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APME Opens Membership to Broadcasters, Educators, Students

Thursday, August 11, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jack Lail
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The Associated Press Managing Editors is opening its ranks to broadcast outlets, journalism educators and top students as a way to bring together journalists from across all media platforms for training and joint projects and to recognize the strong journalism they do.

APME, founded in 1933, is an association of editors at AP's 1,400 member newspapers in the United States and newspapers served by the Canadian Press in Canada. It works closely with the AP to foster journalism excellence and to support a national network for the training and development of editors who run multimedia newsrooms.

The board's decision to expand its membership was adopted unanimously.

"I am thrilled that the board decided to broaden the membership base to include broadcasters and educators," said APME President Hollis R.Towns, vice president/News for New Jersey Press Media.

"The convergence of print, video and digital has increased rapidly in recent years, and so adding broadcasters was a natural fit,'' he said.

"Opening our doors to journalism educators extends our reach into the educational field and allows APME to join with colleges and universities so that we both benefit from the transformation taking place in our industry. These changes are just the beginning of an even brighter future for our organization."

"This is the right time for APME to reach out to AP-member broadcasters, as we build the best multiskills training for journalists and as we deliver national projects and initiatives for newsrooms of all sizes," said APME Vice President Bob Heisse, executive editor of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa. "Print and broadcast editors have already taken steps to work together in Pennsylvania, and I'm pleased that we're taking it to a national level."

"We're also welcoming partners in education and for the first time providing APME opportunities for top student journalists," he said.

"This is a good move for broadcasters," said Kevin Roach, AP director of U.S. Broadcast News. "The broadcasters have a lot to share by offering ideas on visual and audio journalism, just as newspaper members can assist broadcasters in areas of text, photos and multimedia."

AP Senior Managing Editor Mike Oreskes said, "The purpose is to recognize that great journalism in print, video and online is happening all across the spectrum in newspapers and broadcast outlets, and the distinctions no longer make any sense."

Under the bylaws changes, news directors and other broadcast managers at AP broadcast outlets are eligible for membership. They will have full voting rights, be eligible to serve on the board and committees, and take part in APME-sponsored training sessions. They also will be invited to attend the annual conference, which will be held Sept. 14-16 in Denver.

APME's contest committee will add at least one category to its annual national Journalism Excellence Awards to recognize the achievements of broadcast members.

In proposing the expansion, APME's membership committee said, "Broadcasters are members of the AP, and by making this move we reach out to natural partners to create mutually beneficial relationships that can build the skills of journalists across platforms."

There are 3,800 AP-member radio stations and 1,000 AP-member television stations.

The board also agreed to extend membership to active and retired journalism educators at universities and colleges. They will have full voting rights, be able to serve on committees and attend the annual conference, but will not be eligible to run for a seat on the board.

Student journalists who are editors and leaders of college newspapers, radio stations, websites and other campus media will be offered associate memberships. They will have nonvoting status but will be invited to attend the annual conference.

APME's contest committee will consider adding a category to its national contest recognizing innovation by campus media.

Membership information can be found on

Associated Press Media Editors

APME is a professional network, a resource for helping editors and broadcasters improve their news coverage and newsroom operations.

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