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APME UPDATE • Aug. 30, 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

Hey, great, you’ve been named to a newsroom leadership role. Congratulations!

Now what the hell do you do?


First, stop sweating. We’ve all been there. And we’re here to help.


APME has put together a list of on-call editors willing to offer you strategic and practical advice on nearly two dozen different topics, from ethics to legal issues, to digital best practices, to upfront story coaching and newsroom budgeting.


We don’t want to replace the conversations you have in your own newsrooms, but we can be a resource when no one else is around to ask, when you need a second opinion, when you wonder if there’s another way or if you just need help framing the right questions.


The members of APME bring decades of journalism experience to the table.

We’ve spent years helping each other cope with a fast-changing industry, learning to produce and showcase our best journalism on multiple platforms. We’ve become adept at adapting while remaining committed to our watchdog role, to reflecting our diverse communities in our newsrooms and to ethical truth telling.


Now we want to broaden the circle and help develop newsroom leaders from coast to coast to strengthen journalism for all. You don’t need to be a member of APME; we’re here to help everyone.


Give our list of editors a look and connect.

Only eight days left to secure your seat at the Greenville, S.C., NewsTrain

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.

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.

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.

Two days left to register and bring colleague for $100

The 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, filled with sessions to help you lead your newsroom, kicks off in less than two weeks. If you haven't registered yet, please do it now and make your travel plans. One added benefit of registering byFriday: You can bring a second person for just $100 more. Learn more below.

See you soon at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas!
Five things you want to know: 

1. Save the online schedule to your phone

We're going paperless this year. We will not have print copies of the conference schedule but no worries! We have an interactive schedule you can keep handy on your mobile device. Simply go to your browser and in the URL bar, type in We strongly encourage you to bookmark this page on your home screen and have it easily available. For directions on how to do this, click here if you are an iPhone user or here if you are an Android user.
2. Register now through  Friday to bring your colleague for only $100
Those who register between now and Friday, 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. Meet The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, one of our generous sponsors

The Lenfest Institute for Journalism is pleased to support the ASNE-APME conference. The Lenfest Institute for Journalism is the first-of-its-kind nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to develop and support sustainable business models for great local journalism. Based in Philadelphia, the Institute is the parent organization of the Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and

Here's an overview of some of the Institute's programming:
  • The Institute has awarded grants to organizations in Philadelphia and nationally to help develop new business models, audience engagement methods and news products that enable high-quality journalism. In its first  cohort of grantees, the Institute supported Berkeleyside's  direct public offering, the  News Revenue Hub's Learning Lab, the  Resolve Philly collaborative reporting initiative and more. It will announce a new open call for grant applications this fall.
  • Together with the News Integrity Initiative, Democracy Fund and Knight Foundation, the Institute created the Community Listening and Engagement Fund, which provides subsidies for tools that help news organizations produce more relevant and trusted coverage for the diverse audiences they serve. Learn more about how to apply to CLEF  here.
  • The Institute also recently launched the  Lenfest Local Lab, a new interdisciplinary team that will build and experiment with products that help citizens learn about and connect with their communities. It's testing location and interest-based products, along with new ways to enable citizens to connect with journalists and with one another. If you'd like to collaborate with the Lab, please email Sarah Schmalbach, the Lab's director, at
  • Solution Set is a weekly email newsletter report published by the Institute and the Solutions Journalism Network that each week covers one innovative idea in journalism and shares replicable lessons and best practices. You can read past reports or sign up  here.
For more information please visit or follow @lenfestinst
4. 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 commentsthemselves, 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; Talia Stroud, director, Center for Media Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin; and  Zahira Torres (moderator), editor, El Paso Times

This session is sponsored by the Austin American-Statesman and GateHouse Media.

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

Seats are filling up fast!

Register soon to participate in the Denton, Texas, NewsTrain on Sept. 22

Denton NewsTrain has 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.

Registration is just $85. Media companies, associations, schools and universities can contact Laura Sellers for group registrations at a reduced rate.

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.


Peoria Journal Star: In last four fatal fires, firefighters didn’t call the closest reinforcements

Montgomery Advertiser: 8 years after Deepwater Horizon, beaches look good, but are they really?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: With release of grand jury report, Mary Robb Jackson and her sister make a terrible discovery

San Diego Union-Tribune: Wounded warriors and others react to Rep. Duncan Hunter's alleged deceptions involving their causes

Miami Herald: Fewer people are using cash, which means fewer tips. And Miami workers are hurting

Des Moines Register: Mollie Tibbetts' death put a spotlight on undocumented immigrants. But can Iowa's economy thrive without them?

Kansas City Star: ‘I can’t lose this money’: KC area investors, IRAs ensnared in big Florida bankruptcy

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: For those living north of Delmar Boulevard, trash complaints addressed at a slower rate

The New York Times: For Female Candidates, Harassment and Threats Come Every Day

The Oregonian: Portland 911, at rock bottom, looks to reach the top

The Tennessean: When we have mental health crises, are our schools, churches or doctors offices prepared?

Dallas Morning News: How a company’s refusal to cover medical costs is hurting sick foster kids in Texas

The Seattle Times: Did Seattle City Hall deliberately withhold records? New info shows tally of council votes before public meeting on head-tax repeal.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Under Wisconsin law, it should be easy to buy the drug to reverse an opioid overdose. It's not

Providence Journal: Reported attacks on the rise, yet most perpetrators avoid prison

AP: Tabloid that kept Trump secrets faces losses, legal trouble


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.


Mississippi mayor to city employees: Don't talk to media

Billings Gazette, KTVQ want city to pay legal fees in police sexual misconduct case

North Carolina newspaper asks court to unseal lawsuit

Voting rights group behind secretive FOIA requests to Michigan clerks

Ashland rejects proposal to videotape more meetings

Police video shows detention of Denver journalist

Judge hears closing arguments in Galloway Sunshine suit

Local officials respond to FOIA from ‘Emily’


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.


So your news organization has real, paying digital subscribers. Now how do you keep them?

Omaha World-Herald eliminates 23 jobs, including 10 layoffs

Finally some good news: Trust in news is up, especially for local media

Capital Gazette: Rob Hiaasen's final journey: A story of family love and remembrance

In Liberal Wine Country, Turning Newspaper Readers Into Shareholders

Bulking up: USA Today triples its investigative unit

How a Trump tariff is strangling American newspapers

Hurricane Harvey, as told through social media

AP: National Enquirer hid damaging Trump stories in a safe

Trump accuses Google of biased searches, warns 'be careful'

Report: Newspaper closures increase size, cost of local government

18 newsrooms get more than $100,000 for engagement work

News media hesitate to use 'lie' for Trump's misstatements


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


Austin American-Statesman publisher, editor accept buyouts

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin American-Statesman Publisher Susie Biehle and Editor Debbie Hiott have announced that they are accepting buyout offers from owner GateHouse Media and will be leaving the paper.

Hiott announced Monday that she will depart Sept. 30, while Biehle said she will leave Nov. 30.

Buehle has been the Statesman's publisher since November 2012 after having advanced to vice president and general manager of USA Today. Hiott, who joined the Statesman as an intern 28 years ago, has been editor since November 2011.

The announcement comes five months after GateHouse finalized its purchase of the paper from Cox Enterprises, which had owned the paper for 41 years. The American-Statesman recently extended voluntary buyout offers to all employees but hasn't revealed how many employees have accepted buyouts.

GateHouse offers voluntary severance packages to some Tribune employees

GateHouse Media offered Columbia Daily Tribune employees voluntary severance packages Wednesday, Publisher Terri Leifeste said Thursday.

Leifeste was unsure of the exact number of people who received the offers, but she said only those in production or sales were excluded. She emphasized that acceptance of the offers is voluntary.

“It’s not a Columbia Daily Tribune initiative; it’s a GateHouse initiative,” Leifeste said.

Leifeste wouldn’t describe the terms of the offers, saying she didn’t “see how that’s relevant.”

“We simply rolled it out to our employees because we’re part of GateHouse,” Leifeste said. “Our plans (as a company) are no different.”

Tribune Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland said the paper’s plans had not changed since GateHouse Media’s decision to offer the severance packages. Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.


Tom Parsons, Little Rock newsman for 27 years, dies at 73

Thomas L. Parsons, a newsman in the AP's Little Rock bureau for 27 years, died on August 18. He was 73.

Parsons worked with the Pine Bluff (Arkansas) Commercial for 18 years and was managing editor when he left to join the AP in 1984. He retired in 2011.

Chris Lehourites, who worked with him in Little Rock, recalled that "Tom was a great guy, very friendly and helpful to a young me when I got to Little Rock."

According to his obituary, Parsons, who lived in Maumelle, Arkansas, died of cancer. The obituary said:

"He had a passion for the English language and worked several years at the Pine Bluff Commercial, eventually becoming managing editor. He left in 1983 to work for the Associated Press as a newsman in their Little Rock bureau. Even if people remain unaware of it, many around the world have read words he wrote while there.

"He loved spending time with his family, traveling, the outdoors, reading good books, music, and dinners out with friends and family."

A gathering to remember his life is scheduled for Sept. 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Oyster Bar in Little Rock. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Heifer International,, a charity he believed in.

Read more:

Longtime Roswell Daily Record owner Robert Beck, 97, dies

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Robert Beck, the longtime Roswell Daily Record owner and former publisher of the New Mexico newspaper, has died.

The Roswell Daily Record announced that Beck died last week in San Diego. The cause of death was not given. He was 97.

A graduate of Trinity College in Connecticut, Beck began working at the Roswell Daily Record as circulation manager in 1947 after serving as a pilot in World War II. He became publisher of the newspaper in 1955.

Beck would serve as publisher of the Roswell Daily Record for the next 32 years and was active in the community during his tenure, serving on the boards of a number of local institutions, including Eastern New Mexico University.

He retired in 1987.

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