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APME UPDATE • DEC. 7, 2017 



March 1, 2018: Deadline for entries for the APME Journalism Excellence and Innovation Awards
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

Announcing the 2018 Associated Press Media Editors Awards honoring journalism excellence and innovation

The Associated Press Media Editors is now accepting entries to its annual awards competition, which honors excellence and innovation in newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites.

The deadline for entries is March 1, 2018. Eligible work must have been posted, published or launched between Jan. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2017. News organizations are allowed to submit the same entry in up to two categories.

There are two notable changes in this year’s contest.

First, several awards are divided into categories based on size. In the past, size was determined by circulation or DMA ranking. Now, size is determined by the number of full-time-equivalent employees in a newsroom – all those involved in reporting, editing, visuals, multimedia, design and production. See specific award descriptions for details.

Second, the contest used to be open only to Associated Press and Canadian Press members. Now, it is open to all AP and CP customers, as well as members.

The fee remains $75 per entry for APME members, $100 per entry for non-APME members. For those who submit three or more entries, the fee is discounted to $60 per entry for members, and $85 per entry for non-members. For universities and college students, the fee remains $25 per entry.

Entries should include electronic files in PDF format of stories, series, visuals and/or editorials and community reaction. Up to 20 electronic files may be submitted, as well as a cover letter outlining the background, execution and accomplishments of the effort. The entry should address significant challenges to accuracy, and all published corrections or clarifications.

Awards will be presented at the 2018 APME-ASNE Conference, Sept. 11-12, in Austin, Texas. A highlight of the conference: Finalists for the Innovator of the Year Award will make presentations, with the winner selected on-site by attendees.

The first step in entering is signing up as an "entrant" at the APME contest site at Please keep your entrant username and password. You will need it to return to the site to edit or add more entries before submitting them for judging. Submit all entries before accessing the payment page to check out.

For more information, click here

For just $75, train in social, video, mobile, data and beat mapping at Muncie, Indiana, NewsTrain on March 24

APME’s NewsTrain is bringing affordable training in digital-journalism skills to Muncie, Indiana, on March 24.

Early-bird registration is $75 for a full Saturday of training at Ball State University. Sessions include:

  • Mobile newsgathering: better reporting with your smartphone,
  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools,
  • Shooting short, shareable smartphone video,
  • Better time management with beat mapping, and
  • Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Experience NewsTrain’s highly rated training; attendees regularly judge sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly useful and highly effective. “This is the best hands-on collection of practical sessions with knowledgeable ‘in-the-field’ instructors I’ve experienced,” said 2016 attendee Kelly Shiers.

Your accomplished trainers include

  • Linda Austin, project director for NewsTrain.
  • Amy Bartnerdowntown reporter for The Indianapolis Star and its former social media editor and engagement manager.
  • John Russell, investigative reporter at the Indianapolis Business Journal.
  • Val Hoeppner, director of the Center for Innovation in Media at Middle Tennessee State University.

Please register by Feb. 24 to get the early-bird rate of just $75, including meals. Discounted hotel rooms on campus start at $68 a night, plus tax.

Register today! NewsTrains often sell out. Plus, the first 20 registrants receive a free AP Stylebook.

Competitive diversity scholarships are available to journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds. Apply by Feb 12.

Muncie NewsTrain will be the 89th such workshop organized by Associated Press Media Editors (APME) in collaboration with a host committee of local journalists. The nonprofit organization of newsroom leaders has sponsored NewsTrain since 2003, training more than 7,300 journalists in cities across the United States and Canada.

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.


Porter of The Press Democrat wins October's National Member Photo of the Month


The Associated Press Media Editors has honored this photograph as National Member Photo of the Month for September 2017.


Thanks to John J. Watkins, staff photojournalist, and Kale Wilk, digital producer, of The Times of Northwest Indiana for judging this month.
Here is what the judges had to say about the winning image:


"The photo captures a loving, human moment in a solemn surrounding. The composition and shallow depth of field nicely depicts and isolates the couple from the destruction they’re surrounded by. Although they appear to have lost everything, they still have each other.”


This is a link to all images entered for October and the winner is slide 28.



Caption: Gordon Easter and fiancee Gail Hale embrace as they return to their home on Hopper Lane in Coffey Park, Friday Oct. 20, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Northern California residents who fled a wildfire in the dead of night with only minutes to spare returned to their neighborhoods Friday for the first time in nearly two weeks to see if anything was standing. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

Provide your thoughts on unpublishing by Friday, Dec. 8

We need your input to better understand the emerging challenges related to unpublishing, the act of removing previously published content from a news organization's website or news archive. This is a complex issue that cannot be addressed without your help. The survey results will be shared with ASNE and APME members with the goal of providing critical insights and suggested standard practices for the industry.
The survey, conducted by a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, closes Friday, Dec. 8. It is critical that the survey obtains responses from as many journalists as possible. Thank you in advance for participating.

Click here to begin.


AP: FBI gave heads-up to fraction of Russian hackers’ US targets
AP: Big contracts, no storm tarps for Puerto Rico
AP: Why Republicans who once fought budget debt now embrace it
San Francisco Chronicle: A year after fire, inspection troubles persist
Sun Sentinel: Downtown development could overwhelm leaky sewer system
New York Times: Tax victory in sight, Republicans eye next step: Cut spending
Chicago Tribune: Can these Chicago high schools survive?
Des Moines Register: Despite GOP warnings, few Iowa farmers face estate tax
Topeka Capital-Journal: Official defends free connection to sewer system
Boston Globe: Warming waters dim hope for lobster south of Cape Cod
Record: Management exodus at N.J. Transit
Newark Star Ledger: NJ Environmentalists use new strategy to fight pipelines
News and Observer: Faulty radios put prison officers in danger
Dallas Morning News: More women jailed in Texas though arrests dropped



Wisconsin legislative leaders deny access to sexual harassment complaints
Report: Whistleblower lawsuit in Kentucky child abuse case settled
ACLU files suit to force Nebraska to provide death penalty records
NAACP seeks Tulsa police records on use-of-force, complaints
2 papers sue over rejected requests for body-camera footage
Report: Nebraska jails profiting from high phone call fees
Randy Travis loses legal bid to keep DUI footage private
Missouri GOP group's Sunshine Law offensive aims to 'intimidate,' 'obstruct'
Inquiry blisters Air Force Academy's sex-assault office
Court documents reveal Trump paid $1.375M in labor lawsuit
Fired Kentucky state worker sent personal mails to women
Kentucky officials bring reporter to court over open records
Kansas judge to review records on teen's 1988 disappearance



Russia lists US media organizations as foreign agents
Georgia jury acquits 'citizen journalist' of felony charges
Mexican media outlets team up to combat journalist murders
Malta announces 10 arrests in journalist's car bomb killing
Duke University rescinds journalism award for Charlie Rose
Russian parliament to bar US media named foreign agents
Pulitzer Prize board expands breaking news eligibility
Woman spots missing puppy in newscast of high-speed chase
Apple, Google at Chinese internet fest shows lure of market
US anchor leaves long Univision post, seeks new audience
Man detained by ICE after speaking with news reporters
After erroneous Flynn report, ABC News suspends Brian Ross
HBO film looks at legendary Washington Post editor Bradlee
Gov. Deal won't be testifying in trial of citizen journalist
Neo-Nazi site founder asks court to toss 'troll storm' suit
CBS evening news getting a new anchor and extra airtime
'Embarrassed' Geraldo Rivera apologizes for 'tawdry' memoir
Russian parliament to bar all US media from accessing it
Ohio Nazi sympathizer featured in New York Times loses job, home
Midler to Rivera: Apologize for alleged sexual assault
Radio broadcaster Cumulus files for bankruptcy protection
Lauer apologizes, NBC looks to move on but questions linger
Walmart pulls "Rope. Tree. Journalist." T-shirt from site
Geraldo Rivera sorry for calling news business 'flirty'
Moscow mulls tit-for-tat in Russia-US media spat
Project Veritas head mocks Washington Post handling of hoax
Matt Lauer is fired at NBC, accused of crude misconduct
Russian network RT loses Capitol Hill credentials
Trump turns Lauer firing into occasion to blast 'Fake News'
Digital media company BuzzFeed cutting jobs in US, UK
ESPN eliminating 150 production, tech jobs in latest cuts
CNN to launch business channel in Switzerland during Davos
'Distorted news' deemed health issue in junta-run Thailand
White House-CNN feud spills over into Christmas party
Post story on failed sting is valuable journalism lesson
Conservative group linked to woman who falsely accused Moore
Meredith buying Time Inc. for about $1.8 billion
School cancels Anthony Scaramucci event over lawsuit threats
Universities revoke journalism awards given to Charlie Rose
Newspaper apologizes after reporter's sexual assault case
Facebook opens 2nd office combating hate speech in Germany
Court: Gannett not liable for newspaper carrier's driving
Police: arm found at sea carries hallmark of submarine case
Credibility at risk, media cuts stars loose over sex claims
FCC chairman sets out to scrap open internet access rules
AT&T suit may herald a new antitrust era - or Trumpian pique
Politics or policy? Behind the dispute over AT&T-Time Warner



Alan Diaz, AP photographer behind Elian image, to retire 

Associated Press photojournalist Alan Diaz, whose coverage of a 6-year-old Cuban boy named Elian Gonzalez earned him the Pulitzer Prize, is retiring after 17 years. Diaz's iconic image shows an armed U.S. immigration agent confronting the terrified boy in the Little Havana home where he lived with relatives for months after being found floating in the waters off Florida. Diaz agreed to an interview about his career on one condition: He'd only talk over cafecito in Little Havana. The Miami neighborhood is the heart of the Cuban-American community. It's where Diaz started his U.S. photography career. It's where he earned a Pulitzer Prize. It's home. "The Cuban story is a fantastic story," he said over Cuban coffee at the landmark Versailles restaurant in late October. "Just to see the people, how they're passionate. I love this story." Diaz will retire Dec. 1.

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John Hall, director of AP's State Photo Center, dies at 74 

John Hall, who ended a 41-year journalism career as director of The Associated Press' State Photo Center, has died. He was 74. Hall died Nov. 18 at his home in Quincy, Illinois, said his widow, Marion. A cause of death was not provided. Hall worked at Texas, Oregon and Florida newspapers before he joined the AP's Washington bureau in April 2001 as assistant chief of bureau for photos. Hall served in that capacity for five years, overseeing the news cooperative's photojournalism in the nation's capital. In August 2006, he was named director of the State Photo Center, the AP's central editing hub handling the photo reports for all 50 states. Hall retired after the center closed in late 2007.

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