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APME UPDATE • NOV. 10, 2017 



Nov. 11, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Seattle
March 24, 2018: NewsTrain workshop in Muncie, Indiana
April 6-7, 2018: Phoenix NewsTrain
Sept. 11-12, 2018: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Austin, Texas
Fall 2018: NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
Fall 2018 or first half of 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Greenville, S.C.
March 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Toronto

Get a discount on 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership conference registration in Austin

Did you attend this year’s ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference?

Please tell us what you thought about 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.
For those who missed the opportunity to attend the conference or would like to review what speakers and panelists had to say, ASNE has begun posting presentation materials. They will upload more in the coming weeks as more are received.

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NewsTrain digital-skills workshops coming to Indiana, Arizona, Texas, South Carolina and Ontario in 2018-19

APME’s NewsTrain will bring its high-quality, affordable training to Indiana, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas and Ontario in 2018-19.

Here are the locations for the workshops, which have an early-bird rate of $75 each to attend:

  • March 24 in Muncie, Indiana, hosted by Ball State University;
  • April 6-7 in Phoenix, hosted at Arizona State University by the Arizona Newspapers Association;
  • Fall 2018 in Denton, Texas, (40 miles north of Dallas), hosted by the University of North Texas;
  • Fall 2018 or the first half of 2019 in Greenville, South Carolina, hosted at Furman University by The Greenville News; and
  • March 2019 in Toronto, hosted by News Media Canada.

Please sign up here to be emailed when more information becomes available on the dates, agendas and instructors for the 2018-19 workshops.

Additional workshops for 2019 will be announced in 2018. To apply to bring NewsTrain to your town in 2019, visit

Seattle NewsTrain is full, but a waiting list is available

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.

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Susan Linnee, who rose from a radio stringer in Latin America to become a groundbreaking Associated Press bureau chief in Madrid and Nairobi, has died. She was 75. Linnee, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, died Monday, Nov. 6, at Walker Methodist Care Suites in Edina, Minnesota, after spending about a month in hospice care, according to her brother, Paul Linnee. Linnee became one of the news organization's first female American bureau chiefs overseas when she was named AP's Madrid bureau chief in 1982. In 1996, she became Nairobi bureau chief, where she shepherded AP's coverage of major news in Africa, including the spread of terrorists into Somalia, the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, and the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

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