News-Press voted APME's first Innovator of the Year
Posted Oct. 12, 2007
WASHINGTON – The News-Press of Fort Myers, Fla., received the
most votes from editors in real-time voting at the Associated Press
Managing Editors annual conference to become APME's first Innovator of
The News-Press was honored for its culture of innovation and
a series of trend-setting initiatives that include mobile journalists,
or mojos, crowdsourcing and a team of watchdog citizens.
The other two finalists were the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for its sweeping newsroom reorganization and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle for its data rich Web site RocDocs.
Editors at APME's annual conference in Washington, D.C., saw videos
from all of the finalists summarizing their innovations and heard
representatives explain the changes and their impact. The editors then
voted electronically for their favorites, and the votes were tabulated
APME's first Innovator of the Year Contest attracted 44 entries from
40 newspapers of all circulation sizes. Innovations in print, online,
marketing and structure were submitted. Four current and former APME
members reviewed all of the entries and selected the three finalists.