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APME UPDATE • DEC. 20, 2017 



Feb. 9, 2018: The full APME Update returns for 2018 after a holiday break
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.

Enter 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


Associated Press leadership can nominate work and actions by AP members and customers to receive the APME Instant Citation for going above and beyond to contribute to the cooperative's news report. Nominees receive a certificate and letter from the APME president.

Sally Carpenter Hale, AP director of local markets in Philadelphia, has nominated photographer Pete Bannan of the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pennsylvania, for an APME Instant Citation “for sharing valuable images with the cooperative after fire broke out at the Barclay Friends Senior Center the night of Nov. 16, killing four residents and injuring 27.

“The newspaper’s photographer, Pete Bannan, called the AP photo desk in New York and offered to send several images shortly after taking them about 12:30 a.m. Two of the photos became AP Topix, the designation given to the best images of the day.”
“His proactivity and quick filing really helped tell the breaking story,” said Pamela Hassell, who was on the photo desk at the time.

Hale also nominated The Times-Tribune in Scranton, Pennsylvania "for its contribution to the cooperative after former long-term U.S. Rep. Joseph McDade died at his home in Virginia on Sept. 24.

When the Philadelphia AP bureau called the funeral home looking for some key information, no one was available. But Larry Holeva, executive editor for Times-Shamrock’s newspapers in Pennsylvania, made it possible for us to quickly produce an obituary. Holeva sent the AP a copy of an obituary that McDade’s family had given to the funeral home. It provided us with all the information that we were missing and needed to file our story.

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.

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.


Honolulu Civil Beat: Insurance “Hell” leaves many injured workers broken
Los Angeles Times: L.A. keeps building by freeways where people get sick
Arizona Republic: Many dead immigrants along Mexico border uncounted
Washington Post: DEA agents say big investigation ended in a whimper
Honolulu Star Advertiser: Proposed “tent cities” rouse debate
Topeka Capital-Journal: Police actions cost city
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Elder abuse reports tossed in trash
Kansas City Star: Don’t expect action on racial profiling cases in Kansas
New York Times: You still won‘t be able to file your taxes on a postcard
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Waiting for Social Security disability decisions
The Oregonian: Fired but fit for duty: Impunity for bad policing in Oregon
Toledo Blade: Ohio renters often left in dark about lead and health risks



Arkansas AG: House harassment document not releasable
Kentucky lawmaker blocked from governor's Twitter account
Missourians discuss being blocked on Greitens' social media
Correction: Conflicted Interests story



Reporters Without Borders says 65 journalists killed in 2017
Arizona Republic's publisher to resign, take faculty post
Chicago teen earning gift money killed delivering newspapers
ESPN chief Skipper resigns, cites substance abuse problem
Tavis Smiley says PBS made mistake in suspending him
MSNBC paid woman who said Chris Matthews harassed her
Mixed results for news media in high-profile cases
Iowa justice blocks newspaper from reporting court records
Court rules for AP in reporter impersonation document fight
Report on Kentucky legislator spotlights nonprofits' role
Retiring New York Times publisher to be replaced by his son
FCC votes to kick off review of broadcaster ownership limit
Fox News host Jeanine Pirro sued for defamation
Coach Lou Holtz sues The Daily Beast over RNC article
Russia moves to block Khodorkovsky's news website
Judge sets hearing on media bid for Vegas shooting warrants
Idaho Falls newspaper names new publisher
Group says 262 journalists imprisoned worldwide, record high
Review: Spielberg, Streep and Hanks deliver in 'The Post'
Gossip editors face HR training after harassment allegations
Polish top journalists oppose fine on US-owned broadcaster
State Dept. concerned by Polish fine on US-owned broadcaster
Detained by US, Mexican journalist fears death if deported



AP names Janelle Cogan US South deputy director for storytelling 

The Associated Press has named Janelle Cogan, a journalist with more than a decade of experience leading reporters, as deputy director of storytelling for the U.S. South, a new position overseeing AP's presentation of news and enterprise across all media formats in 13 states. The appointment was announced Dec. 18 by Ravi Nessman, AP's news director for the South region. Cogan is based in Atlanta, AP's regional hub for the southern United States. Cogan will be part of a new leadership team in the South that will help the region fully integrate its visual and text formats. She will help lead the region's reporters, photographers, video journalists and editors in their efforts to tell stories in the most compelling and innovative ways. The AP is merging its text, photo, video and interactive journalism operations at each of its U.S. regional publishing centers as part of a restructuring similar to one the cooperative has already completed overseas.

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