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APME UPDATE • Nov. 15, 2018 


April 11-12, 2019: Denver NewsTrain, hosted by Colorado State University and the Colorado Press Association
Sept. 9-10, 2019
: News Leaders Association Conference at New Orleans Marriott
Sept. 27, 2019: Milwaukee NewsTrain, hosted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Oct. 18-19: Austin NewsTrain, hosted by GateHouse Media and the Austin American-Statesman
October 2019: Albuquerque NewsTrain
, hosted by the University of New Mexico in conjunction with the New Mexico Press Association

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APME’s NewsTrain coming to Denver on April 11-12 in conjunction with the Colorado Press Association Convention

APME’s NewsTrain is bringing its highly rated, affordable digital training to Denver on April 11-12 in conjunction with the annual Colorado Press Association Convention.

Colorado Press Association members can attend NewsTrain for a discounted rate as part of their convention registration. For just $75, others can attend 1.5 days of training in digital skills.

The draft agenda (PDF), planned by a host committee of local journalists led by Colorado State University’s Department of Journalism and Media Communication, includes sessions on:

      social-media branding and reporting,
data-driven enterprise reporting,
smartphone-video shooting and editing,
storytelling for mobile audiences, and
being a verification ninja.

To learn when registration opens and trainers are named, please provide an email address:

Because of NewsTrain’s emphasis on immediately usable skills, attendees often rate its interactive training as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and useful.

“Ya’ll ARE AWESOME. I didn’t want to leave the lectures to use the bathroom because they were so good,” wrote Phoenix NewsTrain attendee Chase Budnieski, a journalism student at Arizona State University.

With more than 30 years of experience, reporter Rebecca Bibbs at The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Indiana, was excited to update her skills at Muncie NewsTrain. “It … allowed us to practice what was preached.”

The workshop will be at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center in suburban Denver.

The concurrent Colorado Press Association’s annual convention, April 11-13, will feature an additional day of training, meetings and keynote speakers, as well as a job fair, plus awards ceremonies for both the association’s Colorado Better Newspaper Contest and the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters contest.

#DenverNewsTrain will be the 93rd such workshop organized by the Associated Press Media Editors. APME, a nonprofit group of newsroom leaders, has sponsored NewsTrain since 2003, training more than 7,500 journalists and visiting every U.S. state and three Canadian provinces. NewsTrain last visited Denver in 2005 and Colorado (in Colorado Springs) in 2013.

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

Wall Street Journal reporter Tawnell Hobbs (left) teaches data reporting at NewsTrain in Denton, Texas, on Sept. 22, 2018. Photo by Hatch Visuals.

Registration is open for 2019 News Leaders Association Conference in New Orleans

Join the Associated Press Media Editors and American Society of News Editors on Sept. 9-10, 2019, at the New Orleans Marriott. The two organizations are on track to merge and become the stronger News Leaders Association in 2019.

You can reserve your spot now at what will be a unique, invaluable experience. More details as they unfold.


The registration fee is $275 for members of APME and ASNE and $375 for nonmembers. 

Special rates are also available for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents.

Lunch tickets are not included in the price of registration. Don't forget to purchase Monday and Tuesday lunch tickets during registration. If you do not purchase lunch tickets at the time of registration, then you can do so later through the online store.

And don't forget to register your spouse/companion! 


A terrific group rate is available at the New Orleans Marriott for $179 per night. To book a room, click here or call 504-581-1000 and mention the ASNE-APME event. 


Stay tuned for more details at and or email us for more information.

What could USC's Annenberg faculty and students do for your newsroom?

NewsTrain trainer Laura Davis is the digital news director for the student-run newsroom at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

She, her colleagues and students are interested in how they might help local newsrooms. Some possibilities are providing audience research and digital best practices, but they are interested in hearing from local newsrooms about what they might want.

Please help them out by answering this survey.

Editors on call

Would you like some advice from an experienced newsroom leader?

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.


The (Baton Rouge) Advocate: How an abnormal Louisiana law deprives, discriminates and drives incarceration: Tilting the scales (Note, this is an older story, but deserves another round after voters approved a measure to restore unanimous-only verdicts)

Montgomery Advertiser: Alabama Democratic Party sat on cash as Election Day approached

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: How Robert Bowers went from conservative to white nationalist

San Francisco Chronicle: Left in the dirt

Courier Journal: Sex abuse survivors: Archbishop Kurtz isn't doing enough to protect his flock

Times-Picayune: New Catholic priest abuse reports test legacies of archbishops Joseph Rummel, Philip Hannan

Newark Star-Ledger: With investigation looming, Gov. Murphy's office gives new details about hire

Seattle Times: Orcas thrive in a land to the north. Why are Puget Sound's dying?


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.


White House pulls CNN reporter Jim Acosta's pass after contentious news conference

Words and walkouts aren’t enough. CNN should sue Trump over revoking Acosta’s press pass.

Statement from ASNE, APME and ONA on the revocation of Jim Acosta's White House press pass

Expert: Acosta video distributed by White House was doctored

CNN sues Trump to get Jim Acosta's press pass restored

CNN and Jim Acosta lawsuit is about free speech, free press and due process

White House says it has 'broad discretion' on press access
Trump claims video distributed by White House wasn't altered

Wisconsin agency won't release records on harassment claims


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.


Following investigation, Houston Chronicle retracts eight stories

CNN's Jim Acosta's actions to Trump don't represent the best of journalism

Anne Arundel County state's attorney-elect: Capital Gazette case will go to trial

During the midterm elections, local fact-checking was scant

The New York Times Digitizes Millions of Historical Photos Using Google Cloud Technology

Owner of The Virginian-Pilot, Daily Press offers buyouts to newsrooms


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


Award-winning photojournalist J. David Ake named AP director of photography

J. David Ake, deputy bureau chief for visual journalism at the AP Washington bureau, has been promoted to director of photography for The Associated Press.

The announcement was made Thursday by Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Sally Buzbee.

Ake, one of the news agency’s most experienced photos staffers, will direct the creative vision for AP’s award-winning daily photos report, ensuring AP delivers high-quality photojournalism to its member news organizations and customers.

He will oversee the sports and entertainment photo managers and guide and mentor AP photographers and photo editors across the globe.

“David is an accomplished and visionary photographer and editor. He also is a true leader, with a track record of identifying and mentoring talent, and of leading change,” said Buzbee. “He’s also approachable and highly collaborative, just the kind of leader we need to build on the legacy of AP photojournalism and lead it into the future.”

In his new role, Ake will report to Derl McCrudden, deputy managing editor for visual and digital journalism, and will be a member of AP’s editorial leadership team. He will be based in New York.

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Leadership shakeup in Orlando; regional coverage to be extended

Tribune Publishing has shaken up the leadership of its Orlando Sentinel, replacing its editor/publisher and seeking a new managing editor.

Avido Khahaifa's editor/publisher job will be split between Julie Anderson, editor in chief of South Florida's Sun Sentinel, and Nancy Meyer, the Sun Sentinel's general manager and publisher. Anderson and Meyer, who both have senior experience at the Orlando Sentinel, will retain their previous job responsibilities at the Sun Sentinel, three hours south on Florida's Turnpike.

Tribune explained the management news as part of a new focus to unite and strengthen the newsrooms' coverage of regional politics, the environment and weather, and public health. The move comes as Florida is engaged in a statewide recount of its knotted governor's and Senate elections.

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WSJ hires SF Biz Times editor Chu as editor on wire desk

Patrick Chu, the former San Francisco Business Times editor, has been hired by The Wall Street Journal as a senior publishing editor.

Chu is a team member on the Dow Jones Newswires publishing desk in New York.

“In this role, Patrick joins the Newswires leadership team, helping to set coverage priorities and manage the editing team in New York,” said Glenn Hall, global chief editor of Dow Jones Newswires, in an email to the staff.

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Idaho Statesman eliminates executive editor post

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The McClatchy Company has restructured the newsroom leadership positions at the Idaho Statesman, eliminating the executive editor position held by Rhonda Prast and naming Nate Poppino as interim local editor.

The Idaho Statesman reports the decision was announced in the newsroom on Monday by McClatchy west region editor Lauren Gustus.

Gustus said Prast's departure was a cost decision and not related to her performance. She said the restructuring was done with the goal of retaining as many local reporting resources as possible.

Prast arrived at the Statesman in 2016 from the Kansas City Star. Under her leadership the Statesman saw double-digit growth in digital audiences and tackled tough environmental and political topics including a six-month project on Idaho's salmon populations, an exploration of abuse in the Catholic Church and the story behind the Boise Police Department's worst shooting in years.

Poppino is a University of Idaho graduate who started his career as a reporter at the Times-News in Twin Falls. He served in a variety of roles there, including a brief stint as interim editor. He came to the Statesman in 2013, working first as breaking news editor for four years.

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Paul Freeman dies - served as AP chief of bureau, broadcast executive

Born in Cameron, Texas on August 31, 1939, Paul Freeman attended Southwestern University in Georgetown for a year before moving to Austin to major in journalism at the University of Texas.

He started his career at the Temple (Tex.) Daily Telegram while serving in the Army from 1963 to 1966. He joined The Associated Press in 1966 as a staff writer in Dallas after a brief stint with United Press International. From there, he went to San Antonio as the AP's correspondent (1966-1968), to Albany as the upstate New York news editor and to Helena as chief of bureau from 1970 to 1976.

He was a broadcast sales executive for the AP in Jackson, Miss., for two years before being named COB in Raleigh. He left the AP in 1980 and joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as city editor.

He died Friday at St. David's Hospital in Austin, Texas, his wife of 57 years, Carole, confirmed. His health began declining in October following years of dialysis. He was 79.

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