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
Extended Deadline: APME’s Journalism Excellence Awards
We’ve extended the deadline for the APME awards to Monday, April 7
That means we’ve changed our entry period to a calendar year. All awards will be presented for journalism published or launched between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013. Because of the change in the entry period, first-place winners in the previous contest (running from May 1, 2012- April 30, 2013) are not eligible to enter their winning work in the current contest. All other entries are eligible and will be considered by judges.
We’ve also added a new category: Best Mobile Platform. It will honor a news organization that produced or made significant improvements to a mobile application or platform in 2013.
Four of the categories in the contest offer monetary awards: the Seventh Annual Innovator of the Year Award for newspapers, the Best of Show in the Public Service Awards, the Fourth Annual Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism and the Tom Curley Sweepstakes Award in the First Amendment Awards.
Don't forget, the entry deadline is April 7.
The awards will be presented at the ASNE/APME Conference Sept. 15-17 in Chicago.
For more information, go to http://www.apme.com/?page=2013Contests
To enter, go to: https://www.omnicontests4.com/Default.aspx?comp_id=1265
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.
APME Member Photograph of the Month for January 2014
The APME has honored this photograph as National Member Photo of the Month for January 2014.
Thanks to Jeff Knox, Chris Hankins, Rick West and Laura Stoecker at the Daily Herald
for judging this month.
Here is what the judges had to say about the winning image:
"We loved the lens choice, tight framing, and the great moment was the subject. It wasn't the most glamorous assignment, but a fantastic picture that was simple, and meaningful given that the girl is white."
Learn more here
APME Member Photograph of the Month for December 2013
The APME has honored this photograph as National Member Photo of the Month for December 2013.
Thanks to Visuals Director Carrie Yale and photographers Ricky Flores, Tania Savayan and Carucha L. Meuse from the Journal News
for judging this month.
APME Member Photograph of the Month for November 2013
The APME has honored this photograph as National Member Photo of the Month for November 2013.
Thanks to John Rumbach and staff at The Herald
in Jasper, Ind., for judging this month.
2013 Fall APME News is here!
Our Fall issue of APME News is traditionally the conference recap, giving members a concise summary of the high points of our annual gathering. Leaf through these glossy pages and glean some great ideas, management tips and insights generated at one of our industry s best summits. Here are some of the headlines: Meet APME's new president, Debra Adams Simmons; The Arizona Republic's tablet magazine wins Innovator of the Year; The Advocate continues to tweak daily New Orleans edition; the APME Indy Conference in Pictures; AP chief Carroll praises new DOJ protections for journalists; Indiana Gov. Pence says shield law needed more than ever; Speaker says print can win by listening to readers; Five steps to managing today's newsrooms; The nations top editors offer tips to strengthen newsrooms; Great Ideas; APME Journalism Excellence Award winners and APME AP Staff Award Winners; Member Showcase; ASNE and APME join forces for 2014 convention in Chicago; and 2013 APME President Brad Dennison reflects on the year.
2013 Great Ideas available now!
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.
It's a first: ASNE, APME join forces for 2014 convention
For the first time, the two premier news leadership organizations in North America are joining forces to present a joint convention.
The American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors have reached an agreement that will bring the two influential groups together in September 2014 in Chicago. A joint convention has been discussed for years, but has never materialized until now.
"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.”