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APME UPDATE • Oct. 19, 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

APME launches yearlong editor mentoring project

The Associated Press Managing Editors board this month launched a yearlong mentoring program for emerging newsroom leaders as part of APME’s mission to foster innovation and confidence in the next generation of editors.

A strong field of early career editors applied to participate and ten were chosen and paired with veteran journalists among the APME Board of Directors.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Managing Editor Sally Stapleton is mentoring Alee Quick, local news editor at The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, Illinois.

The Greenville (S.C.) News Executive Editor and USAT Network South regional editor Katrice Hardy is mentoring Barbara Leader, editor of The News-Star in Monroe, Louisiana.

The Missoulian (Mont.) Editor Kathy Best is mentoring Allison Smith, editor of the Twin Falls Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho.

The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) Managing Editor Autumn Phillips is mentoring Catherine Rogers, digital director, South Carolina, at The Greenville News.

Minneapolis Star Tribune Senior Managing Editor and Vice President Suki Dardarian is mentoring Karen Scherting, digital director for Lee Enterprises Montana.

Philadelphia Inquirer Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Michael Days is mentoring Nick Falsone, editor / managing producer of, New Jersey Advance Media.

Cleveland Plain Dealer President and Editor George Rodrigue is mentoring Benjamin Lanka, editor of The (Newark) Advocate.

Gatehouse Media Digital Project Manager Summer Moore is mentoring Alia Rau, local politics and issues editor at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix.

MetroWest Daily News and Milford (Mass.) Daily News Editor Anne Brennan is mentoring Liz Schubauer, breaking news editor at The Tennessean in Nashville.

WHYY (Philadelphia) Vice President for News and Civic dialogue Sandra Clark is mentoring Chelcey Adami, editor of The Salinas Californian.

APME mentors have committed to one year of phone calls and regular communication, with a goal toward imparting lessons learned from years of newsroom management. 

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.

Editors on call

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.


Anchorage Daily News: Alaska psychiatric patients being held in jail cells due to hospital staffing shortage

Los Angeles Times: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s family benefited from U.S. program for minorities based on disputed ancestry

San Francisco Chronicle: Warnings on risks of intensive teen camps led to dismissals, ex-employees say

The San Diego Union-Tribune: Meant to help with mental illness, money from tax on millionaires piles up

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Think no one can know how much you have in the bank? Think again

Indianapolis Star: Migrant workers in Indiana: They harvest our food, but risk labor trafficking

Des Moines Register: Capitol harassment: Lewd, intimidating conduct has created a 'toxic' Statehouse, staffers and lawmakers say

Times-Picayune: Terrain, broken drains and too much rain: Why New Orleans floods

Kansas City Star: A grocery divide: Why do so many stores east of Troost lack healthy food?

Albuquerque Journal: Alleged sexual abuse continued after warnings

The New York Times: Kushner Paid No Federal Income Tax for Years, Documents Suggest

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Hostile culture, education shortfalls, understaffing hinder 'safe and humane' detention of Cuyahoga County youth, report says

The Oregonian: Rampant turnover, low pay: Insiders on Oregon dementia care

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Jim Kenney 1,000 days in: The fine print of the Philly mayor’s promises

The Tennessean: 3 alarming scripts from a nurse practitioner who was one of Tennessee’s biggest opioid prescribers

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Before she won a Nobel Prize, Frances Arnold frustrated her parents and teachers in Pittsburgh


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We May Finally Get To See Honolulu Police Salary Information

District to pay out over $200,000 in public records case

Lawsuit filed against Kent County alleges Open Meetings Act violations


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Wendi Winters among 6 to be awarded for contributions to Anne Arundel arts community

2 newspapers to cover local news in Carthage

About 1,300 U.S. communities have totally lost news coverage, UNC news desert study finds

Washington Examiner Apologizes for ‘Inadvertently’ Plagiarizing the New York Times

Report for America is ready to kick growth into a higher gear

Fact-checking to ‘reach deeper’ into communities


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Tyler Miller steps down as publisher of Independent Record, Montana Standard

Tyler Miller, publisher of the Independent Record in Helena and the Montana Standard in Butte, is stepping down from that position to pursue other opportunities in the Helena area.

He will be replaced by Anita Fasbender, who joined the Independent Record in 1991 as a district manager and promotion marketing coordinator. She was also circulation director and regional advertising services manager before being named regional operations director in 2012.

Alongside Nathan Bekke, vice president of consumer sales and marketing and group publisher for Iowa-based Lee Enterprises, Miller announced his resignation to the Independent Record staff Tuesday morning. Miller and Fasbender are traveling to Butte to make the announcement to the Montana Standard staff.

Miller was named regional publisher for Helena and Butte in 2013. Today is his last day with the company.

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Albany Business Review editor (and former AP news editor) Mike Hendricks retiring

Editor-in-chief Mike Hendricks will retire at the end of the year, after 18 years at the Albany Business Review and a 50-year career in journalism.

Hendricks joined the Business Review as editor in 2000 after 27 years with the Associated Press.

He has made a profound impact on the publication and many journalists over the years. Hendricks' focus on quality journalism and his insistence on excellence has earned the paper many awards over the years - and more importantly, the respect of the business community. He prided himself on making the newsroom a place for journalists to do their best work.

Under Hendricks' leadership, the Albany Business Review has consistently been recognized as one of the top papers in the state by the New York Press Association. Awards have included general excellence, in-depth reporting and feature writing, among others. Hendricks has also been recognized for his reporting and column writing four times by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

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Veteran Newspaper Editor Nancy Barnes Named NPR's Top News Executive

NPR CEO Jarl Mohn has named Nancy Barnes, a veteran newspaper editor, as the network's permanent chief news executive, NPR announced Tuesday. Barnes fills a nearly yearlong vacancy that was triggered by the firing of Michael Oreskes, NPR's former news head, over allegations of sexual harassment.

Barnes is currently the executive editor at the Houston Chronicle and also leads newsrooms at the Hearst Corp.'s other Texas newspapers. She will take over as NPR's senior vice president for news and editorial director on Nov. 28. She previously led the Minneapolis Star Tribune, earning acclaim and national awards for and at each paper.

Barnes, 57, will fill the job once held by Oreskes, the former New York Times and Associated Press newsroom executive whom Mohn ousted in November 2017 after accusations surfaced against Oreskes of past sexual harassment. Two female journalists at NPR had filed complaints of sexual harassment against Oreskes. Their allegations became public after two additional female journalists alleged Oreskes sexually harassed them when they were exploring job prospects at the The New York Times when Oreskes was a top editor there two decades ago.

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Matt Derienzo Named Vice President of News & Digital Content at Hearst Connecticut Media Group

NEW YORK, October 15, 2018—Hearst Newspapers today announced that Matt DeRienzo has been named vice president of news and digital content at Hearst Connecticut Media Group. In the newly created role as the group’s top editor, DeRienzo will oversee the editors of Hearst Connecticut Media Group’s eight daily and 13 weekly newspapers, as well as its 21 news websites. The announcement was made by Jeff Johnson, president of Hearst Newspapers, and Paul Barbetta, group publisher and president, Hearst Connecticut Media Group and senior vice president, circulation for Hearst Newspapers.

DeRienzo joins Hearst from LION Publishers—an organization that fosters growth among independent online news organizations—where he most recently served as the first full-time executive director. His journalism career spans 25 years as a reporter, editor, publisher, corporate director of news and a nonprofit leader.

Previously, from 2011 to 2014, DeRienzo worked for Digital First Media as editor of the New Haven Register, which Hearst acquired last year, adding the responsibilities of the company’s Northeast regional editor in 2012. During his tenure in New Haven, the Register was recognized with the American Society of News Editors' Robert C. McGruder Award for Leadership in Newsroom Diversity.

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