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APME Update


Feb. 7, 2013


April 29-30, 2013
NewsTrain, Springfield, Ill.

July 11-12, 2013
Board of Directors meeting, New York City

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

NewsTrain Marks 10th Anniversary With First Stop in Springfield

NewsTrain, the signature on-site journalism training program of the Associated Press Media Editors, will make its first stop in its 10th anniversary year in Springfield, Ill.

Workshops are being planned for April 29 and 30 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Downtown Springfield. The APME-funded program makes four stops per year in the United States and Canada.

Trainer Michael Roberts oversees NewsTrain and plans the workshops based on a needs assessment from a committee of journalists in the region of the host city. Programs are aimed at all levels of newsroom editors and managers, reporters, copy editors, visual journalists and online producers. College journalism educators and student journalist are also welcome.

Other workshops are being planned later this year in Seattle and Colorado.

The cost is $75 for the two days of training. Details are being worked out for hotel stays in downtown Springfield. We'll post registration details when we have them.

Become a Lifetime Member of APME

For the first time and in recognition of its 80th anniversary in 2013, APME is offering lifetime memberships for a limited time. You can join this elite group of news industry leaders for just $800 — already, four members have made this commitment to APME. Renew your membership for a year or a lifetime by clicking here.

Donate to APME through our popular online auctions

The Associated Press Media Editors online auctions run at least twice a year and offer up a bevy of prizes and surprises with each iteration.

Each auction Loaded with photos, books, tickets, regional goodies and more, and advances the cause of journalism, helping enable newsroom and photography leaders within the AP membership to do more, better and smarter. Add to that the work APME does yearlong for FOI, Innovation, Great Ideas and our industry-leading conference that taps in to the relevant issues of our times.

Dig through your storeroom, look at your community and sporting events, what gift certificates or wares make your region shine?

The auction runs through March. We already have a New Jersey beach condo and a framed stunning print of Michael Jordan, in all his glory. We're sure you have other wonderful items and challenge each newsroom to offer something to make this auction shine.

If you need to know more about APME, visit

When you are ready to donate, fill out this form, or send a description of the item, value, photo and any other details to

Thanks, and happy bidding!

Great Ideas

The News Journal, Wilmington, Del.
Teresa Bonner, local news editor

One of the recurring challenges in the newsroom is to come up with fresh ways to engage voters while supplying themthe information necessary to maintain an educated electorate. This year, we decided to try a new approach that has so far been a smashing success. Our news programmer and Web designer, Patrick Sweet and Andre Smith, spent a month building an interactive voters guide that blends social media, reporting and interactivity in a sleek news application. It provides information on the candidates for any race, their answers to issue questions, and an interactive feature that allows the reader to search the information to determine which candidates’ positions are closest to those of the reader.


APME's 2013 conference will be held Oct. 28-30 in Indianapolis

APME will hold its 80th annual conference in Indianapolis Monday, Oct. 28, through Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. For this special anniversary gathering, we will return to Indiana, home of the very first conference in 1933.

Watch APME Update or the conference page for more information in the months to come.

AP Health Care Initiative

President Obama’s re-election has put national health care reform on a fast track _ at least in some states. The Affordable Care Act is the biggest addition to the nation’s social safety net since the advent of Medicare nearly 50 years ago and will affect every American in some way. Yet it also is far different from the health insurance program for seniors or Social Security, which are administered the same no matter where a person lives.

To help its members understand the health care law and its local impact, The Associated Press is planning a sustained initiative focusing on how health care reform will play out in each state.

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WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

• AP: Multi-agency, anti-drug HQ opens in Chicago
• Columbus Dispatch:
‘Test of Convictions’ Series on Flawed Evidence Retention
• Arkansas Democrat Gazette:
Disability costs now 51 percent of Medicaid growth
• Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia’s investors more vulnerable
• Denver Post:
Audit of 911 calls shows pattern of errors
• Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel:
Athletes flock to Florida for illicit drugs
• Kansas City Star:
Road-building binge leaves U.S. highway system crumbling
• News and Record:
High fines for nursing homes
• San Antonio Express-News:
Fracking chemical formulas still secret

If your AP-member publication or newscast has a recent example of watchdog journalism, send the information to

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: Mohammed Wagdy and Salah Sheta

Most eyes, and cameras, have been focused outside Egypt's presidential palace during these long days and nights of protest. But one of last week’s big stories in Cairo unfolded on a secluded side street where riot police, cracking down on protesters, stripped and beat a middle-aged man and then dragged him across the pavement.

It might easily have gone unnoticed amid the daily violence in Cairo, except for AP video operator Mohammed Wagdy's sharp eyes and quick thinking.

Wagdy had just shot video of demonstrators throwing gasoline bombs over the palace wall and was rushing inside to edit and transmit when he saw the disturbance starting to build.

He immediately called freelance video operator Salah Sheta, manning the AP Direct camera with its good vantage point from a nearby building. Don't film the palace, film the side street, Wagdy said.

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BEST OF THE STATES: Ula Ilyntzky and Kiley Armstrong

When former New York City Mayor Ed Koch was hospitalized for anemia in September, New York City newswoman Ula Ilyntzky and morning Breaking News Staffer Kiley Armstrong realized the iconic New Yorker might be near the end. So they began making almost daily calls to Koch’s longtime spokesman, George Arzt, who formerly worked as a reporter for the New York Post and local television stations.

When Koch was hospitalized again in December for a respiratory infection -- and then placed in intensive care for fluid building in his lungs last week – their calls increased to daily-plus. In their many conversations with Arzt, Ilnytzky and Armstrong developed an easy rapport with him, so much so that he once sent them the lyrics of a Broadway show tune after they jokingly complained about the brusque attitude he adopted one day. Along the way, they built up a clear understanding: AP would get the first call with any developments.

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The managing editor of the Hazleton, Pa., Standard-Speaker has announced plans to retire next month after 16 years of leading the eastern Pennsylvania paper's newsroom.

The paper ( ) says Carl Christopher told staff members he will step down March 29. Executive editor Larry Holeva, who also oversees the news operations of The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens' Voice and The (Scranton) Times-Tribune, said a search will begin immediately for a replacement. He said he hoped a new editor would be in place by the beginning of April. Holeva called Christopher "a rock of stability at the newspaper for nearly four decades." Christopher said he had "always considered it a privilege to work for my hometown paper."

A veteran Massachusetts political reporter is joining John Kerry's staff as he prepares to become the nation's next secretary of state. Glen Johnson, politics editor at and The Boston Globe, said he will work on Kerry's senior staff at the State Department.

Johnson said his duties will include communicating Kerry's foreign policy vision and priorities to international and domestic audiences and traveling with Kerry as he represents President Obama and the administration. During nearly three decades in journalism, Johnson has also worked at The Sun of Lowell, the City News Bureau of Chicago, The Salem News and The Associated Press.


• Gannett posts lower 4Q net income
• Ronquist named publisher of Traverse City paper
• Maine governor takes aim at state’s newspapers
• W. Mich. newspaper dropping Saturday edition
• Man gets prison for upstate NY newspaper attack
• Times-Dispatch’s owner buys N.C. newspaper

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Retired Beloit Daily News editor and publisher dead at 84.

Retired Beloit (Ill.) Daily News editor and publisher William D. Behling has died after a brief illness. He was 84. The Beloit Daily News ( says Behling died at his home in Roscoe, Ill.

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