See you in Washington in 3 days! 

The 2017 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 kicks off in THREE days at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. 
Here are eight things to know!

1. Have you registered?  

Register for the conference if you haven't. We have special rates for members of ASNE and APME, including retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. 
Lunch tickets are $40 each for Oct. 9 and 10. You can purchase now or at the conference.

 2. Pre-conference workshops

If you signed up to attend one of the two (or both) pre-conference workshops, don't forget to check in Sunday, Oct. 8. Registration will open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marriott. The community engagement workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be in Madison B; the "Table Stakes" workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. will be in Hoover. 

If you registered for the conference and would like to participate in these free workshops, then sign up by email APME at If you are interested in attending just the workshops, then sign up here for only $75. 

3. Getting from the airport to the hotel

The Washington Marriott Wardman Park, at 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20008is located about 7 miles away from Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA). The hotel does not provide shuttle service, but you can take a subway, grab a taxi or drive. 
Click here for more information about transportation.

4. Program schedule

Our online schedule is easy to navigate through a number of sessions and events we have planned for you. 

Two ways to get the most out of this schedule: 
1. Have it handy on your mobile
Go to your browser and in the URL bar, type in For directions on how to bookmark the page on your home screen so that the schedule is always only one click away, click here if you are an iPhone user or here if you are an Android user. 
2. Personalize your schedule 
Sign up for a free account and create a custom schedule of sessions that interest you.

5. Shuttle service between the hotel and opening reception

Shuttle buses will be available to/from the Washington Marriott Wardman Park and the opening reception at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, running from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. Buses will pick up at the 24th Street entrance of the hotel (not the front lobby entrance) and drop off in front of Amazonia, where the reception takes place. 

6. Registration desk hours

Sunday, Oct. 8
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

Monday, Oct. 9
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park

Tuesday, Oct. 10
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park

Wednesday, Oct. 11
7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park

7. Attire

Business casual is fine. 

8. Weather

Click here for the latest weather forecast for Washington!


To register for the main 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 for Monday, Oct. 9, and Tuesday, Oct. 10, can be purchased during registration.

To register for the Oct. 8 pre-conference workshops, email APME at


Reingewirtz of the Los Angeles Daily News wins APME National Member Photo for July

The Associated Press Media Editors has honored the attached photograph as National Member Photo of the Month for July 2017. 
Thanks to Andrew P. Scott, Tim Loehrke and Chris Powers at USA Today for judging this month. 
Here is what the judges had to say about the winning image:
“Our team liked the quiet emotion from this tragic event. The framing of others waiting solemnly in line to pay their respects adds to the emotional impact of the moment.”

Below is the link to all images entered for July and the winner is slide #36.

Caption:  An unidentified woman touches Aramazd Andressian Jr's coffin after his funeral at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena, Calif., on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  A funeral was held Tuesday for the 5-year-old Southern California boy whose father is charged with killing him after a trip to Disneyland. (Sarah Reingewirtz /Los Angeles Daily News via AP)

News organizations in Alaska and Illinois win annual APME Public Service honors

News organizations in Illinois and Alaska have been named as winners of the sixth annual Associated Press Media Editors’ Community Journalism Public Service Initiative.

The Southern Illinoisan and Unalaska Community Broadcasting Inc. (KUCB Radio) were named as winners of $2,500 grants and expenses to attend the annual ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington. The grants and expenses were provided through grants from the Park and APME foundations.

“The judges felt that these two news organizations presented totally different projects, but were both equally deserving of the honor,” said Joe Hight, chairman of the grant project and judging panel this year. “They and the other entrants typify the outstanding public service work that smaller news organizations are doing in this country. APME continues to honor them through these grants.”


NewsTrain digital-skills workshops coming to Indiana, Arizona, Texas, S.C. and Ontario in 2018-19

APME’s NewsTrain will bring its high-quality, affordable training to Indiana, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas and Ontario in 2018-19.

Here are the locations for the workshops, which have an early-bird rate of $75 each to attend:

  • March 24 in Muncie, Indiana, hosted by Ball State University;
  • April 6-7 in Phoenix, hosted at Arizona State University by the Arizona Newspapers Association;
  • Fall 2018 in Denton, Texas, (40 miles north of Dallas), hosted by the University of North Texas;
  • Fall 2018 or the first half of 2019 in Greenville, South Carolina, hosted at Furman University by The Greenville News; and
  • March 2019 in Toronto, hosted by News Media Canada.

Please sign up here to be emailed when more information becomes available on the dates, agendas and instructors for the 2018-19 workshops.

Additional workshops for 2019 will be announced in 2018. To apply to bring NewsTrain to your town in 2019, visit

LEARN MORE and REGISTER FOR 2017 WORKSHOPS in New England; Columbus, Ohio; and Seattle

Baldwin elected 2021 APME president

The Associated Press Media Editors is pleased to announce that Mark Baldwin, executive editor of the Rockford Register Star, has been elected as its 2021 president.

Baldwin is a veteran member of the APME board. He has headed the conference planning committee in 2012, 2013 and 2017. He has also led APME’s outreach to college programs and served as chair of the First Amendment committee.

"Mark has been a valued APME board member and a nationally recognized expert on the importance of news literacy and community engagement,” said APME President Bill Church, who is senior vice president news for Gatehouse Media.

“His strong sense of civility positions him to lead APME now and into the future."

Baldwin was appointed executive editor of the Register Star in 2012. He previously worked at newspapers in Wisconsin, Kansas, New York, Florida and Chicago.

A native of Chicago, he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.  

“It’s an honor to be chosen as for a leadership role by people I like and respect as much as my APME board colleagues,” he said. “It's important to remember that everyone on the board is a leader, from the longest-tenured among us to the newcomers.”

One of his goals will be to help board members become involved in APME work as quickly as possible.

Baldwin noted that APME must respond to the same challenges facing the entire news industry, including mistrust of the media by certain segments of the population.

“To me, that presents a great opportunity to explain our values and our methods, and to teach the skills of news literacy so that consumers of information can, on their own, determine the credibility of news sources available to them,” he said.


He also envisions APME deepening its partnerships with other journalism groups like the American Society of News Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists so the industry can speak out with the “strongest possible voice on critical issues.”




The 2016 Great Ideas e-book has ideas from many media outlets

• Interactive video projects
• Digital touch points
• Building redesigns to let readers in or engage them
• Not shaving to make a statement
• Monday memories from your photo staff
• Quirky fun with Friday Extra
• Media Days for high school sports
• 101 unique things about your city
• Creative partnerships in reporting
• History initiatives
And more …

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