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|APME Update • Smaller markets eligible for public service initiative grant|
APME UPDATE • MAY 24, 2017
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Oct. 8-11, 2017: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.
Smaller news organizations: Apply by July 24 for APME’s sixth-annual Community Journalism Initiative
The sixth year of the Associated Press Media Editors’ Community Journalism Public Service Initiative continues to emphasize the important work of smaller news organizations and their impact on U.S. communities.
Because of generous grants from the Park and APME foundations, the initiative will award grants of $2,500 to two news organizations again this year to help them complete projects important to their communities. The winners will also receive an expense-paid trip to send a representative to present at the ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington.
However, news organizations must apply to be considered.
“It’s a relatively easy process to enter, and the return on the investment of time is great if you are selected,” said Joe Hight, who is serving again as chairman of the grant project and judging panel this year.
“The list is growing of outstanding smaller news organizations that APME has supported to do great journalism and projects that have an impact on their communities, It’s also great to see how these organizations have gone on to win other major awards and even national companywide honors for the work they are doing.”
Last year's winners are prime examples.
The Journal-Standard of Freeport, Ill, became the first two-time winner last year for its “Freeport Fish Tank” project on its crumbling downtown. The Journal Standard has won previously for its three-day series analyzing the dramatic effect of a series of shootings on the 24,000 people who live in Freeport. The other winner was The Daily Item of Sunbury, PA, which won for its project on heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis in its community. The Daily Item was later named as CNHI Newspaper of the Year for its “bold and thoughtful enterprise stories,” according to the announcement.
Media companies in metropolitan areas (MSA) of 100,000 or fewer people are encouraged to apply for the grants. Applicants must draft a proposal of 500 words or less and include examples of how you would approach the project. It should be multi-platform, include social media and address a long-standing community issue. If the project is part of a partnership, the application must address the news organization’s role in it and its need of the grant to help complete it.
The deadline for applications is July 24. Applications can be submitted by going to https://www.tfaforms.com/4619008. The grant winners will be announced in late August.
Register a second editor for just $100 to join your collegues for the News Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
Register now for the 2017 APME-ASNE News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.
Those who register and book their hotel rooms by Saturday, June 3, will be eligible to bring a second editor for just $100.
Dubbed “Real News, Engaged Citizens,” the conference will focus on the intersection of journalism and citizenship. It will immediately follow the Online News Association conference, scheduled for Oct. 5-7 at the same Marriott. Come early and take advantage of doubly diverse sessions and networking opportunities, all offered in one location.
Attendees interested in building trust through community engagement can sign up to attend a free workshop prior to the APME-ASNE conference kickoff. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, and has limited seats.
Attendees will also be able to attend events hosted by the Associated Press Photo Managers, which will be hosting its annual conference in conjunction with APME and ASNE for the fourth year in a row.
Our conference hotel, the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, is at 2660 Woodley Road NW. Conference sessions will begin there Monday morning and conclude by noon Wednesday.
Some highlights of the sessions and speakers planned:
• White House media relations: Featuring Major Garrett, CBS News chief White House correspondent; Jeff Ballou, Al Jazeera Media Network news editor and president of the National Press Club; and Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute.
• Fake news and political reporting: Showcasing Liz Spayd, The New York Times public editor; Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post media columnist; April Ryan (invited), American Urban Radio Network White House correspondent; and DeWayne Wickham, Morgan State University journalism dean. We’ve also invited President Donald Trump, The Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and Facebook News Partnership and Engagement Chief Campbell Brown.
• Two diversity sessions: One is on recruitment and retention, and the other is a powerful session on lessons we should all learn from coverage of the last presidential campaign. The latter centers on economic diversity and will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz, who calls Cleveland home; Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley; and author and political commentator J.D. Vance, who wrote “Hillbilly Elegy” about the rise of Appalachian values.
• Awards celebration: Winners of the 2017 APME Awards and the 2017 ASNE Awards will be recognized at a reception on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 10.
Those who register and book their hotel rooms for at least three nights by Saturday, June 3, will be able to bring a second editor for only $100. Email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a promo code for this deal.
Special conference registration rates are also available for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Lunch tickets for Monday, Oct. 9, and Tuesday, Oct. 10, can be purchased during registration.
To sign-up for the Oct. 8 preconference workshop: Email email@example.com if you are registering through APME. Email Jiyoung Won at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re registering through ASNE. The workshop has limited space and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are registered to attend the conference.
To book your hotel room: A terrific group rate is available at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park for $249/night Friday, Oct. 6, through Wednesday, Oct. 11. Reservations must be made by 6 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 15. Make a reservation online here.
Veteran trainers in social reporting, mobile storytelling and smartphone video will teach at Columbus, Ohio, NewsTrain on Oct. 21. They are:
• Doug Haddix, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors,
• Q. McElroy, director of engagement and optimization at Cox Media Group in Atlanta, and
• Sue Morrow, assistant multimedia director at The Sacramento Bee
Additional trainers will be named soon for these sessions on the agenda:
• Maximizing your smartphone for mobile newsgathering, and
• Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.
Please register by Sept. 21 to get the early-bird rate of $75 for a full day of training, including light breakfast and lunch.
Don’t delay: NewsTrains often sell out. Plus, the first 20 to register will be entered in a drawing to receive one of five free, yearlong subscriptions to the AP Stylebook online – a $26 value.
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