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APME UPDATE • July 19, 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

Sign up by July 28 to bring your colleague for only $100

The 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in less than eight 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. Promo deal for those who register, book hotel by July 28
Our incentive is back! If you register and book your hotel room for at least two nights by Saturday, July 28, then you can bring a colleague for only $100. Email APME Project Assistant Laura Sellers at to receive a promo code for this deal. Special rates are also available for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Lunch tickets ($40 a piece) for Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Wednesday, Sept. 12, can be purchased during registration. 

2. Keeping Your Newsroom Safe
What are the tools you need to ensure the well-being of your reporters and editors? How do you defuse potentially troublesome situations and keep them from growing into something bigger? We will review industry best practices and examine the difficult decisions we make every day.
3. Using Opinions to Reach Young People
How can your opinion journalism bridge the gap between potential college-age audience members' political activism and their lack of knowledge and access to high-quality information? How do you cut through the noise and provide the structure and reliability young people seek with the goal of fostering a vibrant democracy and a more unified civic, and civil, life? This generation has had less civic education than previous generations, especially in K-12. It has been eliminated from school curricula across the country. A recent Knight Foundation/Gallup study said that more than 60 percent of college students show strong support for the First Amendment. However, some say that diversity and inclusion are more important to a democracy than free speech.

4. Big J Track: When the Trolls Turn on Your Reporters

Social media attacks against reporters are becoming more common, with women in fields like sports especially likely to face sexist vitriol. Meet the journalists who have gone through this experience and hear from experts on what you should do as a newsroom manager to help and support your staff. Confirmed speakers: Gina Chen, assistant professor, Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin; Sandra Clark (moderator), vice president for news and civic dialogue, WHYY; Suzanne Halliburton, sports reporter, Austin American-Statesman; and Helen Ubiñas, columnist, Philadelphia Media Network

5. Innovation TrackFrom Table Stakes to Results
How four newsrooms used their training to drive meaningful results on the web and in business. Panelists will give speed talks on four specific successful efforts, followed by a discussion.
Confirmed speakers: Nancy Barnes, editor and executive vice president, Houston Chronicle; Neil Chase (moderator), executive editor, Bay Area News Group; Don Shelton, executive editor, The Seattle Times; George Stanley, chief executive of news, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and Stan Wischnowski, executive editor and senior vice president, Philadelphia Media Network

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

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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Exceptional trainers offer low-cost, high-value digital training at Greenville NewsTrain on Sept. 7-8

Five diversity scholarships available: Apply by July 27!

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.

On the hunt for a daylong workshop in DFW to discover new digital skills?

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

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:

Dana Amihere is an interactive editor for The Dallas Morning News, contributing to the newspaper’s digital storytelling and data visualization efforts. Previously, she worked as a web developer for Pew Research Center’s digital team and as an interactive designer on The Baltimore Sun’s data desk. @write_this_way

Tawnell D. Hobbs joined The Wall Street Journal in July 2016 as the national K-12 education reporter. Before that, she was an education reporter at The Dallas Morning News for 16 years. Hobbs started her journalism career at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where she covered education and other beats. She teaches computer-assisted reporting at Texas Christian University and uses the method often to find stories or to strengthen them. As she tells her students, “The stories are in the data.” Hobbs has won numerous awards, including sharing a 2016 National Headliner Award for education writing with a team of reporters. Before her journalism career, she served in the U.S. Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard for a combined 10 years. @tawnell.

Hannah Wise is the engagement editor at The Dallas Morning News. She oversees the newsroom's social media strategy and seeks ways to cultivate conversation around the News' journalism. Wise is the Online News Association Dallas-Fort Worth chapter co-founder and president. She is the stitching maven behind behind the viral Instagram account @sewmanycomments where she doesn't read the comments, but sews them. She is pursuing her master's in journalism at the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. @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.

Who do you know who lives diversity in the newsroom, in life?

Nominations needed by Aug. 3!

“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)


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Montgomery Advertiser: Poverty and proficiency: MPS' biggest obstacle may lie outside the school system

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LA Times: Workers claim injuries all over their bodies for big payouts — but continue their active lives

Denver Post: Shrouded justice: Thousands of Colorado court cases hidden from public view on judges’ orders

Miami Herald: The chief wanted perfect stats, so cops were told to pin crimes on black people, probe found

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: ‘Concerns,’ but no consequences, after suicides in mental health system

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Abigail Kawananakoa records secret despite Supreme Court directive

Indianapolis Star: Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.

Des Moines Register: Greg Stephen case: Deceit, videos of nude boys and a potential Larry Nassar-like problem for elite youth basketball

The Baltimore Sun: While he's been governor, Larry Hogan's real estate business has continued to thrive — prompting questions

The Baltimore Sun: Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Radio troubles hampered Las Vegas police on Oct. 1, RJ investigation finds

The Record: How segregated are New Jersey's schools and what can be done about it?

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle: Angry employee or loss of integrity? Investigator says city told him to alter findings

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 'He'll evict you in a minute.' Landlord quietly becomes a force in Milwaukee rental business...and eviction court

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Grand jury report could name 90 offenders in Pittsburgh diocese alone

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Zoo committees discussed danger at wild dog exhibit before toddler's death, newly released report says

The Missoulian: Report excoriates Missoula County judge for absences, employee turnover, micromanagement


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.


Jury In Defamation Case Finds 2004 Newspaper Article False

Judge lifts order for Los Angeles Times to change story

EPA aide: Scrutiny of 'politically charged' records requests


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.


YouTube Launches Initiative to Fight Fake News, Pledges $25 Million to Support News Orgs

165-year-old newspaper vows to publish despite office fire

Woman accused of threatening journalist is denied bail

Marijuana ad complicates delivery of small Alaska 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.


AP editor Sue Manning dies; gave world LA's biggest stories

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sue Manning, an editor in the Los Angeles bureau of The Associated Press who for decades coordinated coverage of some of the nation's biggest news including the Los Angeles riots, the Northridge earthquake, the death of Michael Jackson and the O.J. Simpson saga, has died, her family said Monday. She was 71.

Police officers summoned by family members who couldn't reach her found Manning dead on Sunday at her home in Glendale, California, her brother Daniel Manning told the AP. She appeared to have died in her sleep. The cause of death was not immediately known, and an autopsy was planned.

Few knew her byline, which rarely appeared, but millions read the news she assigned, coordinated, edited, rewrote and flashed to the globe.

"So much of the crazy, tragic, extraordinary news the world devoured about Los Angeles for so many years was written - fast and with style - by Sue behind the scenes," said Sally Buzbee, AP's executive editor who worked in Los Angeles in the early 1990s. "She was the rock - and the kind warm soul - of the place."

Read more:;-gave-world-LA's-biggest-stories


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