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APME UPDATE • OCT. 5, 2017




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

See you in Washington in 3 days! 

The 2017 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 kicks off in THREE days at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. 
Here are eight things to 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 Oct. 9 and 10. You can purchase now or at the conference.

 2. Pre-conference workshops

If you signed up to attend one of the two (or both) pre-conference workshops, don't forget to check in Sunday, Oct. 8. Registration will open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marriott. The community engagement workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be in Madison B; the "Table Stakes" workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. will be in Hoover. 

If you registered for the conference and would like to participate in these free workshops, then sign up by email APME at If you are interested in attending just the workshops, then sign up here for only $75. 

3. Getting from the airport to the hotel

The Washington Marriott Wardman Park, at 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20008is located about 7 miles away from Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA). The hotel does not provide shuttle service, but you can take a subway, grab a taxi or drive. 
Click here for more information about transportation.

4. Program schedule

Our online schedule is easy to navigate through a number of sessions and events we have planned for you. 

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.

5. Shuttle service between the hotel and opening reception

Shuttle buses will be available to/from the Washington Marriott Wardman Park and the opening reception at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, running from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. Buses will pick up at the 24th Street entrance of the hotel (not the front lobby entrance) and drop off in front of Amazonia, where the reception takes place. 

6. Registration desk hours

Sunday, Oct. 8
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

Monday, Oct. 9
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park

Tuesday, Oct. 10
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park

Wednesday, Oct. 11
7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park

7. Attire

Business casual is fine. 

8. Weather

Click here for the latest weather forecast for Washington!


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 register for the Oct. 8 pre-conference workshops, 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.

Seats are running out for NewsTrains in New England, Ohio, and early-bird deadline approaches Oct. 11 for Seattle

We have just 17 seats left at APME's New England NewsTrain on Oct.14 and another eight at Columbus, Ohio, NewsTrain on Oct. 21. Don't miss highly rated training in social, mobile, video and data at these workshops for just $85. 
Meanwhile, the early-bird rate of $75 is available through Oct. 11 for Seattle NewsTrain on Nov. 11.

The workshop sessions — requested by a committees of local journalists and designed to teach immediately usable digital skills — include:

Beverly, Massachusetts, outside Boston, on Oct. 14

•          Maximizing social media to get your story read, with NYT’s  Daniel Victor;
•          Using social media as powerful reporting tools, with Victor;
•          Shooting short, shareable smartphone video, with Emerson College’s  
Cindy E. Rodríguez;
•          Making smart choices in mobile storytelling, with NYT’s 
Theodore Kim, and
•          Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat, with The Boston Globe’s Todd Wallack.

Suburban Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 21

•          Using social media as powerful reporting tools, with Doug Haddix, executive director of Investigative Reporters & Editors;
•          Making smart choices in mobile storytelling, with Q. McElroy, director of engagement and optimization at Cox Media Group in Atlanta;
•          Shooting short, shareable smartphone video, with Sue Morrow, assistant multimedia director at The Sacramento Bee;
•          Maximizing your smartphone for mobile newsgathering, with Jeremy Pelzer, politics reporter for; and
•          Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat, with Doug Caruso, assistant metro editor at The Columbus Dispatch.

Seattle on Nov. 11

•          Maximizing social media to get your story read, with NowThis News' P. Kim Bui;
•          Using social media as powerful reporting tools, with Bui;
•          Making smart choices in mobile storytelling, with USC's Laura E. Davis;
•          Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat, with ASU's Steve Doig; and
•          Bolstering your newsroom's credibility, a lunchtime keynote with former Seattle Times Executive Editor Mike Fancher.

Attendees regularly rate NewsTrain as 4.5, with 5 as highly useful and highly effective. “This is the best training program I've attended in 10 years,” said Lynda Edwards, Knoxville News Sentinel reporter.

More info and register:


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