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APME UPDATE • Dec. 13, 2018 


Jan. 24, 2019: News Leaders Awards deadline, APME and ASNE contest entries are due
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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Enter your best work in the 2019 News Leaders Awards

The American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors announce the first annual News Leaders Awards. The News Leaders Awards reflect the merging of these tradition-rich organizations in honoring excellence and innovation in journalism. They will replace the ASNE Awards and APME Awards, blending hallmarks of both contests.


All news websites, news services (including radio, TV stations and magazines) and newspapers in the United States are eligible to enter. Outside the United States, news organizations that are headed by an active member of ASNE or APME are also eligible. Each nominating organization must create its own account to enter. To submit entries to the 2019 News Leaders Awards, please click here.


All entries must have been published originally, whether in print or online, in 2018, except for the Batten Medal and O’Brien Fellowship Award, which can include work published over a two-year period (Jan. 1, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2018). All entries must be submitted in English. The work of a journalist or team can be entered in more than one category but will be selected as a winner in no more than one. The work of both employees and freelance contributors is eligible.


Organizations can submit up to three entries per category. Individuals from eligible organizations may self-enter even if the organization submits three entries. No minimum number of articles/digital components is required in each category. Be sure to read all of the rules and category descriptions before submitting entries. Entrants in the News Leaders Awards should read each category closely to make sure rules are followed. Deviations from the rules may result in disqualification.

All entries must be submitted by
11:59 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019.

There is a nonrefundable handling fee of $75 per entry.

In five categories, there will be two awards, recognizing accomplishments by large and small news organizations. Those categories are:

Frank A. Blethen Award for Local Accountability Reporting.

Punch Sulzberger Award for Innovative Storytelling.

Deborah Howell Award for Writing Excellence

Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership and Community Engagement.

Visual Journalism Award.

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, and will be defined as:

Large (News organization with staffs of 51 or more)

Small (News organization with staffs of 50 or fewer)

In the following categories, one person, team or organization will be honored:

Al Neuharth Breaking News Reporting Award.

Batten Medal for Courage in Journalism.

O’Brien Fellowship Award for Impact in Public Service Journalism.

Dori J. Maynard Award for Justice in Journalism.

Mike Royko Award for Commentary and Column Writing.

First Amendment Award.

Thanks to our sponsors, eight of the 11 categories come with a cash prize. They are:

The Frank A. Blethen Award for Local Accountability Reporting, sponsored by The Seattle Times.

The Punch Sulzberger Award for Innovative Storytelling, sponsored by The New York Times.

The Deborah Howell Award for Writing Excellence, sponsored by Advance Publications.

The Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership and Community Engagement, sponsored by The Dallas Morning News.

The Batten Medal, sponsored by a group of editors from the former Knight Ridder company.

The O'Brien Fellowship Award for Impact in Public Service Journalism, sponsored by the fellowship at Marquette University.

The Dori J. Maynard Award for Justice in Journalism, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The Mike Royko Award for Commentary and Column Writing, sponsored by the Chicago Tribune.

Questions can be answered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST Monday-Friday. Contact ASNE Senior Information Specialist Megan Morrison at or ASNE Senior Communications Assistant Deena Kahn at or 573-882-2430.

Winners will be announced in the spring and will be recognized at the NLA (ASNE-APME) conference, September 9-10 in New Orleans. Registration for the 2019 NLA conference is open, register now!

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.

Colorado Press Association members get a discount for APME’s Denver NewsTrain coming April 11-12

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.

Here are this year's NewsTrain stops:

  • 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

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

Christy Robinson, the digital coordinator at KERA in Dallas, walks attendees through an exercise in mobile storytelling at the Denton, Texas, NewsTrain on Sept. 22, 2018. Photo by Hatch Visuals.

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.


Arizona Republic: Poisoned Cities-Deadly Border: This city’s air is killing people. Here’s why.

Los Angeles Times: More than 20 women accused a prominent Pasadena obstetrician of mistreating them. He denied claims and was able to continue practicing

Modesto Bee: They tried to make intersection near Riverbank safer. Collisions now higher than ever

The Washington Post: ‘Death is waiting for him’

South Florida Sun Sentinel: Florida schools cover up crimes: Rapes, guns and more

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Judge says JQC director ordered him off case involving influential attorneys

Portland Press Herald: As Wreaths Across America has grown, so has scrutiny about its practices

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Denied Justice: A better way to investigate rape

The New York Times: The Wooing of Jared Kushner: How the Saudis Got a Friend in the White House

The Columbus Dispatch: Side Effects: Ohio leads way as states take on 'pharmacy benefit manager' middlemen

Austin American-Statesman: How a lack of state oversight leaves children in day cares across Texas UNWATCHED

The Dallas Morning News: Pain & Profit: Eight steps Texas can take to fix its managed-care mess

Houston Chronicle: As Houston Methodist’s lung program grew, so did its rate of failed transplants

Honolulu Civil Beat: Hawaii Public Schools Sued Over Unequal Treatment Of Female Athletes

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Hundreds of sex abuse allegations found in fundamental Baptist churches across U.S.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Disabled students at Edinboro are pitted against the school that has been their champion

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Ex-priest accused in Pa. grand jury report denies allegations, assails process

Tampa Bay Times: Top All Children’s executives resign following Times report on heart surgeries


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.


Hartford Courant: Courant exclusive: More than 1,000 pages of documents reveal Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza's dark descent into depravity

Kansas City Star: KCK police chief had ‘handshake’ deal to live in county-owned house for little rent

Arkansas newspaper sues over no-boycott pledge for vendors

AP: State should disclose inmate-death records: Access counselor


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.


Gannett CEO Robert J. Dickey to retire in 2019

McClatchy to centralize design jobs in North Carolina

'Guardians and War on Truth' Time's 'Person of the Year'

Social media outpaces print newspapers in the U.S. as a news source

School dedicates memorial to slain newspaper employees

Man accused of threatening journalists put on house arrest

Local newspapers end print run after photographer's shooting


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.


David Zeeck leaving The News Tribune after 24 years as publisher and executive editor

David Zeeck is leaving The News Tribune next month after 24 years at the paper, the last 10 as publisher.

The McClatchy Co., which owns The News Tribune, made the announcement Tuesday. Zeeck also serves as publisher of The Olympian and The Bellingham Herald and oversees the daily print and digital business operations of the community weeklies in Gig Harbor and Puyallup.

“I’ve loved every day leading The News Tribune, The Olympian and The Bellingham Herald, and I’ve given all I’ve got to the cause of local journalism,” Zeeck said in a McClatchy news release. “I feel that the time is right to reflect and pick the next challenge. It’s time for someone else to take over and to finish the transition to a digital media future.”

Rebecca Poynter will replace Zeeck. She is the vice president of local sales for McClatchy’s West Region and serves as publisher of The Idaho Statesman and also oversees The Tri-City Herald. She will add Zeeck’s responsibilities to her portfolio Jan. 14.

Read more here:

This paper’s new editor — its youngest and first female — is fiercely protective of a changing institution

Growing up, Maggie Cassidy, her brother and their dog, Cocoa, often ended up in the newsroom.

She remembers paste-up boards, X-Acto knives, shouting across the bullpen and tiny computer screens with black backgrounds and green letters.

Her dad, Gene Cassidy, worked then as a columnist at the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Massachusetts. He later became an editor.

Now Cassidy is following his career path, but in her very own way.

In late November, the Valley News in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, named Cassidy the paper’s newest editor. She’s the first woman to fill the role and the youngest, but neither of those got her the job.

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Obituaries: Don Harrison, 90, retired Daily News editor

Don Harrison, 90, of Wynnewood, a retired Daily News editor and a Philadelphia-area journalist for more than 60 years, died Friday, Dec. 7.

He died in hospice at Saunders House from complications of a stroke he suffered two years ago, said his wife, Grace.

Mr. Harrison worked at the Daily News from 1982 until 2001 and retired as deputy editor of the opinion pages. He previously worked for 19 years at the Bulletin, where he was an assistant managing editor and also served as city editor when Frank L. Rizzo was mayor.

“Journalism for my father was a calling, a vocation,” said daughter Ellen. “I don’t think he would have done anything else. He would have done it without being paid.”

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