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APME Newsletter Dec. 8, 2010
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APME Update
The electronic newsletter of the Associated Press Managing Editors for December 8, 2010

In this issue:

Watchdog Reporting: Summary of Recent Impact Reporting
AP Beat of the Week: Boise's Rebecca Boone
Editors in the News:
Reidel, Riley, Wallace, Fryer, Baughman, Severance

Business of News
Catching up on Credibility Topics: Order the Full Set
APME Forums: Discuss Good Ideas With Colleagues
AP Member Discount for 2010 AP Stylebook with Social Media Guidelines






AP Impact: How muni bond bust could do big damage

Wilmington News Journal: Developer's paid for not building on land called a free ride

Tulsa World: Problems continue to plague Oklahoma's prisons

Arkansas Democrat Gazette: State claims some school districts' property tax income

Arizona Daily Star: State cuts to mental health services affect 28,000 in Arizona

Find these and 15 more watchdog reports at:


AP'S BEAT OF THE WEEK: Boise's Rebecca Boone

The story would have been compelling by itself: One inmate severely beaten by another at the privately run Idaho Correctional Center as guards waited so long to intervene that the attacker had time to stop and catch his breath before continuing the assault. It became even more powerful when Boise's Rebecca Boone obtained surveillance video that exposed the brutal reality inside a prison that is the subject of numerous lawsuits and now a federal criminal investigation.

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Editors in the News

Charlie Riedel, the Kansas City-based Associated Press photographer whose images of waterfowl awash in crude from the BP oil spill commanded worldwide attention, was named the news cooperative's 2010 Fred Moen Missouri-Kansas Staffer of the Year. Riedel was honored this year after he shot a series of pictures in June that captured gulf coast waterfowl drenched in oil. The photos were widely regarded as iconic images that would symbolize the region's environmental disaster.

Kevin Riley has been named editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, succeeding Julia Wallace, who was promoted to senior vice president for Cox Media Group in Ohio, the company announced. Riley, the editor-in-chief of the Dayton Daily News in Ohio, will start in Atlanta on Jan. 3. Wallace, editor of the Journal-Constitution since 2002, was promoted to senior vice president of news and programming for Cox Media Group in Ohio. She will oversee newsgathering, entertainment and programming for Cox's Ohio properties, which include 12 newspapers, three radio stations and WHIO-TV. Riley, a native of Ohio, has more than 27 years of experience in various roles in Dayton. He started his career on the copy desk at the Daily News, served as both sports and features editor and ran its online business for five years.

Managing Editor Milford Fryer will retire from The Baton RougeAdvocate early next year. Fryer's decision, which was announced in November, follows Metro Editor Christopher Baughman's announcement earlier in the month that he will retire Jan. 3. Executive Editor Carl Redman said that the paper will first look within to replace Fryer, and that it has begun taking applications to fill the metro editor position. Fryer and Baughman assumed their positions in 2007 in a series of top management changes in the newsroom. That year, Redman rose to executive editor from managing editor, and Fryer moved to managing editor from assistant managing editor.

John Severance, a journalist with more than 25 years of newspaper experience, has become the editor of the Los Alamos (N.M.) Monitor. Severance has worked at the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Fla.; the Lexington Herald Leader in Kentucky; and the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa. He spent the last year as editor of the Mountain Mail, a weekly newspaper in southern New Mexico. He succeeds Garrison Wells, who moved to Colorado to care for his parents.



Journal Register Company Unveils Open Community Newsroom at Connecticut Site

Columnist Eugene Robinson joins Pulitzer board


John Pfeifer promoted to publisher of Times-News

NJ newspaper publisher Charles Nutt retiring

Newspaper industry's 3Q ad revenue slipped 5 pct

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Hundreds of APME members attended Online Journalism Credibility webinars presented in the past nine months by NewsU and APME.

Though the six-part series is now over, the webinars live on in recorded form, allowing learning to continue. If you missed a webinar or want to watch them again because you have new situations to consider, now is a great time to register for the Training Package, which enables you to view (and re-view) all six seminars.

Here is the link to the Training Package:

APME Online Credibility Series



A great place to talk about what's working in your newsroom is our forums on

Check out the forum and "good ideas" and help start a conversation on a topic.

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Print edition and online subscriptions can be ordered by credit card online at a secure site at The order form also allows customers to create an invoice to pay by check or money order, and member news organizations can request direct assessment.


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

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