project of AP and APME, Aging America will tell the story of aging baby
boomers. The oldest among them are reaching retirement age, and there are
millions to follow. We will look at the impact – costs, strains and positive
influences – that this so-called silver tsunami will have on the communities in
which they live.
There is a members-only forum for editors to discuss this project.
expanded resources of a joint project, we should be able to drill down to the
state and local level to tell the story of what happens when the population
ages. And aging it is: 10,000 people will turn 65
every day for the next 20 years or so. By 2050, 1 in 5 Americans will be
project will examine health, business, transportation, recreational and
residential issues, among others.
stories already have started moving, accompanied by a logo.
anticipate that a large portion of the series will be enterprise, we will fold
in spot, breaking news where appropriate.
thus far has been positive. One editor called it an
"incredible series” on an important topic
carry "Aging America” as part of their slug. In addition, we have created an
Aging America logo that will be linked to the stories.
news editor in Miami,
will be the news editor for the project. He will oversee the content, but
stories will be edited on the regional desks.
Reed, assistant chief of bureau for New England, is taking the lead among the bureau chiefs, and Alan Miller of
The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio
will be liaison with APME. Carole Feldman, director of news operations and
finance in Washington, will be the overall
The goal is
to set up a team of reporters for the project – at AP and in member newsrooms
around the country.
As with the
Broken Budgets series, this will be a rolling, ongoing series with
contributions from the AP and from members. In many cases, the stories will be
structured in such a way that members can localize them, and we will seek to
give advance notice of stories and offer advice on data or other resources to
aid in localizing them.
The project to date:
following Aging America stories already moved: