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DEADLINE IS MONDAY! July 31, 2017: 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

Help journalists by supporting the Overseas Press Club scholarship in Sally Jacobsen's name

Sally JacobsenIn honor of former AP newswoman and APME Executive Director Sally Jacobsen, the Overseas Press Club has set up a scholarship in her name for aspiring journalists who want to be foreign correspondents. Jacobsen died in May at age 70.

The goal is a $50,000 endowment that will be invested for yearly scholarships.

APME is enlisitng help to help this goal. APME hopes to raise at least $5,000 and has a foundation grant of $1,000 and two $500 match challenges from board members and a Foundation match up to $1,000 more. The pledges tally $2,500 already. To donate online visit:

Donations also may be sent to: OPC Foundation, 40 W. 45th St., New York, N.Y. 10036

For other options, call 201-493-9087, or email

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Join us at the National Zoo for opening-night reception

Register now for the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11, and party with us on the opening night at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. 

We'll be in the Amazonia Habitat and Amazonia Science Gallery, where you can trek through the rainforest and meet some animals found along the Amazon river. We'll have hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar (CASH ONLY). 

The conference, which will kick off with this opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, will conclude by noon Wednesday, Oct. 11. Our conference hotel is the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, at 2660 Woodley Road NW. 

Here are six other things you can't afford to miss:

1. Win lunch tickets by registering and booking a room by 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 July 13 and Aug. 12.

Campbell Brown
Leonard Pitts Jr.
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 (space limited)

Ambassador Joe Hockey 
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. Pre-conference 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 can sign up for only $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. Those who register and book a three-night hotel stay by Aug. 12 will have a chance to win free lunch tickets! 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 pre-conference 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 pre-conference 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. EDTFriday, 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 Monday!

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.


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 the scholarships, journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply.

Don’t delay; register today. NewsTrains often sell out.


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Chicago Tribune: High cost of being a gunshot victim
Lexington Herald-Leader: A child accidentally shoots a child every seven weeks
Detroit Free Press: Drugged drivers causing more deaths on the road
Seattle Times: Needy students lured by sports, then neglected



Portland Press Herald: Governor travels to luxury hotels, dines on public dime
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Camera cover-ups
Wichita Eagle: Disciplinary action grew at prison amid staff shortages
Wisconsin DOJ to publish list of open record requestors
Hackers had access to millions of Social Security numbers



New York Times: Facebook may let publishers charge for articles
Capital Newspapers names John Blais general manager
Globe CEO resigns amid John Henry shake-up
Roby announces retirement as Dakota Media Group publisher



AP names Gillespie, APME's Nordgren as deputy managing editors

The Associated Press named a new editor to lead its coverage of the United States, appointing Noreen Gillespie as deputy managing editor for U.S. News.

The AP also appointed Sarah Nordgren to the position of deputy managing editor for sports, business, entertainment and lifestyles, and health and science.

And it named Lisa Gibbs to a new role, director of news partnerships.

The three appointments were announced by Sally Buzbee, AP's senior vice president and executive editor.

Earlier, the AP named Wendy Benjaminson, a senior leader in its Washington bureau, to a role directing coverage of the cooperative's national reporting teams.


News-Argus in Goldsboro, North Carolina, names new editor

News-Argus editor Dennis Hill is retiring at the end of the month after more than 30 years at the newspaper.

His position will be taken over by current city editor John Joyce, 36, who has worked as both a reporter and editor for the newspaper.

Hill, 62, began at The News-Argus in March 1986.

Epperson named editor of The World in Oregon

Tim Epperson has been named the editor of The World in Coos Bay, Oregon.

Epperson was previously editor of the Sedalia Democrat and Associate Online Director for Civitas Media.

“I’m looking forward to this new opportunity,” Epperson said. “While there’s still more for me to learn about the The World and Coos County, in this new position, I will be able to utilize the knowledge I’ve formed as an editor in a variety of markets across the country.”

He will replace outgoing Executive Editor Larry Campbell.

South Carolina editor Lett to retire

Mark E. Lett is retiring as executive editor and vice president of The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, publisher Sara Johnson Borton announced.

Lett, executive editor since 1998 and a newspaperman for 50 years, met with staff members to thank them for outstanding performance and to share his optimism for the work ahead.

Borton said the newsroom under Lett's leadership was a standard-setter for enterprise reporting, editorial commentary, visual journalism and coverage of breaking news, politics, public policy and sports.


Charles W. “Chuck” Walk has died at 81

Charles W. “Chuck” Walk of Mason City, Iowa, has died at age 81.

Chuck began his career as a general assignment reporter for the Globe Gazette before becoming editor. Chuck, along with Elwin Musser (photographer), covered the Buddy Holly crash for the Globe Gazette. Chuck later continued his career with the Kansas City Kansan in Kansas City, KS (general manager and publisher), the Bismarck Tribune in Bismarck, ND (general manager and publisher), the Helena Independent Record in Helena, MT (publisher) and the Montana Press Association (president). He retired as a publisher from Lee Enterprises.

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James A. Finley, longtime AP photographer in St. Louis, dies

James A. Finley, an acclaimed photojournalist who served as a mentor to countless others during his 22 years as The Associated Press staff photographer in St. Louis, has died. He was 76.

Finley died of peripheral vascular disease at his home in St. Louis, according to his sister, Denise Porter.

Finely was a calming presence in the midst of the most chaotic times, from covering the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series to presidential candidates on the stump, or tragedies like the Times Beach, Missouri, environmental disaster in the 1980s, the devastating flood of 1993, or the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

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