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APME UPDATE • Aug. 16, 2018 


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

Look who's on the training roster at Greenville, S.C., NewsTrain on 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.

We just added Jeremy Caplan, director of education for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at CUNY's Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.

He’s teaching mobile newsgathering and time management. Jeremy has taught tech tools for journalism at ONA and many other events. He is one of the most tech-savvy journalists around. But he makes you think you can master the tech universe, even if you never conquered the clock on your VCR.

Sign up today for just $85 while seats are still available.

Also on Saturday, Ron Nixon, Washington correspondent for the NYT, is teaching data-driven enterprise. Ron is a former training director for IRE, as well as a Marine veteran. He got his start as a staff writer at a statewide, weekly, black newspaper in Columbia, S.C.

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:

Jeremy Caplan a journalist and teacher who loves exploring new directions for journalism. his present focus is helping the Newmark J-School train an emerging generation of creative, entrepreneurial journalists. In the previous phase of his career, as a reporter for Time Magazine, Caplan wrote about new approaches to business and about the impact of new technology on the way we live. When he’s not teaching at the J-School, he gives talks and leads workshops about digital media. Caplan loves sharing tips, tools and techniques for making effective use of digital tools to streamline and enjoy life. @jeremycaplan

Derrick Ho is senior product manager for messaging, leading strategy and development roadmaps for newsletters, notifications and alerts across the USA TODAY Network. Prior to that, he oversaw the mobile and platform strategy for McClatchy. Ho started off in journalism as a technology writer at The Straits Times, Singapore's most-widely read newspaper. There, he also held the position of deputy digital editor and established a team to create new story-telling formats including long-form narrative and explanatory projects, interactive graphics and e-books. Ho graduated with a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri. He binges on British crime thrillers on Netflix, listens to movie soundtracks, and is still working on flying his crow at the yoga studio. @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’s 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

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.

To learn more, visit or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.


ASNE-APME goes to Austin next month! Sign up now to bring your friend, colleague, family, whoever for only $100

The 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in less than a month! 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. Register now through Aug. 31 to bring your colleague for only $100
Those who register between now and Aug. 31 can bring a colleague for only $100. Email APME program assistant Laura Sellers to receive a promo code for this deal. Special rates are also available for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Lunch tickets ($40 a piece) for Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Wednesday, Sept. 12, can be purchased during registration or separately from our online store. 
2. ASNE-APME hotel room rate no longer available

Our discounted group rate in the ASNE-APME block at the onsite hotel at the conference center (1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705) has expired. The hotel might still have rooms available outside our block. You can call the hotel at 512-404-1900 and ask or check out these other 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

3. 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.

Companies presenting:

Chartbeat and - Newsroom analytics
Dataminr - Story idea generation from social sites
Echobox and SocialFlow - Easy hands-free social media posting
Naytev and Taboola - A/B testing

Click here to learn more about these companies.
4. Proof of Concept: One Tool You Must Know About Right Now

Improvements in transcription software technology have made this an indispensable item for newsrooms seeking to improve the efficiency of their writers and video teams. No more hours spent painfully transcribing long interviews. One of the leaders in the field, battle tested at The Washington Post among others, is Trint.

Confirmed speaker: Jeffrey Kofman, president, Trint

5. Hollywood and You
Your newsroom creates thousands of pieces of valuable intellectual property each week, and publishers are moving quickly to better control and monetize it. The New York Times is partnering with a production company. POLITICO signed with ICM. McClatchy, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Daily Beast and NPR are represented by Storied Media Group in Hollywood. We'll explain the newest revenue stream and how you can capitalize on it. 
Confirmed speaker: Todd Hoffman, CEO, Storied Media Group

Sign-up now to save $10 on digital-skills training in  Denton, Texas, NewsTrain on Sept. 22 at the University of North Texas

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).

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).


Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Arkansas ranks 7th in gun deaths, but weapons restrictions not on the table

Philadelphia Inquirer: 165,000 Philly homeowners may be paying too much in property taxes. Is the city assessing property fairly?

The Columbus Dispatch: How so-called rebates drive up the cost of prescription drugs

Cleveland Plain Dealer: 'Big, big money:' Legal loopholes help property owners avoid taxes, fees

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Lessons for Rochester: Failed Bronx school becomes coolest place in town

Albuquerque Journal: New Mexico has seen its share of fringe groups

Albuquerque Journal: Victims of Desert State still waiting for restitution

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Study shows Nevada schools have largest average class sizes

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Residents of rundown St. Louis area apartment complex trapped by poverty, indifference

Kansas City Star: County officials wield the power as Colyer vs. Kobach race remains undecided

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: How alcohol foils rape investigations

Boston Globe: New England’s smallest colleges are struggling

Courier Journal: Shooting exposes weaknesses in Louisville police gun-safety rules

Indianapolis Star: EPA documents: Contamination in Johnson County known for decades but still being cleaned up

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Fatal heroin overdose tests limits of amnesty law

Sacramento Bee: In emergencies, cell phone alerts can be too slow to save lives. Can the system be fixed?

Los Angeles Times: Before becoming LAPD chief, Moore retired, collected a $1.27-million payout, then was rehired

Arizona Daily Star: Tucson group takes in money for foster kids, but has done little to help them

AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not


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 New York Times: Inside Twitter’s Struggle Over What Gets Banned

Can Trump’s White House legally ban reporters?

Salt Lake Tribune: Snubbed for a tourism grant, this Utah man launched his own journalistic investigation that caught board members enriching themselves

The Missoulian: Documents provide new information on dismissal of ex-prison warden

De Blasio lets security haul away Post reporter for asking question


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.


ProPublica to Fund Investigative Reporting Focused on State Government

Nieman Lab: An analysis of 16,000 stories, across 100 U.S. communities, finds very little actual local news

Fort Wayne Newspaper Lays Off Majority Of Staff

Semissourian rolls out new policy for "delisting" some crime stories after 6 years

Trump’s Tariffs on Canadian Newsprint Hasten Local Newspapers’ Demise

The Chronicle of Higher Education: As Journalists Face Constant Attacks From the White House, Teaching News Literacy Gets Harder

ProPublica: We Are Expanding Our Local Reporting Network. Submit Your Best Project Ideas for Investigating State Government.

Foxes finally foiled in Arkansas newspaper caper; carriers ‘salve’ case with dab of Vicks VapoRub

How not to be a parachute partner: ProPublica's figured out how to collaborate with local newsrooms without bigfooting them

Mind the gap: Uncovering pay disparity in the newsroom

Statesman to end Ahora Sí, offer voluntary severance to all employees

News-Sentinel lays off 7 of 8 remaining employees


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.


Ex-Hearst Newspaper chief Robert Danzig dies at 85

NEW YORK (AP) - Robert J. Danzig, who overcame difficult beginnings as a foster child during the Great Depression to become the head of Hearst Newspapers, has died, the company said. He was 85.

Danzig lead the newspaper division at Hearst from 1977 to 1997, overseeing its growth to become the seventh largest newspaper company in the United States, the company said. He died Wednesday in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, after a long illness.

Under Danzig's leadership, Hearst acquired the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and several community newspapers. It gained a daily circulation of more than 1.3 million and a Sunday circulation of more than 2.5 million, the company said.

"Bob Danzig played a pivotal role in the dramatic growth of Hearst's newspaper operations in a career that spanned more than 50 years," Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz said. "He was the rarest of executive talent, with equal measures of pragmatism and warmth, and his leadership lessons are part of Hearst's DNA."

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