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APME UPDATE • Aug. 2, 2018 

SAVE THE DATES

COMING SOON! Aug. 8, 2018: Early-bird deadline for NewsTrain workshop in Greenville, S.C.
JUST AROUND THE BEND! Aug. 9, 2018: Special hotel rate for News Leadership Conference ends
Aug. 10, 2018: Deadline for diversity scholarships for Denton, Texas, NewsTrain
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

Who is your diversity hero?

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.

Read more: https://www.apme.com/news/404418/Nominations-Needed-for-The-Robert-G.-McGruder-Award-for-Diversity-Leadership.htm

 

ASNE-APME conference hotel room rate expires SOON

The 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in less than six 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. ASNE-APME hotel room rate expires Aug. 9
 
Book your hotel room NOW if you plan to attend the conference. Our $219 nightly rate in the ASNE-APME room block will not be available after Aug. 9
 
Currently, our block is sold out for the night of Sept. 12, though there are still rooms available at the hotel outside of our 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

2. Win lunch tickets by registering, booking a room by Aug. 9

Lunches ($80 value) will be on us if you're selected as one of two winners who registers for the conference and books at least two nights of hotel between July 31 and Aug. 9
 
During the lunch on Sept. 11we'll hear from A.G. Sulzberger who became the Times' publisher at the age of 37. As publisher, he is focused on safeguarding The Times' longstanding commitment to excellence and editorial independence "while embracing the imperative to adapt to a changing world." Sulzberger has long been a change agent inside the building. He was an architect of The Times' digital transformation and the principal author of the 2014 Innovation Report, which focused on growing and engaging its digital audience. He has also been one of the driving forces behind the company's business strategy, including the shift to a subscription-first model. Today, The New York Times has the largest digital pay model for journalism in the world, with more than 3.5 million paid print and digital subscriptions.
 
The following day, we'll have a conversation and a Q&A with Chrissy Towle, head of Google Local News Initiatives. Towle manages the News & Local Media team working with the largest publishing partners in the U.S. Her team facilitates and strategizes with those partners to ensure optimal use of Google products to drive maximum revenue and profitability. 

3. Big J Track: Editing the Archives
 
One of the most sacred beliefs for news organizations is that we do not take down published articles or photos. But editors are having to balance that belief with the knowledge that even the most trivial crime brief, although factually correct, can have a devastating effect on someone's life 10 years later. Editors are fielding an increasing number of appeals from the subjects of these stories who argue that the photos should be removed or the articles should at least be updated with the resolution to the case. What should you do? When should we order up more reporting? Should a story ever come down?
 
Confirmed speakers: Emilio García-Ruiz (moderator), managing editor/digital, The Washington Post; Jeremy Harmon, director of photography, The Salt Lake Tribune; and Manny García, regional editor, USA TODAY Network
 
This session is sponsored by the Austin American-Statesman and GateHouse Media.
 
4. 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, NaytevParse.ly, SocialFlow, Taboola and Trint

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 ONA18, 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.
 
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!


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.
 
Reservations must be made by Thursday, Aug. 9 (no extension after this date).
 
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.

Learn more

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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 http://bit.ly/2MjKPPH 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 CNN.com 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 http://bit.ly/GreenvilleNewsTrain or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.


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

Diversity scholarships available; apply soon!

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 http://bit.ly/2HNjou2 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.

Our accomplished trainers are:

Dana Amihere recently joined KPCC, Southern California's NPR affiliate, as data editor, where she will help lead the station's data visualization and digital storytelling efforts. Previously, she worked as an interactive editor at The Dallas Morning News, 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

Saul Garza is an UNT alum and has been a journalist for 26 years, most recently as the senior reporter for KDFW Fox 4’s Good Day, the highest-rated newscast in North Texas. He’s been nominated for a Lone Star Emmy for his work on the popular franchise. After 19 years at KDFW, Garza decided to hang up the mic in May, and he is now the social media and media relations manager of the city of Garland. Garza is on the executive board at UNT’s Radio-TV-Film Department. He’s also the former president of Hispanic Communicators DFW, the local chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. @SaulGarzaMedia

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.

Christy Robinson is the digital coordinator at public media station KERA in North Texas. Before that, she worked in digital for Computer Task Group and The Dallas Morning News. Robinson specializes in growing audiences, improving user experience, communicating analytics, coaching colleagues, organic and paid social media strategy, web copy writing and editing, testing and conversion and SEO. @christyrobinson

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 bit.ly/DentonNewsTrain or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.

To get updates for any of the upcoming NewsTrains, visit this page and signup.


APME offers mentoring opportunities for emerging newsroom leaders

The Associated Press Media Editors is looking for emerging-career editors who would benefit from a year of one-on-one mentoring from an editor more established in his or her career. 

Ten emerging newsroom leaders will be selected to participate in the first year of this program. Those chosen will be paired with veteran editors whose expertise best matches the career goals of the applicant. 

If that sounds like you, or someone you know, please  complete/share this application.

This is a one-year program with selections announced by email in August and a first meeting of mentor/mentee in September (in person, if possible, at the ASNE-ASNE News Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas). 

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WATCHDOG REPORTING

Pennsylvania: STATE OF EMERGENCY: Searching for Solutions to Pennsylvania's Opioids Crisis

USA Today: Hospitals know how to protect mothers. They just aren’t doing it.

Lohud.com: Volunteer fire embezzlement sparks oversight in Croton, Mahopac, Patterson, Briarcliff

Rockford Register Star: Rockford taxpayers on the hook for maintaining hundreds of orphan properties

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: The confounding state of child care in Florida

Seattle Times: He’s Mexican. She’s American. Deportation forced this Washington state family to make a choice.

Dallas Morning News: Atmos' gas leaks go far beyond one northwest Dallas neighborhood. See how bad the problem is.

The Tennessean: In Tennessee, where you live can affect your mental health

Columbus Dispatch: Was CVS favored by state in multimillion-dollar deal to provide HIV drugs?

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ten years after the raids: Here were the people charged in the Cuyahoga County corruption probe

NJ.com: They scammed consumers. Some owe millions. Why can't the state get them to pay?

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Clark County sends many to death row, but executions are rare

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: What did we learn from the Great Flood of '93? Not much, say many.

Kansas City Star: Congress didn’t act after 1999 duck boat tragedy. Experts say it must after Branson

The Boston Globe: Welcome to the Quiet Skies

Boston Globe: Lawmakers demand answers on ‘Quiet Skies’ surveillance program after Globe report

The Baltimore Sun: National firms are starting to snap up Maryland's medical marijuana licenses. Regulators want to prevent that

Portland Press Herald: Protectors of Maine’s vulnerable kids at DHHS feel hobbled

The Des Moines Register: Before the fatal crash: What happened the night Benjamin Beary went drinking at The Keg Stand?

Chicago Tribune: Chicago children sexually attacked by peers at school amid lax supervision

San Francisco Chronicle: Working in a wasteland

Arizona Republic: As land values rise in Phoenix area, mobile-home parks disappear

Montgomery Advertiser: Wastewater treatment is a problem in the rural South. Who is working to fix it?

READ MORE IN THE WATCHDOG ROUNDUP

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OPEN RECORDS / FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

White House bans network pool reporter from Rose Garden event

White House defends decision to bar CNN reporter from event

Here's why Alabama's Open Meetings Law is important to you

'We are fighting for information about war': Pentagon curbs media access

Newspaper: Indiana city paying $1M for Colts' hotel rental

Another former OU attorney joins open records lawsuit against OU Foundation

READ MORE

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INDUSTRY NEWS

At the Capital Gazette, ‘we’re still mourning. We’re gonna need help. But we’re still here.’

Mexican journalist freed by ICE, joins University of Michigan as fellow

Man charged with newsroom killings pleads not guilty

Times publisher pressed Trump on 'anti-press rhetoric'

Newsroom employment dropped nearly a quarter in less than 10 years, with greatest decline at newspapers

ASNE survey a critical source of information, but only if leaders participate

Digital startup Colorado Sun plans to cover the whole state in greater depth

READ MORE IN THE ROUNDUP

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS

Editor named to oversee local newsrooms in Ogden and Provo

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — The Standard-Examiner newspaper in Ogden has named a new executive editor to oversee its newsroom in addition to her current post directing the Daily Herald in Provo.

The Standard-Examiner reported Jordan Carroll's new role Friday, two months after it was sold to the Provo newspaper's West Virginia-based parent company. Twenty-one people were laid off at the Standard-Examiner, including five in the newsroom.

Carroll acknowledges the transition has been "bumpy," but said good changes are coming and asked readers for patience.

Carroll is a Texas native who graduated from Brigham Young University and has worked for the Daily Herald for six years, three of them in the top newsroom position.

Publisher Rhett Long says she is "young in age, but really old in wisdom," and he appreciates that she will challenge him on tough decisions.

Kurt Franck to oversee newspapers in Pittsburgh, Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Block Communications Inc. has promoted Kurt Franck to vice president of newspaper operations. He will oversee the company's papers in Pittsburgh and Toledo.

Allan Block, chairman of Block Communications, announced that Franck will remain based in Toledo while also overseeing the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Franck earlier this year took on the role of president and general manager of business operations of The Blade in Toledo.

Franck joined The Blade in 2000 as managing editor and became executive editor in 2009.

He also has worked at the Sun Sentinel in Florida and with United Press International.

Read more: http://www.toledoblade.com/business/2018/07/25/Blade-s-Kurt-Franck-to-oversee-operations-at-two-newspapers/stories/



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