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APME UPDATE • Oct. 26, 2018 


April 11-12, 2019: Denver, hosted by Colorado State University and the Colorado Press Association
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, April 11-12, hosted by Colorado State University and the Colorado Press Association;
  • 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.

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.

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.


Los Angeles Times: L.A. County firefighters earn massive overtime pay, busting budgets and raising questions

San Francisco Chronicle: Oakland police applicants asked to disclose whether they were sexually assaulted

Orlando Sentinel: Orlando airport chairman Frank Kruppenbacher's global travels span 100 days and $100,000

Pensacola News: Stays at Escambia County detention center spike as juvenile arrests increase, law changes

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Atlanta paid Reed’s former law firm millions for vague flat-fee bills

Indianapolis Star: 'They lost what they call home': Danger of natural gas explosions lurks just beneath surface

Des Moines Register: Confused, anxious and far from home: Dementia patients turned away from many Iowa nursing homes

Times-Picayune: Everyone saw the French Quarter attack. Few saw the mental health care failures behind it.

Times-Picayune: RTA commissioner resigns amid dubious deals with vendors, then punches back

Baltimore Sun: The Baltimore Sun investigated 2 years of hate incident reports in Maryland. Here's what we found.

The Boston Globe: Lawmakers make most of travel option

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: In Minnesota, half of sex assault cases police send to prosecutors never result in charges.

Kansas City Star: One bishop could lead the way to another bishop being the first charged for sex abuse

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: How Josh Hawley shook up the Missouri attorney general's office — and what happened next

Newark Star-Ledger: In Newark, reporting lapses hide thousands of student suspensions from public view

Rochester Democrat: The $100 Million Man: How Cuomo’s campaign war chest became one of the nation’s largest

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Despite new DNA results, many rape cases statewide not reopened

The Oregonian: On Hold: Crime victims, public wait 6 weeks or more for Portland police reports

Philadephia Inquirer: Acclaimed Philly scholastic chess coach sexually abused boys in 1980s, former pupils say

Philadelphia Inquirer: Inside the city's polarizing, no-middle-ground war with Trump over sanctuary cities.

The Tennessean: Heroes in horror: Mass shootings across America create a celebrity culture around victims

The Greenville News: Amid Upstate's opioid epidemic, people with addiction struggle to find safe recovery homes

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: At-risk kids swell Arkansas truancy rate

AP: ‘Obamacare’ shapes opioid grant spending


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.


Columbus Dispatch: Audit shows company failed to keep drug costs low for taxpayer-funded Medicaid

Mayor pro tem agrees to unblock activists on Facebook

National Press Club: Award-Winning Journalist To Judge Who Denied Him Asylum: "I Must Implore You For My Life"

Sandy Hook shooter's writings ordered released to public

Hawley champions open government. So why doesn’t he use email the public can see?


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.


Man arrested in threats to The Oklahoman newspaper

Capital Gazette editor wins Editor of the Year Award

 Why they kill journalists

Fewer mugshots, less naming and shaming: How editors in Cleveland are trying to build a more compassionate newsroom

Tom Silvestri column: Why 2018 will be the last year the RTD makes editorial endorsements

Associated Press Deletes Tweet Calling Migrant Caravan an ‘Army’

Jamal Khashoggi's Final Words-for Other Journalists Like Him

News industry seeks exemption from Congress to take on Facebook, Google

Younger generations are actually better at telling news from opinion than those over age 50

Targeted by pipe bomb, CNN denounces White House's rhetoric

Trump decries violence but calls on media to end 'hostility'


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


Los Angeles Times Names Sue Horton Op-Ed Editor

The Los Angeles Times has named Sue Horton Op-Ed Editor, reporting to Nicholas Goldberg, editor of the editorial pages. Horton previously held the position in 2014 and will return to The Times in early December.

“The op-ed section is where we bring together a curious and diverse group of columnists and contributors who offer ideas, commentary and analysis about timely and important issues,” said Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine. “Sue brings knowledge, experience and a discerning eye for talent to this most important role.”

“Sue is an extremely talented editor, a great colleague and mentor, and her versatility and energy will invigorate our op-ed pages,” Goldberg said. “We’re delighted to have her back to help us find and publish smart, provocative, penetrating opinion pieces in print and online, and to find more ways to engage the larger community in these conversations.”

Horton is currently a top news editor at Reuters, handling immigration coverage as well as stories about the Supreme Court, healthcare and the midterm elections. She was previously at The Times from 2001 to 2014 in a variety of roles, including Op-Ed Editor, Sunday Opinion Editor and Deputy Metro Editor. Before joining The Times, Horton served as editor-in-chief of the L.A. Weekly, was a professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, authored “The Billionaire Boys Club” and did investigative reporting for CBS’s “60 Minutes.”

“It’s an exciting new era at the Los Angeles Times and I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” Horton said.

Ronnie Crocker, has been named Editor of The Beaumont Enterprise

Ronnie Crocker has been named editor of The Beaumont Enterprise, effective Monday.

He comes to the paper from the Houston Chronicle, where he held a variety of newsroom positions, mostly recently as deputy editor of the Business news department. The Chronicle and the Enterprise are both owned by Hearst.

Crocker is a Texas native and 1985 graduate of Texas A&M University. He also holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. His previous newspaper experience includes stints at the Bryan-College Station Eagle and Daily Press of Newport News, Va., where his reporting won local, state and national awards.

He joined the Chronicle in 1994 as an assistant state editor and over the years also served as day city editor, Sunday city editor and assistant features editor.

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NABJ Founder Vince Sanders remembered as talented journalist, thespian and author

Washington, D.C. (Oct. 17, 2018) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of founder Vince Sanders, who died Oct. 10 in Longwood, Florida, according to his wife Joyce Sanders. He was 83.

A true NABJ love story, Vince and Joyce were married for 37 years after being introduced by NABJ Founder Paul Brock.

NABJ Founder Joe Davidson remembers Sanders fondly: "Vince had a big smile, a warm personality and a deep, booming voice God made for radio. Plus, he was handsome enough for television. His death, and that of Les Payne earlier this year, reminds us of how quickly we are losing founders."

A 2005 inductee into the NABJ Hall of Fame, Sanders was a veteran of the broadcast industry having spent nearly 40 years on the job.  He began his career as an on-air talent for WBEE-AM in Chicago in 1958.

"NABJ is deeply saddened by the loss of NABJ Founder Vince Sanders," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "He was a very talented journalist who rose from the ranks as a talk show host, then reporter/anchor to vice president of a broadcast network. He had keen business skills and a love for humor as a comic and actor in his own right."

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