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|June 16, 2010 APME Newsletter|
In this issue:
APME at Poynter: Building Momentum; Opening Reception at Dali Museum
Dates to Note:
July 12, APME Contest Deadline
The APME 2010 Conference – Building Momentum – will be held Oct. 20-22 at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The opening reception on Wednesday, Oct. 20, will be held at the Salvador Dali Museum, near the Poynter Institute. The museum hosts the largest collection of Dalí's work outside of Spain, including eight master works and 96 oil paintings. It has a total of 2,140 Dalí paintings, prints, sculptures and drawings.
More information on the program will be posted soon on the APME website at apme.com.
For hotels, the downtown Hampton Inn & Suites and the Marriott Courtyard both have set aside a block of rooms for $94 a night for the conference. The special Poynter room rate will be available until Sept. 26 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. For more information, go to apme.com
The 2010 APME Journalism Excellence Awards honor superior journalism and innovation among newspapers and online news sites across the United States and Canada. The awards seek to promote excellence by recognizing work that is well-written and incisively reported and that effectively challenges the status quo.
All Awards are presented for journalism published or launched between July 1, 2009,
and June 30, 2010.
The deadline for entry is Monday, July 12, 2010.
The Awards will be presented at the APME annual conference at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., Oct. 20-22 and linked on the APME website.
The Awards include the Annual Innovator of the Year Award, which for the first time carries a $2,000 prize provided by sponsors GateHouse Media Inc. and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.
Others are: Public Service Awards, First Amendment Award and Citations, Online Convergence Awards and International Perspective Awards.
The Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism will be offered for the first time this year, with a $2,500 prize in each of two circulation categories.
Nominations are received online only. For more details, go to:
ONLINE JOURNALISM CREDIBILITY WEBINAR SERIES
The Scripps Howard Foundation is funding scholarships valued at up to $300 to help journalists from diverse backgrounds to attend the Nashville NewsTrain.
Scholarships are sufficient to pay the registration fee and can be applied to lodging or travel expenses. Alumni of the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute's programs and journalists from the news organizations that planned this NewsTrain workshop are encouraged to apply.
FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 1-2. Save the date for a NewsTrain workshop to be hosted by Texas Christian University. Information and registration coming by the end of June. NOTE: McCormick Awardsto help college journalism educators and media advisers attend the workshop will be available via competitive application. More info TK on that too.
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York have announced the seventh NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera.
The institute takes place October 9 -19 at Columbia University, and is part of a series of NEA-funded programs across the country that focus on improving arts criticism in classical music, opera, theater and dance.
The application deadline for this October's institute is July 20, 2010.
The NEA Arts Journalism Institutes are helping to establish the importance of professional training in the coverage of the arts through lectures and seminars with leaders in higher education, the arts and journalism. The programs are designed for journalists located primarily outside the largest media markets, where professional development opportunities are limited, but a limited number of positions will be considered for applicants from major media markets as well. Institutes for dance critics are also being hosted by the American Dance Festival at Duke University, for theater critics at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication, and for visual arts critics at American University. The programs cover most of the participants' expenses.
Andras Szanto, former head of the National Arts Journalism Program, will direct the institute at Columbia with co-director Anya Grundmann, executive producer for NPR Music, and artistic director Joseph Horowitz, the nationally recognized classical music historian and critic.
The attendees – who include critics, reporters and editors in traditional, broadcast and digital journalism media – will work with senior journalists and faculty members to improve their viewing, analytical and writing skills. Participants will have the unique opportunity to take advantage of the rich cultural offerings in New York City and attend performances that cover a wide variety of genres, as well as rehearsals and behind-the-scenes meetings with artists and administrators of several leading classical music presenting organizations.
The Associated Press reported that glaring errors and omissions in BP's oil spill response plans have exposed a slapdash effort to follow environmental rules, outraging Gulf Coast residents who can see on their beaches how unprepared the company was. BP PLC's 582-page regional spill plan for the Gulf, and its 52-page, site-specific plan for the Deepwater Horizon rig vastly understate the dangers posed by an uncontrolled leak and vastly overstate the company's preparedness to deal with one, according to an Associated Press analysis. The lengthy plans were approved by the federal government last year before BP drilled its ill-fated well. Among the glaring errors in the report: A professor is listed in BP's 2009 response plan for a Gulf of Mexico oil spill as a national wildlife expert. He died in 2005.
The Associated Press reported that in the chaotic days after the oil rig explosion, BP engineers and federal regulators desperate to plug the blown-out well scrambled to complete plans for a pair of deepwater relief wells that represent the best chance to end the disastrous spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But BP didn't begin drilling the relief well until 12 days after the start of the disaster as the company and government rushed through environmental reviews, permits and other plans. The government does not require oil companies to have relief well plans in place ahead of time, and the lack of planning cost the company valuable time to get the spill under control. And the plan ultimately approved by the government offers virtually no details outlining the relief well effort or what dangers might lurk in the depths as the company drills 18,000 feet below the surface. Experts say the relief effort could be exposed to the same risks that caused the original well to blow out in catastrophic fashion, while potentially creating a worse spill if engineers were to accidentally damage the existing well or tear a hole in the undersea oil reservoir.
The Associated Press, in the third story of a series, reports too much medical treatment is making many Americans sicker. We fret about airport scanners, power lines, cell phones and even microwaves. It's true that we get too much radiation. But it's not from those sources — it's from too many medical tests. Americans get the most medical radiation in the world, even more than folks in other rich countries. The U.S. accounts for half of the most advanced procedures that use radiation, and the average American's dose has grown sixfold over the last couple of decades. Too much radiation raises the risk of cancer and that risk is growing because people in everyday situations are getting imaging tests far too often.
The New York Times reports what it says has long been one of the most vexing causes of America's skyrocketing health costs: people not taking their medicine. One-third to one-half of all patients do not take medication as prescribed, and up to one-quarter never fill prescriptions at all, experts say. Such lapses fuel more than $100 billion dollars in health costs annually because those patients often get sicker. Now, a controversial, and seemingly counter-intuitive, effort to tackle the problem is gaining ground: paying people money to take medicine or to comply with prescribed treatment. The idea, which is being embraced by doctors, pharmacy companies, insurers and researchers, is that paying modest financial incentives up front can save much larger costs of hospitalization.
In addition, another 200 AP journalists have been contributing to AP coverage, from Alaska to Washington, D.C. and Havana to the Philippines. The coverage ranges from a team dedicated to reporting the environmental impact of the spill to a seasoned group of investigative journalists digging into the legal, business and policy aspects of the disaster.
"The Associated Press is committed to providing the breaking and in-depth news, in every format, that Americans and others need to stay informed about this unprecedented disaster and to understand its impact,” said AP President Tom Curley. "It is a story without an end in sight, and we will follow it.”
AP offers a panoramic view of its coverage at: http://www.ap.org/oil_spill/
AP'S BEAT OF THE WEEK – ONLINE VIDEO'S RICH MATTHEWS
Two months on, finding new and creative ways to tell the story of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico can be a challenge.One good answer is to show it.Online Video's Rich Matthews has been reporting on the spill from the start. But last week, Matthews opened up a new front in AP's oil spill coverage, taking viewers and readers to a place few had ever seen.
Rich dove in the Gulf of Mexico, taking a cameraunderwater to show how the oil was impacting marine life. Rich captured striking images of oil underwater and revealed a surprising lack of marine life just below the Gulf's surface.
During a second dive, Rich, an experienced diver,took both stills and video of the dense oil underwater. His video and the above-water pictures by photographer Eric Gay provided a gripping new view of the oil spill and fed the discussion about the damage being caused by what we can't see from above.
Matthews originally proposed diving into the Loop Current to see the impact the oil may be having on the coast of Florida.He was ahead of the oil with that idea. Buthe kept pushing the idea.Producer Lila Meridethworked with him to get him out on the Gulf, findinga boat captain willing to make the tripinto the oil slick. This time his timing was perfect. At a moment when BP was debating whether there were plumes of oil underwater, Rich dove down and showed them to us.
Matthews produced video packages for Online Video and APTN. He supplied raw video for an interactive. He wrote a first-person account for the text wire and provided underwater photos as well. One e-mailerwrote, "This correspondent told us more about the oil spill in less than 10 paragraphs than the cable talking heads tell us in a week."
The video was played widely on network television and online and dominated the news cycle for 24-hours. His text story and video was on the front page of The Washington Post, Yahoo! and Huffington Post. Rich did appearances on CNN, MSNBC, NBC's Today Show and CBS's The Early Show. Here's one of thoseappearances:
AP members are eligible for discounts on purchases of the 2010 AP Stylebook – both the print and online versions.
The new stylebook includes a separate section for the first on Social Media Guidelines. It also makes "website" one word.
For the second year in a row, the AP is holding the price steady on the 2010 book. AP members pay $11.75 per book, a deep discount off the regular retail price of $18.95.
Rates for Stylebook Online are based on the number of users, with pricing available for individual named users or for concurrent users. The price per user decreases with more users. For a member with 50 users, for example, the price is less than $10 a user in the first year - and drops to less than $6 a year when renewed.
The Associated Press has named Brian Carovillano as its top Asia/Pacific editor, overseeing news operations over a broad swath of the world stretching from India to Japan and including Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands. Carovillano is currently the South regional editor in the United States, where in 2008 he launched the first of four domestic regional desks under a sweeping reorganization of AP's U.S. news operation. As South editor, he has directed ongoing coverage of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, as well as the Upper Big Branch mine explosion, Gulf hurricanes, the saga of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, and many other top stories. He led a team of journalists who created the AP Economic Stress Map, an interactive indicator of economic health that has won several national awards. He succeeds Asia Editor Patrick McDowell, now assistant chief of bureau for Illinois. The appointment was announced by Senior Managing Editor John Daniszewski, who oversees international news coverage for the AP. Carovillano, who will be based at the AP's Asia-Pacific editorial headquarters in Bangkok, joined the AP in Providence, R.I., in 2001. Two years later, he transferred to Boston, and in 2006, he became news editor in San Francisco. Carovillano, 37, is a native of Westfield, N.J., and a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Dave Martin, who has covered wars, weather disasters and major sporting events around the globe in a career spanning nearly three decades, has been named staff photographer for The Associated Press in Alabama. Martin's appointment was announced by Santiago Lyon, director of photography for the news cooperative in New York. Martin, 55, will rejoin AP based in Montgomery following a three-year stint as a freelance photographer.
The publisher of the Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho, has named two new editors to the newspaper's city desk. Publisher Brad Hurd has appointed Eric Larsen as city editor and Nate Poppino as assistant city editor. Larsen has worked at the Times-News since 2003, and has worked on the sports desk before advancing to assistant city editor. The 30-year-old Oregon State University alum replaces David Cooper, who is editor of "Progressive Cattleman," a nationwide trade publication based in Jerome. Poppino is a former beat reporter who began working at the newspaper in 2007, covering water issues and the environment. In his new post, the 25-year-old University of Idaho graduate will also be responsible for the community section that runs four days a week.
European newspapers are weathering the media crisis better than their U.S. counterparts, a report suggested. The report, by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, shows that while papers in Europe also have been affected by the fallout from the economic crisis, a decline in readership and advertising, and fierce competition from the Internet, they have generally been hit less hard than papers in the United States.
The U.S. newspaper publishing market declined by 30 percent between 2007 and 2009, the report said. Britain was not far behind, losing 21 percent of its market in the same period, while Greece and Spain's markets fell by 20 and 16 percent, respectively.
However, much of Europe fared better, with the publishing market declining by 10 percent in Germany, 7 percent in Portugal, Sweden and Finland, 4 percent in France, and just 2 percent in Austria, the report said.
One possible reason for Europe's relative resilience is the continent's lesser reliance on advertising revenues. In U.S. papers, ads accounted for 87 percent of revenue in 2008, while in Germany, Spain and Sweden they made up for 57 percent, with the balance coming from copy sales.
The shift of classifieds and other ads to websites has shrunk advertising in papers across the board, said the report, adding that ads in papers' online editions "only partially compensate for the decline in print advertising revenues."
With online media and free newspapers siphoning off readers from traditional papers, circulation has been steadily decreasing in recent years in nearly all 31 developed countries monitored by the OECD.
Still, it was not all gloom and doom.
A growing appetite for the press in emerging markets helped prop up global circulation numbers. Circulation was up an average of about 35 percent in global powerhouses Brazil, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa.
"Certainly the data does not currently lend itself to make the case for 'the death of the newspaper' as suggested by some ... in particular if non-OECD countries and a potential positive effect of the economic recovery are taken into account," the report concluded.
A North Carolina newspaper will be led by a publisher who rejoined the paper seven months ago. The Winston-Salem Journal reported Media General Inc. named Jeffrey Green as the executive to lead a transformation from newspaper to multimedia outlet. Green had served as the newspaper's interim publisher since last month, when he replaced Mike Miller. Green was promoted to publisher and president of the Journal.
He came to the newspaper Nov. 9 as the vice president of sales and marketing.
Green had been president and chief executive of the Iwanna division for Fayetteville Publishing Co. in Asheville and Greenville, S.C. He previously worked at the Journal from 1983 to 1993 in marketing and advertising leadership roles.
Shareholders of newspaper publisher A.H. Belo Corp. re-elected two directors to its board. The company, which publishes The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal and several other newspapers, said shareholders re-elected of Laurence E. Hirsch, a director since December 2007 and chairman of Eagle Materials Inc., and John P. Puerner, a director since May 2008 and former publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times. Their new three-year terms will last until Belo's 2013 annual meeting.
Meanwhile, J. McDonald Williams, left the board after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 68. David Morgan, a director since May 2008, stepped down to devote more time to Simulmedia, an Internet company he launched in 2009.
The AP Corporate Archives is offering a 70-page booklet on "The Costs of War: AP Journalists in Beirut, Kabul, and Baghdad, 1975-2010.” The booklet highlights the complex risks taken by AP journalists and local staffers in covering the Lebanon civil war and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It features photographs and documents drawn from the Beirut and Cairo bureau records, the text archive, and the photo library, with commentary by Corporate Archives Director Valerie Komor.
The booklet is accompanied by a DVD featuring a selection of oral history interviews conducted last year with AP reporters and photographers in the Middle East.
The Archives is making the booklets available for state AP meetings. For more information, contact Valerie Komor at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 212-621-1731.
The Texas APME used APME's Great Ideas CD as a giveaway at the conference. The CD has terrific ideas that editors can use throughout the year. It might work for your conference too.
Mark Howat, a longtime writer and editor for The Record in Bergen County, N.J., who was well-known for his restaurant reviews, has died. He was 80 and had worked at the newspaper for nearly 45 years. Known as a prolific and versatile writer with a no-nonsense temperament, Howat joined the paper in 1947 as a freelance writer while still a student at Rutgers. He eventually decided to stay in journalism and did not immediately return to school, but later graduated cum laude from Rider College in 1952. He got a full-time job at the paper that year and quickly rose through the ranks with promotions to writing, copy editing and editing positions in nearly every section.
The Boston Globe reported that Robert L. Healy, a longtime reporter and editor who was credited with kicking the gun from the hand of Sirhan Sirhan, Sen. Robert Kennedy's assassin, died of a stroke at his home in Jupiter, Fla. He was 84. Healy was executive editor, the news operation's second-highest post, Washington bureau chief, political editor and columnist. The Globe said Healy was the last reporter to speak to Kennedy the night of his death in June 1968 and that he kicked the gun from Sirhan after the assassin was wrestled to the floor of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. During World War II, Healy served in the Army Air Corps and flew in bombing missions over Germany.
AND FINALLY...AP History – Enduring image from the Vietnam War
AP History - June 11, 1963: Malcolm Browne captures burning monk photo in Vietnam
On June 11, 1963, AP Saigon bureau chief Malcolm Browne photographed one of the enduring images from Vietnam when he witnessed a Buddhist monk sit down on a mat in the middle of the street, get doused with gasoline and set on fire.
A day earlier, Browne had gotten a telephone call alerting him that there would be a protest against the government, according to Hal Buell in "Breaking News: How The Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace and Everything Else.”
"Tips like that were frequent, and usually not useful, but Browne decided to check it out,” Buell wrote.
Browne's resulting photograph, run on the front page of many American newspapers, was a "shocking wake-up call to a worsening situation,” Buell said.
Browne won a Pulitzer Prize for war reporting in 1964.