Thursday, February 27, 2014

Linda Austin hired as NewsTrain director

APME is pleased to announce a new project director for its popular regional New Train workshops. Veteran editor and educator Linda Austin will run NewsTrain, a 10-year-old national touring workshop serving journalists in their own cities. Programs are designed to provide training in the skills, knowledge and information newsroom leaders need in a rapidly changing media environment. 
This year's News Train workshops will be hosted in Vancouver, Canada; Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas, Nev., and Austin, Texas.
"APME looks forward to delivering the high-quality, low-cost training to journalists that has been one of our core initiatives and is thrilled that Linda Austin will lead our efforts," said APME President Debra Adams Simmons.
Austin has been the executive director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and a professor of practice at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication for the past five years. Before that, she was the editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky; executive editor of The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Ind.; and managing editor of the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C.  She also held leadership positions at The Philadelphia Inquirer, including business editor, graphics editor, assistant managing editor/finance and editor/publisher of PhillyTech magazine. She was a fellow in the Punch Sulzberger Executive News Media Leadership Program at Columbia University’s Journalism School and earned a master’s degree in educational technology from Arizona State University.   
She will jump right in. The first News Train of 2014 is April 25-26 in Vancouver.
“I want to continue helping journalists to access high-quality, low-cost training after I leave the Reynolds Center in March,” Austin said. “As a former APME member and NewsTrain attendee, I know firsthand how essential this training program is. I’m honored to help continue its proud tradition in its second decade.”

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

APME Member Photograph of the Month for November 2013

The APME has honored this photograph as National Member Photo of the Month for November 2013.

Thanks to John Rumbach and staff at The Herald in Jasper, Ind., for judging this month.
Here is what the judges had to say about the winning image:
"This photograph of firefighters preparing to fight a wildfire tells the story of what they face. The fire burns across the background while, by the light of their headlamps, the firefighters huddle making final preparations. The fire covers acres, the group, a few square feet. The light in the photograph — deep orange fire, pale white and yellow lamp light — enriches the contrast."
Below is the link to all images entered for November and the winner is slide #3.
Firefighters from Schell Vista of Sonoma County and Santa Clara County Cal Fire prepare to put out hotspots on a fire in the hills of Soda Canyon above Napa, Calif., Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. The fire grew to over 300 acres by daybreak, fanned by high winds. (AP Photo/Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kent Porter)