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ABOUT US: APME Update is published regularly by the Associated Press Media Editors Association. APME Update is edited by Sally Jacobsen. Send submissions by e-mail or call Sally at (212) 621-7007.

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APME NEWSTRAIN 2012 announces locations

The Associated Press Media Editors has selected four locations for NewsTrain workshops in 2012.

Workshops are now being planned for Phoenix, Miami, Toronto and Chapel Hill, N.C.

"We're thrilled to present another great year of NewsTrain, in four outstanding venues. APME has offered this outstanding, low-cost training for nine years, and our visit to Toronto in September will mark our third NewsTrain in Canada," said Bob Heisse, APME president and executive editor of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.

NewsTrain is a national touring workshop sponsored by APME and that serves journalists in their own cities. Programs are designed to provide training in the skills newsroom leaders need in a rapidly changing media setting.

APME represents editors and news leaders at AP-member newspapers and broadcast outlets and journalism educators and student leaders in the United States and Canada.

NewsTrain programs are aimed at all levels of newsroom editors and managers, reporters, copy editors, visual journalists, and online producers. College journalism educators and student journalists are also welcome and find NewsTrain programs valuable.

Below are dates and locations for the four workshops scheduled for 2012. Plans are now taking shape and details will be added to the APME web site listing ( of NewsTrain workshops, including agendas, speakers, and registration.

Phoenix NewsTrain, March 22-23, 2012: Local host committee includes The Arizona Republic; Arizona Newspaper Association; the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University; Arizona Daily Star; Arizona Daily Sun; Nevada Press Association; Utah Press Association, and The Associated Press. The workshop will be held at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University.

Miami NewsTrain, May 18-19, 2012: Local host committee includes The Miami Herald; El Nuevo Herald; The Associated Press, Florida and Caribbean; The Palm Beach Post, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel; University of Miami School of Communication; CBS 4 News, and WLRN-91.3 FM (South Florida NPR). The workshop will be held at the University of Miami School of Communication.

Toronto NewsTrain, Sept. 13-14, 2012: Local host committee includes Metroland, Newspapers Canada, Canadian Press, Ontario Community Newspapers Association, The Toronto Star and Ryerson University. The workshop will be held at the Toronto Star Press Centre.

Chapel Hill NewsTrain, Fall 2012: Local host committee includes the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, North Carolina Press Association and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The workshop will be held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more information, contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director,


Watchdog Reporting

• Cleveland Plain Dealer: Property tax rates increase across Northeast Ohio
• Denver Post: More than 500 mistaken-identity arrests in Denver in seven years
• Indianapolis Star: Is Bear Run coal mine putting Hoosiers at risk?
• Albuquerque Journal: Doubling Up on Retirement
• Orlando Sentinel: For years, angry FAMU parents warned Ammons, others of hazing
• Cincinnati Enquirer: Hamilton County is slowest in Ohio to help hungry
• Tulsa World: Tulsa's meth labs multiply in 2011, shattering record

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Beat of the Week: Nekesa Mumbi Moody

Throughout her career, Nekesa Mumbi Moody has cultivated a relationship with Aretha Franklin, who does not often give interviews.

On the rare occasions when Franklin does talk to the press, she often asks to speak exclusively to Moody. It is one of the relationships with the famous and the not so famous that makes Moody such an impressive beat writer.

On Jan. 2, Moody spotted an email message from Aretha Franklin’s publicist and immediately phoned for details. The Queen of Soul had big news she wanted to share with the world, and specifically with Moody: She was engaged. Moody pushed Franklin’s publicist for an interview, and two days later, Franklin called Moody and dished on her wedding plans and the proposal from longtime friend Willie Wilkerson. And she even revealed that she had had a past relationship, with a late-night talk-show host whom she didn’t name. A mystery for another day!


Best of the States: Tom Breen, Mitch Weiss

It was one of those stories that makes you gasp out loud: State officials left a 1-year-old girl to live in an unheated trailer home with abusive relatives in the remote North Carolina woods because their paperwork showed they should rescue only a boy living in the same place.

Two months later, Aubrey Littlejohn was dead, her little body scattered with bruises and broken bones. And the state of North Carolina was forced to answer to AP reporters Tom Breen and Mitch Weiss.

Weiss and Breen decided to look into a tip they’d received about the case. But their initial calls suggested there was a lot more there.

Breen, based in Raleigh, headed to Asheville to cover an unrelated trial and went to the tiny Swain County courthouse to sweet-talk a clerk into helping him pull the paper records on the case. Weiss, based in Charlotte, joined him.

It took several trips to northwest North Carolina to uncover the whole story. Along the way, they had numerous doors slammed in their faces by state employees, some of whom are now accused of falsifying documents to cover their mistakes.

Since their story ran - - the workers accused of falsifying the documents have been suspended and the state is changing the way it investigates child deaths.


Editors in the News

San Antonio Express-News state editor Nora Lopez has been appointed to be the newspaper's new city editor.

The Express-News also reports political reporter Brian Chasnoff has been promoted to metro columnist. The 48-year-old Lopez began her career as an intern at the Express-News in 1987 before moving to the now-defunct rival San Antonio Light and The Dallas Morning News before returning to the Express-News in 2000 as a reporter. She became state editor in 2003.

The 32-year-old Chasnoff was an Express-News intern in 2005 before hiring on as a reporter at the newspaper.

Former San Francisco Chronicle Editor Phil Bronstein has announced his resignation from Hearst Newspapers, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Bronstein, 61, who has served as editor at large for the past four years, will move into an unpaid role with the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, where he is president of the board, the newspaper reported.

Bronstein had worked as a newsman in San Francisco for 31 years, joining the then-Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner as a reporter in 1980. In the 17 years he worked as an editor for the Chronicle, Bronstein oversaw the newspaper's investigation into the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO, a steroids distribution ring. He also guided the paper through its expansion into the Internet age, and through belt-tightening as the newspaper industry ran into financial troubles. He made headlines himself when he married actress Sharon Stone in 1998. Bronstein was in the news again in 2001 when a Komodo dragon bit his toe during a private tour at the Los Angeles Zoo, then again when he and Stone divorced in 2004. Bronstein left the editor's office in 2008 but remained as The Chronicle's executive vice president.

The New York Daily News has a new editor-in-chief: the last editor of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World in London before it folded amid a phone hacking scandal. Colin Myler also was executive editor of Murdoch's New York Post tabloid newspaper. The 59-year-old native of Liverpool, England, replaces Kevin Convey as editor-in-chief of New York City's largest circulation daily. The change in leadership comes as the Daily News transforms into a more digital operation. Myler also will head, which has 10 million monthly visitors nationally. His journalism career started with a Roman Catholic-affiliated news agency in Southport, England. He went on to work for The Sun, the Daily Mail, the Sunday Mirror and the Daily Mirror. In the 1990s, he ran the Super League of Europe, the rugby league marketing body. Myler was managing editor and executive editor of the New York Post from 2001 to 2007, when he became editor of the News of the World. Last year, he testified before Britain's parliament about a hacking scandal linked to that tabloid owned by Murdoch's News Corp. One reporter and a private investigator were jailed for accessing voicemails. Myler appeared before a parliament committee, testifying with former News of the World lawyer Tom Crone. The two said they had informed Murdoch's son, James Murdoch, that hacking was widespread at the newspaper. Murdoch has denied the accusation.


Industry News

• UK police warned: Beware thirsty, flirty reporters
• New website aims to be Appalachia’s own WikiLeaks
• 5 selected for Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame
• Judge over murder trial loosens media restrictions
• Brownsville, Texas, publisher adds Harlingen paper to job
• Okla. lawmaker seeks end to newspaper exemption
• New Haven, Conn., Register to lay off 105 workers
• MaineToday Media lines up investor group
• Donald Bailey is Shreveport, La., paper's new publisher
• ECM acquires Minn. Sun Newspapers

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In Memoriam

Robert C. Carter, the former publisher of the Kentucky New Era and a 2011 inductee into the University of Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, died at his home in Hopkinsville. Carter began working for the New Era as an advertising salesman in 1953 and retired as publisher in 1997. He remained on the newspaper's board of directors as chairman until 2003.

A former president of the Kentucky Press Association, Carter was instrumental in winning passage of the state's Open Meetings and Open Records laws in the 1970s. A letter nominating Carter for the Journalism Hall of Fame earlier this year noted, "His leadership in the Kentucky Press Association during the 1970s, his influence in adoption of the state’s sunshine laws, his innovation in securing the future of one of the state’s last family-owned daily newspapers and his devotion to civic affairs in Hopkinsville and elsewhere in the state make him an ideal candidate for the Hall of Fame."

Jack Wardlaw, a journalist who covered all four of Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards' terms, the construction of the Superdome and the prosecution of a New Orleans businessman in the assassination of President John Kennedy, has died at age 74. A native of McComb, Miss., Wardlaw directed political, legislative and governmental coverage and wrote a weekly column as the capital bureau chief for The Times-Picayune from 1980 until his retirement in February 2002. Before that he covered politics for The States-Item from 1971, and was assigned to his first legislative session in 1973 before moving to Baton Rouge duties fulltime in 1979.

Wardlaw covered the entire arc of Edwards' career as governor, from his first term in 1972 — as a reformer pushing a constitutional convention — through his political victories, multiple scandals and his conviction on federal bribery and racketeering charges in 2001.

Wardlaw had an adversarial relationship with Edwards, who publicly referred to the reporter as "that lyin' Jack Wardlaw" for his coverage and his critical columns about Edwards and others. Wardlaw took the epithet as a compliment. Edwards told The Times-Picayune that despite his clashes with Wardlaw he had a high regard for him. Wardlaw was a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where he earned both an undergraduate and a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism. "It's been fun," Mr. Wardlaw wrote in his final column in 2002. "The columns have frequently annoyed public officials — including several governors — who were involved in the events commented on. For that, I make no apologies."

Charles Waldo Bailey II, former editor of the Minneapolis Tribune and co-author of the Cold War thriller "Seven Days in May," has died, his daughter said. He was 82. "He was a newspaperman. He was a journalist. He loved newspapers and he really believed in the role of newspapers in the community," his daughter Victoria Bailey said. A Boston native, Bailey became a Tribune reporter in 1950 after graduating from Harvard University. In 1954, he was assigned to the paper's Washington bureau, later becoming its chief. He was named the morning Tribune's editor in 1972 and resigned a decade later over staff reductions following its merger with the afternoon Minneapolis Star. Bailey returned to Washington, where he was Washington editor for National Public Radio from 1984-87. Bailey co-wrote three books with Fletcher Knebel, including "No High Ground," ''Convention" and "Seven Days in May," about an attempted U.S. military coup. It was made into a 1964 movie directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Fredric March. Bailey also wrote the 1991 solo novel, "The Land Was Ours," about a newspaper reporter in the Upper Midwest.

Andrew Viglucci, the longtime editor of Puerto Rico's San Juan Star and an early colleague of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist William Kennedy, has died. He was 84. Viglucci graduated from Albany High School in New York, served in the Navy during World War II and earned a degree from Clark University. In the late 1950s, he and Kennedy, a friend and fellow Albany native, helped launch the English language daily San Juan Star. Viglucci's first visit to Puerto Rico was in 1956, when he quit his job as a reporter for the defunct Schenectady Union-Star after being hired by a newly established newspaper called San Juan World Journal. "I remember going to the atlas to find out where Puerto Rico was," Viglucci told the Times Union of Albany in a 1994 interview. The World Journal folded in nine months. After a brief stint as a reporter in Washington, D.C., Viglucci returned to Puerto Rico, where he and Kennedy were among the founding staff of the Star. Viglucci was its first city editor when it opened in November 1959, while Kennedy was managing editor. Two years later, the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. The Star ceased publication in late August 2008 amid a labor strike by its union employees. A fictionalized newspaper based on the Star was the setting for "The Rum Diary," a novel by Hunter S. Thompson that was turned into a movie last year starring Johnny Depp.

Viglucci returned to Albany in 1967 for a short time as managing editor of the Times Union, but was soon hired back by the Star as its editor, a position he held for 25 years. After retiring in 1993, he returned to the Star the next year as editor in chief before retiring again in 2006 and moving back to Albany.


AND FINALLY … Media mogul Rupert Murdoch takes to Twitter

Rupert Murdoch has begun the new year by setting up in a new field of communications — he's started tweeting.

The media mogul, who is recovering from perhaps his most difficult year in the business, is posting on Twitter under the handle rupertmurdoch, spokeswoman Daisy Dunlop at News International confirmed.

The account was opened over the New Year's holiday, but many doubted its authenticity because Murdoch, 80, has generally tried to stay out of the spotlight as his media empire comes under increased scrutiny because of widespread phone hacking at his U.K. newspapers.

Murdoch faced harsh questioning in Parliament last summer and may face additional questions from the wide-ranging Leveson Inquiry into media practices later this year, but he makes no mention of these troubles in his tweets, which include the News Corp. chief's New Year's resolutions.

"My resolutions, try to maintain humility and always curiosity," he tweets. "And of course diet!"

Murdoch had attracted more than 46,000 followers by early last week morning, just two days after he started tweeting. His wife, Wendi Deng, has also started tweeting — she's wendi_deng.

She refers to the setbacks of the last year in her tweets: "A lot of bad things happened in 2011 but I hope in 2012 we can put them all behind us and sail on to a bright future for everyone Wxx."

She also gently reminds fellow tweeters to spell her first name with an "i'' at the end, not a "y."

The Murdochs' entry into the world of Twitter was met with some bemusement and some hostility by its denizens.

John Prescott, former U.K. deputy prime minister, came up with one of the wittier responses to Murdoch's unexpected surfacing at the very public, very popular micro-blogging site.

"Welcome to Twitter," he writes to the mogul, whose reporters were skilled at hacking into telephone messaging systems. "I've left you a Happy New Year message on my voicemail!"

Others express fears that the wealthy Murdoch will buy the Twitter site.
Murdoch also deleted a tweet in which he suggested that Britons might have too many public holidays for a country facing tough times.

At times in his tweets Murdoch sounds bored with his New Year's holiday. He complains that there are "too many people" on the island of St. Bart's, an exclusive Caribbean hideaway.

"Back to work tomorrow," he says. "Enough idling!"

Murdoch also tweets that some of his friends are "frightened" by what he might say.

He also praises Mike Bloomberg, the Republican mayor of New York City, and Rick Santorum, a Republican presidential candidate.

Murdoch tweeted his wishes for a happy new year and said it would probably exceed expectations.

"Happy 2012," he says. "May it be better than all experts predict. Has to be! Must must change everything to create jobs for all, especially young."

His Twitter profile is accompanied by a snapshot showing Murdoch grimacing. He is wearing a casual white T-shirt with a light blue sweater.

Murdoch was forced to close the News of the World last year because of widespread phone hacking at the tabloid. The victims included celebrities, sports stars, and a murdered teenager whose voicemails had been hacked.

The scandal has damaged Murdoch's financial holdings and raised doubts about whether his family can retain control of the company, which has substantial interests in newspapers, magazines, movies, television and book publishing.


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