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APME UPDATE • Aug. 9, 2018 


TONIGHT! Aug. 9, 2018: Special hotel rate for News Leadership Conference ends
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


ASNE-APME conference hotel sold out for Sept. 12, discounted rate expires tonight

The 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in less than five 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. Conference hotel sold out for  Sept. 12, discounted room rate expires tonight
The onsite hotel at the conference center (1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705) is completely sold out on the night of Sept. 12, but we still have rooms available in our block for Sunday, Sept. 9, through Tuesday, Sept. 11Book your room before the $219 nightly rate expires tonight (Aug. 9). 
If you need to stay the night of Sept. 12, then check out these hotels nearby.
Hampton Inn & Suites Austin @ The University/Capitol
(512) 499-8881

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Austin
(512) 478-7000

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin - University Area
(512) 479-4000

Courtyard by Marriott Austin-University Area
(512) 458-2340

2. Win lunch tickets by registering, booking a room by tonight

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 TrackComments: A Path to Subscribers

In recent years, the level of nastiness on comments on stories have left editors tormented about how to handle them, with some news organizations ditching comments from their site all together. But in the past year, as subscriptions became a more important part of the revenue stream, publishers found some interesting data. It turns out subscribers are far more likely to comment on articles or read the comments themselves, making them a critical selling and retention tool. And then a new open-source commenting system, funded by Knight Foundation, was released, decreasing costs for publishers and improving moderation. So where does that leave us now? 
Confirmed speakers: Andrew Losowsky, project lead, The Coral Project; Jim Simon (moderator), managing editor, Honolulu Civil Beat; and Talia Stroud, director, Center for Media Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin
4. Big J TrackNewsroom 2020: Legal Hotline Live
This is your opportunity to get any information you need about the critical legal issues facing journalism today in a free-wheeling conversational format. ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin Goldberg, after introducing ASNE's new and improved Legal Hotline, will lead editors as we discuss your own concerns, as well as the trending topics he's seeing in his work for ASNE and elsewhere. The increase in lawsuits stemming from inadvertent, unauthorized use of photos and the growing trend of retaliatory lawsuits filed against FOIA requesters are just two of the possible topics for this lively discussion that focuses on the issues you want to learn about. 

The Big J Track sessions are sponsored by the Austin American-Statesman and GateHouse Media.

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.

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Early-bird deadline extended ’til Sunday!

Train in social, mobile, data, verification and time management at Greenville, S.C., Sept. 7-8

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 has been extended until Aug. 12; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 13.

Training Sessions Include:

  • Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices
  • Getting your story read: maximizing and measuring social media for branding and audience engagement
  • Data-driven enterprise off your beat
  • 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.

Digital-skills training on tap for Denton, Texas, NewsTrain on Sept. 22 at the University of North Texas

Diversity scholarships available; apply by Saturday!

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 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.

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 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).

The Boston Globe asks editorial boards to join in the fight against the 'dirty war' on the press

The slander of “fake news’’ has become Donald Trump's most potent tool of abuse and incitement against the First Amendment, labeling journalists the “enemy of the American people” and "dangerous and sick."  

This dirty war on the free press must end. It calls for urgent action by those committed to free speech and the free press to stand against a White House and its allies who are bent on eroding a pillar of an  informed democracy.

The Boston Globe is reaching out to editorial boards across the country to propose a coordinated response.

We propose to publish an editorial on Aug. 16 on the dangers of the administration's assault on the press and ask others to commit to publishing their own editorials on the same date. Publications, whatever their politics, could make a powerful statement by standing together in the common defense of their profession and the vital role it plays in government for and by the people.

The impact of Trump's assault on journalism looks different in Boise than it does in Boston. Our words will differ. But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming.

A free and independent press is one of the most sacred principles enshrined in the Constitution. Join us to help make sure it stays so.

Please let me know if you will be writing with us,

Marjorie Pritchard
Deputy Editorial Page Editor
The Boston Globe


Montgomery Advertiser: Reality vs. intent: Alabama Accountability Act serves mostly students from nonfailing schools

Arizona Republic: Arizona's forests are being ravaged by climate change. How much can we save?

San Francisco Chronicle: Their costly, unproven treatments can be risky. But for-profit stem cell clinics are flourishing.

The Denver Post: Colorado secretly created a way to police medical marijuana doctors, a lawsuit suppressed for years alleges

The Washington Post: An unsavory scam? Company accused of diluting Chesapeake blue crab meat with imported crab

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Reed, city concealed secret $147K payout to fired Atlanta airport boss

Chicago Tribune: Indiana steel mill emits 18,000 pounds of lead a year. Is it blowing toward Chicago?

Des Moines Register: Utility's push for more wind turbines is blowing up trouble with Madison County residents

Courier Journal: Here's how much Bevin's adoption advisers, a pastor and wife, will make

The Times-Picayune: One year and many fixes since the Aug. 5 flood, questions linger for New Orleans' drainage system

The Boston Globe: Boston’s schools are becoming resegregated

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Caseloads grow in Nevada, US as judicial vacancies unfilled

Asbury Park Press: NJ marijuana legalization: Why NJ cops are the nation's toughest weed enforcers

The Dallas Morning News: Are Dallas County constables quietly rounding up unauthorized immigrants for ICE?

Houston Chronicle and ProPublica: For heart bypass surgery, St. Luke's has been among the nation's worst

The Seattle Times: In one Washington state immigration court, bonds are among the highest in the country and asylum is granted less often

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Airlines are trimming flights to Mexican resort areas as demand softens after reports of tourist blackouts

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Jobs are back in Florida, but pay lags and poverty is still up

AP: After decades of silence, nuns talk about abuse by priests


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.


The Baltimore Sun: Howard County human rights investigator accuses some school board members of discrimination, homophobia

The Oregonian: Oregon allows educators to be punished in secret

School board asks judge to hold Sun Sentinel in contempt over school-shooter report

Virginia pharmacy board member ousted over protest access

Report: Mississippi city broke law in closed garbage talks


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.


Newseum Says It Made a Mistake and Pulls ‘Fake News’ Shirts

New Poll: 43% of Republicans Want to Give Trump the Power to Shut Down Media

Newspaper sues ex-reporter over control of Twitter account

Major tech companies remove Alex Jones for hate, bullying

Universities get $6M for investigative journalism centers


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.


Byrd named The Paris News’ managing editor

The Paris (Texas) News has hired a new managing editor to lead its newsroom operations.

Klark Byrd joined the editorial department July 30. He brings more than a decade of experience working in newsrooms throughout the Midwest and the South, most recently serving as assistant managing editor of The Facts in Brazoria County. The Facts is a sister publication of The Paris News, which are both owned by Southern Newspapers Inc.

“Klark will be a wonderful addition, not only to The Paris News, but to the entire community,” said Relan Walker, publisher of The Paris News. “His experience and leadership abilities make him a strong asset. Without a doubt, we will continue to improve as we cover the events of Paris and the surrounding areas.”

Byrd’s career in newspapers began in 2007 with The Sidney Sun-Telegraph in Sidney, Nebraska. For more than four years, he covered every facet of the community for the daily newspaper while working his way up from cub reporter to senior staff writer. Although his primary beats included the city’s government and crime, it was Byrd’s work on feature stories that brought the newspaper national attention from the Associated Press. One of those stories in particular has remained with him through the years.


Cincinnati loses journalism legend Jim Schottelkotte

Jim Schottelkotte devoted his life to two passions: journalism and family. In reality, they were one.

The former managing editor of The Enquirer died Monday at 88. He had battled health problems in recent years, including kidney failure and diabetes. He was recovering from a broken hip when he died.

Schottelkotte retired in 1995 before the 24-hour news cycle kicked into high gear, but journalism has never been a 9-to-5 job. Working nights, weekends and holidays can take a toll on family life, but when he wasn’t in the office, he raised four children – David, Kathy, Stephen and Julia – always giving his wife, Shirley, credit for doing the bulk of the work.

Active in journalism circles, he was a co-founder and first president of the Ohio Sports Writers Association, a past president of the Associated Press Society of Ohio and was a chairman or vice chairman of four different study committees for the Associated Press Managing Editors (APME). At the Enquirer, he provided the first opportunity at the metropolitan level for a number of outstanding young journalists. In later years, he served as a mentor at Western Hills High School for the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, was a board member of the Friends of the William Howard Taft House and a member of the selection committee for the LaRosa’s Sports Hall of Fame.”

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Larry Fruhling, retired Des Moines Register storyteller, dies of Lou Gehrig's disease

Larry Fruhling, a rumpled, droll reporter who reveled in telling Iowans' stories in the Des Moines Register, died Monday at his Ankeny home. He was 77.

Fruhling worked 28 years for the Register and its former sister newspaper, the Des Moines Tribune, before retiring in 1997. He was known as a graceful, straightforward writer who taught generations of Iowa journalists how to bring any subject to life.

"His storytelling was a gift," said Randy Evans, a retired Register editor who worked with Fruhling for decades. "He could take some pointy-headed editor's story idea, which might have been duller than dishwater, and make it sing."

Bernie Fruhling said her husband died from complications of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Dave Swearingen, former AP chief of bureau, dies at 73

GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Dave Swearingen, a former Associated Press bureau chief who led coverage of Indiana's first execution in more than two decades and the arrests of more than 1,000 demonstrators at the Seabrook nuclear power plant in New Hampshire, has died at age 73.

Swearingen died Aug. 1 in Greenfield, Indiana, after a recent bout of pneumonia caused his health to fail, his family said.

The Bath, Maine, native's journalism career spanned four decades with stints as chief of bureau in Concord, New Hampshire, and in Indianapolis.

He began working as a part-time newspaper photographer while in high school and worked at several newspapers in Maine before taking his first job with the AP in Augusta, the state capital.

Swearingen went from a temporary assignment in 1968 to correspondent before becoming regional bureau chief in Concord, New Hampshire, in 1974, overseeing news in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Four years later, he was appointed bureau chief in Indianapolis, overseeing operations in Indiana and Missouri.

Swearingen, who was survived by three sons and a daughter, moved eight years ago to Indiana to be closer to several of his children. He died at a nursing home.

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