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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

Don't miss out on great programming Oct. 8-11 at the News Leadership Conference!

The 2017 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in about a month at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. Check out the schedule and register and get your hotel room NOW to join us Oct. 8-11! Remember, the discounted room rate at the Marriott expires Sept. 15.

If you are already registered, then consider adding the state department briefing to your agenda for the final day of the conference. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, attendees will have an around-the-world tour as they hear from diplomats responsible for U.S. policy around the globe. Space is limited, and the next few people to register can take advantage of a $200 travel stipend reimbursable (with valid receipts) after the conference. Registration is $13 and comes with a box lunch.

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

1. Pre-conference workshops

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, join regional media and human rights experts and leading editors from the International Press Institute's global network for conversations on how to support independent, professional coverage of conflict and democracy at home and abroad. This workshop is hosted by the Al Jazeera Media Network and IPI.

There will be two other pre-conference workshops Sunday, Oct. 8. One (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m) will be about building trust through community engagement; the other (from 2 to 5 p.m.) will be a presentation on the Table Stakes project by Knight Foundation.

2. Coffee with counsel

Visit with lawyers Eli Segal of Pepper Hamilton law firm and David Bralow of First Look Media to discuss access issues and get your media legal questions answered.

3. 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. Act now before the promo expires Sept. 16!
4. Leadership Development sessions

Cultivate your leadership skills by attending five Leadership Development Tracks we have planned for you! Consider these a FREE training program designed to help you grow as a news leader. Interested? Just register for our conference, and you'll get to take part in the following sessions: 

5. Let's party!

Our opening reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Smithsonian's National Zoo! We will be in the Amazonia Habitat and Amazonia Science Gallery, where you will get to meet Amazon rainforest animals. There will be hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar (CASH ONLY).

Also, join us from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, for a reception at the residence of Joe Hockey, Australian ambassador to the United States. 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. 

Conference/Hotel Registration

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 email APME at

Deadline extended for New England diversity scholarships to train in digital skills at October NewsTrain

Applications also still open for Columbus, Ohio, and Seattle

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 Extended: Sept. 15

· 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.

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

Survey: Journalists’ most urgent training needs are mobile, data and video

Three-fourths of respondents to a June survey conducted by the Information Experience Lab at the University of Missouri about digital-journalism training said they would likely try learning such skills on their phone in bite-size lessons.

The skills they most urgently want to learn are related to mobile, data and video journalism.

Linda Austin, project director of APME NewsTrain and an RJI Fellow, says, "These results — and those from two follow-up focus groups totaling 11 survey respondents — will figure heavily in the design of the first course, due to be delivered on your smartphone next year. Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey."


Contribute to the APME Foundation silent auction

Sally JacobsenAn annual event at the News Leadership Conference is the APME Foundation auction. Donations are tax-deductible and go to support training and support for newsroom leaders, including APME's regional training workshops, NewsTrain.

A few of the items already donated:

• A perennial favorite is Annette McGruder’s hand-painted scarves. Priceless. 

• Play on the Jersey shore: One-bedroom condo for five nights in May or June (Extended board meeting, anyone?). Value is $1,000 from Bob Heisse,

• Four box seats to see the Chicago Bulls play Friday, Nov. 17, vs. Charlotte Hornets. Dinner and drinks in the suite and parking are all included. Value is $600 from Bob Heisse,

• Two tickets to a Red Sox game (date to be mutually determined), plus dinner and hotel. Value $600 from Anne Brennan, GateHouse Media New England.

• CANDY! A basket of Albanese candy from Northwest Indiana. Bring it to your newsroom and be the most popular editor ever. Value $150 from Summer Moore,

• One year’s subscription to BarkBox, a monthly toy and treat delivery that is guaranteed to keep your pooch playful.Value $249 from Laura Sellers and Carl Earl, EO Media Group.

• A Pendleton gift certificate and a bottle of Pendleton Whisky and one of Snake River Stampede Whisky. Value $250 from Laura Sellers and Carl Earl, EO Media Group.

To donate, please fill out this form and send to Kim Meader.


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Des Moines Register: How Iowa ended overtime for thousands of workers
Louisville Courier-Journal: IRS could fine University of Louisville foundation execs 
Kansas City Star: A university student in Kansas now carries a gun to class
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Wisconsin's offer to Foxconn increased substantially 
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Kansas pulls police officer's certification after complaint 



Publisher Tronc acquires Daily News, storied NY tabloid 
Conservative publisher wants nothing more to do with Times 
Court: DirecTV owes $15M to South Carolina in tax dispute 
Philadelphia newspapers to start charging for online access 
Boone buys 2 daily newspapers in Kentucky 
Kansas secretary of state writing regular Breitbart columns 
New research shows AP is bedrock of journalism on Facebook
Charleston Gazette-Mail plans online-only Monday edition 
Trump mixes up blonde Finnish journalists 
US regulators warn Alaska church using illegal broadcast 
Professors get $300,000 grant for digital fake-news detector 
Sweden, Denmark say Russian fake news a threat 
N. Korea threatens S. Korean reporters over book review 
West Virginia University course to detect 'fake news' 
Gibson named general manager of 3 Lee newspapers in western Montana 
Harvey reporters cast aside role as observers to help 
Israel PM slams 'fake news' amid corruption allegations 
Fox hires conservative commentator Lahren 
Joel Osteen blames 'false narrative' for Harvey criticism 
UN rights chief decries Trump's 'demonization' of media 
Parents of US journalist killed in South Sudan 'devastated' 
Weather Channel, news networks, go all in on Harvey coverage
Judge rejects Sarah Palin lawsuit against The New York Times 
Aspen Daily News sold to group led by acting publisher 
South Sudan says no hint that dead American was a journalist 
Danes scan homemade submarine for any concealed areas 
Trump mixes up blonde Finnish journalists 
Australian government open to CBS takeover of local network



Peter Bhatia appointed editor at Detroit Free Press 

A veteran journalist has been hired as the new editor at the Detroit Free Press.

Peter Bhatia  has been editor at The Cincinnati Enquirer, a newspaper also owned by Gannett Co. The 64-year-old says it's a "tremendous honor" to lead the Free Press newsroom. Before working in Ohio, Bhatia was director of the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University. He also was editor at The Oregonian, executive editor at The Fresno Bee, managing editor at The Sacramento Bee and managing editor at the Dallas Times Herald. The Free Press says Bhatia has helped lead newsrooms that have won nine Pulitzer Prizes.

Times-Tribune, Sentinel-Echo announce new editorial leadership 

There is new leadership for the newsrooms of the Times-Tribune, of Corbin, Ky, and the Sentinel-Echo, of London, Ky. Regional Publisher Dave Eldridge announced Erin Cox was named editor of both publications effective Aug. 7. Denis House, the former Sentinel-Echo sports editor, has been promoted to managing editor at the Sentinel-Echo. House will now oversee the daily news operation of the Sentinel-Echo. Cox, who will now manage the news operations of both publications, was previously editor of The Times Bulletin, a daily newspaper in Van Wert, Ohio. She is a native of Van Wert, Ohio, and graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism.

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Rick Freeman, former editor on AP's sports desk in NY, dies

Rick Freeman, a congenial editor whose sense of humor made him a welcome tone setter in a veteran newsroom during his 15 years with the New York sports department of The Associated Press, has died. He was 40.

Aino Wheler, Freeman's wife, said he died of brain cancer Thursday, Aug. 31,  in Cleveland, shortly after he had been diagnosed with an aggressive tumor known as a glioblastoma.

A 1999 graduate of the University of Michigan, Freeman joined the AP in 2001 and became a valued member of the sports desk, capable of handling just about any editing shift on the department's schedule.

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