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
"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,"
"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
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
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 www.apme.com.