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.


Train in social, data, mobile- and 360-video at NewsTrain in Norman, Oklahoma, on March 4

For just $75, early-bird registrants can get a full day of digital training at APME's NewsTrain workshop in Norman, Oklahoma, on March 4.

Sessions include:

  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools,
  • Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat,
  • Shooting short, shareable smartphone video,
  • Experimenting with virtual reality and 360-video to tell immersive stories,
  • Planning for breaking news in a mobile-first, multiplatform environment, and
  • Identifying and accessing the Oklahoma public records you need to tell compelling stories.

Register by Feb. 4 at to get the early-bird discount. Registration increases to $85 on Feb. 5. The first 25 registrants qualify to receive a free AP Stylebook.

Journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply by Feb. 1 for competitive diversity scholarships, which cover the registration fee


Announcing the 2017 Associated Press Media Editors awards honoring journalism excellence and innovation

The Associated Press Media Editors is now accepting entries to its annual awards competition, honoring excellence and innovation in newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites in the United States and Canada.

The 2016 awards reflect APME’s continuing commitment to serve news organizations of every size and mission by offering early-bird and multiple-entry discounts to members.

The final deadline for all entries is March 1, 2017.

Eligible work must have been posted, published or launched between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016. News organizations can submit the same entry in up to two categories.

The fee for APME members is $60 per entry if submitted by Dec. 31. After that, the fee returns to the regular $75 for members, and $100 per entry for non-APME members. However, member organizations submitting three or more entries will continue to receive the discount of $60 per entry until March 1.

To see if you or your organization is a member, please go to

Several awards recognize work done in different circulation categories. The Public Service Awards, First Amendment Awards, News Reporting and Storytelling Awards have three categories. The Investigative Reporting Awards, Community Engagement Awards, and International Perspective Awards have two categories. Please see the specific awards for details.



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.

Read more about it.

Get to know the APME: Kathleen Carroll

Learn how Kathleen would spend an extra hour in the day.

Get to know Kathleen here. 

Get to know the APME: Alan Miller

Learn how the APME has helped Alan as a journalist.

Get to know Alan here.

Great Idea submission

APME members have the greatest ideas.

Check out this Great Idea submission from Luann Sharp of The Blade.

Watchdog reporting: Impact journalism from the past week

Example of watchdog reporting from the Boston Globe, the Denver Post and more.

Read all the watchdog reporting here.

Get to know the APME: Dennis Anderson

Learn what Dennis considers to be his biggest career accomplishment.

Get to know Dennis here.

Fifth anniversary of APME initiative to honor two smaller newspapers

The fifth anniversary of the Associated Press Media Editors’ Community Journalism Public Service Initiative will celebrate the work of two smaller newspapers, one of which has won the grant initiative for the second straight year.

The Journal-Standard of Freeport, Ill, was named a winner in last year’s competition and won again this year for its "Freeport Fish Tank” project on its crumbling downtown. The other winner is The Daily Item of Sunbury, PA, which won for its project on heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis in its community.

"While several news organizations have tackled projects on similar issues, we felt both The Journal-Standard and The Daily Item showed fresh approaches to the projects,” said Joe Hight, chairman of APME judging panel. "We also were impressed by their records of project development and depth. We felt they were both examples to all news organization of how important these types of projects are to their communities.”

Because of generous grants from the Park and APME foundations, the initiative will award grants of $2,500 to each newspaper, plus expenses for representatives to attend the upcoming ASNE-APME conference in Philadelphia. The Park Foundation of Ithaca, NY, also funded last year’s $2,500 grants that will help the news organizations to finish their projects.

Learn more about the projects here.

Get to know the APME: Bill Church

Learn what Bill would do if he had an extra hour in the day.

Get to know Bill here.

Get to know the APME: Angie Muhs

Learn what three quotes APME executive board member Angiel Muhs has on her office bulletin board and the answer to many more questions. 

Get to know Angie here.

Get to know the APME: Laura Sellers-Earl

Learn what APME President Laura Sellers-Earl would do if she had an extra hour in the day as she answers this and many more questions. 

Get to know Laura here.

Hollis R. Towns wins the 15th annual Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership

Hollis R. Towns, executive editor and vice president of the Asbury Park Press, is the winner of the 15th annual Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership, awarded by the Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors.

The McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership is given annually to individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and a graduate of Kent State University. McGruder died of cancer in April 2002. A past president of APME and former member of the American Society of News Editors’ Board of Directors, McGruder was a relentless diversity champion. The awards will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, at the lunch on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference in Philadelphia.

Towns will each receive $2,500 and a leadership plaque.

Read the full announcement 

Apply by Oct. 1 to bring NewsTrain to your town in 2017

You can bring the learning, morale boost and fun of a NewsTrain workshop to your town in 2017. Just put together a tentative host committee of representatives from local journalism organizations, and apply by Oct. 1.

Learn more and apply. 

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