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

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

Aug. 12, 2017: Conference promotional deal for free lunches ends

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

NewsTrain digital-skills workshops coming to Indiana, Arizona, Texas, S.C. and Ontario in 2018-19

APME’s NewsTrain will bring its high-quality, affordable training to Indiana, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas and Ontario in 2018-19.

Here are the locations for the workshops, which have an early-bird rate of $75 each to attend:

·      March 24 in Muncie, Indiana, hosted by Ball State University;

·      April 6-7 in Phoenix, hosted at Arizona State University by the Arizona Newspapers Association;

·      Fall 2018 in Denton, Texas, (40 miles north of Dallas), hosted by the University of North Texas;

·      Fall 2018 or the first half of 2019 in Greenville, South Carolina, hosted at Furman University by The Greenville News; and

·      March 2019 in Toronto, hosted by News Media Canada.

Please sign up here  to be emailed when more information becomes available on the dates, agendas and instructors for the workshops.

The sites were selected from applications by committees of local journalists throughout the United States and Canada. The successful committees will conduct an assessment of the needs in their newsrooms to determine which skills will be taught at the workshops.

Additional workshops for 2019 will be announced next year. To apply to bring NewsTrain to your town in 2019, visit

The remaining NewsTrains in 2017, which also have a $75 early-bird rate, are:

· Oct. 14 outside Boston, with sessions on social reporting and branding, data-driven enterprise, mobile storytelling and smartphone video;

· Oct. 21 in suburban Columbus, Ohio, with sessions on social reporting, mobile storytelling and newsgathering; data-driven enterprise and smartphone video.

· Nov. 11 in Seattle, with sessions on social reporting and branding, data-driven enterprise, mobile storytelling and open records.

Since 2003, NewsTrain has served more than 7,000 journalists in 85 workshops. It has traveled to all 50 states and three Canadian provinces, bringing cutting-edge training close to home. Attendees consistently rate its interactive sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful. Instructors are accomplished journalists with both front-line and teaching experience.


NewsTrain’s low tuition is made possible by donors, big and small, who in 2016 included The Associated Press, The APME Foundation, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, GateHouse Media LLC, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP, the Scripps Howard Foundation and APME past and present board members.

Donors in 2017 include the Park, Samuel I. Newhouse and Sigma Delta Chi foundations, as well as APME board members.


To keep NewsTrain serving journalists in their communities, please donate at

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.



2017 Conference logoDiversity-focused conference 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

Robert G. McGruderKnow 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.


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.


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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 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


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