APME Innovator of the Year Finalists
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Posted by: Jack Lail
The Kansas City Star, The Register Citizen in Torrington, Conn., and a
group of Pennsylvania newspapers are finalists in the Associated Press
Managing Editors' annual Innovator of the Year contest.
The papers will present their work at the annual APME conference
Sept. 14-16 in Denver. After the presentations, the audience will choose
The Kansas City Star is honored for the Midwest Democracy Project, a
collaborative experiment to find new and better ways for Kansas and
Missouri citizens to get informed and engage in civic debate. The
newspaper's partners include the University of Kansas William Allen
White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and the University
of Missouri School of Journalism and its Donald W. Reynolds Journalism
The Register Citizen is honored for its Open Newsroom Project that
turned its newsroom into a community center, opening the process of
local journalism to the public. Readers are invited to attend daily
newsroom meetings and use 134 years of local archives. The Register
Citizen, an 8,000-circulation northwest Connecticut daily, won APME's
monthly innovation contest for January.
The Pennsylvania Broken Budgets project, which involved 33 newspapers
and The Associated Press bureaus in Pennsylvania, is honored for
collaboration in informing readers of state legislative staffing. In
all, one out of 11 legislative workers in the country works in
Pennsylvania, and taxpayers pay $300 million a year to fuel the
legislature. This project, which stemmed from the AP-APME Broken Budgets
initiative, won APME's monthly innovation contests for April.
This is the fifth year for APME's Innovator of the Year. The winning
entry will receive $2,000 from the contest sponsors, GateHouse Media and
the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri.
Previous winners of APME's Innovator of the Year contest are The
Seattle Times in 2010; The Oklahoman of Oklahoma City in 2009; the
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2008, and The News-Press of Fort Myers,
Fla., in 2007.
Newspapers are encouraged to submit their innovative work for monthly recognition. Visit http://www.apme.com/ for details.