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APME UPDATE • OCT. 19, 2017




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

2017 ASNE-APME conference is a big success!

#newsleaders2017 was a big success filled with engaging and innovative sessions, as well as interactive discussions and networking! More than 300 people, including speakers, panelists, sponsors and student journalists, attended the 2017 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington, D.C.

Opening reception at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
We thank all of you for joining us and making the conference relevant and valuable. Don't worry if you weren't able to attend this year; there is always a next year. Here's a collection ofwhat people were tweeting throughout the conference:
The conference kicked off Sunday, Oct. 8, with two pre-conference workshops, which drew more crowds than ever, and an opening reception at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. The fish feeding demonstration was a big hit, in addition to the delicious hors d'oeuvres.For the next two and a half days, we showcased more than 30 sessions, including two lunch keynotes and the awards presentation, and hosted several networking and learning activities, such as a party at the Australian ambassador's residence and a special briefing at the U.S. Department of State.


Jim Simon
Alfredo Carbajal
In addition, both ASNE and APME installed new presidents, Alfredo Carbajal of Al Dia at The Dallas Morning News, and Jim Simon of Honolulu Civil Beat, respectively, as outgoing presidents Mizell Stewart and Bill Church completed their terms.

Most of the presentations will be posted soon at If you'd like to listen to the conversation with Leonard Pitts Jr. of the Miami Herald, then here's the video and script. For more stories, photos and videos from the conference, please visit, an online hub featuring the outstanding coverage by a team of student journalists from Ball State University, Howard University and Pennsylvania State University.

In addition to the News Leadership Conference, ASNE's Emerging Leaders Institute Oct. 7-8 received rave reviews from participants! We thank our leadership expert Jill Geisler of Loyola University Chicago and ASNE Leadership Committee Co-Chairs Peter Bhatia of the Detroit Free Press and Ron Smith of the USA TODAY, as well as ASNE President Alfredo Carbajal of Al Dia (The Dallas Morning News), for organizing the program and mentoring an exciting group of emerging news leaders. Also, thanks to the class for their hard work in cultivating their leadership skills.

Finally, we'd like to make several shout-outs to those who made the conference as smooth and successful as possible. We first thank journalism faculty Juli Metzger of Ball State University, Milbert O. Brown of Howard University and John Beale and John Dillon of Pennsylvania State University, as well as all of their student journalists, for covering the conference across all platforms.

We also thank ASNE-APME Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs Mark Russell, executive editor of The Commercial Appeal, and Mark Baldwin, executive editor of the Rockford Register Star, for putting together a terrific program. And, of course, we can't thank enough our speakers, panelists and attendees for sharing their knowledge and experience.

Lastly, our deep appreciation goes to all of our generous sponsors for making the #newsleaders2017 conference possible!

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.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wins APME Innovator of Year Award


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Just the FAQs was named winner of the 2017 APME  Innovator of the Year Award.

The Journal Sentinel developed short, snappy and sharable videos that allow viewers to cut through a fog of information available in social media and online. “Just the FAQs” uses a new Wochit video-editing tool. Anyone in the newsroom can create clean, appealing and informative videos in less than an hour, usually after just one training session. The new video-editing tool has helped drive traffic. Video views in the last quarter of 2016 were 1.14 million. In the first quarter of 2017, video traffic increased to 1.44 million, and in the second quarter of 2017, video views jumped to 2.75 million. Judges said: “This is a great idea on several levels. Not only does it work for the short attention spans of readers in the era of social media and the smartphone, but also it repurposes existing content. Very clever to have a tool that cuts down on the production and editing time; it appears simple enough for just about anyone in the newsroom to use. This is certainly an idea that could be used by other news organizations.”

Competition for the 2017 Innovator of the Year award started with three finalists that pushed their relevancy and their limits. The winner was announced Tuesday at the News Leadership Conference in Washington.

The Journal Sentinel won $1,000 for their work.


Sign up for Columbus this weekend or get on the wait list for Seattle now!

We only a few seats  left at APME's   Columbus, Ohio, NewsTrain on Oct. 21 and none for the  Seattle NewsTrain on Nov. 11. Don't miss highly rated training in social, mobile, video and data at these workshops for just $85. 
Sign up for the waiting list 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:

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:

The 2017 Great Ideas e-book has ideas, including:

• Music Wednesdays
• Going to the Dogs
• Roundtable follow-ups
• Facebook Live without the cell phone
• Faces of the Region
• Election endorsements
• Simple startup for creating podcasts
• Giving them the time of day
• News Literacy
• The Housing Crunch
• And more …


The 2017 Great Ideas e-book has ideas, including:

• Music Wednesdays
• Going to the Dogs
• Roundtable follow-ups
• Facebook Live without the cell phone
• Faces of the Region
• Election endorsements
• Simple startup for creating podcasts
• Giving them the time of day
• News Literacy
• The Housing Crunch
• And more …


Kelly of The Daily Progress wins AP National Member National Photo of the Month for August

The Associated Press Media Editors has honored thisphotograph as National AP Member Photo of the Month for August 2017. 
Thanks to Jake May at The Flint Journal for judging this month. 
Here is what the judge had to say about the winning image:
“There was a lot of fine work, and some heavy-hitting topical news that has rocked the nation and the world throughout the month of August. It was a tough choice, as Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and so many emotionally-charged photos captured the difficulties people dealt with in real time and delivered as such. Heck, even some of the feature photos in here are truly incredible, especially of how the world stopped to watch the solar eclipse. All of that said, one photo rose to the top. As a growing unrest of inequality in America continues divide the country, no photo has captured it better than that of Ryan M Kelly’s image of protestors being run over by a vehicle in Charlottesville, Va. It is clear that this photo will define this moment in American history. The two men captured midair shows the action as its happening, while the signage around shows that of peaceful protestors with the words “Solidarity,” “Black Lives Matter” and “Love.” This photo has it all. Every element, and a news image that will outlive all of us. This is one for the history books.”
Below is the link to all images entered for August and the winner is slide #28.

People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. The nationalists were holding the rally to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them. (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)


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Fresno Bee editor joins Rep. Jim Costa’s office as district director

Longtime Fresno Bee editor Kathy Mahan is the new district director for Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno. Mahan worked at The Bee for more than 17 years, starting as an assistant local news editor. She became local news editor in 2005, was named features editor in 2008 and earlier this year became audience editor, helping all of The Bee's journalists better focus their stories. Her last day at The Bee was Friday, Oct. 13. “I have cherished my time at The Bee and all the opportunities that have been given,” she said. “I’ve grown as a journalist, editor, leader and person because of the many talented people I’ve worked alongside.”



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