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APME UPDATE • DEC. 14, 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

Early bird registration is open for 2018 News Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas

Book now to lock in 2017 prices for the 2018 ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 11 and 12 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.
Costs may go up, but the training is invaluable and you can lock last year's price in now. Stay tuned for more details, but we are building on the success of 2017's conference in Washington, D.C., to shine in 2018.

Book now to meet your budget needs.


To register for the conference: The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers. 

Special rates are also available for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Lunch tickets and hotel registration will be available at a later date.

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.

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

The Associated Press asks for your votes for the top stories of the year

It's that time of year again-time for members and customers of The Associated Press to take a few minutes to vote on the top stories of the year. This year there are three main categories: national/international, entertainment and sports.


Please click on the link to cast your vote online: You will need to create a new account, regardless of whether you had an account in the past.


This poll is for AP members and customers only, and the link is NOT TO BE REDISTRIBUTED ONLINE OR IN PRINT. 


Voting for all polls ends on  Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. EST. Results will be transmitted later that week.   


Thank you for your participation.

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

Diversity scholarships available now!

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.

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

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.

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.


Survey: Help research about role, status of women in communication

In the communication industries of today, change is the new normal. This survey is designed to examine the roles and status of women communication professionals, including the types of positions they hold, the role mentoring has played in their careers and their access to management opportunities in all of the major communication industries. 

This study, a second national survey, is being conducted by the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in the College of Communication, Architecture & the Arts at Florida International University.

The survey is being distributed to leading professional associations in newspaper, magazine, online and broadcast journalism, and advertising and public relations. The survey was first administered in 2015, the first time in at least a decade that all of these industries were being surveyed at the same time. This survey replicates the first survey. 

The Kopenhaver Center will release the results of this study in early 2018 and share with APME.

Your participation is voluntary, and your responses are anonymous. The survey should take you no more than 20 minutes to complete. Click here to take the survey by Dec. 31

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Lillian A. Abreu at the Kopenhaver Center at or 305-919-4065.


AP: San Diego’s sunny identity threatened by homeless crisis
AP: State lawmakers' outside jobs present possible conflicts
AP: North Carolina steps in on child abuse cases involving sect
Arizona Republic: Officers under scrutiny at one agency often move to others
Sacramento Bee: Stressed California dams often go years without repairs
Los Angeles Times: A secret list of police with histories of misconduct
Denver Post: In rural Colorado, no one replaces dying and retiring doctors
Hartford Courant: Five years after Sandy Hook, schools violating safety rules
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia Medical board easy on opioid violators
Chicago Tribune: Commercial and industrial property assessments defy logic
Baltimore Sun: Paper mill burns a polluting sludge called black liquor
Boston Globe: Boston. Racism. Image. Reality
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Vows of transparency lost behind veil of dark money
Las Vegas Review-Journal: Private business conflicted with state job
New York Times: 2020 census raises worries about fairness and accuracy
The News and Observer: Parents reject vaccinations on religious grounds



Missouri attorney general weighs in on Confide messaging app
Minnesota school official suspended for handcuffing student
Missouri governor’s team facing pushback over messaging app
Attorney general: Sex harassment complaints should be secret



'Alternative facts' remark tops 2017 list of notable quotes
New Yorker fires reporter Ryan Lizza for sexual misconduct
Polish media regulator fines US-owned news channel $420,000
Journalists consider response to errors after Trump attacks
Detained by US, Mexican journalist fears death if deported
Push gains ground to honor Ernie Pyle with national day
Media fight Kushners for names of partners in Md. buildings
Accusations of misconduct followed top gossip editor
CNN corrects report about Trump campaign and Wikileaks tip
Boston Herald declares bankruptcy, agrees to be sold
Lawyer says CNN producer who lost job did not harass
CBS, HBO, Netflix among 2018 duPont-Columbia award winners
Schimel defends not asking journalist for source of leak
Project Veritas founder given award by Clarence Thomas' wife
Lightning strike stops Michigan newspaper for a day
Women accusers take on toxic culture in TV newsrooms
National Enquirer editor accused of sexual misconduct
Univ. of Wyoming revising mandatory reporting by journalists
ABC says Ross will no longer cover stories involving Trump



AP names Brad Foss as its new global business editor 

Brad Foss, a former reporter and deputy business editor at The Associated Press, has been named the cooperative's global business editor. In his new role, Foss will guide AP's coverage of business, industry and finance around the world and in all media formats. His appointment was announced Tuesday by Sarah Nordgren, AP's deputy managing editor for business, sports, entertainment, and health and science. Foss has driven change in several leadership roles in AP's business news department during the past decade. He played key roles in expanding financial news coverage out of states and statehouses, created a real-time economic data product and launched AP's automated journalism initiative.

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Journalist Roy Reed, who covered civil rights movement, dies 

An Arkansas-born journalist and author who covered one of the key events of the civil rights era has died. Roy Reed died Dec. 10 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, according to his wife, Norma Reed. He was 87. Roy Reed reported on the civil rights movement during the 1960s for the New York Times and in 1965 witnessed what became known as "Bloody Sunday" when police and others beat black marchers in Selma, Alabama. Reed earlier worked for the Joplin Globe in Missouri and for the Arkansas Gazette. He left the New York Times in 1978 and returned to Arkansas where he taught journalism at the University of Arkansas

Norma Reed said funeral services are pending. Survivors include his wife, a son and a daughter and five grandchildren.

Pioneering black journalist Simeon Booker dies at age 99 

Simeon Booker, a trail-blazing African-American journalist and the first full-time black reporter at The Washington Post, died Dec. 10 at the age of 99. Booker died at an assisted-living community in Solomons, Maryland, according to a Post obituary, citing his wife Carol. He had recently been hospitalized for pneumonia. Booker served for decades as the Washington bureau chief for the iconic African-American publications Jet, a weekly, and Ebony, a monthly. He is credited with bringing to national prominence the 1955 death of Emmett Till, the 14-year old African-American boy whose brutal murder in Mississippi became a galvanizing point for the nascent civil rights movement. Booker's article included an open-casket picture of Till's mangled face that shocked the nation.

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Jack Clarke, former Illinois newspaper publisher, dies 

Jack Clarke, the longtime publisher of The (Springfield) State Journal-Register and its predecessors until he retired in 1996, has died. He was 83. The State Journal-Register reports that Clarke died of cancer Dec. 9 in Naples, Florida. Clarke  was born in Mattoon and grew up in Springfield and Chicago. He served in the Navy, earned a master's degree in business administration at Harvard and returned to Springfield to become assistant business manager and later business manager for Journal and the Register, which were then published separately. He became publisher in 1968 and oversaw the 1974 merger of the papers. Clarke helped push for the establishment of what was then Sangamon State University and has since become University of Illinois at Springfield. Survivors include his wife, Sheila; two children and two stepchildren.

Mickey Carroll, reporter who witnessed Oswald shooting, dies 

A political pollster and longtime journalist who was just feet away from Jack Ruby when he shot Lee Harvey Oswald has died. Maurice Carroll was 86. Carroll's death from colon cancer Dec. 6 was announced by Quinnipiac University. Carroll, who went by Mickey, was raised in New Jersey and spent four decades as a journalist with The New York Times, New York Herald Tribune, Newark Star-Ledger and others. He covered the aftermath of President John F. Kennedy's assassination for the Herald Tribune and was close to Oswald in the Dallas police headquarters basement when Oswald was gunned down by Jack Ruby. Carroll taught journalism and was most recently a Quinnipiac pollster. Quinnipiac President John Lahey praised Carroll as a reporter in the finest tradition of American journalism.

Former newspaper publisher Karen Wittmer Jekel dies 

Karen Wittmer Jekel, a former publisher of newspapers in Arizona and other states and a community leader in Scottsdale and the Mesa area, died Dec. 2. She was 65. The death was confirmed by her husband, Lou Jekel. He says she died six months after being diagnosed with bile duct cancer. Wittmer Jekel was publisher of the East Valley Tribune in 2007 when she joined her husband in retirement. The couple split their time between Scottsdale and Cornville, Arizona, and Alexandria Bay, New York, Survivors include her husband; her mother, Mary; brothers Mark and Marty and a sister, Margo. The couple had no children. Jim Ripley, a former co-worker of Wittmer Jekel, says the family plans private services.


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