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APME UPDATE • Nov. 29, 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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2019 News Leaders Awards accepts submissions starting Dec. 6

The News Leaders Awards will begin accepting entries at 8 a.m. EST Thursday. Dec. 6, 2018. More information regarding the different awards, their rules and sponsors will be released next week. The deadline to submit entries will be 11:59 p.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2019.

Winners will be announced in the spring and will be recognized at the NLA (ASNE-APME) conference, September 9-10 in New Orleans.

Andrew Carter of The News & Observer wins September Photo of the Month

The Associated Press Media Editors has honored this photograph as National Member Photo of the Month for September 2018.


Thanks to MetroWest Daily News staff John Walker, Art Illman, Ann Ringwood and Ruby Wallau for judging. 


Here is what the judges had to say about the winning image:


“We loved Andrew Carter's photograph of the tender moment between Robert Simmons Jr. and his kitten "Survivor". The look of despair in Simmons' posture paired with the quiet perseverance of the rain soaked kitten creates a powerful moment. The red color of the jacket nicely contrasts with a flooded desaturated background. This image of a man saving his kitten will surely become an iconic image of Hurricane Florence.”


Find all images entered for September. The winner is slide #1.




Robert Simmons Jr. and his kitten "Survivor" are rescued from floodwaters after Hurricane Florence dumped several inches of rain in the area overnight, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, in New Bern, N.C.  (Andrew Carter/The News & Observer via AP)

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.

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.

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.


Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Failure to deliver: How the rise of out-of-hospital births puts mothers and babies at risk.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Surprised by dangerous fumes in coffee roastery and cafe, Stone Creek takes steps to protect employees

Austin American-Statesman: Amid historic flooding, Austin water systems sank

The Tennessean: TED Talks, the darknet and killer pills: A life and death in Nashville

The Inquirer: Philadelphia Councilman Kenyatta Johnson helped friend make $165,000 flipping city-owned lots

The Oregonian: Buried: The state hides how children die on Oregon's watch

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia teachers who have sex with students seldom go to prison

The New York Times: Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

The Post and Courier: Minimally adequate: South Carolina’s persistent failures in education are leaving students unprepared for the world that awaits them

Arizona Daily Star: EVICTIONS: Low-income housing crisis takes toll on Tucson renters

Los Angeles Times: The Robinson R44, the world’s best-selling civilian helicopter, has a long history of deadly crashes

Fresno Bee: MS-13 terrorized Mendota for nearly a decade. Why didn’t help come sooner?

The Denver Post: “It’s a dragnet”: Denver police far more likely to cite Latino kids for violating curfew

Des Moines Register: How Trump administration pressure to dump 4-H's LGBT policy led to Iowa leader's firing

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: A Victim Heard, Justice Served

Kansas City Star: Professor used students as servants. UMKC knew and didn’t stop him

The New York Times: Hazing, Humiliation, Terror: Working While Female in Federal Prison

The Oregonian: Moving Oregonians with mental illness out of locked facilities was the goal. But things didn't go as planned.

The Tennessean: 13 suicide attempts, 18 hospitalizations, few options: Lost in Tennessee's mental care system

The Dallas Morning News: 'They’re gonna kill me': Why did a man die in jail near Fort Worth as untrained guards watched?

The Dallas Morning News: 'Anything he could grab, he would try it': Dallas sexual misconduct case reopened decades after twins reported priest

The Seattle Times: Gov. Jay Inslee’s out-of-state trips strain budget of Washington State Patrol security detail

The Toledo Blade: Man's allegations of abuse by Fostoria priest surface after 40 years

Honolulu Civil Beat: Black Market Babies

The New York Times: ‘If Bobbie Talks, I’m Finished’: How Les Moonves Tried to Silence an Accuser

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Hiding behind God: Three men sexually abused as boys by Catholic priest Cipolla still struggle with the horror"

The Columbus Dispatch: Unserved Justice: Suspects run free while authorities drown in open arrest warrants


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.


Missouri changes execution media policy after lawsuit

Tennessee gov-elect promises to overhaul public records law

Free speech threat seen in prosecuting WikiLeaks' Assange

Prison inmate death after run-in with staff ruled homicide


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.


A seat at the table: American newsrooms still don’t represent their diverse communities

42 — and counting — journalism awards to apply for

Digging Deep Into Local News, A Small Newspaper In Rural Oregon Is Thriving

Canada introduces a $595 million package in support of journalism

Newseum opens new installation about Capital Gazette shooting

Man accused in newspaper shootings to face trial next June

Capital Gazette, Maryland community papers move to unionize

As city burns around it, a newspaper staff rises to cover unspeakable tragedy


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


New managing editor right at home in the newsroom

BECKLEY, W. Va. — Wendy Holdren, an award-winning Register-Herald journalist who hails from Wyoming County, has been appointed managing editor of the daily newspaper in Beckley.

Holdren, 29, began her career in journalism at The Register-Herald in 2011, shortly after graduating from Concord University.

Earlier this year she was named 2017 Reporter of the Year by Community Newspapers Holding Inc., which owns the Beckley newspaper and more than a hundred others across the country including the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, the Times West Virginian in Fairmont and The Fayette Tribune in Oak Hill.

Holdren, who holds a Master’s degree from the University of Missouri, has won several West Virginia Press Association awards for her legal reporting and her coverage of health issues and the opioid crisis.

“I could not be more pleased to have a person of Wendy’s character and integrity to help lead this newsroom,” said J. Damon Cain, executive editor of The Register-Herald. “Wendy cares deeply about the prominent issues that affect people’s lives, here. And being from this neck of the woods, she displays a debt of gratitude as well.

“I want to assure everyone in our circulation reach, if they don’t yet know Wendy, they can rest assured that they have no better champion in building an honest, respectful and relevant daily report.”

Holdren is stepping into a position that Dawn Dayton held for more than 30 years.

“I’m excited for this opportunity,” Holdren said. “I definitely have some big shoes to fill.

Read more:

Chris Reen Joins The Gazette and Will Become Publisher in May 2019

Clarity Media Group announced today that Chris Reen will become the president of The Gazette in Colorado Springs, beginning February 2019. Reen and publisher of The Gazette, Dan Steever, will manage the publication until May 2019 when Steever plans to return to the East Coast to be closer to his children and extended family. At that time, Reen will add the duties of publisher to his responsibilities.

A 30-year veteran of the media industry, Reen most recently served as president of The Oklahoman Media Company and publisher of The Oklahoman, the largest daily newspaper in Oklahoma. He began his career at The Oklahoman in 2004 and has held media executive positions in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. He is known for his strong business background with special interests in collaboration and teamwork.

"Chris has an impressive breadth of industry experience and will be an outstanding leader of The Gazette. We're excited to have him on board," said Ryan McKibben, President and CEO of Clarity Media Group. "We thank Dan for his years of leadership—not only at The Gazette, but in the Colorado Springs community—and wish him and his family the best moving forward."

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