Duran, his daughter and successor, took to Facebook to announce his passing.

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