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If you'd like to get involved in the good work of APME or have questions about the committees, e-mail the committee chairs below.
Much of APME's work occurs throughout the year in the association's committees.
While individual goals change every year as new issues and opportunities arise, the priority remains the same: help APME assist busy editors and directors to become better managers leading trained, professional staffs who put out interesting, relevant newspapers, websites and broadcast reports.
The committees are a great way to get involved with the association and to move into an important, visible role in the news industry.
■ Marketing, Branding & Communication: This committee helps to get the word out about the group’s activities and conference and those of NewsTrain and other initiatives through the website, social media and other marketing tools. It interacts with all the other committees and is vital to the success of the organization. This committee works to grow and improve both the annual live and silent auctions at the conference and the online auctions throughout the year.
■ Fundraising: This committee seeks funding through sponsorships and grants for the annual conference and NewsTrain.
Chair: Cate Barron, Patriot-News/PennLive, Harrisburg, Pa.
Co-chair: Alan D. Miller, Columbus Dispatch
■ First Amendment: This committee champions the First Amendment through programs and initiatives and by partnering with other journalism organizations.
Chair: Michael Anastasi, The Tennessean
Co-chair: Mark Baldwin, Rockford (Ill.) Register Star
Committee: Ray Rivera, The Santa Fe New Mexican; Barry Arthur, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; Geri Ferrara, The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.V.
■ NewsTrain: NewsTrain is a 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 setting.
■ APME Awards: This committee organizes the annual APME awards: Innovator of the Year, The Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism, Public Service, First Amendment, International Perspective, Digital Storytelling and Reporting and the AP staff awards. They will work with the marketing and other committees to publicize the awards, entry criteria and deadlines. Then the group coordinates the judging each summer and presentations at the conference.
■ Great Ideas: This group pulls together great ideas from media outlets across the continent and compiles them in one digital resource for our annual conference. This is a signature APME production and one that many have said is among the single best things they bring home.
■ Diversity Today: This committee organizes the Robert G. McGruder Diversity Leadership awards and will focus throughout the year on diminished diversity priorities.
■ Sounding Board: The Sounding Board panel solicits feedback from editors about AP’s filing of the wires, news content and other aspects of the news cooperative’s report. It also deals with issues of import to the newsroom leaders who comprise the membership.
■ Convention 2016: One of the busiest committees, this one plans the 2016 joint APME -ASNE annual conference in downtown Philadelphia., attends to the details and runs the show each year.