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APME UPDATE • SEPT. 28, 2017





TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 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.

Noon EDT Oct. 10, 2017: Slate election for APME Board of Directors closes
Oct. 14, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Beverly, Massachusetts

Oct. 21, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 11, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Seattle

See you in Washington in 10 days!

Are you ready for the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington, D.C.? It kicks off in 10 days at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park!
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, Oct. 3.

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

1. How the world sees US: Press freedom in Trump era

Visiting world editors (Korea, Britain, Norway and Jordan) from the International Press Institute will comment on how the embattled American press is having a ripple effect in other countries. Tables have turned, and the world now sees the United States no longer has a leader in free press issues. Join this discussion with the world panelists and the audience, moderated by IPI Chair John Yearwood, former world editor of the Miami Herald; and Marty Steffens, IPI board member and a professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

2. Special briefing by Department of State

Registration for the state department briefing will close 11:59 p.m. CDT today (Sept. 28). If you're already coming to the conference, then this special briefing will be a great (also, inexpensive) opportunity to get up-to-date on U.S. policy around the globe. It will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. Register now for just $13, and we'll feed you!

3. 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.

4. After the storms: Lessons learned from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Come join us and hear from journalists on the frontlines covering two historic storms. What journalism and life lessons did they learn?

5. Let's party!

Join us for our opening reception 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, ranging from Panamanian golden frog, Brazilian rainbow boa, barred tiger salamander to Arapaima and many more. There will be hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

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 to those who are registered and have a hotel reservation at the Marriott.

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, Oct. 3. 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

Cast your vote for the proposed slate for the Associated Press Media Editors Board of Directors



We have four openings for the new board – at large, broadcast and educator (all serving three-year terms); and a small-market slot to fill a two-year term.


The APME Membership Committee enthusiastically endorses:


Kathy Best, Editor, the Missoulian and Ravalli Republic (Small market)


Juli Metzger, Instructor, Ball State University (Educator)


Sally Stapleton, Managing Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (At Large)


No recommendation to date for Broadcast slot.


APME members can  CLICK HERE to learn more about the candidates, vote to approve or reject the slate and to nominate other candidates. 


Voting ends at  noon EDT Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, and the results will be announced during the Washington, D.C., conference.

If you have questions, contact Michael Days or Angie Muhs of the Elections Committee.

In or near Boston or Columbus, Ohio, in October?

APME's NewsTrain is bringing its highly rated digital-training workshops to those places in a few weeks.

For $85, you can get a spa day for the brain. Luxuriate in learning new digital skills from the best in the business.

As Greg Pitts (left), director of the School of Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University, says, “Keep this up! This is one of the best training opportunities available for professionals, faculty and students." That's Twange Kasoma, associate professor at Radford University, with him at Murfreesboro NewsTrain last year. Details on upcoming workshops:

Each workshop has an rate of $85 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 (early bird rate of $75 ends Oct. 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!

Contribute to the APME Foundation silent auction

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.

These items just in:

• A three-day weekend stay an oceanfront home in Maine on Portland's Peaks Island with water views of the Atlantic. Any weekend in 2018 outside of July and August. Value $1500 from David Scott of The Associated Press.

• Two tickets to a Grizzlies basketball game in the suite of The Commercial Appeal newspaper, along with a gift certificate for dinner for two at the world-famous Rendezvous barbecue restaurant in Memphis. Donated by Otis Sandford.

Jersey shore

A few of the items already donated:

  • 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,

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

  • 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.
  • The Experience Memphis deal offers 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 recorded his first song and a personal gift from local artist depicting a Memphis scene. Value is $400 from Mark Russell of The Commercial Appeal

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

You can also contribute to the foundation directly.


Tennessean: What do taxpayers get for business subsidies?
Arizona Daily Star: Workers confront Arizona over safety penalty reductions
Santa Fe New Mexican: State’s proposed standards on teaching science divisive
San Diego Union-Tribune: Critics say response to hepatitis crisis was lackluster
Sun Sentinel: Children with disabilities allegedly abused at group home
Miami Herald: Billions spent preparing for storm. Why did lights go out?
Honolulu Star Advertiser: Morale a major problem at police department
Chicago Tribune: Red lights approved for already safe intersections
Indianapolis Star: Toxic coal pits are leaking into Indiana’s water
Times-Picayune: Study finds dispersant used in BP oil spill sickened workers
New York Times: At Florida nursing home, calls for help made no difference
Columbus Dispatch: Poor, black kids do worse on standardized school tests
Philadelphia Inquirer: Lawyers, doctors and pharmacies “an unholy alliance”
Seattle Times: Washington’s child-welfare system accused of “critical errors”



Kansas sees spikes in inmate transfers among state prisons
Supreme Court: Sioux Falls must release $1M arena contract
Minnesota fight between governor and lawmakers exposes legislative expenses
Post-vigil protest for slain Georgia Tech student; 3 arrests



Judge: Independent SC journalist can keep sources secret
WhatsApp service disrupted in China as censorship tightens
Raycom Media, Community Newspaper Holdings announce merger
Accused leaker asking again for pre-trial release from jail
Hannity boycott call fizzling, at least publicly
Senate bill would make online political ads more transparent
Deseret News newspaper names new president, publisher
Megyn Kelly hopes for a Trump-free zone with new show
Facebook to release Russia ads to Congress amid pressure
New owners lay off employees at Alaska's largest newspaper
Reporter honored for stories on solitary confinement
Leaders to tech firms at UN: Remove terror posts in 2 hours
UK leader to press tech companies to block extremists
Senate intelligence chairman: Facebook should testify
Portland schools face audit after suing records requesters
O'Reilly says his ouster was hit job and business decision



El Paso Times editor resigns in effort to save newsroom jobs 

The executive editor of the El Paso Times is leaving the newspaper after being directed by its parent company to cut newsroom staff. Robert Moore plans to step aside Oct. 6 in an effort to preserve reporting positions at the paper, the Times reported . His resignation coincides with the departure of Lilia Castillo Jones, the president of the Times and several sister properties in New Mexico, whose position was eliminated by the USA Today Network, a division of the Gannett publishing company. The Times has eliminated several positions in the past year, and layoffs have occurred this week at other Gannett papers nationally.

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Lillian Ross, longtime New Yorker writer, dead at 99 

Lillian Ross, the ever-watchful New Yorker reporter whose close narrative style defined a memorable and influential 70-year career, including a revealing portrait of Ernest Hemingway, a classic Hollywood expose and a confession to an adulterous affair, has died at age 99. Ross died early Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Lenox Hill Hospital after suffering a stroke, New Yorker articles editor Susan Morrison said. In an email statement to The Associated Press, New Yorker editor David Remnick called Ross a groundbreaking writer. "Lillian would knock my block off for saying so, she'd find it pretentious, but she really was a pioneer, both as a woman writing at The New Yorker and as a truly innovative artist, someone who helped change and shape non-fiction writing in English," Remnick wrote.

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