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APME UPDATE • SEPT. 21, 2017





TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017: Special room rates end at Washington Marriott Wardman Park for D.C. conference
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

We'll see you in Washington, D.C.!

The 2017 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in about two weeks 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! The discounted room rate at the Marriott expires Tuesday, Sept. 26 (NO EXTENSION).

We have a new panel for discussing lessons learned from Hurricanes Harvey and IrmaCome join us and hear from journalists on the front lines covering two historic storms. What journalism and life lessons did they learn?

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

1. Knight Foundation's 'Table Stakes' project

In this "don't-miss" pre-conference workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, leaders from newsrooms participating in the Knight Lenfest News Initiative ("Table Stakes") will share results, insights and lessons learned. In addition, the American Press Institute will unveil the Better News Hub, an essential resource for news leaders seeking to transform their organizations and sustain the connections among audiences, local journalism, financial sustainability and democracy. Also, attendees will receive free copies of the newly released Table Stakes Manual, a 400-page step-by-step guide on how to make sure your news enterprise has what's needed to succeed.

The session will be moderated by Doug Smith, and attendees will have lots of opportunity to ask questions and discuss with the leaders who are involved in the table stakes effort.

2. Innovator of the Year

Come listen to presentations by three finalists of the Innovator of the Year award and choose the winner! The finalists are: 
  • Los Angeles Times for "SNAP" (Simple News Assembly Platform) - presented by James Perez, software engineering lead, and Evan Wagstaff, newsroom product engineer
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for "Just the FAQs" - presented by Greg Borowski, deputy managing editor for projects, investigations and digital innovation
  • WBUR Boston for its website redesign and associated audience engagement efforts - presented by Tiffany Campbell, executive editor for digital
3. White House-media relations
The Trump administration has hurled charges of "fake news" and called the news media the "enemy of the people." White House-media relations, never in perfect harmony, have taken a turn for the worse under President Donald Trump. We explore how the two sides co-exist and what it's like inside the Pennsylvania Avenue vortex.

4. Special briefing by Department of State

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. Registrationwhich comes with a box lunch, will closSept. 28Space is limited, so don't wait until the last minute.

5. 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:  
6. 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. 
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 Tuesday, Sept. 26. 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

Polish digital skills at NewsTrains outside Boston, in suburban Columbus and in Seattle

Polish your digital skills with cutting-edge training from top-notch instructors at three NewsTrain workshops this fall: outside Boston; in suburban Columbus, Ohio; and in Seattle.

Each workshop has an unbeatable early-bird rate of $75 per person, which includes two light meals:

·      Beverly, Massachusetts, 26 miles north of Boston, on Oct. 14:

o   Sessions include social-media reporting and branding, mobile storytelling, smartphone video and data-driven enterprise.

o   Trainers include The New York Times’ Daniel Victor and Ted Kim, Emerson College’s Cindy E. Rodríguez and The Boston Globe’s Todd Wallack.

o   Register:

·      Suburban Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 21:

o   Sessions include social-media reporting, smartphone video, mobile storytelling, data-driven enterprise and mobile newsgathering.

o   Trainers include IRE’s Doug Haddix, the Sacramento Bee’s Sue Morrow, Cox Media’s Q. McElroy, The Columbus Dispatch’s Doug Caruso and’s Jeremy Pelzer.

o   Register:

·      Seattle, Washington, on Nov. 11:

o   Sessions include social-media reporting and branding, data-driven enterprise, mobile storytelling and open-records law.

o   Trainers include NowThis News’ P. Kim Bui, Arizona State’s Steve Doig, USC’s Laura E. Davis and open-government attorney Angela Galloway. Former Seattle Times Executive Editor Mike Fancher will speak at lunch on bolstering newsroom credibility.

o   Register:

Discounted hotel rooms and diversity scholarships are available. Super-early birds may also qualify for a free AP Stylebook.

NewsTrains often sell out. Register today!

Jersey shore

Contribute to the APME Foundation silent auction: New items added

An 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.

This once-in-a-lifetime experience is just in from Mark Russell of The Commercial Appeal

  • Experience Memphis deal (Value $400):
    — Four tickets to see the Grizzlies at a game TBD
    — Certificate to have a BBQ dinner at One & Only BBQ in Memphis, with a bottle of Rendezvous BBQ sauce
    — Four tickets to visit Stax American Soul Music Museum
    — Special edition Elvis magazine
    — Four tickets to visit Sun Studios, where Elvis recording his first song.
    — A personal gift from local artist depicting a Memphis scene.

A few of the items already donated:

  • A perennial favorite is one of 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 items, please fill out this form and send to Kim Meader.

If you'd like to contribute to the foundation directly, like Bob Haiman and Judy Lynn Price (Thank you!), please use this link.


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Veteran Albuquerque TV reporter killed in helicopter crash 

A longtime reporter-videographer at an Albuquerque TV station has died after the news helicopter he was piloting crashed and burned in a field near a New Mexico ghost town, authorities said Sunday, Sept.17. Bob Martin, 64, was pronounced dead at the crash scene Saturday night, according to New Mexico State Police. The Bell B206 helicopter was destroyed, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Lynn Lunsford. KRQE-TV said Martin worked for the station for more than 20 years, frequently shooting, writing and editing stories. It was not clear whether Martin was assigned to cover a story when the crash happened. "He was behind, or above, some of the biggest news stories on KRQE for the last three decades," station manager Bill Anderson said in a statement. "Yet he was rarely around for the high fives because he was already on to the next news story."

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