If you are planning on attending the NewsTrain in Murfreesboro on Sept. 30/Oct. 1, the discounted hotel rate of $109 a night at DoubleTree in Murfreesboro ends on Thursday Sept. 1.

You can reserve your room here.

The hotel at 1850 Old Fort Parkway operates a free shuttle within a five-mile radius, which includes the workshop site at the Middle Tennessee State University Student Union. There also will be free parking near the Union in the library lot.

Need info on thew NewsTrain? Go here

NewsTrain is a premier journalism training program of the Associated Press Media Editors.

Diversity Scholarships for APME NewsTrain at MTSU

Can't beat this deal!

Journalists, journalism educators and journalism students from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply for a diversity scholarship to attend the Murfreesboro NewsTrain.

Successful applicants for these competitive awards will have their registration fee waived; they must pay their own travel expenses.

Apply by Aug. 25 by answering these questions and emailing your resume and up to three work samples and/or class assignments to Val Hoeppner, director of MTSU's Center for Innovation in Media. Journalism educators need not submit work samples.

The NewsTrain is Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2016.

Get signed up for the NewsTrain stop in Tennessee


Join us for an APME NewsTrain workshop at Middle Tennessee State University 30-Oct 1 in Murfreesboro. Organizers hope to train 75-100 journalists.

The early bird rate of $75 expires Sept. 1, so register now!

And if you ar a journalism student or educator, you might get to go free! For successful diversity scholarship applicants, the $75 registration fee is waived. Journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds need to apply by Aug. 25 here. (Winners must pay their own travel expenses.)

NewsTrain training is an incredible bargain and a great way to add new skills.

The podcast "Just Not Sports" tackles the abuse and harassment women sports writers face in online comments with a video of "regular guy" sports fans reading comments to two women sports journalists.

Here is what a post on the podcast's website said about the video:

#MoreThanMean hopes to open guys' eyes - by having them open their mouths. The video shows what happens when real sports fans read real online comments made about women sports reporters ... right to their faces.

In reading the statements out loud to women journalists, guys are forced to experience, sometimes for the first time, the shocking online harassment happening to women in sports day in, day out. It serves as proof most sports fans would NEVER say these things to another person - so we shouldn't type this garbage, either.

Posted April 26, 2016, the video went viral, being seen by 3.15 millions times by Sunday.

Listen to one of the sports journalists in the video, Julie DiCaro, talking about online abuse.

The Guardian is trying to bring "The Web Web Want" and the web we've got closer together in one of the most indepth looks at the negative issues of online comments and how to fix it in a series called "The Web We Want."

The Guardian says it gets 50,000 comments a day, sometimes spiking up to 70,000 a day. It's asking readers for ideas on how to make online conversations -- or at least commenting -- better.

Below, NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with the Guardian's series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik about the effort.


The American Press Institute has published a new report on paywalls at U.S. newspapers that finds that "everybody''s doing it."

It's a good picture of the landscape if you need the stats, but here's the short version:

The potential revenue generated by digital subscriptions is still murky at best. It is not clear whether digital subscriptions were mostly a "one-time" cash infusion that simply capitalized on the most loyal digital readers who were always willing to pay or if newspapers will be able to consistently persuade more people to sign up in years to come. Newspaper executives are hesitant to disclose financial details about digital subscriptions.

Chicago Tribune

These are trends I've never seen.

For a man leading a digital revolution, Tribune Publishing CEO Jack Griffin is surprisingly sanguine about the enduring value of newspapers.

He believes they're still likely to exist in 10 years, and that 20-somethings will keep picking up the newspaper-reading habit, he said in an interview this week.

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Tribune's PR folks "clarified" his comments a bit to the Vox Media site re/code.

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Let's replay that

ICD-UX533Still like a voice recorder for capturing interviews instead of a smartphone?

But don't know what to buy?

The Wirecutter may have done the evaluation for you. This week, the site recommended the Sony ICD-UX533 as its pick for "best voice recorder" (just $78 from B&H Photo) The site's criteria was the voice recorder had to cost under a $100.

They trimmed a pool of dozens of recorders down to eight that were looked at closely. Of those, the Sony model was the pick.

Take a look at what it said and how it tested.

Here's the SLAM ToolKit for journalists


Do you have a "SLAM ToolKit?"

I presented what I call the SLAM ToolKit for journalists this afternoon to the Tennessee Press Association meeting in Knoxville.

SLAM stands for:

  • Simple
  • Lean
  • Affordable
  • Mobile

Yeah, it's corny, but, hopefully, memorable.

You can see the deck here. In many categories, there may be better picks (and if there are, I'd like to know about them), but the first choices reflect apps I have used, at least a bit.

More mobile tools and resources for journalists.

Periscope is the buzz currently. If you are interested in using the streaming video app in news coverage, here are some general best practices and tips: