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APME UPDATE • MAY 24, 2017






Oct. 8-11, 2017: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 14, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Beverly, Massachusetts

Oct. 21, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 11, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Seattle


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 The grant winners will be announced in late August.


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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.


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

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 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 if you are registering through APME. Email Jiyoung Won at  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.

Stay tuned for more details at and Questions? Please contact APME at or Jiyoung Won at

Veteran trainers in social and mobile named for Columbus, Ohio, NewsTrain on Oct. 21

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.


Great Ideas: Indy Star mobile app promotion
Indianapolis Star

Submitted by Anne Brennan of Wicked Local: This is not my idea, but I saw it on Facebook and thought it was entertaining, infomative and very funny. I need to do something like this!



New York Times: China crippled U.S. spying operations by killing informants
Washington Post: Trump tells secrets to Russia
Washington Post: Fuel slush fund at the Pentagon
Toledo Blade: Health Department failed to follow up on lead contamination warnings
Toledo Blade: State orders unsafe homes in Toledo vacated due to lead
Orange County Register: Fraudulent drug treatment centers in the region
AP and USA TODAY Network: A gunshot and a child is dead: Should anyone be punished?
Idaho Statesman: Workers lose lives in residential construction
Courier Journal: Sexual abuse of Explorer Scouts is nationwide problem
Charlotte Observer: Smart kids from low-income families excluded from advanced classes
Austin American-Statesman: Tasers’ role in deaths in police custody



Paris (Texas) News names Lauren Corbell as managing editor

Lauren Corbell has been named managing editor of The Paris (Texas) News, Publisher J.D. Davidson announced.

Current managing editor Anna Rae Gwarjanski has stepped down from the role.

Corbell has been city editor for The Paris News since November 2016 and was a staff writer and designer before that.

New Mexico paper names Jason W. Brooks as editor

The Las Vegas (New Mexico) Optic has named the editor of an Iowa newspaper as its next newsroom leader.

The northern New Mexico newspaper announced that Jason W. Brooks has started as the publication's new editor.
Brooks most recently served as editor at the Boone News-Republican in Boone, Iowa, near Des Moines. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico,

Brooks replaces Martin Salazar, who stepped down in February to take a job as a reporter with the Albuquerque Journal.

Lufkin (Texas) News names Jeff Pownall interim managing editor

Jeff Pownall was tapped as interim managing editor of The Lufkin (Texas) News, succeeding former editor Andy Adams.
Pownall, who served as news editor for 30 years, will serve in the interim position for a 90-day period, said Publisher Jenniffer Ricks.

Anna Jo Bratton named AP's US West deputy director for newsgathering

The Associated Press has named Anna Jo Bratton as deputy director of newsgathering for the U.S. West, a new position overseeing breaking news and enterprise across all media formats in 13 states.

The appointment was announced by Anna Johnson, AP's news director of the West region. Bratton is based in Phoenix.


Arizona Daily Star: Border detentions in southern Arizona cost taxpayers $2 billion
Chicago Tribune: Are college prep classes failing to prepare kids?
Vermont becomes latest state to protect journalists' sources
Reporter says he was roughed up by security guards at FCC
Breaking: HCC board votes not to renew journalism instructor's contract



Poynter: AP Social Newswire launches
AP, ExpertFile collaborate to connect newsrooms with expert sources
Poynter: New York Times to offer buyouts to editors to transform editing
Poynter: Sacramento Bee enacts layoffs
Mid-Valley Media Group publisher expands role
Lee names new Casper Star-Tribune publisher, general manager
Jeff DeLoach leaves 2 Texas newspapers for Tennessee job
BH Media appoints new publisher for Winston-Salem, region
Fox News fires Bob Beckel for racially insensitive remark



Doris Selig, longtime AP communications employee, dies at 90

A woman who rose from a teenage printer attendant for The Associated Press during World War II to communications executive during a 55-year career with the global news agency has died. Doris Selig was 90.

After graduating from high school in 1943, the Albany, New York, native joined the AP bureau there. She tended news copy printers before becoming a teletype operator, punching in stories.

In 1974, she transferred to AP's communications facility in New Jersey for training as a technician. She later returned to New York and worked in the communications department at AP's Manhattan headquarters.

Selig retired as assistant chief of communications in 1998.

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Roger Ailes, media guru and political strategist, dies at 77

Roger Ailes, the communications maestro who transformed television news and America's political conversation by creating and ruling Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment, has died at age 77.

A former GOP operative to candidates including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and a one-time adviser to President Donald Trump, Ailes' TV network changed the face of 24-hour news. In early 1996, he accepted a challenge from media titan Rupert Murdoch to build a news network from scratch to compete with CNN and other TV outlets they deemed left-leaning.

Fox News and 21st Century Fox executive chairman Rupert Murdoch called Ailes as "a brilliant broadcaster (who) played a huge role in shaping America's media over the last thirty years" in a statement.

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Photographer Stanley Greene dies at 68

Stanley Greene, whose visceral and brutally honest images of conflict and fearlessness in the most perilous of places made him one of the leading war photographers of his generation, died on Friday in Paris. He was 68.

The death was confirmed by the photographer-owned agency Noor Images, of which Mr. Greene, who lived in Paris, was a founding member. No cause was given, although associates said he had been treated for liver cancer for several years.

Mr. Greene was one of the few African-American photographers who worked internationally.

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