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APME UPDATE • SEPT. 14, 2017





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

Why not register by Saturday and invite your friend to attend for just $100?

The 2017 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in less than 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. 22.

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, so register early. Registration is $13 and comes with a box lunch.

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

1. 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 Saturday!
2. A conversation with Leonard Pitts Jr.

"Guts: False Objectivity and the Danger of Truth," an argument that when news media embrace polite euphemism — "racially charged" as a description for the Charleston marches, "misleading" for the lying president — they disserve the public and abdicate one of the primary functions of journalism, which is to impose judgment.

3. 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.

To sign up for these workshops, email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at

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. 22. 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

New England diversity scholarships to train in digital skills at October NewsTrain deadline Friday!

Applications still open for 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. Applications closed.

· 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!

New leadership, new home for Mid-America Press Institute


The Mid-America Press Institute, a newsroom training association approaching its fifth decade, has relocated to Champaign, Illinois, and is now under new management.

The Mid-America Press Institute, a nonprofit offering low-cost training to mid-career journalists, built its membership from newspapers across the Midwest and had been located at Eastern Illinois University since 1994.

Management of MPI is overseen by part-time co-directors, Brant Houston, the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois, and Pam Dempsey, the executive director of the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, an online, nonprofit newsroom covering agribusiness and related issues.

“As journalism faces greater challenges than ever before, it’s exciting to see MPI focused on the future with new leadership and a renewed commitment to providing affordable, relevant training for mid-career journalists. Brant and Pam are a solid team,” said Erin Orr, managing editor for The Times Media Co. and MPI board member. “With MPI’s move to Champaign and its involvement with the Knight Chair at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Brant and Pam’s leadership, we expect MPI’s presence to grow, our membership to become more vibrant and diverse, and our workshops to more deeply reflect the needs of today’s journalists.”


Contribute to the APME Foundation silent auction

Jersey shoreAn 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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