Smaller news organizations: Apply by July 24 for APME’s sixth-annual Community Journalism Public Service 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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Join your colleagues at the APME-ASNE-APPM 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 in the next 30 days by Saturday, June 3, will be eligible for a promotional deal.

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.

APPM’s programming will highlight effective ways news organizations can interact with readers. A number of organizations have found success in hosting community events. We will hear from Kathy Kieliszewski with The Detroit News about its film festival and other speakers about how their ideas have bolstered their presence in the communities they cover.

The APPM portion of the conference will also include a presentation from Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly about his time as a White House photographer for the Ford presidency. Also, there will be a session on drones and the privacy issues that accompany their use.

The APME-ASNE preconference workshop will address the role of community engagement for news organizations and how to build trust with their audiences and communities. Best practices and examples of community engagement will be incorporated. Attendees will emerge from the workshop better equipped to engage readers and strengthen trust in quality journalism. More information about the workshop will be available soon.


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 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 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

Accomplished trainers in social, mobile, data and records coming to #NWNewsTrain in Seattle Nov. 11

We have a tremendous lineup of trainers set for #NWNewsTrain in Seattle on Nov. 11. They include:

  • P. Kim Buieditor-at-large for NowThis News and former deputy managing editor for (upper left in the photos)
  • Laura E. Davisdigital news director of the Annenberg Media Center at the University of Southern California and a former mobile editor at BuzzFeed. (upper right)
  • Steve Doig, professor of journalism, specializing in data reporting, at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. (bottom middle)
  • Angela Galloway, an associate attorney who practices open-government law at the Seattle firm of MacDonald Hoague & Bayless. (bottom right)

Here's the agenda and what you can learn from each trainer:

  • Maximizing social media to get your story read, (Bui)
  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools, (Bui)
  • Making smart choices in mobile storytelling, (Davis)
  • Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat, (Doig) and
  • Using state and federal open-records laws effectively (Galloway).

The program also includes a keynote lunchtime talk by former Seattle Times Executive Editor Mike Fancher on how to bolster your newsroom's credibility. (bottom left in the photos)


For just $75register to get this full Saturday of highly rated training in digital skills, including light breakfast and lunch, plus free parking. The first 20 to register will receive a free AP Stylebook  a $22.95 value.


Competitive diversity scholarships are open to journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds. Apply by Oct. 4.


Other NewsTrains this year will be on Oct. 14 near Boston and Oct. 21 near Columbus, Ohio



Sally Jacobsen, AP's first female international editor and former APME executive director, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Sally Jacobsen, a widely experienced Associated Press correspondent who became the first woman to serve as the news service's international editor, overseeing with a cool, steady hand coverage of wars, terrorism and a daily stream of history-making events, has died at the age of 70.


Jacobsen, who retired in 2015 to Croton-on-Hudson, New York, died Thursday night at nearby Phelps Hospital from a recurrence of cancer that first struck her six years ago, said her husband, Patrick Oster, a retired Bloomberg News managing editor.

Her 39-year career took her from the precincts of financial power as a Washington economics correspondent, to the earthquake-ravaged barrios of Mexico City, to the councils of NATO in Brussels and then to the pressure-packed job at New York headquarters of leading AP's scores of international correspondents through the years of 9/11 and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

In her final jobs, she supervised the AP Stylebook, shepherding through changes in newswriting conventions followed by media organizations everywhere, and was executive director of the industry group Associated Press Media Editors.

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Train in social, mobile, data and video at Columbus, Ohio, NewsTrain on Oct. 21

Come for a full Saturday of digital training in suburban Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 21. Registration is open, and training sessions include:

  • Maximizing your smartphone for mobile newsgathering,
  • 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.

Experience NewsTrain’s highly rated training; attendees regularly judge sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly useful and highly effective.

Please register by Sept. 21 to get the early-bird rate of $75 for a full day of training, including light breakfast and lunch. Plus, the first 20 to register will be entered in a drawing for five, free, yearlong subscriptions to the AP Stylebook online – a $26 value. Diversity scholarships are available; deadline is Sept. 13.

Don't delay: NewsTrains often sell out.


Experience top trainers at New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14; learn mobile, video, social, data

We have an amazing lineup of trainers set for New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14 in suburban Boston. All are experienced instructors with deep expertise. They are:


  • Theodore Kim, innovation and workshops editor at The New York Times and former mobile editor at The Washington Post. He will teach storytelling on mobile.
  • Cindy E. Rodríguez, senior journalist-in-residence at Emerson College in Boston. She will teach smartphone video.
  • Daniel Victor, senior staff editor at The New York Times, where he reports for the breaking-news Express Team. He will teach social media reporting and branding.
  • Todd Wallack, data journalist on The Boston Globe's Spotlight investigative team, who will teach data-driven enterprise off your beat.

Here's what we'll be learning on this agenda:

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

NewsTrain attendees typically rate NewsTrain training as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful.


Register today for just $75!NewsTrains often sell out, and the early-bird rate ends after Sept. 14. Also, the first 20 registrants will be entered in a drawing for one of five, free, yearlong subscriptions to the AP Stylebook online. Diversity scholarships are available; deadline is Sept. 6.




NewsTrain director wins RJI Fellowship to develop mobile learning for journalists

NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin has been awarded a 2017-18 nonresidential fellowship from the Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Her project is to develop a digital-journalism course delivered in bite-size lessons on a smartphone.

The idea for the project came from a NewsTrain attendee who asked for a guide to lead her through the next series of digital skills she needed to learn.

“I thought why not put that guide on something every journalist carries – their phone –and also extend its usefulness to those who haven’t been able to attend a NewsTrain,” said Austin, a former editor who has a master’s degree in educational technology.

She is forming a group of potential users to advise her on the creation of the course. “If you or someone on your staff would like to join the advisory group, please email me.”

Austin’s project is one of six selected by RJI for fellowships in its 11th class, which attracted nearly 300 applicants. Other projects deal with filter bubbles and business-side analytics.

Each year, RJI seeks innovative ideas for its fellowships from anyone who wants to help journalism sustain itself or thrive as an important pillar of democracy.

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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