We asked editors to send us their stories about roadblocks to access in their communities. We posting those stories on this site and will use them in a special APME Update.The Associated Press may use some of the materials in its coverage of Sunshine Week, The AP may also use some of the material in its coverage of Sunshine Week, March 16-22.
If you wish to submit your stories and editorials, email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Our collection, so far:
• The Tennessean: Metro exploits rape case for own ends
Claims of media sensationalism are merely a cover for attempt to avoid accountability (Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014)• The Tennessean: Sexual assault privacy bill: protecting victims or those in power? (Feb. 12, 2014)
• The Tennessean: 'On a very tight leash'Children's Services angers lawmakers to whom agency owes its existence (Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014)
• The Tennessean: Trust in justice system suffers in secrecy (Oct. 18, 2013)
• Echo Press: Council gets it right (Feb. 28, 2014)
• Echo Press: Public's right to know takes a step backward (Feb. 21, 2014)
• The Columbus Dispatch: Board admits to illegal meetings (Feb. 21, 2014)
• A letter from The Columbus Dispatch
Read them all here
March 2014 APME News magazine online now
We’ve changed the deadline for the APME awards to March 31
EDITOR'S NOTE: This edition of APME News is not only the first magazine for 2014, it represents the first efforts by our association's Marketing Committee, led by Angie Muhs of the Portland Press Herald, to help extend the reach and depth of our content.
Angie wrote our cover story, Obstacles to access, which begins on Page 6. She also was the inspiration of our APME Sounding Board survey on the topic of public access and the obstacles faced by our member editors.
She also notes in the story how APME, working with the American Society of News Editors, made a principled stand about the White Houses frequent use of handout photos in lieu of providing access to President Barack Obama (you can read from the two group leaders on Page 8).
My thanks to Angie, Alan English and Autumn Phillips for their contributions to this issue, along with the inputs and edits from other colleagues and committee members.
Speaking also of our sister organization, you can read a report on Page 5 about our upcoming joint conference with ASNE in Chicago. This will certainly be a dont-miss event, so please make every effort to join this historic combination of these two groups.
Also of note: Changes to the APME contest deadlines. Entries are due March 31, so make sure you read all about it on Page 18.
Learn more here
APME launches Career Center for job postings and job-seekers
Today there is a new way to find great applicants for your newsroom.
The Associate Press Media Editors' Career Center is free and focused on journalism.
Visit www.apme.com/networking to post open positions. No login is required. APME will help drive traffic to your listings through social media, our weekly APME Update email and more.
If you are looking for a new career opportunity, get a free Job Seeker account or login with your APME member account, fill out your profile and upload your resume. You can also sign up for notifications of relevant new positions in your areas of interest.
This is a new feature for apme.com, so if you have suggestions or encounter trouble, please contact Laura Sellers.