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It's time to enter our annual contest

The 2014 APME Journalism Excellence Awards honor superior journalism and innovation among newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites in the United States and Canada. The awards seek to promote excellence by recognizing work that is innovative, well-written and incisively reported and has outstanding multimedia. A special award honors innovation by colleges and universities, and a new category recognizes news organizations that build strong ties to their communities.

THE DEADLINE: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

All awards will be presented for journalism published or launched between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014. A news organization can enter as many categories as it wants, but is limited to entering a specific body of work in no more than two categories.

New this year is the Community Engagement Award.  It will be given to news organizations that best demonstrate the ability to provide effective dialogue with their communities and/or seek partnerships that sustain the dialogue and encourage more community dialogue.

Four of the award categories offer monetary awards: Innovator of the Year Award for newspapers, the Best of Show in the Public Service Awards, the Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism and the Tom Curley Sweepstakes in the First Amendment Awards.

Find out more here.  

"Tribute to the Courageous"


From Syria to the Philippines, Journalists are under attack like never before. As of Oct. 1, 2014, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 1077 journalists have died in the line of duty since 1992. (Video produced by Doral Chenoweth/Columbus Dispatch)

APME joins protest of federal proposal to restrict filming in wilderness areas

Seventeen news organizations, photographers’ organizations and First Amendment advocacy groups have sent a letter to the chief of the U.S. Forest Service opposing the Forest Service’s proposal to make permanent its interim directive on filming in the nation’s wilderness areas.

News organization, including the Associated Press, told Chief Thomas Tidwell in the letter dated Oct. 1 that we also are troubled by the proposal to apply new criteria in deciding whether to issue a permit for filming in Congressionally-designated wilderness areas.

"Language in the proposal is vague enough to allow too much latitude in its interpretation -- latitude that could include restricting or banning news photography and videography on public lands," said Alan D. Miller, president of APME. "That would be an unconstitutional and unacceptable infringement on a free press."

Miller said the organizations that signed the letter of protest have asked the Forest Service to include them in a discussion of the proposal and to reconsider its position on the matter.

Read the letter here.

And here is a Seattle Times editorial on the situation.

Miss our 2014 conference? Here's a recap 

Thanks to the more than 400 people who attended the first joint conference of ASNE and APME in Chicago in September.

If you couldn't be there, here's a quick recap of the three days of presentations.

And start thinking now about our 2015 joint conference, which is planned for October at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.  

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