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Deadline extended to March 6 for APME’s Journalism Excellence Contest

The deadline for submitting entries in the 2014 Associated Press Media Editors Journalism Excellence Awards has been extended to Friday, March 6.

Enter your best journalism and innovative work in 10 categories. There’s a special category for colleges and universities and a new one for news organizations that build close ties to their communities.

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

The Community Engagement award will be given to news organizations that best demonstrate the ability to provide effective dialogue with their communities.

The entry fee is $75 per entry for APME members and $100 per entry for non-members. The entry fee for the college category is $25.

The awards will be presented for journalism published or launched between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014.

The awards will be presented at the joint ASNE-APME Conference Oct. 16-18 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and are linked on the APME website. The finalists of the newspaper Innovator of the Year will make presentations at the conference, and the winner will be selected by conference attendees.

Nominations are received online only. The contest website is:

News organizations across U.S. launch 'Fractured Framework'
national reporting project examining crumbling infrastructure

The first installment in the new AP/APME national reporting project "Fractured Framework" launched Sunday, Feb. 22, with national and local stories appearing on websites and front pages across the country.

"It was impressive to see the collective journalistic muscle of so many news organizations being used to lift up something so important to the future of the country," said Alan Miller, 2015 president of APME and managing editor/news at The Columbus Dispatch. "Without special attention to the nation's infrastructure -- and the lack of funding to maintain it -- our roads, bridges and other critical components of the foundations of commerce and society will crumble."

We began this occasional series with a hard look at roads and bridges because everyone wants good roads, but no one wants to pay for them.Read more...

APME supports #picture freedom


Picture Freedom, a nationwide scholarship contest, launches online Feb. 22.

Students 13 years and older are invited to share photos and artwork that illustrate freedom of expression on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The contest will award 25 winners with a $1,000 scholarship.

Picture Freedom aims to build awareness of the First Amendment by encouraging young Americans to reflect on how freedom of expression enriches their lives and strengthens their nation.

News organizations are encouraged to help promote Picture Freedom by writing about it, publishing a guest column available at, or by placing media ads in print and online.

Read more here.

NewsTrain 2015 dates announced


We've announced our 2015 schedule:

  • May 15-16 in Orlando;
  • Oct. 15-16 in Monroe, La.
  • Oct. 29-30 at Northern Illinois University
  • Nov. 13-14 in Philadelphia

Find out more and sign up for updates.

APME signs on to transparency letters

The Associated Press Media Editors has endorsed a congressional effort aimed at updating the federal Freedom of Information Act and codifying the presumption of openness under the law.

APME joined other open-government and news organizations in signing a letter of support for the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act (HR 653) and the FOIA Improvement Act of 2015 (S 337). The letter was spearheaded by

Both pieces of legislation would require records to be released unless there is a foreseeable harm or legal requirement to withhold them; improve public access to released records; restrict and ultimately end the use of the “withhold it because you want to” exemption;  and clarify and reform the fees assessed by agencies.  

APME also signed on to a letter opposing a permit and fee requirement for “professional” photographers on public parkland in Fairfax County, Va.

Read more about the efforts here.  

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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