APME is an association of news and broadcast leaders, journalism educators and student editors in the United States and Canada. APME works closely with The Associated Press to foster journalism excellence and to support a national network for the training and development of editors who run multimedia newsrooms.
“This is an honor and an incredible opportunity to assist editors in committing quality journalism, safeguarding our First Amendment rights, staying on the forefront of Freedom of Information issues and providing AP with feedback,” she said. “I’m proud of this organization and the fine editors who make it thrive. APME has had a starring role in my professional development.”
“The APME board of directors is thrilled that Laura is joining the leadership ladder,” said Debra Adams Simmons, APME’s incoming president. “Laura has made a tremendous contribution to the APME, working tirelessly with nearly every committee to help strengthen the organization as it serves the nation’s editors. Laura has had a hand in nearly every major APME project or initiative in recent years — from reviewing the Bylaws to modifying the membership structure to rebranding and marketing the APME to creating a social media strategy. Laura is one of the people who has to travel the farthest to participate, yet she is always there. You can always count on her. APME is in good hands with Laura on the leadership team.”
EO Media Group COO John S. Perry said, “We’re delighted that Laura has been selected to a leadership position in APME. Her creativity, passion and determination will enrich that organization as they have our company.”
Sellers, 50, lives in Astoria and has worked for EOMG, formerly East Oregonian Publishing, for 21 years, first for The Daily Astorian newsroom, including five years as managing editor, then for EO Media Group leading its digital efforts. She has been active with APME since 1995 and on the board of directors for 10 of the last 12 years.
She started in newspapers at the Palestine (Texas) Herald Press’ art department, and worked for the Plano Star Courier, Addison-North Dallas Register before joining Student Media at Southern Methodist University as the production supervisor. In 1992, she and husband Carl Earl moved to Astoria, where he is the systems manager for the company.
“I’m especially proud that my company has supported my continued growth through APME. We are among the smallest media groups represented on the board, and it speaks well of both EOMG and APME that a priority is placed on smaller markets,” Sellers said.
“Laura has been deeply influential on our organization for many years and has become one of our great ambassadors,” said Brad Dennison, outgoing APME president. “Her addition to our strong executive leadership team ensures APME will continue its important work for years to come.”
EO Media Group is based in Salem and includes 10 other newspapers in Oregon and southwest Washington: East Oregonian in Pendleton, Hermiston Herald, Blue Mountain Eagle in John Day, Wallowa County Chieftain, Chinook Observer in Long Beach, Wash., Coast River Business Journal, Oregon Coast Today in Lincoln City, Seaside Signal, Cannon Beach Gazette and Capital Press, an agricultural weekly based in Salem. The company has 17 websites and was recently named as an EPPY finalist in three categories.