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APME UPDATE • July 12, 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

Attend ASNE-APME conference, take actionable items back to your newsroom

The 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in less than nine weeks! 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. Big J Track: Comments: A Path to Subscribers

In recent years, the level of nastiness on comments on stories have left editors tormented about how to handle them, with some news organizations ditching comments from their site all together. But in the past year, as subscriptions became a more important part of the revenue stream, publishers found some interesting data. It turns out subscribers are far more likely to comment on articles or read the comments themselves, making them a critical selling and retention tool. And then a new open-source commenting system, funded by Knight Foundation, was released, decreasing costs for publishers and improving moderation. So where does that leave us now? 
Confirmed speakers: Andrew Losowsky, project lead, The Coral Project; Jim Simon (moderator), managing editor, Honolulu Civil Beat; and Talia Stroud, director, Center for Media Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin
2. Diversity Report
Join us for the release of the annual ASNE diversity survey. We'll examine the representation of diverse backgrounds/experiences in newsrooms and news coverage and provide tips on recruitment and retention. Join top officials from the Maynard Institute for a truncated version of its highly sought-after Fault Lines training program and learn how its diversity framework can help your staff produce better journalism.
Confirmed speakers: Meredith Clark, assistant professor, University of Virginia Department of Media Studies; Teri Hayt, executive director, ASNE; Evelyn Hsu, co-executive director, Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education; Karen Magnuson (moderator), editor and vice president of news, Rochester (New York) Democrat and Chronicle; Martin Reynolds, co-executive director, Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education; and Hollis Towns, executive editor/vice president of news, Asbury Park Press
3. Innovation Track: Does Local Opinion Still Matter?
In one word: Yes. How can you focus your opinion writing on issues that are critical to your community and make changes? What are the new digital storytelling techniques, other than narrative argument, that you can use to state your case?
Confirmed speakers: Rick Christie, editorial page editor, The Palm Beach Post; O. Ricardo Pimentel, editorial writer and columnist, San Antonio Express-News; and David Plazas (moderator), opinion engagement editor, The Tennessean

This session is sponsored by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and Philadelphia Media Network
4. Big J Track: Newsroom 2020: Legal Hotline Live

This is your opportunity to get any information you need about the critical legal issues facing journalism today in a free-wheeling conversational format. ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin Goldberg, after introducing ASNE's new and improved Legal Hotline, will lead editors as we discuss your own concerns, as well as the trending topics he's seeing in his work for ASNE and elsewhere. The increase in lawsuits stemming from inadvertent, unauthorized use of photos and the growing trend of retaliatory lawsuits filed against FOIA requesters are just two of the possible topics for this lively discussion that focuses on the issues you want to learn about. 
5. 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.

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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Five diversity scholarships available for Greenville NewsTrain on Sept. 7-8

APME’s NewsTrain is bringing affordable training in digital-journalism skills to Greenville, S.C, on Sept. 7-8 at the Younts Conference Center at Furman University.

The early-bird rate of just $75 is good until Aug. 7; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 8. The first 20 to sign up receive a free AP Stylebook (a $22.95 value).

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

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

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.

Sign up now to save on this full day of digital journalism training in Denton

Diversity scholarships available!

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.

Early-bird registration is $75 through Aug. 22; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 23. Sign up soon for the best rate and a chance to receive an AP Stylebook (a $22.95 value).

There are five diversity scholarships funded by the APME Foundation for the workshop. Apply to be a Denton diversity scholar at by Aug. 10.

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

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

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.

Journalists, newsrooms and groups share a moment of silence for the Capital Gazette

At 2:33 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 5, countless maembers of the journalism community took a moment to reflect on the tragedy, remember those lost and hurt and resolve to continue the good fight.

As we unite in solidarity behind the grit of the Capital Gazette team and its media family, let us remember the very real needs of those in Annapolis. Funds have been set up for the families of those lost and to assist the newsroom with its recovery. Please consider giving help where help is sorely needed.

Examples of some of those remembrances are here.

Read more about the observance.

ASNE and APME share best practices and tips to help keep journalists safe under fire

The American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors offer this two-page tip sheet with some of the best wisdom of journalism organizations committed to journalist safety and the pursuit of a free and dedicated press corps.

We are committed to helping our colleagues at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, but offer this as a guide to preparing for the worst.

Your helpful advice and comments are welcome at

Click here to download a PDF.

Updated 7-4-18.

Who do you know who lives diversity in the newsroom, in 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. 11-12 in Austin, Texas. The winner receives $2,500 and a leadership trophy.


Please consider nominating someone for this worthy honor by midnight, Aug. 3, 2018.

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Please take a survey about communications

Last month, APME and ASNE announced the two journalism leadership groups intended to pursue plans to merge. We’d appreciate 15 minutes of your time to answer some questions as we seek to serve you better as we explore the future. One respondent, drawn at random, will receive a waiver for one entry to the 2019 APME Journalism Excellence contests (Up to $100 value)


Providence Journal: Decade of data reveals R.I.’s recovery

Quad-City Times: Big Story: More of a fair fight against flooding today

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Dairy group uses behind-the-scenes influence with Gov. Scott Walker to shift regulation of large livestock farms

Houston Chronicle: Manipulation of flood insurance leads to repeat disasters

Columbus Dispatch: Amid pharmacy benefit manager inquiry, officials' ties to CVS questioned

Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism: Want a lucrative Ohio debt collections contract? Hire a lobbyist

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle: NYC dumping more garbage than ever in Finger Lakes area

New York Times: ‘It’s Almost Like a Ghost Town.’ Most Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing for Years

Santa Fe New Mexican: Racino applicants hope to get Tucumcari’s economy back on track

Star-Ledger: 'Guys like that don't get wiped out in a day.' Why the mob still holds sway at the port.

Kansas City Star: Worlds of Fun was sued for polluting. Then Missouri loosened its pollutant limits

Minneapolis Star Tribune: As churches close, a way of life fades

Portland Press: Pharmacy middlemen steer some patients to riskier drugs

Des Moines Register: 'Not medically needed': A private Medicaid manager is trying to slash a paralyzed Iowa man's care. Again.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Meth, ‘the Devil’s drug,’ is back and killing more people than ever

Florida Sun-Sentinel: The world has never seen a Category 6 hurricane. But the day may be coming.

The Denver Post: At least 30 Colorado school districts and charter schools allow teachers to carry guns, but no statewide training standards regulate them

Sacramento Bee: Doctors, nurses and insurers are spending big to determine how you'll get your health care

Montgomery Advertiser: The rural South’s invisible public health crisis

St. Louis Post Dispatch: Disparity in Missouri deduction for stillbirths


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.


How many homes need closer fire hydrants? Beaufort County won't say

Newspapers argue for release of prescription data

Colorado journalist says she was detained for taking photos


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.


Newsrooms held a moment of silence today for victims of the Capital Gazette shooting

Good Charlotte to headline benefit concert for 5 slain


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.


East Region editor Karen Testa leaving AP after 26-year career

Brian Carovillano - AP managing editor: For more than two decades now, Karen Testa has been in the middle of more big stories than you can imagine. She's launched the AP careers of dozens of young journalists. My own AP journey began many years ago with a job interview at the old Boston bureau with Karen, who instantly won me over with her passion for news and her informality.

I'm writing today with the sad news that Karen has decided to leave the AP after a career that led her from a legislative temp posting in Albany to the helm of one of our busiest and most important regions. We understand her decision to stay in Philadelphia with her family as the East Desk relocates, but we'll miss her enthusiasm, energy and commitment. Her last day in the office will be this Friday.

Karen spent seven years as the regional editor for the East, a span that encompassed some of the most memorable stories of our time - from the Boston Marathon bombing to the Bill Cosby trials. Before that, she was news editor in Boston, swinging into action on 9/11 after it became clear one of the planes had taken off from Logan Airport, and covering the 2004 Red Sox World Series win after so, so many years of ineptitude (so many). She's also spent time as a reporter in Florida, Missouri, New York and her native Massachusetts.

In recent years, she has been at the center of our efforts to tell the story of how the Trump presidency is playing out across the 50 states, and how the #metoo movement is changing our society. We are grateful to Karen for her many years of leadership and her relentless pursuit of the news, and we wish her the best in every future endeavor.

Joe Tarica named editor of The Tribune and

Longtime local journalist Joe Tarica has been named editor of The Tribune and, it was announced Thursday.

Tarica, who celebrated his 25th year at The Tribune in January, started his career in the newsroom as an intern in 1991 while a student at Cal Poly. Since then, Tarica has worked in nearly every newsroom capacity, as a copy editor, page designer, assigning editor, reporter, photo editor and, most recently as senior editor — as well as overseeing graphics and video.

"I am truly honored to lead such a talented and committed group of journalists in a newsroom that's been home for my entire career," Tarica said. "I know this county and the issues that are important to the people who live here, and I will work with passion and dedication, using all of the tools at our disposal, to tell great stories, hold our leaders accountable and defend responsible journalism on the Central Coast at a time when it's never been more vital."

During his time at The Tribune, Tarica has won numerous awards, including recognitions for column writing and headline writing, as well as more than 25 Society for News Design awards while presentation editor overseeing newspaper production.

In recent months, Tarica has overseen impactful local stories, including the death of Andrew Holland in San Luis Obispo County Jail and in-depth coverage of the county's skyrocketing housing and living costs.

"We’re thrilled to have Joe’s continued journalistic leadership,” Tribune Publisher Ken Riddick said. “His deep understanding of the community and his experience means Tribune readers will receive sharp coverage of relevant issues.”

Tarica succeeds Executive Editor Sandra Duerr, who retired from The Tribune in late 2017.

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Los Angeles Times installs new leadership team that includes Scott Kraft, Kris Viesselman and Kimi Yoshino

Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine on Monday unveiled his leadership team that includes newsroom veterans and a newly hired editor.

Scott Kraft becomes managing editor. Kraft has been with The Times for more than three decades, and now will be responsible for foreign, national, Washington, California and Metro news in addition to investigations and enterprise reporting. Until Monday, Kraft, 63, served as deputy managing editor and previously was front-page editor and national editor.

A longtime national reporter and foreign correspondent, Kraft served stints as bureau chief in Nairobi, Kenya; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Paris. He grew up in Kansas and joined The Times in its Chicago bureau in 1984, after working at the Associated Press, where he was recognized as a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He was one of the few senior editors to survive a purge of the paper's leadership last summer by its previous owners.

"Scott's promotion is an acknowledgment of the role he instinctively took on during the past tumultuous year, working with teams throughout the newsroom to produce journalism of the highest quality," Pearlstine said in a note to staff.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer created a diversity and inclusion position

On Monday, The Philadelphia Inquirer announced a newly created position — vice president for diversity and inclusion. Michael Days, who previously was vice president and editor for reader engagement, will serve in that role.

“It’s been clear to me since I first walked into a newsroom decades ago that the composition of a newsroom weighs heavily on how the organization views those for which it writes and how that community views the institution,” Days said in a press release.

In the role, he’ll lead diversity and inclusion training and work to find, keep and develop diverse staff.

Diversifying the newsroom was a priority of the newsroom itself in an “A Call to Arms” report created in 2016 as the journalists there approached digital reinvention. In May, the newsroom added six fellows whose goals included engaging “new and more diverse audiences.”

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Managing editor of Flagstaff newspaper dies at age 65

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Randy Wilson, the longtime managing editor of the Arizona Daily Sun, has died, executives with the Flagstaff newspaper announced Sunday. He was 65.

He died Saturday afternoon but a cause of death wasn't immediately released, the Sun reported.

Wilson worked at the Daily Sun for more than two decades, first as city editor then as managing editor overseeing everything from local news coverage to opinion content to the layout of the next day's paper.

"To say that Randy will be missed is an understatement of monumental proportions," Daily Sun publisher Don Rowley wrote in a tribute to Wilson on the newspaper's website. "He was, in many ways, the voice of the newspaper, the guardian of free speech for the community, and the institutional memory of the Arizona Daily Sun."

An avid outdoorsman who loved to hike and bike, Wilson had the same passion for journalism. He was a "stickler" for newsroom independence and integrity, Rowley said. He was also not afraid to ruffle feathers in the pursuit of government transparency.

"I don't know what we're going to do without Randy's steady, mentoring hand in the newsroom," Rowley wrote.

Wilson is survived by his wife and one daughter.


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