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APME Update: NewsTrain digital-skills workshops coming to Denver, Milwaukee, Austin and Albuquerque
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APME UPDATE • Oct. 11, 2018 


April 2019: Denver, hosted by Colorado State University
Sept. 27, 2019: Milwaukee, hosted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Oct. 18-19: Austin, hosted by GateHouse Media LLC and the Austin American-Statesman
October 2019: Albuquerque,
hosted by the University of New Mexico in conjunction with the New Mexico Press Association

NewsTrain digital-skills workshops coming to Denver, Milwaukee, Austin and Albuquerque in 2019

For just $75, you can up your digital game with highly rated training at an APME NewsTrain in Denver, Milwaukee, Austin or Albuquerque in 2019.

Here are the timing and hosts for the workshops:

  • Denver, in April, hosted by Colorado State University;
  • Milwaukee, on Sept. 27, hosted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel;
  • Austin, on Oct. 18-19, hosted by GateHouse Media LLC and the Austin American-Statesman; and
  • Albuquerque, in October, hosted by the University of New Mexico in conjunction with the New Mexico Press Association.

To be notified when dates, agendas and trainers are set for these workshops, please provide an email at

Since 2003, Associated Press Media Editors (APME) has sponsored NewsTrain in serving more than 7,500 journalists at 92 workshops. It has traveled to all 50 states and three Canadian provinces, bringing cutting-edge training close to home.

Attendees consistently rate its interactive sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful. Instructors are accomplished journalists with both front-line and teaching experience.

The 2019 sites were selected from applications by committees of local journalists. These successful committees will conduct an assessment of the needs in their newsrooms to determine which skills will be taught at their workshops.

To apply to bring NewsTrain to your town in 2020, visit in early 2019.

NewsTrain’s low tuition is made possible by donors, big and small, who have included The Associated Press, GateHouse Media LLC, APME past and present board members, and the APME, Newhouse, Park and Sigma Delta Chi foundations.

To keep NewsTrain serving journalists in their communities, please donate at

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

ASNE, APME join amicus brief supporting Ohio TV station

As national journalism organizations, ASNE and APME don't often weigh in on purely state or local controversies. Every once in a while, however, a piece of legislation or pending court case comes along that merits - or in this case, demands - our participation regardless of how localized it may be. Anderson v. WBNS-TV, Inc. is one of those cases.

This case stems from a defamation lawsuit filed against WBNS-TV, the CBS-affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, by an individual identified by police as a robbery suspect. The Columbus Police Department actually circulated a photo of the plaintiff, Aaron Anderson, and the other suspects as it sought the public's help in solving the robbery. Anderson and the others in the photo told the police they weren't involved, at which point the police asked WBNS-TV to take the photo down from its website. The station promptly removed the photo, but those identified still followed through with a lawsuit.

A trial court granted summary judgment to the station but an Ohio Court of Appeals reversed, holding, in relevant part: (1) the plaintiffs who were identified in the photos distributed by police and posted to the internet by WBNS-TV are clearly private plaintiffs. The Court of Appeals also held that the issue was not a matter of public concern, stating (somewhat incredibly) that the only thing that made it a matter of public concern is the fact that it was covered by news media; and (2) WBNS-TV clearly defamed these plaintiffs by falsely identifying them as robbery suspects. The only outstanding issue was whether the station was justified in relying on the police as the source of this information. The court said "no" and that the station is required to engage in some independent investigation rather than relying on police handout photos.

We joined an amicus brief filed in support of WBNS-TV, Inc. by a total of seven media organizations, including ASNE/APME, the Ohio Association of Broadcasters, the Ohio News Media Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. The brief explains the danger that would result from affirming the appellate court decision, most notably the impact it would have on the media's ability to assist the police in urgent or emergency situations (this is also a reason that Attorney General Mike DeWine's office filed an amicus brief in support of the station) as it effectively says that even reliance on official law enforcement statements without independent investigation could constitute actual malice.

ASNE, others urge news organizations to fill out 2018 diversity survey by Oct. 12

News organizations that have not participated in the 2018 ASNE diversity survey have until Oct. 12 to submit their data. This deadline extension, announced during the ASNE-APME conference, is to drive greater participation in the survey so we can provide an accurate analysis of the current state of diversity in U.S. newsrooms. With only 234 out of nearly 1,700 newspapers and digital media outlets that filled out this year's survey, we can't share the results until we collect more data that we can say is representative of the contemporary media landscape.

"We realize how busy editors are, juggling a growing list of priorities with dwindling resources, but we must rally to get a better handle on where we stand so we may identify trends and solutions," said ASNE Diversity Committee Co-Chair Karen Magnuson, editor and vice president of news at the Rochester (New York) Democrat & Chronicle. "If you're struggling with diversity in your newsroom, ASNE is here to help. We're in this together. Diversity in staffing and news reports is a business imperative. If we as an industry do not reflect and connect with communities of color, we won't be able to grow and uphold our First Amendment responsibilities. Please participate!"

In response, Farai Chideya, program officer for Creativity and Free Expression at Ford Foundation; Molly De Aguiar, managing director of the News Integrity Initiative at the CUNY Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism; Jim Friedlich, executive director and CEO at The Lenfest Institute for Journalism; Tom Glaisyer, managing director of Public Square Program at Democracy Fund; Jonathan Logan, president and CEO of the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation; Jennifer Preston, vice president of journalism at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; and Andres Torres, program officer at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, released a joint statement:

"As foundations committed to furthering diversity, equity and inclusion in journalism, we stand together today to call on newsroom leaders to take seriously the work of building newsrooms that truly represent the diversity of our nation."

If your newsroom needs a link to the survey, then please contact immediately lead researcher Dr. Meredith Clark, assistant professor of the University of Virginia's Department of Media Studies, at, or ASNE Executive Director Teri Hayt at The new expected release date of survey results and analysis, along with data visualizations from the Google News Lab, is early November.

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.


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Louisville Courier Journal: Elementary school suspensions are soaring and JCPS isn't sure why

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The Denver Post: Coloradans pay more as hospital building spree leads to empty beds and profits nearly twice the national average

The San Diego Union-Tribune: California's carbon-credit market often pays for greenhouse gas reductions that would've happened anyway

Los Angeles Times: L.A. County deputies stopped thousands of innocent Latinos on the 5 Freeway in hopes of their next drug bust Are we ready?


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State sued over list of officers with credibility issues

Tennessee Supreme Court hears reporter defamation case

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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.


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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


Lukens takes over news for Colorado radio stations


Shannon Lukens has been named news director for KRAI and 55 Country, in northwest Colorado.


The stations were recently purchased by Steamboat Radio and Blizzard Broadcasting, based in Steamboat Springs, Colo. The company also owns KEZZ Easy 94-1 FM, KTYV 105.7 Sports on FM, KBCR 96.9 Big Country Radio, Classic Rock The River 98.9, and News Talk 100.5 KKSB.


Lukens is news director for all seven stations, as well as social media manager, and afternoon DJ on Easy 94-1.


The Steamboat resident has a long history of radio and TV experience, including anchoring and writing the news at CNN, CNN Headline News, and the Airport Network in Atlanta, Ga. She was also on the air at WSB Radio in Atlanta, and KSPN Radio and TV in Aspen, Colo.


When she isn’t on the air in Steamboat, she is announcing major sporting events throughout Colorado. She also announces all Steamboat Wrangler Junior Hockey games, as well as being director of sales and marketing for the high-level hockey team.


Publisher Ray Gover, who got his start in newspapers across Michigan, dies at 90


Raymond L. Gover, retired publisher and president of The Patriot-News, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. He was 90.


Gover played a major role in bringing news to the people of central Pennsylvania in the pages of The Patriot-News for 20 years.


He was born Dec. 5, 1927, in Somerset, Ky. He graduated from Western High School in Detroit in 1946, then served in the U.S. Army from January 1946 to May 1947, where he was a West Point Band member.


He then attended University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Shippensburg University in 1996.


Gover's professional news career started when he joined the Port Huron Times Herald in Michigan in August 1951 as a general assignment reporter. He later was sent to Sanilac County, Mich., to operate the newspaper bureau there.


In June 1954, he became a general assignment reporter at The Flint Journal in Michigan, covering city news beats. He became assistant city editor at that newspaper in 1960 and city editor in 1965.


He then became editor of The Saginaw News in 1970, serving in that position until becoming editor of The Flint Journal in 1976. Two years later, he became publisher of The Saginaw News. He was named its editor and publisher in 1980.



Gover became publisher of The Patriot-News on Oct. 1, 1981, and its president on July 1, 1997. His many achievements included building the company's Hampden Twp. printing plant and commissioning its state-of-the-art high-speed color presses.


He retired in January 2001 but continued to play a vital role as an informal adviser and institutional memory for the newspaper until his death. He was an elegant writer and his columns on local leaders, published in the paper and on, were a rich source of area history.


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