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|APME Update, Jan. 22, 2015|
APME UPDATE – Jan. 22, 2015
SAVE THE DATE
Feb. 27 – Deadline for APME Journalism Excellence Awards
Oct. 16-18 – ASNE-APME conference at Stanford University.
NEWS PROJECTS IN CANADA AND OHIO ARE GREAT IDEAS WINNERS
Newspaper projects from Canada and Ohio have been selected for the Associated Press Media Editors' quarterly contest recognizing creative and innovative ideas.
Judges selected the Winnipeg Free Press in Manitoba, Canada, as the Great Idea of the Quarter winner and The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, as an honorable mention.
The unconventional Free Press idea turns news into song. Each week, reporter Bartley Kives rewrites the words to a popular song to tell a big news story of the week and multimedia editor Tyler Walsh shoots a video to complement the words. "Known as Key of Bart, these elements have a presence in paper and online," wrote Julie Carl, associate editor engagement. "They are extremely popular with readers."
Their biggest hit – The Grounds for Violence, to the tune of The Sounds of Silence – went viral, netting a total of 499,921 views.
The Blade published a project about blight, the Ugly Truth about Toledo, and created an online landing page with story, gallery, video and a Storify section for reader comment and photos. The content was labeled for regions of the city to allow readers to hone in to areas where they live. The project achieved the goal of prompting interaction and discussion.
"We do this not because we want to put Toledo in a bad light, but because deterioration and destruction of our city is undeniable, and the community needs to begin a discussion about what it will take to fix the problems confronting us all," the newspaper said on the Ugly Truth page.
Judges agreed. "This is what we are supposed to do — hold up a mirror to our communities and let us see the truth," one judge wrote.
Check it out here: http://www.toledoblade.com/uglytruth
APME is now seeking entries for its next quarterly honors. Submit your news organization's idea or innovation at http://www.apme.com/?page=GreatIdeasform. It takes only a few minutes to enter, and your submission will automatically be considered for the next “Great Ideas Book.”
SEND US YOUR BEST WORK FOR APME’S JOURNALISM EXCELLENCE CONTEST
The 2014 Associated Press Media Editors Journalism Excellence Awards are for the best journalism and innovation among newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites in the United States and Canada. A special award honors innovation by colleges and universities.
The contest deadline for is Friday, Feb. 27.
A new category recognizes news organizations that build strong ties to their communities.
The Community Engagement award 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 encourages more community dialogue.
-The Tom Curley Sweepstakes for the First Amendment Award will be given to a news organization that is selected from all the entrants and is not a winner of an individual division category. Thus, a best of the best from all from the entrants will be chosen by judges.
-The International Perspective Award will have two circulation categories: up to of 59,999 average daily circulation, and 60,000 or more.
-News organizations can submit the same entry in only two categories.
Four of the awards categories offer monetary prizes: the Innovator of the Year Award for newspapers, the Best of Show in the Public Service Awards and the Tom Curley Sweepstakes in the First Amendment Awards.
The entry fees are $75 per entry for APME members and $100 per entry for non-members.
All 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 in October at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, 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 website is: http://bit.ly/1vNh4Zy
For more details, please go to the APME website: www.apme.com
NEWSTRAIN SITES: FLORIDA, ILLINOIS, KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, PENNSYLVANIA
APME’s NewsTrain workshops will be held in DeKalb, Illinois; Monroe, Louisiana; Orlando, Florida; and Philadelphia in 2015.
NewsTrain’s first workshop of 2016 is scheduled for Jan. 21 in Lexington, Kentucky. Other 2016 sites will be selected at the end of this year.
If you would like to be notified when dates and agendas are set for the workshops, please submit your email here.
NewsTrain’s low tuition – $75 – is made possible by donors, big and small. To help keep NewsTrain training coming to your community, please donate at the big red buttons on APME.com.
Questions? Email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin.
LOOKING AHEAD: ASNE-APME CONFERENCE AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Oct. 16-18
ASNE, APME and the Associated Press Photo Managers will hold their 2015 joint conference Oct. 16-18 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
The conference hotel is the Sheraton Palo Alto, at 625 El Camino Real, a short walk from the Stanford University campus buildings where we’ll hold the conference. The conference rate is $169/night.
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Sacramento Bee: Jail care provider has seen 92 deaths
Denver Post: Low rate of inspection for day-care providers
Baltimore Sun: Data hacked often in 2014
Kansas City Star: Ill-gotten guns
New York Times: Odd byproduct of legal weed _ homes blow up
Austin American-Statesman: A separated city
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: No new conviction, but back in prison
OPEN RECORDS, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
Editor’s Note: APME is starting a new feature, Open Records and Freedom of Information, about news organizations’ efforts to obtain access to public records and meetings and their FOI filings. If you have a story that you would like to share about your organization’s efforts, please send to Sally Jacobsen at email@example.com
AP: New York City jail guards use of force a record in 2014
Salina Journal, AP and Topeka Capital-Journal sue Brownback for open records
Northeast Ohio Media Group demands apology over pepper spraying of photographer
Judge orders New Jersey agencies to hand over documents
Ban Lifted On News Cameras At Courthouse After Media Warned Again
EDITORS IN THE NEWS: Martin, Cooper, Miller, Weil
Guardian: British spy agency kept journalists' emails
Tampa Bay Times selling headquarters to pay debt
Twitter accounts of New York Post and news agency UPI hacked
Marietta (Georgia) Daily Journal parent buys Rome newspaper group
San Francisco Chronicle celebrates 150 years
IN MEMORIAM: McCrossen, Loory