This year's Great Ideas book has 68 pages, chock-full of great ideas, including reader contests, special promotions, new sections, quick-turnaround packages, stolen great ideas, fun topics from the worlds of entertainment and pop culture, holidays, online superstars, public service, enterprise and special projects.
The Associated Press Media Editors 2013 conference "Content Is King” is in the books.
Thanks to everyone involved and especially the student journalists from Ball State University, Indiana University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Indiana University Southeast. In the first two days, the students combined for more than 13 blog posts, 16 Facebook posts, 12 Instagram posts at #apme13, 40 photos, a 20-page special report with 17 stories and an iPad/Android special APME edition app. More than 1,200 followers saw posts and more than 300 tweets had #apme13.
Thanks go out to the Indiana State Museum, Indiana Roof Ballroom and the NCAA Hall of Champions for being outstanding venues.
We we have the presentation decks posted in the near future.
Save the date for the combined 2014 APME/ASNE conference in Chicago – Sept. 15-17.
Two receive Robert G. McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership
Reginald Stuart, veteran journalist and corporate recruiter, and the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle are the recipients of the 12th annual Robert G. McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership, awarded by the Associated Press Media Editors in partnership with other journalism organizations.
The McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership is given annually to individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and a graduate of Kent State University. McGruder died of cancer in April 2002. A past president of APME and former member of the American Society of News Editors’ Board of Directors, McGruder was a relentless diversity champion. The awards will be presented Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at the annual awards lunch at the APME conference in Indianapolis.
This year, the 12th annual awards were sponsored by The Plain Dealer, Kent State University and the APME Foundation, and the Chips Quinn Scholars program of the Newseum Institute. The honorees will each receive $2,500 and a leadership plaque.
"In this day and age it just makes sense to hold one terrific conference for leaders of news organizations,” said ASNE president David Boardman, dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University and former executive editor of the Seattle Times. "We've always had great conventions. This will be bigger, better and smarter than ever.”
ASNE and APME members include senior editors of news organizations, deans and journalism educators, members of journalism foundations and news executives.
"I’m thrilled the stars finally aligned to make this happen,” said APME President Brad Dennison, who is president of GateHouse Media’s Large Daily newspaper division. "The list of great news minds working on programming, the cost synergies, the drawing power for both audience and high-profile speakers – it’s an exciting proposition.”
APME announces its 2013 Journalism Excellence Award winners
The Asbury Park (N.J.) Press and the Virgin Islands Daily News won top awards in the annual Associated Press Media Editors' Journalism Excellence Awards.
APME also said three media companies are finalists for its seventh annual Innovator of the Year, one of which was a finalist last year.
More than 30 winners were announced in the 2013 contest in the categories for media organizations.
"We had a large number of high-quality entries in this contest, but I find it interesting how smaller news organizations like the Virgin Islands Daily News continue to compete very well in this contest every year," said APME President Brad Dennison. "Overall, we saw incredible amounts of watchdog and enterprise reporting, as well as news innovation. I find that very encouraging for our industry."
There were 244 entries this year, including those for the separate AP staff awards.
Coverage of Superstorm Sandy and terrorism in Africa won awards for deadline, enterprise and state reporting from the Associated Press Media Editors association for journalism excellence by AP staffers.
"AP's New York and New Jersey staffs' coverage of the 800-mile-wide mashup called Sandy was, in a word, exceptional," the APME judges said in awarding the Deadline Reporting prize to the team that covered the storm. They said that under the worst of conditions, including their personal storm woes and risks, the staff provided up-to-the minute, authoritative coverage that was "nothing short of stellar."
They described the coverage as "wire service reporting at its best • quickly updated, well-written, compelling and comprehensive."
The New York and New Jersey staffs also were awarded the Charles Rowe Award for distinguished state reporting for the Sandy coverage.
NewsTrain kicked off its 10th anniversary year with a great first event in Springfield, Ill. In all, 90 journalists and students attended workshops held this week.
Freedom Sings (at right) performed at a 10th anniversary event at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site. Among the guests were Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln. See photos from this event by clicking here.
The campaign hopes to reach NewsTrain alumni and supporters across the United States and Canada. NewsTrain is still going strong, and this is the year that we hope people can give back.
Can you support NewsTrain with a $100 or more donation? If so you'll become a NewsTrain ambassador and you'll be recognized online, in the APME News magazine and at the APME conference in Indianapolis in October.
If not $100, can you give a smaller donation to NewsTrain? All donations are tax deductible and will go toward keeping NewsTrain strong for many more years.