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APME UPDATE • AUG. 17, 2017




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

Register, book hotel soon to bring colleague for $100

The 2017 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in less than eight weeks at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. Register today to join us Oct. 8-11!

View the 2017 ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference schedule & directory.

Here are six things you don't want to to miss:

1. Bring your colleague for only $100
We want you and your colleague to attend our conference! If you register and book your hotel room for at least three nights, then your colleague can register for only $100. Email APME at to receive a promo code for this deal, which expires Sept. 16.
2. Interactive conference schedule available
Our conference schedule is live! It is being updated daily, so check back often. 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.

3. Watchdog on a shoestring
No newsroom is immune to the pressures of a smaller staff, but it doesn't mean that watchdog journalism is a lost cause. Hear from a panel of award-winning journalists, including two 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winners, about how they've managed limited resources and still produced compelling investigative journalism. 
Confirmed panelists:
  • Jane Elizabeth, senior manager, American Press Institute
  • Eric Eyre, statehouse reporter, Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette-Mail
  • Sheila McCann, managing editor, The Salt Lake Tribune
  • George Stanley, chief executive of news and regional editorial director for Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Gannett
4. Innovator of the Year
Conference attendees will choose the winner of APME's annual Innovator of the Year award. Each of three finalists will make a brief presentation on their innovation and take audience questions. The finalists are: 
  • Los Angeles Times for "SNAP" (Simple News Assembly Platform)
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for "Just the FAQs"
  • WBUR Boston for its website redesign and associated audience engagement efforts
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!

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. Those who would like to attend just the workshops can sign up for only $75.


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 Sept. 16 can register a colleague for just $100! Simply register yourself for the conference and book your rooms, then contact APME at for the code to register your colleague.
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.

To register for the Oct. 8 pre-conference workshops and/or the Oct. 10 reception at the Australian ambassador's residence: Those registering through APME should email APME at

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

Polish digital skills at NewsTrains outside Boston, in suburban Columbus and in Seattle

Polish your digital skills with cutting-edge training from top-notch instructors at three NewsTrain workshops this fall: outside Boston; in suburban Columbus, Ohio; and in Seattle.
Each workshop has an unbeatable early-bird rate of $75 per person, which includes two light meals:

  • Beverly, Massachusetts, 26 miles north of Boston, on Oct. 14:
    • Sessions include social-media reporting and branding, mobile storytelling, smartphone video and data-driven enterprise.
    • Trainers include The New York Times’ Daniel Victor and Ted Kim, Emerson College’s Cindy E. Rodríguez and The Boston Globe’s Todd Wallack.
    • Register:
  • Suburban Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 21:
    • Sessions include social-media reporting, smartphone video, mobile storytelling, data-driven enterprise and mobile newsgathering.
    • Trainers include IRE’s Doug Haddix, the Sacramento Bee’s Sue Morrow, Cox Media’s Q. McElroy, The Columbus Dispatch’s Doug Caruso and’s Jeremy Pelzer.
    • Register:
  • Seattle, Washington, on Nov. 11:
    • Sessions include social-media reporting and branding, data-driven enterprise, mobile storytelling and open-records law.
    • Trainers include NowThis News’ P. Kim Bui, Arizona State’s Steve Doig, USC’s Laura E. Davis and open-government attorney Angela Galloway. Former Seattle Times Executive Editor Mike Fancher will speak at lunch on bolstering newsroom credibility.
    • Register:

Discounted hotel rooms and diversity scholarships are available. Super-early birds may also qualify for a free AP Stylebook.
NewsTrains often sell out. Register today!

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.

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Gloria Campisi dies at age 75

When Rolfe Neill was editor of  the Daily News in Philadelphia in the early 1970s, he hung a sign from the ceiling of the newsroom that read: “The reporter is the most important man in this room.”

Gloria Campisi, one of those reporters, decided to have a talk with Neill in his office, recalled Frank Dougherty, another reporter on staff at the time.

A couple of days later, Neill had a new sign put up: “The reporter is the most important person in this room.”

Ms. Campisi, 75, a pioneering journalist who was among the first female reporters hired at the Daily News, died at Bryn Mawr Hospital from congestive heart failure and pulmonary fibrosis, said her step-daughter Maureen McGuire.

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