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APME UPDATE • AUG. 3, 2017





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

Gangwer from the Orange County Register wins APME Photo of the Month

The APME has honored the attached photograph as National Member Photo of the Month for June 2017. 
Thanks to Fred Zwicky and Ron Johnson of the Journal Star for judging this month. 
Here is what the judges had to say about the winning image:
"While there were definitely many powerful news and sports images in June, Sam Gangwer from the Orange County Register definitely had the most powerful image. His photo captured Bethany Webb emotionally gesturing to the man who committed a mass killing,which included her sister. The intensity of the loss and her desire to convey that pain to the murderer is gripping. While it’s not immediately clear that she is in a court room, the image forces you to read the caption to learn more."
Below is the link to all images entered for June and the winner is slide #23.

Bethany Webb, sister of Laura Webb Elody, one of eight people killed by Scott Dekraai at a Seal Beach, Calif., hair salon in 2011, gestures toward Dekraai as she gives a statement to the court during a hearing in Santa Ana, Calif., Thursday, June 15, 2017. (Sam Gangwer/The Orange County Register via AP)

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.

Áine Kerr
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 following day, we will hear from Àine Kerr, manager of global journalism partnerships at Facebook, who oversees a team focused on building products, tools and services for journalists and also working to improve news literacy for news consumers. 

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

Applications open for diversity scholarships to train in digital skills at fall 2017 NewsTrains

Journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply for diversity scholarships to train in digital skills at three APME NewsTrains this fall.

The daylong trainings will be held on these Saturdays in these cities, with scholarship-application deadlines listed:

· Oct. 14 in Beverly, Massachusetts, 26 miles north of Boston. Deadline: Sept. 6

· Oct. 21 in suburban Columbus, Ohio. Deadline: Sept. 13

· Nov. 11 in Seattle. Deadline: Oct. 4.

The winners of the competitive awards have their $75 registration fee waived. They are responsible for their own travel expenses.

Information on how to apply is in the light-gray box on each workshop’s page: Beverly, Columbus and Seattle.

Attendees typically rate NewsTrain training sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful.

Russell LaCour at the Tulsa World was a scholarship winner earlier in 2017. “Fresh ideas make me excited about going back into the newsroom with new tools. You pulled together some great presenters,” he said about the NewsTrain in Norman, Oklahoma, on March 4.


Have you had a great idea? Share and be featured in APME's annual Great Ideas compilation

SEEKING GREAT IDEAS: If you or someone in your newsroom has launched a great idea, submit it to APME.

We'd love to consider it for our monthly recognition and annual Great Ideas e-book, featuring the best and brightest ideas from around the industry.

Get inspired, inspire others:


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The News Tribune in Tacoma, Washington, names new editor

Dale Phelps, managing editor of The News Tribune since 2008, has been named the newspaper’s top editor and vice president of news.

Publisher David Zeeck announced Phelps’ promotion at a staff meeting. He succeeds Karen Peterson, who left the newspaper in April after eight years as executive editor.

He is the 11th editor of The News Tribune since the newspaper started in 1918.

Puit takes over at Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky

Glenn Puit, 47, has become the editor of The Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky.

Puit is taking over after Mark Maynard retired from a 42-year career at the paper. Maynard served as managing editor from 2005-12 and then editor from 2012-17. Maynard is now the managing editor with Kentucky Today.

Puit, an Indiana State University alumnus, most recently was executive editor of the McAlester News-Capital, a 4,500-circulation newspaper in southeast Oklahoma.

AP names Sanz as US South deputy director for newsgathering

The Associated Press has named Alex Sanz as its new deputy director of newsgathering for the U.S. South, a position overseeing breaking news and enterprise across all media formats in 13 states.

The appointment was announced by Ravi Nessman, AP's news director for the U.S. South, which is headquartered in Atlanta.


Bob Hesse, former editor of The Courier in Findlay, Ohio, dies at 73

Bob Hesse, who ran The Courier’s newsroom for 30 years, and who worked at the newspaper for 42 years, has died at age 73.

Hesse had retired as the newspaper’s editor in 2007.

Over the years, Hesse helped the Courier grow from a print publication that circulated primarily in northwestern Ohio to one that can be read worldwide via the internet.
From 1989 until he retired, Hesse had the title of editor. He previously held the titles of executive editor and managing editor.

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Thomas Miller, former Missouri newspaper executive, dies

Thomas Miller Sr., the former co-publisher of the Missourian in Washington, Missouri, and Missouri Press Association president in 1992, has died.

The Missourian reports that Miller was 81 when he died at a St. Louis County hospital, three days after becoming ill.

Miller's career at the Missourian spanned nearly four decades, including roughly 35 years as its advertising director. He retired in 1996.

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Photo editor John Morris has died at age 100

John G. Morris, a renowned picture editor who left an indelible stamp on photojournalism from World War II through the Vietnam War, died at a hospital near his home in Paris. He was 100.

His friend and colleague Robert Pledge, a founder of the agency Contact Press Images, confirmed the death.

Mr. Morris had a long and storied career in picture editing. In one memorable instance, in wartime London, he edited Robert Capa’s historic pictures of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944 and got them printed and shipped to New York in time for the next week’s issue of Life, the country’s largest-circulation picture magazine at the time.

Forceful and sometimes fractious, Mr. Morris had a peripatetic career that included stops at most of the major postwar centers of American photojournalism. In addition to Life, he worked for The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic and the celebrated cooperative agency Magnum Photos.

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