Train in social, video, mobile and data at New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14

The agenda is out for New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14 in Beverly, Massachusetts -- 26 miles north of Boston -- and here are the sessions:

  • Maximizing social media to get your story read,
  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools,
  • Shooting short, shareable smartphone video,
  • Making smart choices in mobile storytelling, and
  • Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Please register by Sept. 14 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.


News Organizations Celebrate Sunshine Week

The American Society of Newspaper Editors launched the first national Sunshine Week in 2005. The celebration of access to public information has been held every year since to coincide with the March 16 birthday of James Madison, father of the U.S. Constitution and a key advocate of the Bill of Rights.

This year, ASNE (now the American Society of News Editors), The Associated Press and the Associated Press Media Editors, a group representing AP-affiliated news organizations, teamed up to mark the importance of press freedoms for Sunshine Week and beyond.

The ongoing collaboration will help the public understand the necessity of a free press, the importance of a transparent government and the role that a free flow of news and information play in a well-informed citizenry.

It will involve explanatory and accountability-related news stories and related content, as well as opportunities for public engagement in local communities to promote media literacy.

The effort kicked off with the following stories. For questions or more information, contact Tom Verdin, the AP's national editor for state government coverage, at


Ana Venegas of The Orange County Register wins APME January Photo of the Month

After a short hiatus, the National Associated Press Media Editors Photo of the Month is back.

This month, APME has honored this photograph as National Member Photo of the Month for January 2017.

Thanks to John Walker; director of visual media at GateHouse Media and photographers Art Illman, Ann Ringwood and James Jesson for judging this month.  

Here is what the judges had to say about the winning image:

"The picture was chosen as it clearly illustrates the flooding that occurred after heavy rains, but also has a simplicity and beauty to it, with the pink umbrella and boots of the young girl making the image pop."

Below is the link to all images entered for January and the winner is slide No. 31.

Caption: Isabella Busse , 6, walks through floodwater near the Seal Beach Pier during a storm in Seal Beach, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. The heavy downpour on Sunday drenched Orange County in one of the heaviest storms of the year. Fast-moving floodwaters swept through California mountain communities and residents fled homes below hillsides scarred by wildfires as the third in the latest series of storms brought a deluge Sunday and warnings about damaging mudslides. (Ana Venegas/The Orange County Register via AP)

Free speech, press groups call president’s attacks on the media a threat to democracy

The National Coalition Against Censorship and the Associated Press Media Editors, along with more than 80 other organizations (including the American Society of News Editors) committed to the First Amendment right of freedom of speech and the press, condemn efforts by the Trump administration to demonize the media and undermine its ability to inform the public about official actions and policies. In a joint statement released today, the groups stress that the administration’s attacks on the press pose a threat to American democracy.

The statement cites numerous attempts by the administration to penalize and intimidate the press for coverage the President dislikes, including refusing to answer questions from certain reporters, falsely charging the media with cover-ups and manipulation of news, and denying certain media outlets access to press briefings. Official designation of the media as “the opposition party” escalated when the President described the New York Times, CBS, CNN, ABC, and NBC News as “the enemy of the American people!”

The statement emphasizes that an independent and free press is the Constitution’s safeguard against tyranny. Its job is not to please the President but to report accurately on the actions of public officials so the public has the information to hold power accountable. Efforts to undermine the legitimacy or independence of the press, the statement reads, “betray the country’s most cherished values and undercut one of its most significant strengths.”

“The press plays an essential role in democracy, by serving as an independent watchdog on government conduct and as the main source of information for the public,” said NCAC’s Executive Director Joan Bertin. “The constitutional right to freedom of speech and to petition the government for a redress of grievances cannot be exercised in a meaningful way without access to information about what the government does in our name.”

“Given his actions and rhetoric during the campaign, the attacks on the press by President Trump should not be a surprise to anyone,” said Mizell Stewart III, president of the American Society of News Editors. “Every American should be concerned about this administration’s coordinated attempts to marginalize journalists and threaten the public’s right to know.”


New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14 open for registration

APME's NewsTrain is coming to New England on Oct. 14 for the first time in 10 years.

The workshop will provide a full Saturday of digital training at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, 26 miles north of Boston.

Early-bird registration is $75 through Sept. 14; it increases to $85 on Sept. 15.

Competitive diversity scholarships that cover the registration fee are available to journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds.

To be notified when the agenda and trainers are set, please provide an email address.


NewsTrain coming to Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma and Washington in 2017

Matt Wynn of the Omaha World-Herald teaches data journalism at the NewsTrain in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 2016.

APME’s NewsTrain will bring its high-quality, affordable training to Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma and Washington state in 2017.

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

  • Norman, Oklahoma, on March 4;
  • Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 21;
  • Beverly, Massachusetts, about 26 miles from Boston, in the fall; and
  • Seattle, Washington, in the fall.

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

The sites were selected from applications by committees of local journalists throughout the United States. The successful committees are conducting an assessment of the needs in their newsrooms to determine what skills will be taught at the workshops. 

Since 2003, NewsTrain has served more than 7,000 journalists in 84 workshops. It has traveled to all 50 states, bringing cutting-edge training close to home. Attendees consistently rate its interactive sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful. Instructors are accomplished journalists with both front-line and teaching experience.

Read more here

APME stands with Asian-American Journalists demanding apology, dialogue from Fox News Channel

The national board of directors of the Associated Press Media Editors on Friday voted to stand with the Asian-American Journalists Association in demanding a public apology and calling for meaningful dialogue from Fox News Channel following the Oct. 3 segment of “Watters’ World” on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Read more here.

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 …

2017 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference planned Oct. 8-11 in Washington, D.C.

Mark your calendar! We are heading to Washington, D.C., Oct. 8-11, 2017, for the fourth annual ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference.
The Associated Press Photo Managers will once again join us.
Plan early to spend a few days next fall in the nation's capital. We'll kick off with an evening reception Sunday, Oct. 8, and continue until late-morning Wednesday, Oct. 11.

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