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APME UPDATE • Dec. 20, 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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Have suggestions for the 2019 NLA (ASNE-APME) conference?

Dear colleagues and friends,

Planning is underway for the 2019 NLA (ASNE-APME) annual conference in New Orleans. We want to hear your ideas for programming, specifically what you want to hear, learn and see at this event. Your ideas will help ensure our New Orleans conference will be a success!

Have a session you want to suggest? A speaker you think we should invite? A topic we should tackle? We want to know about it. Please take a few moments to let us know your thoughts by clicking here:

The deadline for suggestions is Jan. 15, 2019.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in New Orleans in September!


Audrey Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle Editor in Chief, and Dennis Anderson, Journal Star Executive Editor, 2019 conference chairs

Questions? Contact Audrey Cooper at

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!

Register now 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.

RJI offers three types of fellowships for 2019. Apply now!

The Reynolds Journalism Institute is now accepting applications for 2019-20 fellows and we thought you might have some great candidates in your networks. Can you help us get the word out?

RJI is looking to advance new products, services, ideas and storytelling techniques with funding, mentoring, testing and promotion. RJI offers three types of fellowships. Residential fellows earn $80,000 and spend eight months at the Missouri School of Journalism. Want to work from your home base? We offer $20,000 non-residential fellowships. Newsrooms and civil society organizations can apply for institutional fellowships that offer $20,000 stipends. All three options include additional funds for travel, technical development and marketing. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2019.

Full details:

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.


The New York Times: Tabloid Publisher’s Deal in Hush-Money Inquiry Adds to Trump’s Danger

The Seattle Times: The orca and the orca catcher: How a generation of killer whales was taken from Puget Sound

The Dallas Morning News: Dallas' departing DA hasn't taken action on two police brutality cases. Is it political?

The Plain Dealer: Euclid, a once-thriving suburb, wrestles with change as it faces economic, racial tensions

The New York Times: As the Trumps Dodged Taxes, Their Tenants Paid a Price

Santa Fe New Mexican: Santa Fe County’s Happy Roofs Program has unhappy result

Newark Star-Ledger: N.J.'s new plan to root out misbehaving cops is badly flawed, experts say

Kansas City Star: Was it a coverup? Records, picture changed in Jackson County jail inmate’s death

Portland Press-Herald: Trump administration funding formula causes Maine to lose out on millions in federal opioid money

The Topeka Capital-Journal: The Lindemuth bankruptcy – 6 years later

Indianapolis Star: New Nassar report details USA Gymnastics chief’s cozy ties with IMPD, FBI officials

Idaho Statesman: Mass stabbing suspect flew under the radar in Memphis. Then, he came to Boise.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: How Brian Kemp turned warning of election system vulnerability against Democrats

Pensacola News Journal: Neglected: Even when staffs cause patient deaths, Florida nursing homes face few penalties

Connecticut Post: State Police, mental-health workers, make highest overtime pay

The Denver Post: Betrayal, anger, grief haunt victims of Colorado funeral home that sold loved ones’ body parts without permission

San Diego Union-Tribune: Is San Diego's way of policing the police working?

San Francisco Chronicle: Selling shipyard safety

Los Angeles Times: Some L.A. pensions are so huge they exceed IRS limits, costing taxpayers millions extra

Palm Springs Desert Sun: This river is too toxic to touch, and people live right next to it

Chicago Tribune: From shopping malls to violent street corners, security guards are meant to protect the public but operate with little scrutiny

The New York Times: As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants


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.


The Toledo Blade: Emails to Ohio State president illustrate fractured fan base

Chicago Tribune: Financial secrecy: 10 of 16 top Chicago mayoral candidates refuse to release full tax returns

Writer seeks records of probe into Pentagon Papers leak


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

Newspaper: Kilgore News Herald sold to M. Roberts Media

Bomb threats emailed to multiple locations across the country

Arizona newspaper publisher uses his publication to accuse wife of poisoning attempt

The funny, the weird and the serious: 33 media corrections from 2018

Appeals court upholds $6M libel ruling against newspaper


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.


Veteran investigative journalist Ron Nixon joins AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Nixon, an acclaimed reporter, editor and data journalist, will join The Associated Press as its international investigations editor, based in Washington.

Nixon, currently homeland security correspondent for The New York Times, will manage a team of reporters based in London, Cairo, New Delhi, Shanghai and Washington, and work closely with colleagues around the globe to conduct ambitious investigative and accountability reporting on a variety of topics.

The appointment was announced Thursday by Michael Hudson, who heads AP's investigative journalism.

"Ron brings an impressive range of experience and know-how to the job," Hudson said. "As an editor and reporter, he's adept at immersing himself in all kinds of stories — from investigations of global propaganda, to the day-to-day workings of America's homeland security apparatus."

Nixon has covered border and aviation security, immigration, cybercrime and violent extremism at The Times. He has reported in recent years from Mexico, Belgium, Rwanda, Uganda, Senegal, South Africa, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, among other places.  He is the author of the book "Selling Apartheid: Apartheid South Africa's Global Propaganda War," and is the co-founder of the Ida B. Wells Society, which trains journalists of color in investigative reporting.

Nixon previously worked as data editor at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, as training director at Investigative Reporters and Editors, and as an environment and investigative reporter at The Roanoke Times in Virginia.

"We are enormously excited and committed to growing AP's ability to do strong investigative journalism from all corners of the globe, leveraging our worldwide footprint of exceptional people," said Sally Buzbee, AP's executive editor. "Ron's passion, skill and commitment to training and nurturing journalists make him the perfect fit for this critical mission."

Oklahoman editor Kelly Dyer Fry named newspaper's publisher

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoman has a new publisher.

The newspaper's owner, GateHouse Media, announced Tuesday that Kelly Dyer Fry is now publisher. She was The Oklahoman's editor and vice president of news and will continue in those roles.

Fry has worked in various jobs at The Oklahoman since 1994 after leaving her family's business, which owns the El Reno Tribune. She also has served on the board of the Associated Press Media Editors and was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2014.

GateHouse executive Jim Hopson had been interim publisher.

Management announced in September that GateHouse had bought The Oklahoman from the Anschutz Corp., owned by Denver businessman Philip Anschutz. New York-based GateHouse is one of the largest publishing companies in the U.S. with 145 newspapers.

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Post-Gazette editor David Shribman to step down at end of the year

David M. Shribman, executive editor and vice president of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette who has led its news operation since 2003, said Tuesday he will step down at the end of the year.

A successor has not been named.

Mr. Shribman, 64, whose long career in journalism includes winning a Pulitzer Prize for political coverage at the Boston Globe, will become a scholar in residence at Carnegie Mellon University in January and in August will begin an appointment at McGill University in Montreal.

“I hired him in 2002 and worked with him for 16 years. We’ve had some wonderful times together,” said John Robinson Block, the Post-Gazette’s publisher and editor-in-chief.

Mr. Shribman said he was grateful to Mr. Block and the Block family, which owns the Post-Gazette, “for the privilege of being the trustee of this indispensable institution for 16 years.”

The Post-Gazette named Mr. Shribman as its next executive editor in December 2002 and he took over the job formally in February 2003.

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