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.”



Calls for nomination for the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership

Submit your nominations for the 16th annual award honoring the distinguished career of Robert G. McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, former managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, graduate of Kent State University and relentless diversity champion. He died of cancer in April 2002.

The Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership is sponsored by the Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors and will be given at this year’s ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference held in Washington, D.C. from Oct. 8-11.

Nominees should have made a significant contribution during one or more years toward furthering McGruder’s legacy of diversity in news content and in recruiting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce.

This year’s honoree will receive $1,000 and a leadership trophy.


Register early, party with Australian ambassador

Party with Joe Hockey, Australian ambassador to the United States, on the evening of Oct. 10 at his beautiful residence!We will have cocktails, snacks and some quality time for a Q&A and other fun, engaging conversations. This stand-up reception, limited to 80 people on a first-come, first-served basis, is open to those who are registered and made a hotel reservation for the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington, D.C. Register soon if you want to join the crowd!

The conference, which focuses on the intersection of journalism and citizenship, will kick off on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 8, and conclude by noon Wednesday, Oct. 11. Our conference hotel is the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, at 2660 Woodley Road NW. The reception with the ambassador will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 3120 Cleveland Ave. NW, about a 15-minute walk from the Marriott.

Register early, party with Australian ambassador

To register for the Oct. 10 reception at the Australian ambassador's residence: Email APME at or, if registering with ASNE, contact Jiyoung Won at Both the workshop and reception have limited space and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are registered to attend the conference. Those attending the reception also need to book their rooms at the Marriott.

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.

A draft of the conference schedule is coming soon at and Questions? Please contact APME at or Jiyoung Won at ASNE.


Digital-training survey gets 624 responses

Thanks to everyone who took and shared NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin's survey on training for digital journalism. We received 624 responses!

The next step in her project as a 2017-18 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow will be analysis of the results. That will be followed by two virtual focus groups to gather more information on what journalists want to know about digital journalism and how they want to learn it.

To help time-starved journalists get up to speed quickly, she's looking at delivering bite-size lessons on digital skills via smartphone. 

Herald-Times photographer wins April Photo of the Month honors

Riders crash in turn three during the men's Little 500 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Jeremy Hogan/The Herald-Times via AP)
Thanks to Sandra Clark, vice president for news and civic dialogue for WHYY in Philadelphia for judging this month.

Here is what Sandra had to say about the winning image:
“The photographer captured the crash at exactly the right moment. The laser-focused riders continuing on their way is in sharp contrast to three cyclists behind them, each of them (and their bikes) in different stages of uncontrollable contortion. The danger of the accident is felt to the bone.."
Below is the link to all images entered for April and the winner is slide #35. 


Applications open for diversity scholarships to train in digital skills at fall 2017 NewsTrains

Journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply for diversity scholarships to train in digital skills at three APME NewsTrains this fall.

The daylong trainings will be held on these Saturdays in these cities, with scholarship-application deadlines listed:

·       Oct. 14 in Beverly, Massachusetts, 26 miles north of Boston. Deadline: Sept. 6

·       Oct. 21 in suburban Columbus, OhioDeadline: Sept. 13

·       Nov. 11 in SeattleDeadline: Oct. 4.

The winners of the competitive awards have their $75 registration fee waived. They are responsible for their own travel expenses.




APME honors the 2017 award winners for excellence and innovation in journalism

NEW YORK — Watchdog journalism that saved lives, exposed bias, held government officials accountable and shed light on hidden practices earned top honors in the 2017 Associated Press Media Editors Awards.


The Chicago Tribune earned the grand prize in Public Service for “Dangerous Doses,” which exposed pharmacies that were dispensing drug combinations that could cause harm or death, APME announced Wednesday. “This high-impact project wins first place because of its journalistic sophistication, its novel approach and because it changed rules and laws governing pharmacists and their training,” judges said.


The Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register also received top honors in Public Service. The Herald-Tribune documented significant racial inequities across Florida in sentencing; the State Journal-Register led a collaborative statewide effort to show the impact of the state budget stalemate.


The Charleston Post and Courier won the grand prize for work advancing the principles of the First Amendment. The newspaper found that police across the United States have stockpiled huge databases with personal information from millions of Americans who simply crossed paths with officers.


Other First Amendment winners were the Quad-City Times, which successfully pushed city leaders to stop doing the public’s business in small groups behind closed doors, and the Peoria Journal Star, which battled to obtain a police officer’s report about her colleagues’ and supervisors’ misuse of on-the-clock time.


The annual APME contest honors excellence and innovation in journalism, and reflects the Associated Press Media Editors’ mission of fostering newsroom leaders, empowering journalists to succeed, and cultivating ideas that work. Teams of judges are comprised of APME national board members and top editors at the Associated Press.


Winners will be recognized at the ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference October 8-11 in Washington, D.C.


Trainers, topics set for three fall NewsTrains: New England, Columbus and Seattle

Top-notch trainers are set to teach cutting-edge digital-journalism skills at three NewsTrain workshops this fall.

The daylong trainings will be held on these Saturdays in these cities:

Oct. 14 in Beverly, Massachusetts, 26 miles north of Boston;

Oct. 21 in suburban Columbus, Ohio; and

Nov. 11 in Seattle.

Early-bird registration of $75 is available for all these workshops, and super-early registrants will also get a chance at a free AP Stylebook.

Attendees typically rate NewsTrain sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful. “This is the best hands-on collection of practical sessions with knowledgeable ‘in-the-field’ instructors I’ve experienced,” said 2016 NewsTrain attendee Kelly Shiers.

Competitive diversity scholarships are available for all three workshops. Journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply.

Here are the accomplished trainers and what they’ll be teaching:

New England NewsTrain, Oct. 14

  • Theodore Kim,innovation and workshops editor at The New York Times, on making smart choices in mobile storytelling.
  • Cindy E. Rodríguez, senior journalist-in-residence at Emerson College, on shooting shareable smartphone video.
  • Daniel Victor, senior staff editor at The New York Times, on maximizing social media to get your story read and using social media as powerful reporting tools.
  • Todd Wallack,data journalist on The Boston Globe's Spotlight investigative team, on producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 21

  • Doug Carusoassistant metro editor at The Columbus Dispatch, on producing data-driven enterprise off your beat.
  • Doug Haddix, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, on using social media as powerful reporting tools.
  • Q. McElroy, director of engagement and optimization at Cox Media Group, on making smart choices in mobile storytelling.
  • Sue Morrowassistant multimedia director at The Sacramento Bee, on shooting shareable smartphone video.
  • Jeremy Pelzer, politics reporter for, on maximizing your smartphone for mobile newsgathering.

Seattle, Nov. 11

  • P. Kim Buieditor-at-large for NowThis News, on maximizing social media to get your story read and using social media as powerful reporting tools.
  • Laura E. Davisdigital news director of the Annenberg Media Center at the University of Southern California, on making smart choices in mobile storytelling.
  • Steve Doig, longtime Knight Chair in data journalism at Arizona State University, on producing data-driven enterprise off your beat.
  • Mike Fancher, former executive editor of The Seattle Times, on bolstering your newsroom’s credibility.
  • Angela Galloway, an open-government attorney, on using open-records laws effectively.

Don’t delay; register today. NewsTrains often sell out.


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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