Get to know the APME: Angie Muhs
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Posted by: Jack Lail
Where you work
State Journal-Register, Springfield IL
Brief career history
I became the SJR's editor in June 2014. Before that, I'd spent just over nine years in Portland, Maine, in various editing/management roles for the Press Herald and Maine Today Media. My past also includes editing stints at The State in Columbia, South Carolina and the Herald-Leader in Lexington, Kentucky. I spent several years as a reporter at the Herald-Leader and the Miami Herald before going into editing.
How long have you been a member of the APME Board?
I was elected in the fall of 2012 and took office in Jan. 2013.
How has being a member of APME helped you as a journalist?
It's great having other editors to turn to as sounding boards and resources. The camaraderie, advice and feedback is the best part of being an APME member.
What projects have you worked on as an APME Board member?
I'm currently on the executive committee and am involved in planning for our joint conference with ASNE, which will be Sept. 11-14 in Philly. It's got a great lineup!
I've also served as marketing chair, which was great fun because I got to hear about and promote everything.
What is a recent challenge you faced in your newsroom and how did you overcome it?
An ongoing challenge is figuring out how to manage our resources most wisely to allow us to continue evolving and keep finding new ways to meet our audience in the mobile/digital landscape.
What is your most rewarding career accomplishment?
If I had to say a single story, it would be higher ed coverage I wrote in Kentucky that helped lead to legislative changes, or a series on opioid addiction that I edited in Maine that also led to changes.
But overall, I would say I'm most proud of working to connect the newspaper with the community. Springfield feels very proprietary about its SJ-R (the oldest daily paper in Illinois); I'm very aware of honoring and strengthening that relationship every day
What’s your favorite quote or motto?
I have three hanging on my office bulletin board:
"Tomorrow is now" -- Eleanor Roosevelt
"You don't get there because, you get there in spite of." --Janet Collins, an American ballerina
"Have a good time. The newspaper will be great if you're having a good time." -- Ben Bradlee.
If you had an extra hour during a day what would you do with it?
After I'd fainted from the shock? I'd probably read, walk my large puppy or spend it with my kids, although I ought to use it to catch up on email or sleep.
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