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APME UPDATE • Sept. 13, 2018 


Sept. 22, 2018: NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
April 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Denver
2019: NewsTrain workshops in Austin and Milwaukee

Selling out, so sign up now!

Register soon to get great training at 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.

Thank you, Austin! News Leadership Conference hits the trail until 2019

The 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference was filled with sessions to help editors lead their newsroom

See the coverage by Ball State University and University of Texas at Austin students here, or at #NewsLeaders2018

See you next year in New Orleans on Sept. 9-10!

Our conference hotel is the New Orleans Marriott, at 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130We have a nightly rate of $179.

Immediately following the 2019 ASNE-APME conference will be the Online News Association conference Sept. 12-15 at the Sheraton New Orleans.

More details coming soon.

In case you missed it …

ASNE, APME approve merger plan to become News Leaders Association

Austin, Texas (Sept. 11, 2018) — At this pivotal moment for journalism and freedom of the press, two of the most significant organizations in journalism have voted to merge and become one voice for the industry.

The formation of the News Leaders Association, combining the American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors, was approved by the two groups' members during their joint News Leadership Conference in Austin.

ASNE and APME will continue to work jointly on major projects during the coming year as legal steps toward the merger are completed. NLA is expected to be in place by the 2019 News Leadership Conference Sept. 9-10 in New Orleans.

In this extraordinary time of upheaval across the news industry, as well as forces outside it, leaders and members of ASNE and APME believe that now is the time for journalism leaders to come together to make great impact.

"These are challenging times for our business and our country," said Nancy Barnes, incoming president of ASNE for 2018-19. "We believe joining our two organizations will only strengthen our ability, as journalism leaders, to stand up for the principles we hold dear."

APME President Angie Muhs said, "Editors' jobs have never been more challenging, and we believe that our groups are stronger together as we work to be a valuable resource for leaders at news organizations of all sizes."

The mission statement of NLA reads: "The News Leaders Association is committed to leading, nurturing and serving journalism and democracy."

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.


Montgomery Advertiser: Montgomery Fire/Rescue burns through budgeted overtime by more than $2M

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A Catholic superstorm staggers a weakened church

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: The money owed in eviction cases is often small, but the consequences can be huge

San Francisco Chronicle: After 14 years and $3 billion, has California's bet on stem cells paid off?

Chicago Tribune: In Illinois’ understaffed nursing homes, deadly infections persist from bedsores and common injuries that go untreated

Kansas City Star: Lethal inaction: As fatal truck crashes surge, U.S. government won’t make an easy fix

The New York Times/ProPublica: Top Cancer Researcher Fails to Disclose Corporate Financial Ties in Major Research Journals

The Tennessean: Have insurance? There's still no guarantee you can get mental health care

Houston Chronicle: Houston’s roads, drivers are country’s most deadly

The Seattle Times: Sound Transit is taking a $300 million gamble on a new I-405 bus station in Kirkland

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Bice: Golden retirement -- seven ex-Milwaukee County prosecutors gets $1 million-plus cash payouts


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.


The Philadelphia Inquirer: Hundreds at risk of water shutoffs in Camden’s semi-privatized water system

Newspaper seeks to unseal senator's arrest records

Detroit has yet to release dashcam video from 2017 officer-involved shooting

University of Missouri System lawsuit over open records will move forward


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.


A new design for the Beacon Journal and

Media School receives $6 million gift for investigative journalism center at IU Bloomington

Fake news is about to get so much more dangerous

The New York Times: How the Anonymous Op-Ed Came to Be

Americans expect to get their news from social media, but they don't expect it to be accurate

Local News Is Dying, and It's Taking Small Town America With It

Did this reporter make up sources? The Houston Chronicle is investigating

Op-ed fallout: The latest salvo in Trump's love-hate relationship with the Times

Submit Your Best Project Ideas for Investigating State Government.

A decade in, the Texas Tribune pursues the rest of its audience

Lee Enterprises closes Missoula Independent

Times' publisher defends op-ed in meeting of US news leaders

Capital Gazette seeks 2 editors as it rebuilds after mass shooting

Army post to stop publishing weekly newspaper


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


McCleery is new General Manager at CJ; Neal takes over as Managing Editor

There's a new generation of leadership in the offices of the Commonwealth Journal in Somerset, Kentucky.

In recent months, the CJ has welcomed Michael McCleery as its new General Manager, and said goodbye to longtime fixture Ken Shmidheiser, while seeing another familiar face, Jeff Neal, moved into the position of Editor.

Bill Hanson serves as Senior Publisher of the Commonwealth Journal. As Hanson is not able to be on-site all the time, however, McCleery oversees day-to-day operations at the Commonwealth Journal, and also functions in the role of Advertising Director.

McCleery took over this dual leadership role on July 2.

"I've been coming down here since April and re-located here at the end of June," said McCleery.

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Therese Bottomly named editor of The Oregonian/OregonLive

Longtime newsroom leader Therese Bottomly was named editor and vice president of content at The Oregonian/OregonLive on Friday.

The 35-year newsroom veteran is a nationally recognized leader in enterprise journalism and an outspoken advocate for open records and government transparency.

Bottomly, 57, was hired as an intern on The Oregonian's copy desk days after she graduated from the University of Oregon in 1983. She has served in senior leadership roles at The Oregonian and OregonLive since 1998 and was instrumental in transforming the newsroom into a digital-first news organization.

She was promoted to senior director of news in 2018 and has been serving as interim editor since late July, after the departure of Mark Katches.

"I'm thrilled to be working with Therese in this role," said John Maher, president of Oregonian Media Group. "She knows the market so well, she knows our staff and our history so well and she has a vision for the future."

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Scott Braut, former AP national photo desk supervisor, dies

Santiago Lyon (Email) - Scott Braut, former AP national photo desk supervisor from 1994-1999, died suddenly Friday, September 7. He was Adobe's Head of Content, Digital Media (and hired me as Director of Editorial Content at Adobe about a year ago).

He was a brilliant strategic thinker and was very well regarded and liked in the photo industry.

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Adam Clymer, Political Reporter, Editor and Pollster, Dies at 81

Adam Clymer, who covered congressional intrigue, eight presidential campaigns and the downfall of both Nikita S. Khrushchev and Richard M. Nixon as a reporter and editor for The New York Times and other newspapers, died early Monday at his home in Washington. He was 81.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, which was diagnosed in March, said Dr. Michael A. Newman, who treated him. Mr. Clymer also had Parkinson's disease and Myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular condition.

Mr. Clymer received unsought attention in 2000, when, during a presidential campaign rally, he became the target of a vulgarism by George W. Bush that was captured on a live microphone. It was not the first time he had been attacked.

Reporting from Russia for The Baltimore Sun during the Vietnam War, he was beaten at an anti-American demonstration, accused of assaulting a police officer and expelled from the Soviet Union as a "hooligan."

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