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APME UPDATE • AUG. 10, 2017





Aug. 12, 2017: Conference promotional deal for free lunches ends Saturday!

Sept. 6: Beverly, Massachusetts, NewsTrain diversity scholarships due

Sept. 13: Columbus,Ohio, NewsTrain diversity scholarships due

Oct. 4: Seattle NewsTrain diversity scholarships due

Oct. 8-11, 2017: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 14, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Beverly, Massachusetts
Sept. 6: Beverly NewsTrain diversity scholarships due

Oct. 21, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 11, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Seattle


Conference program schedule full of exciting panels, events now live; Take a look, register today!
The 2017 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in less than nine weeks at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. Register today to join us Oct. 8-11! 
Here are six things you don't want to miss: 
1. Interactive conference schedule available
A draft of the conference schedule is live! This interactive, fully responsive schedule is easy to navigate through a number of sessions and events we have planned for you. You can also check out who the speakers/panelists are and get to know them in advance. 

Two ways to get the most out of this schedule: 

1. Have it handy on your mobile

Go to your browser and in the URL bar, type in For directions on how to bookmark the page on your home screen so that the schedule is always only one click away, click here if you are an iPhone user or here if you are an Android user.

2. Personalize your schedule

Sign up for a free account and create a custom schedule of sessions you're interested in attending. To learn more about how to fully utilize the functionality of the schedule, watch this video or refer to the attendee guides

The program is planned and organized by ASNE-APME Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs Mark Russell, ASNE board member and executive editor of The Memphis Commercial Appeal, and Mark Baldwin, APME executive committee member and executive editor of the Rockford (Illinois) Register Star.

2. Don't miss out on your chance to win lunch tickets

Saturday is your last chance to win free tickets to the Oct. 9-10 lunches. Just register for the conference and book your hotel room for three nights, and you'll be entered into a drawing.

Àine 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. 
3. Kerner Commission, 50 years later
On March 1, it will be 50 years since the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the KernerCommission, 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" 
4. What does it mean to be an opinion editor today?

How has the role of opinion writing changed? How can opinion writing engage the public around important community problems in a thoughtful and productive way in an era of rapid-fire social media outbursts, fractured media and hyper-partisanship? 
Confirmed panelists: 
  • Alex Kingsbury, deputy editor of the ideas section at The Boston Globe
  • Colleen McCain Nelson, vice president and editorial page editor at The Kansas City Star
  • Betty Knighton, director of the West Virginia Center for Civic Life
  • Jennifer Hemmingsen (moderator), editorial writer at the Cayman Compass

5. Who doesn't like to party? We'll have two receptions!

From 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, we'll have hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar (CASH ONLY) in the Amazonia Habitat and Amazonia Science Gallery at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. If you'd like, say hello to some animals found along the Amazon river!
Ambassador Joe Hockey 
From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10Joe 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.  
6. 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. To register for the Oct. 8 pre-conference workshops and/or the Oct. 10 reception at the Australian ambassador's residence: Email Jiyoung Won at if you're registering through ASNE. Those registering through APME should email APME at

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 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. EDT Friday, Sept. 15. Make a reservation online here.

NewsTrain diversity scholarships are available to learn digital skills

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.


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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.

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Ray Rivera joining Seattle Times as deputy managing editor

The Santa Fe New Mexican has announced that editor Ray Rivera is stepping down.

The newspaper reported ( that Rivera has accepted a job as deputy managing editor for investigations and enterprise with The Seattle Times.

Rivera, who grew up in Raton, New Mexico, worked as a staff reporter at The NewYork Times before rejoining The New Mexican in 2013.

During his time at The New Mexican, the newspaper won numerous awards, including the E.H. Shaffer prize for General Excellence.

Tolley named executive editor of The State

Brian Tolley, executive editor of The Island Packet in Hilton Head Island and The Beaufort Gazette, has been named to the same position at The State in Columbia, South Carolina.

Tolley, 54, is a former assistant managing editor at The State.

"It's a wonderful chance for somewhat of a homecoming for me," said Tolley, who worked at The State for seven years before leaving in 2005.

Tolley succeeds Mark E. Lett, who retired last month.

New editor at The News in Shelbyville, Indiana

Jeff Brown has been named editor the Shelbyville (Indiana) News. He had worked as the paper’s sports editor.

Brown has worked for the paper since 1999.


Richard Dudman dies; he covered Vietnam war for the Post-Dispatch

Richard Dudman of Ellsworth, Maine, a lifelong newspaperman who once told fellow captives in the Vietnam War, “If we get out of this alive, we’ll have one hell of a good story,” died after a long illness. He was 99.

A high point of Mr. Dudman’s reporting career was his capture in Cambodia while covering the Vietnam War for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He and two other journalists were ambushed in Cambodia in 1970. They did, indeed, get a good story. He saw the experience as a personal hazard but also as a unique journalistic opportunity to see the mysterious other side of a war he had been covering for many years.

Released after nearly six weeks, he wrote an account for the newspaper and later expanded it into a book, “40 Days with the Enemy.” He wrote an earlier book, “Men of the Far Right,” foreseeing the conservative takeover of the Republican Party in 1964.

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