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APME UPDATE • July 26, 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

Register by  Saturday  to bring your friend for $100

The 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in less than seven 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 now through July 28
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 program 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. Workplace Integrity: Eliminating Harassment and Discrimination in Media
In the year of #metoo, newsrooms are confronting incidents of sexual harassment by reporters, photographers, editors and photo editors. What have we learned? Drawing on the lessons of the Newseum's groundbreaking Power Shift Summit, Jill Geisler, Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago, will lead a wide-open conversation focused on changing the way we hire, train and respond to issues of workplace misconduct and revisiting the systems that led to years of silence. We will look at which publishers are examining the intersection of harassment, discrimination and incivility and taking on the big challenges. Who's recognizing that things that aren't necessarily illegal are still unacceptable? Who's looking out for the least powerful in newsrooms: our interns, temporary workers and freelancers?
Confirmed speakers: Jean Hodges, senior director of news, GateHouse Media; and Mizell Stewart III, vice president/news operations, Gannett and the USA TODAY Network
3. The Tool Shed
What are the key technological tools that you can implement to make your newsroom more effective and efficient? Are you using the right ones? ASNE and APME have whittled down the list of competing companies and have invited the best ones to Austin to explain why other newsrooms have hired them and why you should, too. Editors will have the opportunity to ask questions about the product. You will leave with a far greater understanding of how technology can make you a better editor. 
Confirmed companies: ChartbeatDataminrEchobox,, SocialFlow, Taboola and Trint

4. Innovation Track: Measuring Success

Publishers are creating their own analytics, combining proprietary data with Omniture and Chartbeat, to better match the goals of their newsrooms. These new scores do a much better job of judging the work of reporters and editors in the age of subscribers. How do you develop proprietary analytics that help your newsroom succeed in its mission?

Confirmed speakers: Suki Dardarian, senior managing editor and vice president, Minneapolis Star Tribune; Gabe Escobar, editor and vice president, Philadelphia Media Network; Tom Rosenstiel (moderator), executive director, American Press Institute; Erica Smith, online editor and director of digital strategy, The Virginian-Pilot; and Liz Worthington, director of content strategy, American Press Institute

This session is sponsored by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and Philadelphia Media Network.
5. Bat-viewing party and more with ONA Local
Wrap up your ASNE-APME conference experience on the night of Sept. 12 by attending a free porch party that GateHouse Media, the Austin American-Statesman and ONA Local Austin are hosting as part of the ONA conference, which kicks off Sept. 13. They're brewing up a Texas-flavored music-and-mingle on the Statesman's back porch, a long stretch overlooking Lady Bird Lake and the Austin skyline. Join the party just a three-block stroll from the JW Marriott (the official ONA conference hotel), through prime bat bridge viewing, where you'll be greeted with a friendly Texas howdy, local food, drinks and tunes. Registration details coming soon.

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: Apply by midnight Friday!

Exceptional trainers offer high-value digital skills workshop at Greenville NewsTrain for just $75

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 Friday, 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.

Our accomplished trainers are:

Derrick Ho guides the strategy and development roadmap for mobile apps, mobile web and distributed platforms, by balancing readers' needs, business requirements and internal resources for McClatchy's newspapers. He was formerly deputy digital editor of The Straits Times, Singapore's most-widely read newspaper, where he led the newsroom's multi-platform real-time coverage of key news and political events. Ho also oversaw the relaunch of The Straits Times' website and apps, and established a team to create new story-telling formats including long-form narrative and explanatory projects, interactive graphics and e-books. He has also written for and The Associated Press. Ho graduated with a masters in journalism from the University of Missouri, specializing in multimedia journalism, digital strategy and technology. In his free time, he gawks at awesome web and magazine designs, listens to movie soundtracks, and practices yoga. @derrickhozw

Cal Lundmark is the social media editor and regional audience growth producer for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. As part of the regional team, she works with eight McClatchy newsrooms throughout North and South Carolina. She has a master’s in mass communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix, specializing in digital audience engagement and social media best practices for news media. She has worked for Cronkite News, the Phoenix New Times as a food and drink reporter and volunteered with radio station KUPS in Tacoma, Washington, as well as her collegiate newspaper, The Trail. @calundmark

Ron Nixon
is The New York Times’ homeland security correspondent. He is based in the Washington bureau, where he covers border and aviation security, immigration, cybercrime and cyber security, transnational crime, and violent extremism. Nixon is also the author of “Selling Apartheid: Apartheid South Africa’s Global Propaganda War” (Jacana Media, June 2015). He is currently the visiting associate for Journalism and Media Studies at The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. @NixonRon

Taylor C. Shaw is a regional audience growth producer. She oversees social media strategy and seeks ways to have comfortable conversations online with readers of the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. and the Herald-Sun in Durham, N.C. Most recently, Shaw was the digital executive producer at KSHB-TV in Kansas City, Missouri. Even though she calls North Carolina “home,” Shaw has also lived and worked in Knoxville, Tennessee and Washington, D.C. She has her master’s in journalism from the American University School of Communication. She is also graduate of William Peace University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she studied mass communication and political science. Shaw co-leads the Online News Association Triangle NC chapter and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She was a participant of Poynter’s 2017 Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. @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 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 Friday, 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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Act now to take a survey to help APME serve you better, and to win a free contest entry

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)


Sacramento Bee: Did an innocent man die in prison for a murder committed by the East Area Rapist?

San Diego Union-Tribune: County failed repeatedly to stop sexual abuse of foster children, lawsuit alleges

Miami Herald: How dirty is Miami real estate? Secret home deals dried up when feds started watching

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Shadowy Gwinnett lab goes bankrupt and debt collectors hound patients

The Boston Globe: Conservative plan, years in the making, is occurring as Trump fills federal bench

Star-Tribune: Denied Justice: Sexual assault cases in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota are being investigated poorly or not at all

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis Uber driver has put video of hundreds of passengers online. Most have no idea.

Las Vegas Review-Journal: LVCVA boss pursues retirement payout amid criminal investigation

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Mandated school closings appear like forceful action, but have not produced results

The News & Observer: Textbook calls cancer a ‘disease of choice’ -- and it’s required reading for UNC students

The Inquirer: PPA lobbyist paid $3,000 a month. For what?

The Inquirer: Will a Philly woman lose her home because of Family Court delays?

Austin American-Statesman: Hundreds of Texas foster care children denied Medicaid services

The Journal News: Westchester County sexual harassment cases: Claims of stalking, vulgar talk

AP: Pence family’s failed gas stations cost taxpayers $20M+

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Two men charged with stealing more than $8 million in rare books from Carnegie Library


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.


Arizona Daily Star: Banner Health's Tucson computer conversion yielded reports of medical errors

The Times-Picayune: 'Dangerously close to complete collapse': Engineer's email gives detailed insight into March 2017 S&WB turbine failures

The Missoulian: Montana citizens have a right to know; Krakauer case could determine if they can afford it

Settlement Reached In Defamation Suit Against Newspaper

Thousands of Colorado court cases hidden from public view

Private messaging apps stir secrecy worries

Florida publication seeks FBI 9/11 records on family's ties

Minnesota Supreme Court says Victoria council members can stay despite many Open Meeting Law violations


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.


NY Daily News slashes newsroom staffing in half

Grand jury indicts Maryland newspaper shooting suspect

Russia, Accused of Faking News, Unfurls Its Own ‘Fake News’ Bill

The Colorado Sun pits Civil-backed startup against The Denver Post

Readers may trust news stories more when they don't know their source

Oregon college cites lack of interest, defunds student paper

Official  questions city relationship with media outlet

Newspapers endure more cuts, hope for brighter future online


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.


Editor of The Oregonian/OregonLive to depart for top editing job in Florida

Mark Katches, The Oregonian/OregonLive's editor and vice president of content, is stepping down next month to take a new job as executive editor of the Tampa Bay Times.

Katches, 55, oversaw the Portland-based newsroom during the most explosive digital growth phase in its history. The newsroom has expanded its online audience more than 70 percent during the four years he has served as editor. The staff also has garnered numerous regional and national awards for investigative and narrative journalism.

"Mark is passionate about making a difference through quality, in-depth reporting," said John F. Maher, president of the Oregonian Media Group. "His contributions to our company and to our community will have a lasting effect. We wish him the very best."

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Ted Bridis leaving AP to teach investigative reporting at Florida in lecturer post named in honor of Capital Gazette victim

After 11 years as editor of AP's Washington investigative team, and after 30 years with AP and the Wall Street Journal, Ted Bridis (Email) is leaving the AP at the end of July to teach investigative reporting at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. He is joining UF as the Rob Hiaasen Lecturer in Investigative Reporting, honoring the UF alumnus who was killed June 28 in the Capital Gazette shooting in Maryland.

"I'm returning to my home state of Florida and fulfilling career plans I made decades ago to teach," said Bridis, a Connecting colleague. "Thank you to colleagues in Washington and elsewhere, past and current, who have made coming to work every day such a privilege and a learning experience, and thank you to our sources who put themselves at risk to share information confidentially. I can't express my appreciation enough."

Diane McFarlin, dean of the Florida College of Journalism and Communications, said Friday in announcing his appointment that Bridis has been editor of the Associated Press' Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington investigative team since 2007 and is AP's leading newsroom expert on security practices for source-protection and on the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and related laws.

"His journalistic achievements are extensive," she said. "His investigative team won the 2012 Pulitzer and Goldsmith prizes for investigative reporting on NYPD intelligence programs, and he led AP's efforts that won the $10,000 Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Awards in 2014 and 2011. Ted won the 2014 Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics and the 2014 Society of Professional Journalism Ethics in Journalism Award. His team's coverage of hurricane flooding at toxic waste sites was a finalist for the 2017 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award in the category of investigations triggered by breaking news."

Morning Call publisher and editor-in-chief Robert York leaving for New York Daily News

Robert York, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Morning Call, is departing the newspaper to lead the New York Daily News.

York, 55, confirmed Monday morning that effective July 30 he will become editor-in-chief of the Daily News, which like The Morning Call is owned by Tronc Inc.

Tronc, which acquired the Daily News in September, announced in a company memo Monday morning that it is eliminating half of the Daily News' newsroom staff. York will be tasked with helping to turn around a struggling property that lost about $90 million from 2014 to 2016, according to SEC filings.

York, a Pittsburgh native, joined The Morning Call in July 2016 after a 20-year career with the San Diego Union-Tribune. During his two years with The Morning Call, York oversaw the newsroom's "very aggressive" pivot to a digitally focused news cycle and the ensuing growth of its digital audience. The newspaper also launched a new arts section, revamped its business section and is about to launch a new digital opinion and dialogue section.

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Gillesby, Laub appointed to AP leadership roles

AP has appointed an experienced video manager and a longtime foreign correspondent to key leadership roles overseeing all journalists in two critical news regions.

Sara Gillesby, a New York-based video manager who led coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Sandy Hook school shooting and 2016 political conventions, has been named news director for all formats in the U.S. East region.

Karin Laub, who has covered wars, revolutions, the plight of refugees and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for three decades as a foreign correspondent, has been promoted to the Middle East news director.

The appointments were announced Tuesday by Noreen Gillespie, deputy managing editor for U.S. News, and Ian Phillips, deputy managing editor and vice president for international news.

The AP is merging the management of its text, photo, video and interactive journalism at regional desks around the world. Each region will be overseen by a management team in which every format is represented and will include multimedia journalists and an integrated editing desk that emphasizes video, photos and social media.

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Evansville Courier & Press editor Spohr dies at 37

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Evansville Courier & Press executive editor George Spohr has died at age 37.

The newspaper reports Spohr died of cancer Thursday night. Spohr was also regional editor for Gannett's Indiana newspapers outside of Indianapolis, overseeing the news staffs at the (Lafayette) Journal & Courier, The (Muncie) Star Press and the (Richmond) Palladium-Item, along with The (Henderson, Kentucky) Gleaner.

Spohr had led the Evansville newsroom since October 2017 and was previously executive editor of the Lafayette newspaper.

Courier & Press sports director Ryan Reynolds says it was a joy to work with Spohr.

Spohr was a graduate of Syracuse University in New York. He previously was an editor at The (Coos Bay, Oregon) World, The (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) Sentinel and the Times Leader Media Group in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, area.

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