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 APME UPDATE • OCT. 13, 2017




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
Sept. 11-12, 2018: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Austin, Texas

It's wrap! News Leadership 2017 celebrates a great conference

The 2017 ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference signed off from the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. 

The speakers and networking were top-notch. Catch up on the news by our student journalists at

• A conversation with Leonard Pitts Jr. and video of his compelling remarks is here:

• Video: In conversation with Facebook Journalism Project’s Jason White:


2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference  planned Sept. 11-12 in Austin, Texas

Mark your calendar! We are heading to Austin, Texas, Sept. 11-12,2018, for the fifth annual ASNE-APME News LeadershipConference.

The Associated Press Photo Managers will once again join us.

Plan early to spend two full days next fall in one of the most creative and innovative cities in the US, the capital of Texas! We will begin on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, and conclude on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 12. It will be short but packed with programming.

Our conference hotel is the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. We have a nightly rate of $219.

Immediately following the 2018 ASNE-APME conference will be the Online News Association conference Sept. 13-15 at the JW Marriott Austin.

We'll build on the success we had at this year's conference in Washington, D.C. A committee representing both organizations already has started planning the2018conference, including programming and fundraising.

We'll have more details soon on conference registration and hotel reservations.

Congratulations to the three new directors joining the Associated Press Board of Directors in 2018!

Kathy Best

Editor, Missoulian in Missoula, Montana, and the Ravalli Republic in the nearby Bitterroot Valley

Small market • Two-year term

Kathy Best is the editor of the Missoulian in Missoula, Montana, and the Ravalli Republic in the nearby Bitterroot Valley.

She was previously the editor and vice president for news at The Seattle Times and served as the newsroom’s managing editor for digital news and content creation. In those roles, she helped lead the Times newsroom to two Pulitzer Prizes and two Online Journalism Awards for breaking news and explanatory projects.

Best also has held senior editing positions at The Baltimore Sun, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She spent most of her reporting career covering government and politics in Illinois and Washington, D.C.

She previously served on the APME Board as its digital representative and is eager to rejoin her colleagues in confronting the challenges we all face.

Juli Metzger

Journalism Instructor, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Educator • Three-year term

Juli Metzger is an instructor of Journalism at Ball State University, and most recently oversaw students in the Unified Media Lab, a $4 million multimedia, cross-platform space for students to practice journalism in print, on the air and online. 

Before joining the academy in 2011, Metzger was executive editor for digital at the Indianapolis Star, where she also served as Gannett's group director of niche Publications in the Midwest. She's been the top editor of newspapers in Indiana, Ohio and Louisiana, and was president and publisher of three others. She's worked in nine newsrooms in four states and led staffs to win national journalism honors, including the APME Public Service Award. From 2005 to 2009, Metzger served on the Indiana APME Board of Directors. She was Gannett's Editor of the Year in 2000. 

Last spring, Metzger received Ball State University's 2017 Immersive Learning Faculty Award for work with students on a semester-long, multimedia project  "Unmasked: The stigma of meth." The project also won the 2017 Associated Press Media Editors  Innovator of the Year Award for College Students. In 2016, Metzger was an Entrepreneurial Institute Fellow at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University where she developed a course in Entrepreneurial Journalism, which she now teaches. 

In 2015, Metzger and her students participated in the inaugural Associated Press Media Editors "Editor Educator Exchange," a newsroom-to-classroom exchange program. Metzger and Ball State will kick off the APME NewsTrain season with a workshop on campus in March 2018.

Metzger has recruited college students to cover the Associated Press Media Editors/American Society of News Editors conferences every year since 2013. Besides Ball State students, Metzger recruits area students from other colleges near the venue to participate in the conference coverage team, a boots-on-the-ground reporting staff producing real-time, multi-platform content. Ball State students have worked with students from Indiana University, Columbia College, Stanford University, San Jose State University, Penn State and this year Howard University will join the coverage team. 

Metzger is immediate past president for the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie and is board vice president of Project Leadership, a mentoring program designed to get students to and through college or post-secondary education. 

She and her husband own a  boutique content marketing agency, specializing in custom content, niche publications and social media management. 


Sally Stapleton

Managing Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

At-Large • Three-year term

Sally Stapleton is the managing editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Stapleton is a former deputy executive photo editor of The Associated Press. During her tenure as the AP International Editor, Stapleton led a team of photographers to two Pulitzer Prizes in Photography for Africa coverage in 1995 for the Rwanda genocide and in 1999 for the simultaneous U.S. Embassy bombings by al-Qaeda in Kenya and Tanzania. Previous to the AP, she worked as a photo editor at The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

From 2008 to 2016, Stapleton was the managing editor/online at The Day in New London, Ct. Prior to joining the Post-Gazette, she was named the T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor for spring 2016 at the University of Montana School of Journalism.

In 2002 she received a Fulbright scholarship to work with local journalists in Rwanda. As a result, she developed a relationship with local media owners, journalism academics, journalists and media association leaders whose objective was to elevate the quality of journalism in the country and the Great Lakes region. In 2008, the Great Lakes Media Center was established as an educational institute for Rwandan working journalists. 

She received her undergraduate and graduate journalism degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.

We would still like nominations for our open three-year broadcaster slot. Send those to  Michael Days or Angie Muhs of the Elections Committee.

Only a few NewsTrain seats left in New England, Columbus, Ohio and Seattle

We only have 11 seats left at APME's New England NewsTrain on Oct.14 and just six 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. 
There is still room to join us at the 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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New York Times:
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Prosecution of police sex scandal sees little success
Denver Post:
Water drying up as farmers keep irrigating desert
Washington Post:
Fired/rehired: Three shootings in three years
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Bribery, corruption scandal looms over mayor’s race
Des Moines Register:
Companies write off millions. Taxpayers reap little benefit
University of Louisville Athletic director highest paid in US
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:
University investigates but lawsuit expected
Seattle Times:
City Light has paid $7.8 million to company of off-duty cops



Official: Kentucky obligated to reveal investors in company
Records: Retiring county manager doubled pay before leaving
Missouri resident says governor blocked her for puke emoji
First hearing in public records lawsuit against Legislature



Fake news is still here, despite efforts by Google, Facebook
Danish police find severed head in Kim Wall submarine case
Murdoch's UK firm pays damages to ex-spy in hacking scandal
Treasury's IG probing illegal surveillance allegations
Adams Publishing acquiring Pioneer News media division
Kremlin warns US against restrictions on Russian media
Open government group honors AP reporter, media executive
No snark allowed: PBS' 'Washington Week' stays true to form
Alabama media firm acquires West Georgia-based newspaper
Russian lawmakers weigh restrictions against US media
Stolen baby photos, albums returned to mom by newspaper years later
Basketball ref sues Kentucky media company over harassment
Arizona State journalism school, Facebook fight fake news



AP names Michael Hudson as its new investigative editor

The Associated Press has named Michael Hudson, a senior editor at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists whose work probed offshore financial secrecy and the origins of the 2008 economic crisis, as its new global investigations editor. Hudson and ICIJ shared the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting with McClatchy and the Miami Herald for their work on the Panama Papers project. He will guide AP's teams of investigative journalists around the world in his new role, starting in November. Hudson will be based at AP's headquarters in New York City and report to Managing Editor Brian Carovillano. Hudson, 55, has been an editor and reporter at ICIJ since 2012, where he also investigated the global trade in human tissue and led an investigation into practices at the World Bank.

Read more:



Veteran Florida journalist, AP courts stringer dies at 88

Mort Lucoff, a longtime Florida journalist and Miami courts stringer for The Associated Press, has died. He was 88. Joel Lucoff said his father died in his sleep Sunday, Oct. 8. He had recently suffered from pneumonia and other ailments. A New York native, Lucoff grew up in Miami and earned journalism and history degrees from the University of Missouri and University of Florida. He worked for newspapers in Hartford, Connecticut and Buffalo, New York, where his son said Lucoff interviewed both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Lucoff covered local government for the Miami News from 1963-1988 and had a column, "Ins and Outs." After that, he worked for the Miami-Dade County court clerk until 2000, when he began stringing for the AP until recently.

Funeral services are Tuesday.


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