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APME UPDATE • OCT. 26, 2017




Nov. 11, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Seattle
Sept. 11-12, 2018: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Austin, Texas

Froke named APME executive director and AP Stylebook editor

NEW YORK (AP) — Paula Froke, a longtime newsroom and customer service leader at The Associated Press, is the new executive director of Associated Press Media Editors and editor of the AP Stylebook.

Froke's appointment to her new role was announced Thursday by David Scott, AP's deputy managing editor for operations.

As executive director of APME, Froke will lead an industry organization that seeks to foster journalistic excellence, support and train the leaders of today's multimedia newsrooms and represent the interests of customers in the newsroom.

In that role, she succeeds Sarah Nordgren, who was recently named AP's deputy managing editor for sports, business, entertainment and lifestyles, and health and science.

Froke will continue in her current role as editor of the AP Stylebook. She leads a team that that crafts updates and additions to a reference book used not just by journalists, but also by writers and editors in a wide range of jobs and specialties.

She has been the Stylebook's lead editor since June 2016 and a member of the Stylebook team since 2013.

Since October 2012, she also has served as the AP's special liaison editor, serving and representing the needs of customers, including Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Washington.

Before that, she was the assistant managing editor overseeing afternoon and evening operations at the AP's Nerve Center in New York.

She previously served as a deputy national editor, leading the hiring, training and staff development of AP National Desk staff. She also helped direct the national spot news and enterprise report, and spearheaded multimedia training at the National Desk. She has also worked as an editor at four Olympics.

Froke began her AP career as a Dow Jones News Fund editing intern in New York. She joined the AP full time in Minneapolis in 1984 and served as news editor there from 1989-1990. She then moved to Detroit as Michigan news editor until transferring to New York in 2000. She is a graduate of Penn State.

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.

Give your feedback on the ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership D.C. conference

Did you attend this year’s ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference? Please tell us what you thought and this year’s programs, and what you’d like to see next year.

We’re hoping for lots of responses to get as full a picture as possible. Everyone who completes the survey will get 10 percent off the price of registration for next year’s conference.

Here’s the link:

Get on the wait list for Seattle NewsTrain now!

After exceptional NewsTrains in New England and Columbus, Ohio, the Seattle NewsTrain is at capacity. Hurry and sign up for the waiting list as we do get cancellations closer to the workshop.!

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

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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House, Senate intel committees receive briefing from Google
Judge dismisses Russian billionaire's suit against AP



AP names Scott Smith correspondent in Venezuela 

The Associated Press has named Scott Smith, a cross-format journalist from California, as its new correspondent in Caracas, Venezuela. The appointment was announced Monday, Oct. 23, by Paul Haven, the AP's news director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Smith joins a staff in Venezuela of award-winning journalists covering one of the world's most complex stories at a time of fast-moving change following an unprecedented economic downfall, months of deadly street protests and heightened international pressure against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government.

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Publisher of The New Tri-State Defender newspaper dies 

The Memphis, Tennessee-based New Tri-State Defender newspaper says its publisher has died. The newspaper reports that 45-year-old Bernal E. Smith II died at his home Sunday, Oct. 22. No cause of death has been released. In a statement, Associate Publisher Karanja A. Ajanaku and Best MediaProperties President Calvin Anderson said the newspaper and its management board are "devastated." Best  Media Properties is the newspaper's parent company. The paper covers news affecting the African-American community in Memphis and surrounding areas in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Executive of Ohio-based newspaper group dies in fall at Chicago hotel 

An executive of an Ohio-based newspaper group died after falling from the 20th floor of Chicago hotel. Eric Paul Janssen on Monday, Oct. 17, landed on a 6th-floor roof of the London House hotel, which is located in Chicago's downtown business district. The Cook County medical examiner has scheduled a Tuesday autopsy to determine the cause and manner of the 44-year-old Janssen's death. Janssen was a vice president of the Sandusky Newspaper Group in Memphis, which operates newspapers, websites and a digital ad agency in Utah, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The group’s headquarters are in Sandusky, Ohio. Friend Karen B. Golightly told the Chicago Tribune that Janssen was in Chicago to take photos and meet friends. She said Janssen wasn't staying at the London House, though she last saw him Monday afternoon at the hotel's top floor lounge.



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