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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

Diversity-focused sessions planned; new promo deal available for early registrants

Join us for the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington, D.C., and be a part of discussions that will help you better address your diverse audience! You will learn how to recruit and retain a diverse workforce in this climate of reductions and layoffs, as well as how to build trust in your communities.

You will also hear about the state of diversity in the news industry and what it takes to cover economic diversity.

The conference, which focuses on the intersection of journalism and citizenship, will kick off on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 8, immediately following the 2017 ONA conference, and conclude by noon Wednesday, Oct. 11. Our conference hotel is the Washington Marriott Wardman Park at 2660 Woodley Road NW.

Here are six things you don't want to miss:

1. Win lunch tickets by registering and booking a room now through Aug .12

Lunch for Oct. 9 and 10 ($80 value) will be on us if you're selected as one of four winners that registers and books at least three nights of hotel for the conference between now and Aug. 12.

This is our new promotional deal for the next 30 days. ASNE member Kristyn Wellesley of the Naples Daily News and APME member Angie Muhs of The State Journal-Register each won a $300 Amazon gift card from our previous deal. Congrats, Kristyn and Angie!

Both lunches will feature an outstanding keynote speaker. On Oct. 9, Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, will talk about current events in Washington. On the next day, Campbell Brown, chief of news partnership and engagement at Facebook, will discuss Facebook's relationship with news organizations and news itself.

2. Party at the Australian ambassador's beautiful residence!

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, Joe Hockey, Australian ambassador to the United States, will be hosting 80 of us at his residence, at 3120 Cleveland Ave. NW, about a 15-minute walk from the Marriott. We will have cocktails, snacks and some quality time for a Q&A and other fun, engaging conversations. This stand-up reception is open on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are registered and made a hotel reservation for the conference.

3. Preconference workshops on community engagement and Knight Foundation's update on the "Table Stakes" project

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, the first 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.

From 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, the second workshop will provide an update on Knight Foundation's "Table Stakes" project and present newsrooms of innovation and culture that are best for the 21st century.

Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, both workshops are free to those who are registered to attend the conference. Those who would like to attend just the workshops will need to pay $75.

4. Recruitment and retention

Need more diversity in your newsroom? Get quick tips from industry leaders. This panel takes a fresh look at recruiting and retaining journalists of color in the digital age. Our experts will provide insight on today's journalism graduates and talented folks with potential working in the digital space. How do we retain journalists of color who are worried about the future and are tempted to seek employment in public relations, academia and other "more stable" professions?

Confirmed panelists:
Katrice Hardy, editor of The Greenville News ?and USA TODAY southeast regional editor
Carlos Sanchez, editor of the McAllen (Texas) Monitor
Peter Bhatia, editor and vice president of The Cincinnati Enquirer and Ohio editor of the USA TODAY Network
Karen Magnuson (moderator), editor and vice president of news at the Rochester (New York) Democrat and Chronicle

5. Kerner Commission, 50 years later

On March 1, it will be 50 years since the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission, shook the news media with its declaration that "the journalistic profession has been shockingly backward in seeking out, hiring, training and promoting Negroes." What did the news industry get right in heeding the commission's recommendations? Where do we go from here?

Confirmed panelists:
Paul Delaney, retired senior editor at The New York Times and co-founder of NABJ
Al Fitzpatrick, retired editor of the Akron Beacon Journal and former vice president of diversity at the Knight Ridder Inc.
Dorothy Gilliam, first African-American female journalist at The Washington Post and co-founder of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, veteran journalist running the "Race Matters" series for the "PBS NewsHour," who desegregated the University of Georgia
Richard Prince (moderator), veteran journalist who writes "Richard Prince's Journal-isms"

6. Covering economic diversity

This panel will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz, who calls Cleveland home; Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley; and author and political commentator J.D. Vance, who wrote "Hillbilly Elegy" about the rise of Appalachian values


To register for the main conference: The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers. 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.

To register for the Oct. 8 preconference workshops and/or the Oct. 10 reception at the Australian ambassador's residence: If you have registered for the main conference, then email Jiyoung Won at If you'd like to attend just the preconference workshops, then register here.

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 Jiyoung Won at or APME at

2017 Conference logoKnow a diversity champion? Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership deadlines July 31

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.


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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.


July 24 is the deadline 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 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


Los Angeles Times: Air filters don’t protect residences near traffic
Miami Herald: Trump earns thousands from club membership payments
New York Times: Trump son met with Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer amid campaign
Miami Herald: President dreamed of Trump towers across ex-Soviet empire
Idaho Statesman: Saving the salmon of the Northwest
Courier-Journal: Drug epidemic’s smallest victims
Detroit Free Press: How problem cops stay on the street
Kansas City Star: African-Americans aren’t sharing in housing recovery
Denver Post: Colorado has massive shortage of construction workers
Washington Post: No let up in pace of police killings
Star-Ledger: Deadly drug’s dirty secret



News Journal: Public information appeals languish in AG’s office
Lexington Herald-Leader: 100 Kentucky students had their state test scores lowered to zero. Here’s why.
Media groups challenge privacy protections for Wetterling file
Virginia high court rules against newspaper in lawsuit
Poynter: Court rules on video recording case
Pennsylvania governor OKs bill removing police videos from open records law
Judge says University of Kentucky violated open records law
AP: Facebook now deleting 66,000 posts a week in anti-hate campaign



News outlets seek to negotiate with Google, Facebook on ads
MSNBC 'Morning Joe' hosts fire back at Trump Twitter blasts
Trump tweets mock video of him beating CNN, sparks criticism
Maine governor suggests he makes up stories to mislead media
New York Times staff opposes elimination of copy desk
Calkins closes on sale of Pennsylvania newspapers to GateHouse Media
New general manager starts at Burlington (Iowa) Hawk Eye
New management announced at Nebraska newspapers
Texas publisher Jeff Smith to retire
Veteran newspaper executive named publisher in Indiana
Gizmodo Media Group announces 'Very Smart Brothas' partnership



Mark Russell named executive editor of The Commercial Appeal

Mark Russell has been named executive editor of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee.

The 54-year-old has been serving as interim executive editor and head of opinion/engagement for the USA Today Network-Tennessee. The Commercial Appeal reports Russell becomes the first African-American to lead the 176-year-old Memphis newspaper. He replaces former editor Louis Graham, who left last month to join ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Russell came to The Commercial Appeal in 2013 as managing editor after serving as managing editor and executive editor of The Orlando (Florida) Sentinel.

Paris (Texas) News names Amanda Gohn as city editor

Amanda Gohn is named the new city editor of The Paris (Texas) News.

“In the short time she’s been in the newsroom, Amanda has distinguished herself as a leader with a passion for quality news reporting and high expectations,” Publisher J.D. Davidson said. “I look forward to seeing more of her influence in the newsroom as she takes on a more significant leadership role.”

News-Telegram in Texas announces new managing editor

Jillian Smith, a veteran journalist and Hopkins County native, has joined the staff of the Sulphur Springs (Texas) News-Telegram as managing editor.

“I am tremendously honored to be able to work for my hometown newspaper,” Smith said.

Smith is a graduate of Sulphur Springs High School and Auburn University and has worked at newspapers in Mississippi and the Albany Herald in Albany, Georgia.

Executive editor departs Detroit Free Press

Robert Huschka has resigned as executive editor of the Detroit Free Press after serving nearly two years in the position, the newspaper reported.

"After 18 tremendous years at the Detroit Free Press, it's time for me to leave the newsroom — and move on to my next adventure," Huschka wrote in a Facebook post.

Huschka, 45, joined the Free Press in 1999. He was named executive editor in August 2015 to replace Paul Anger, who had retired that May. Before that Huschka served in numerous leadership positions at the newspaper: managing director, assistant managing editor, news director and design director/news.

A national search will begin immediately for Huschka's replacement, the newspaper said.


Former media executive John McGee dies

Former media executive John F. McGee, a World War II veteran who was twice elected to serve on the Board of Directors of The Associated Press, has died.

Linda Wilson of Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home in Charleston, West Virginia, confirmed that McGee died June 23. He was 94.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports McGee was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1923 and attended Davidson College before enlisting in the Army, where he served in combat from Normandy into Germany and received several commendations including a bronze star.

McGee began his media career in his hometown at the Evening Post Publishing Company. He moved to Charleston, West Virginia, in 1970 to become president of Clay Communications and served on the Board of Directors of Thomson Newspapers until his retirement in 1990.

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