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APME UPDATE • Aug. 23, 2018 


Sept. 7-8, 2018: NewsTrain workshop in Greenville, S.C.
Sept. 11-12, 2018: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Austin, Texas
Sept. 22, 2018:
NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
April 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Denver
2019: NewsTrain workshops in Austin and Milwaukee

Manny Garcia wins diversity leadership award from APME, ASNE

Manny Garcia, Ethics & Standards Editor for the USA TODAY Network, is the winner of the 16th annual Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership from the Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors.

The McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership is given annually to individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and a graduate of Kent State University. McGruder died of cancer in April 2002. A past president of APME and former member of the ASNE Board of Directors, McGruder was a relentless diversity champion.

Garcia will receive $2,500 and a leadership plaque at the 2018 ASNE-APME conference in Austin, Texas.

APME President Jim Simon said that Garciatruly represents the best of what Bob McGruder stood for."

"What stood out most clearly from the nominating letters we received was Manny's personal impact and influence on so many journalists that he worked with,” Simon said. “One former colleague put it aptly: 'Manny was simply born to be a mentor.'"

ASNE President Alfredo Carbajal said, “His voice is powerful; he's always a proponent of reaching out to people from underrepresented segments. That's who he is. Diversity is not an intellectual concept for him. He lives diversity and inclusiveness every day, in every intervention and in every connection … The beauty is that he marries the need for diversity in news reports and in newsrooms, with high standards and ethical decision-making.”
“Bob McGruder is the bright star that we all reach for as newsroom leaders,” Garcia said. “I'm humbled and honored to accept the award and carry the torch onward. My career started with editors who understood that my background and life experience was different, and necessary. My passion is to build confident newsrooms that thrive and win, and those that work because they are diverse.”

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. Media companies and universities can contact Laura Sellers for group registrations at a reduced rate.

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.


Just three weeks before ASNE, APME party in Austin

The 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in less than three 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  now to join us Sept. 11-12!
Five things you don't want to miss: 

1. Keeping Our Newsroom Safe (our opening session!)

What do we need to know to ensure the well-being of your reporters and editors? How do you defuse potentially troublesome situations and keep them from growing into something bigger? We will review industry best practices and examine the difficult decisions we make every day.
Confirmed speakers: Trif Alatzas, publisher and editor-in-chief, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Pete Blair, executive director, Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT); Sally Buzbee, executive editor, The Associated Press; Chase Cook, reporter, The Capital; Emily Ramshaw (moderator), editor-in-chief, The Texas Tribune; and C. Danny Spriggs, vice president of global security, The Associated Press

2. 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's Laura Sellers at 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.
3. Workplace Integrity: Eliminating Harassment and Discrimination in Media

In the year of #metoo, newsrooms are confronting incidents of sexual harassment by reporters, photographers, editors and photo editors. What have we learned? Drawing on the lessons of the Newseum's groundbreaking Power Shift Summit, Jill Geisler, Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago, will lead a wide-open conversation focused on changing the way we hire, train and respond to issues of workplace misconduct and revisiting the systems that led to years of silence. We will look at which publishers are examining the intersection of harassment, discrimination and incivility and taking on the big challenges. Who's recognizing that things that aren't necessarily illegal are still unacceptable? Who's looking out for the least powerful in newsrooms: our interns, temporary workers and freelancers?

Confirmed speakers: Jean Hodges, senior director of news, GateHouse Media; and Mizell Stewart III, vice president/news operations, Gannett and the USA TODAY Network

4. 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

5. 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

Early-bird savings extended through Monday

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. 27; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 28. 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).


Des Moines Register: As nearly $1 billion is spent elsewhere, Des Moines flooding victims wonder why they haven't been helped

Courier Journal: Trump's trade wars come with $400K bill for one Kentucky soybean farmer

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 'A playbook for concealing the truth' -- Grand jury's investigative report identifies over 300 abusive priests

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Cal U says garage contractor lacked state approval for substitute construction material

Wall Street Journal: VA May Have Erred in Rejecting Sexual-Trauma Claims, Report Says

Leader-Telegram: Bills move faster under Republicans in Wisconsin Legislature


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Kansas newspaper goes from endorsing Trump to denouncing his attacks on the press

Editorial | How we restore faith in journalism

Judge blasts Sun Sentinel for publishing confidential information in Parkland school shooting case

Government transparency bill would mandate regular updates

UNC-Chapel Hill spends $21 million on academic scandal

Gov. Inslee condemns state lawmaker’s remarks calling journalists ‘dirty, godless, hateful people

Columbus disbands 3 panels amid open records questions

Kansas cancels open government training for lack of interest


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'Pittsburgh Post-Gazette' Reduces Print Run To 5 Days A Week

McClatchy announces staff reductions of 3.5%, among other cost-cutting measures

Judge grants time to weigh insanity plea in newspaper attack

Freedom: 411 papers editorialize to preserve America’s free press

RTDNA: Defending the people's right to know

The Facebook Journalism Project partners with the News Literacy Project

Hoosier Times group cuts 17 jobs in south central Indiana

Record-Journal Publishing sells Rhode Island newspaper

A hometown newspaper writes its own obituary and then writes its second act


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Los Angeles Times Names Sewell Chan a Deputy Managing Editor

The Los Angeles Times said that Sewell Chan has been named a deputy managing editor. He will report directly to Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine.

Chan will supervise a team of journalists responsible for initiating coverage and developing content for its digital, video and print platforms. They will be drawn from and work closely with all of The Times’ editorial departments.

Chan, 40, has spent the past 14 years at The New York Times where he worked as a reporter in Manhattan and Washington; as deputy editor of the Op-Ed page and Sunday Review section; as a news editor in London responsible for breaking news from Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and, most recently, as International News Editor in New York.

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Michael Roehrman named executive editor of The Wichita Eagle

Michael Roehrman, a seventh-generation Kansan who has worked at The Wichita Eagle since 1996, was named executive editor Friday.

Roehrman, 52, succeeds Steve Coffman, who left in April to become editor of the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas.

“I am incredibly excited about this. I love this paper dearly,” Roehrman said. “I love Wichita. I love Kansas.

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Brown named editor of The Item

Veteran journalist Joseph Brown has been named editor of the The Huntsville Item, Publisher Jake Mienk announced recently.

"I'm excited to be in Huntsville, and I’m looking forward to getting to know the people and places of this great community," Brown said.

Brown wants to keep The Huntsville Item relevant to its communities.

"At the heart of a great community is a strong newspaper," he said. "I want The Item to continue to be the source that brings our community together."

Publisher Jake Mienk is pleased to have Brown join the The Item’s management staff.

“The search for our top editor has finally concluded and we are thrilled to have Joseph on board to lead our editorial team in serving our communities,” Mienk said. “He’s been a successful innovator, strategic planner and creative leader across his career. The veteran skills he possesses will help move us forward on both the print and digital fronts here in Huntsville.”

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