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APME UPDATE • July 11, 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.

Registering for #NLAinNOLA is quick and easy, do it now!

Our keynote speaker for our #NLAinNOLA Monday lunch will be the CEO and Executive Editor of, Maria Ressa.

Maria Ressa is a Filipino-American journalist who writes extensively about the current government and has been imprisoned on several occasions for writing articles critical of President Duarte. We are honored to have her speak at our inaugural conference, and hope you will join us for this incredible opportunity to hear her speak.
This speaker is sponsored by Pepper Hamilton LLP.

To join us for the Monday lunch session, you can purchase your lunch tickets as part of your #NLAinNOLA registration or buy them separately in our online store.

The inaugural NLA (ASNE-APME) Conference kicks off in just under nine weeks! Click here to see a small sample of the topics we'll be covering at #NLAinNOLA!

Train in data, mobile newsgathering, smart storytelling, podcasting, analytics and management approaches at Milwaukee NewsTrain on Sept. 27

Milwaukee NewsTrain will offer a full day of digital training on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019,at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 333 W. State; Milwaukee, WI 53203. New, two separate management-track courses are available in the morning.

Full-day NewsTrain sessions include:

  • Developing a data mindset and use it to improve daily work
  • Mobile newsgathering with your smartphone
  • Making the smart choices in how to pitch and tell a story
  • So, you have an idea for a podcast
  • Using audience analytics to get your story read

Morning management track sessions include:

  • Having difficult conversations
  • Managing tension between generations (particularly millennials entering leadership positions)

Early bird registration is just $75, until Aug. 30, when it becomes $85.

Wisconsin Newspaper Association members can apply for a $50 stipend by being one of the first WPA members to sign up here.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.
  • Try out the right apps to use your smartphone to shoot photos, record interviews, dictate stories and go social.
  • Discover the best ways to find, pitch, tell and deliver a story.
  • Explore the basics and best practices of podcasting to find the balance between innovative podcast storytelling and the investment in time, expertise and money.
  • Move beyond pageviews to make analytics work for you. With the reader/listener as the focus, uncover the best tools.


(Download a PDF of the agenda.)

The blue and green tracks on the agenda allow for smaller class sizes. All attendees receive the same instruction, just at different times.

Learn more here

Other fall NewsTrains are:

  • 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.

Peter Diana of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette receives the April Photo of the Month

The Associated Press Media Editors has honored this photograph as National Member Photo of the Month for April 2019.


Thanks to Mike Lang, Dan Wagner and Thomas Bender at the Herald-Tribune  for judging this month. 

Here is what the judges had to say about the winning image:


There were a number of good sports action photos, but the reaction of the hockey fans in the background made this image stand out. There were also a number of good news photos — but they were exactly what you would expect a talented photojournalist to deliver from an assignment or breaking news. We felt the hockey photo gave readers an unexpected surprise


The link below is to all images entered for  April, and the winner is slide 18.



Pittsburgh Penguins' Patric Hornqvist and Evgeni Malkin sandwich New York Islanders right wing Leo Komarov in Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Friday, April 12, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. (Peter Diana/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)


Of special note, this is the second month in a row for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to receive the Photo of the Month honor.

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.

You have until Aug. 1 to apply to ASNE's San Antonio and New Orleans Emerging Leaders Institutes!

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 Seattle Times: For some Washington students with special needs, diagnosis is too late, help is too little

Nashville Tennessean: A judge who refused to watch an LGBT awareness video now presides over cases in Franklin

The Post and Courier: LETHAL LEGACY: Why SC is likely stuck with a stockpile of the nation’s most dangerous nuclear materials

The Columbus Dispatch: Pharmacy 'deserts' appear in Ohio as stores close amid drug pricing debate

Albuquerque Journal: On the border: ‘It was hell’

The Kansas City Star: ‘Ultimate pork project’: Kansas’ mega tax breaks don’t deliver as promised

Honolulu Civil Beat: Hawaii Ignores Deadline To Create New Standards For Cops

AP: Epstein story shows investigative journalism is thriving

The Graphic: Reupholstering behind bars: Massachusetts prisoners repair auditorium chairs at ARHS, ARMS

Clarion Ledger: What happened when this prison couldn't hire enough guards? It put gangs in charge


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.


The Washington Post: ‘Democracy … is about to die in Youngstown’ with closing of the local newspaper

Chicago Sun-Times: ‘An essential force in American history,' Chicago Defender to stop print publication

Globe and Mail staff member tweets that 79 people are taking buyouts at his newspaper


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.


Caller-Times veteran Cavazos Beckett named its top editor

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The Corpus Christi Caller-Times has named Mary Ann Cavazos Beckett as its new editor, becoming the first Latina to lead the newsroom in the 136-year history of the company.

The 36-year-old Cavazos Beckett succeeds Tim Archuleta , who last week was named executive editor of the El Paso Times, which along with the Caller-Times is part of the USA Today Network.

Cavazos Beckett, a Corpus Christi native, has already begun in her new position.

She's a board member of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and earlier this year took on the role of regional trending strategist working with other USA Today Network properties in Texas and New Mexico.

Cavazos Beckett has held several other positions with the Caller-Times, including news director and city editor.

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Longtime Denver Post, Journal editor Westergaard dead at 67

DENVER (AP) — Neil Westergaard, a former executive editor of The Denver Post and longtime editor of the Denver Business Journal, has died. He was 67.

Westergaard died Sunday following heart surgery at the University of Colorado Hospital, the Post reported Monday.

Westergaard earned numerous awards during a Colorado journalism career in which he served as executive editor at the Post from 1993 to 1996 and editor-in-chief of the Journal from 1999 until his retirement in 2018.

Under his leadership, the Journal's awards included national honors from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing.

The Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored Westergaard with its Lowell Thomas and Keeper of the Flame awards for lifetime achievement. He was a member of the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame.

"Neil was a great man who loved his family, his friends and his community. He was happiest when he was stirring up the waters in Denver and Colorado politics," his wife, Cindy, said in a statement Monday. "We've lost a great journalist."

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