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APME UPDATE • Sept. 6, 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

Two days left to take a great learning trip 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.

See you in Austin  in 5 days!

The 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference  Sept. 11-12  kicks off in five days at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas. 
Here are 11 things to let you know!

1. Have you registered?
Register for the conference if you haven't. We have special rates for members of ASNE and APME, including retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. 
Lunch tickets are $40 each for Sept. 11 and 12

2. Need a hotel room?

Our discounted group rate in the ASNE-APME block at the onsite hotel at the conference center (1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705) expired, but 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. Meet GateHouse Media and Austin American-Statesman, our generous sponsors
GateHouse Media and the Austin American-Statesman are so excited to welcome you to our hometown of Austin, Texas, for the 2018 News Leadership Conference. At GateHouse, our mission is to deliver high-quality and trusted journalism, products and services that enrich the communities we serve. GateHouse is one of the largest publishers of locally based media in the United States. We publish 145 daily newspapers, 340 community publications and more than 570 local market websites that reach more than 23 million people each week. And deep in the heart of Texas, the Austin American-Statesman provides round-the-clock coverage of one of America's top cities to live in. Whether in words or through photographs, in print or online, the Statesman delivers top news, sports and entertainment to Central Texas. Check us out at and

4. Getting from the airport to the hotel

The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, at 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705is located about 8 miles away from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). You can grab a taxi, Uber or drive. Directions hereParking information here.

5. Program schedule
Our online schedule is easy to navigate through a number of sessions and events we have planned for you. Remember, we will not have print copies of the program.

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 that interest you.
6. Opening reception sponsored by Democracy Fund and USA TODAY Network

We'll have all kinds of deliciouhors d'oeuvres and an open bar during our opening party from  6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the conference center. 

A sneak peek at the menu: Tomato Bruschetta with Roasted Garlic and Mozzarella, Shaved Prosciutto on Rye Pesto Cream Cheese, Sesame Scallion Meatballs with Teriyaki Sauce, Mini Fried Chicken & Waffle with Maple Glaze, Beef Empanada with Yogurt Sauce, "Shiner Bock" Batter Cheese Curds with Fig & Aleppo Jam, BBQ Pork Stuffed Arepa, Lobster Fritter, Fried Oreo Cookies, Cheesecake Lollipops
7. ASNE and APME awards presentation/reception

Come celebrate and honor the winners of the 2018 ASNE and APME awards for best journalism, who showed the positive impact of watchdog reporting and shed light on issues affecting underrepresented communities. The reception is scheduled for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. There will be appetizers and a cash bar.

8. ONA porch party
Tickets to the free porch party on the night of  Sept. 12 are sold out, but APME has a very limited number of tickets set aside for its members. Email APME's Laura Sellers at for a promo code to claim your ticket.

9. Registration desk hours
Monday, Sept. 10
2:15 to 4:30 p.m. at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center 

Tuesday, Sept. 11
7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center 

Wednesday, Sept. 12
8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center 

10. Attire

Business casual is fine. 

11. Weather

Click here for the latest weather forecast for Austin!

A few seats are left, but hurry!

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.

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.


Los Angeles Times: Lead paint threatens to undo California's biggest residential cleanup, officials warn. But they're doing little to fix it

Sacramento Bee: Calling 911 in rural California? Danger might be close, but the law can be hours away

San Francisco Chronicle: Oakland schools’ blunder shows larger issue: Girls’ sports stuck at 2nd

Des Moines Register: An Arizona developer who owes Iowa millions turned nursing homes and apartments into his cash cows, court filings allege

Portland Press Herald: Fewer foster parents on the front lines

Boston Globe: Ethnicity not a factor in Elizabeth Warren’s rise in law

The Oregonian: Inside the Hart family home, police search reveals debts, contradictions

Houston Chronicle: Breaking all the rules: Lax oversight undercuts Houston housing program goals

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 'Absolute incompetence': Prison nurses didn't get teen at risk of dying to hospital for 3 days in 2016

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Wide racial disparities show up in prosecutor's sentencing numbers.

Pittsburg Post-Gazette: In Greene County, school budgets are being hollowed out by dwindling coal reserves

Pittsburg Post-Gazette: School districts pay thousands of dollars to settle complaints of wrongdoing


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.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: School districts pay thousands of dollars to settle complaints of wrongdoing

Stamford Advocate: Scrutiny of correction officers rattles Connecticut’s prisons

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism: Secret political cash quietly reshaping Wisconsin laws

US rejects request for information on Idaho wolf attacks

Oregon town's leaders may skirt law at DC tree-lighting

‘My life is threatened.’ Listen to Sen. Daphne Campbell call 911 on a Herald reporter

Washington task force on public records set to convene

Virginia to keep medical cannabis licensing process secret


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.


Groundbreaking alternative paper Village Voice shuts down

Man faces charges he threatened journalists to defend Trump

Trump-friendly tabloid sees a decline in circulation

Newsonomics: The tariffs are gone, but the burden of print weighs heavier and heavier

Carthage Press to close after 134 years of operation

Newsonomics: It looks like Tronc is about to be chopped up and sold for parts

Where can you find funding for that local journalism project? Here’s a quick guide

Times grants anonymity to administration official for essay

Trump rips searing Times op-ed from unnamed senior official

Newspapers' parent company buys N.C./Fla.-based media group


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


AP names Morgan, Danborn to leadership roles in eastern US

NEW YORK (AP) - The Associated Press has named an experienced photo manager and a longtime news editor to leadership roles guiding its coverage of the northeastern United States.

Peter Morgan, the photo editor for New York and New Jersey, will take over as AP's East Region deputy news director for storytelling and photos. Joe Danborn, AP's news editor for the Rockies, will serve as the region's deputy news director for newsgathering.

The promotions were announced Monday by Sara Gillesby, the East Region news director.

The AP is merging the management of its text, photo, video and interactive journalism at its regional publishing centers around the world. Each region will be overseen by a management team in which every format is represented and will include multimedia journalists and an integrated editing desk that emphasizes video, photos and social media.

Danborn and Morgan will work with Gillesby to lead a group of journalists in 10 states stretching from Ohio to Maine. They will be based at AP's headquarters, following the move of the East Region's publishing center from Philadelphia to New York in early September.

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