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APME Update: Thursday, March 7, 2013
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APME Update

March 7, 2013


March 15, 2013
Deadline for Community Journalism Public Service Initiative

March 31, 2013
APME Online Auction ends

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

May 1, 2013
Early bird conference registration ends

July 11-12, 2013
Board of Directors meeting, NYC

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

Diversity Scholarships for Springfield, Ill., NewsTrain Available

Springfield, Ill., NewsTrain, April 29-30

The Associated Press Media Editors Foundation will offer diversity scholarships to APME NewsTrain events in 2013 for print and broadcast journalists and students who are pursuing careers in journalism.

The scholarships will cover the cost of NewsTrain along with the recipient's accommodations and travel expenses.

NewsTrain host committees will review applications and choose the recipients. The first NewsTrain will be held April 29-30 in Springfield, Ill., and Midwest candidates will have the best chance. In all, up to four scholarships will be awarded for the Springfield event.

Interested journalists and students of color who need assistance attending NewsTrain in Springfield should send a resume and application letter by March 25 to host committee chairman Bob Heisse at


Celebrate NewsTrain's first decade with 2013's first workshop in Springfield

Springfield, Ill., NewsTrain, April 29-30

The agenda is packed for the first NewsTrain in this 10th anniversary year, to be held April 29-30 in Springfield, Ill.

But added to the workshop agenda will be a special event free to NewsTrain attendees. After the first day's sessions, all will be invited to a performance by Freedom Sings of Nashville, Tenn.

It will be held at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site of Illinois, just two blocks from the NewsTrain venue and hotel. What better place for a Freedom Sings show and a NewsTrain 10th anniversary reception?

Ken Paulson of the First Amendment Center in Nashville will be joined by these Freedom Sings musicians: Lari White (from Broadway and the Tom Hanks movie "Cast Away”), Don Henry (Grammy Award-winning songwriter, songs recorded by Miranda Lambert and Ray Charles, among others), and Bill Lloyd of the hit-making country duo Foster and Lloyd.

NewsTrain offers the best training around and it only costs $75 for the two-day workshop and food service. Register for NewsTrain Springfield and enjoy Freedom Sings free. Register at

The workshop will offer sessions on watchdog journalism, government coverage, social media skills, working with data, covering diverse communities, and more. NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by the State Journal-Register of Springfield; Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star; Quad City Times (Iowa); Illinois Press Association; The Associated Press and the AP editors board in Illinois. Other members of the planning committee include the AP editors boards in Indiana and Wisconsin; Belleville (Ill.) News Democrat, St. Louis Post Dispatch; Indianapolis Star; Chicago Tribune; and the Mid-American Press Institute.

Discount hotel rates are available for workshop participants at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel. The rate is $89 per night. For reservations, call 217 544-8800 or 1-866-788-1860 and ask for the NewsTrain or APME rate.

Come early and enjoy the presidential museum, the Lincoln home, and the capital city in the Land of Lincoln.

Questions: Contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director, Bob Heisse, State-Journal Register,, 217-788-1505.

Register today for the early bird discount

Save up to $155 on conference registration

Join us for the Associated Press Media Editors 80th annual conference in Indianapolis, Oct. 28-30, 2013.

The event offers two host hotels at two price points in the same complex, including the J.W. Marriott, $169, and the SpringHill Suites, $139. The conference will be held just across the street at the Indiana State History Museum. In addition, the first night's reception and APME Foundation auction will be held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, and the second night will feature a reception at the NCAA Hall of Champions.

APME is offering an early bird registration discounted price through May 1: $195 for members; $295 for non-members. After May 1, the registration cost will revert to $250 for members; $350 for non-members.

Non-member price: $350
Early bird non-member price: $295 (save $55)

Become a member here for discounts on the conference and the upcoming APME contests.

Member price*: $250 (save $100)
Early bird member price*: $195 (save $155)

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.

The APME online auction is open! Bid now on great items!

The Associated Press Media Editors online auction is open for the Spring iteration. We have some unique items up for bid, and can still accept more!

Each auction is Loaded with photos, books, 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.

There should be something here that speaks to you, so take a look, offer a bid and maybe you will get the deal of a lifetime!

The auction ends March 31, so visit the page at, soon.

If you have items to donate now, or later this year while we transition to eBay auctions, fill out this form, or send a description of the item, value, photo and any other details to

Thanks, and happy bidding!

APME seeking applications for Community Journalism Public Service Initiative

As it continues to show support for the work of small news organizations, the Associated Press Media Editors announces the second year of its Community Journalism Public Service Initiative.

Media companies in metropolitan areas (MSA) of 100,000 or fewer people are encouraged to apply for the grant. The recipient will receive $1,000 to jump-start the initiative and a trip to the annual APME conference to present the project.

It's easy to enter: Just draft a proposal of 500 words or less and include examples of how you would approach the project. It should be multiplatform, include social media and address a long-standing community issue.

Last year's winner was The Daily Citizen of Beaver Dam, WI. The newspaper won the grant with its series on "Mental Health on Hold," a multimedia project on mental illness in the community. Staff members Megan Sheridan and Trista Pruett then presented their work on the project at the APME conference in Nashville.

This year's winner will have the opportunity to present at the conference in October in Indianapolis.

To apply, go to and fill out the online form.

The deadline for applications is March 15. The grant will be awarded in April.


Great Ideas

The Daily Reporter, Coldwater, Mich.
Heather Jeffrey, editor

The Daily Reporter in Coldwater, Mich., took a digital approach to alternative story formats. Every week the staff shoots a video under the headline: "Five things you didn’t know about ..." The Daily Reporter picked a timely or relevant topic and localized it by asking a member or members of the community to share their insight. The topic may be historical in nature, such as dealing with a landmark, and is discussed by an expert. Sometimes the topic is light-hearted and is addressed accordingly. Either way, the videos are informative, entertaining and presented in ASF.


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

Columbus Dispatch: Dozens of Internet sweepstakes cafes like "Wild West”
Portland Press Herald: Job double-dipping by public employees doubles
State Journal-Register: School superintendent making thousands consulting
Knoxville News Sentinel: Police switch pistols in Knoxville; Glocks replaced
Portland Press Herald: Fate of Maine "sunshine laws” dim
Democrat and Chronicle: Rochester school board attendance spotty
The Miami Herald: Phantom ballot: an election whodunit
Colorado Springs Gazette: The price of one man’s abuse

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

Read about these projects at:

BEAT OF THE WEEK: Tim Donnelly

The history of The Associated Press has always been in part about finding better ways to use the technology of the moment to get the news out faster, from the telegraph to the satellite dish. Last week in St Peter’s Square Tim Donnelly wrote a great new chapter to that distinguished history.

He had a daunting task. AP would have seven photographers scattered around St. Peter’s Square for Pope Benedict XVI’s farewell appearance. How to get their images to the wire ahead of all the competitors with equal access?

Donnelly, operations manager for AP Photos, came up with a brainstorm of a solution.

Read more at:


As the Tennessee General Assembly neared a vote on the NRA's top legislative priority this year, reporter Erik Schelzig set out to ensure that AP had distinctive text and photo coverage.

Ever since Tennessee lawmakers opened serious consideration of a bill that would allow permit holders to store guns in their vehicles, no matter where they are parked, backers have maintained security won't be threatened because gun permit holders are unlikely to commit crimes. But public records obtained by Schelzig showed otherwise.

Schelzig filed a records request to obtain more than 2,100 revocations of permits to carry handguns from the past two years. With the legislative vote just days away, he focused on fleshing out why violators had lost their permits, spotlighting the case of David Aller, who was thrown out of a nightclub in November for fighting, retrieved a loaded handgun from his car in the club parking lot and returned to threaten patrons.

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The Associated Press has named BrianCarovillano news director for the Asia-Pacific region in a reorganization that brings all print, photo and video journalists under a single leadership.

Carovillano previously had been international regional editor overseeing AP's news stories in text in the region from India to Japan and including Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands.

"The decision to create an overall news director for Asia reflects the AP's move to integrate its storytelling, regardless of the medium," said John Daniszewski, AP's senior managing editor for international news.

The AP has more than 200 journalists in the Asia Pacific region, and the reorganization is designed to ensure that its text, photo and TV operations function together seamlessly.

The current regional photo and video editors -- Greg Baker for photos and Celine Rosario for video -- along with assistant Asia editor Vijay Joshi in text will report to Carovillano and serve as the Asia news leadership team.

Based in Bangkok since 2010, Carovillano has led AP's coverage of major Asian stories including the ascension of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, where AP launched a photo and text bureau last year in addition to its video bureau since 2006, the expansion of China's global reach and the political changes under way in Myanmar since the release of Nobel prize-winning resistance leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Carovillano was the South regional editor in the United States before moving to Asia, leading AP's award-winning coverage of the Gulf oil spill among other stories.

He joined the AP in Providence, R.I., in 2001. In 2003, he transferred to Boston. In 2006, he became news editor in San Francisco, transferring to Atlanta in 2008 to launch the South Desk.

Carovillano, 39, is a native of Westfield, N.J., and a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Veteran newsman Bill Kaczor retired Feb. 28 from The Associated Press after a 33-year career in Florida with the international news agency.

A native of Gary, Ind., who grew up in Chicago, Kaczor joined AP in February 1980. He previously worked for the former Playground Daily News in Fort Walton Beach and the Pensacola News Journal before going to Tallahassee in 1975 with the Gannett News Service.

Kaczor was appointed as Pensacola correspondent in 1984 and he quickly distinguished himself with his coverage of the military, the Christmas Day bombings of three Pensacola abortion clinics in 1984 and the murders of abortion doctors in Pensacola in 1993 and 1994.

Kaczor won a Florida Society of Newspaper Editors top award for his coverage of the murders of abortion doctor John Britton and his escort, retired Air Force Lt. Col. James Barrett. Kaczor later interviewed their killer, Paul Hill, on death row shortly before his execution in 2003.

Kaczor returned to Tallahassee in 2005 where he covered the Florida Supreme Court, elections and the Legislature.

"Bill has been the consummate professional for decades — fair, fast and accurate," said Tim Nickens, editorial page editor of the Tampa Bay Times. "It has always been a comfort to look in the press gallery at the state Capitol and see Bill perched in the center, keeping a sharp eye on lawmakers and fast-moving legislation for all of us."

An Air Force veteran, Kaczor received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Illinois University and a master's degree from Northwestern University.

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• Indiana University journalism school fights for independence
• GI's WikiLeaks admission energizes his supporters
• Study: Sports departments still lack diversity
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• Halifax Media reorganizes southeastern NC papers
• Ala. hospital fights paper's effort to get records

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