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APME Update: Thursday, March 14, 2013
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APME Update

March 14, 2013


March 15, 2013
Deadline for Community Journalism Public Service Initiative

March 25, 2013
NewsTrain Diversity Scholarship deadlines

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

2013 APME Journalism Excellence Awards


APME is now accepting entries for its 2013 APME Journalism Excellence Awards, which honor superior journalism and innovation among newspapers, radio, television 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.

There are four changes this year: The Digitial Storytelling category is taking a more feature approach to multimedia storytelling. The Public Service Award now carries a $1,500 prize for the Overall Winner of the three divisions, as awarded by the APME Foundation. There are also more clear definitions in the Innovator of the Year categories. And the First Amendment Awards offers a $1,000 prize for the overall winner in the Sweepstakes Award, now named the Tom Curley Sweepstakes Award in honor of the retired president of The Associated Press who championed these rights. The award is sponsored by the APME Foundation.

Four of the categories offer monetary awards: the Seventh Annual Innovator of the Year Award for newspapers, the Public Service Awards, the Fourth Annual Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism and the First Amendment Awards.

All awards are presented for journalism published or launched between July 1, 2012, and April 30, 2013.

The deadline for entries is May 15, 2013

The entry fees are $75 per entry for APME members and $100 per entry for non-members.

The awards will be presented at the APME annual conference Oct. 28-30 in Indianapolis, and are linked on the APME website. The finalists of the newspaper Innovator of the Year will present at the conference, and the winner will be selected by conference attendees.

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The APME Online Auction is Open! Bid today!

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.

Thanks, and happy bidding!

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.

The APME Foundation also 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. 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

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.

Sunshine Week: March 10-16, 2013

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.

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 Astorian, Astoria, Ore.
Laura Sellers, digital development director

The Daily Astorian had former Astoria Police Chief Ron Louie come to their office to discuss workplace safety and conflict negotiation skills. The session was videotaped and is now available to our staff. Louie is a skilled presenter and offers tips and techniques that are very useful to all staff who work with the public. Editors at all offices were strongly encouraged to watch the video with staff as a group. A Q-and-A session followed the presentation. Multimedia producer Eric Keto produced the video. He includes links to highlights in the video so shorter segments of the video can be viewed as time allows.

To view this video, click here for access to a link

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.

Read more at:

WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

- AP: U.S. censoring information more citing national security
- Portland Oregonian: Wind farm project may not qualify for tax credits after all
- Reno Gazette-Journal: Plea deals undermine existing gun laws
- Minneapolis Star Tribune: Prepaid debit cards carry few safeguards
- Dallas Morning News: Sex education in Texas is latest culture battle
- The Record: High-stakes, bitter, fight over ailing N.J. hospital
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Lobbyist spending falls as reform looms

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: Jamal Halaby

It's the latest horror to rise out of Syria's civil war: Scores of women who escaped across the border to Jordan are turning to prostitution to make ends meet.

Jamal Halaby, chief correspondent in Amman, first heard about it three months ago from a Facebook contact who had seen women working as prostitutes on the streets of the northern Jordanian city of Irbid.

Halaby decided to see for himself. He drove 50 miles to Irbid, where he indeed saw two women waving at elegant sports cars, trying to hook up with young Gulf Arabs attending a nearby university. Both women claimed to be Jordanian - although they had heavy Syrian accents - and said they were waiting for a male relative to pick them up from the city's main boulevard .

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BEST OF THE STATES: Mike Schneider

It didn't take long for Orlando Correspondent Mike Schneider to spot the pattern: A new state law requiring county clerks to redact Social Security and credit card numbers from all criminal and civil filings repeatedly was being cited as the reason he couldn't get files in a timely manner as required by the state's Sunshine Law. He also realized it must be a statewide problem, and that the AP was uniquely positioned to organize a statewide test.

Read more at:


Tulsan Myra Worley dies at age 67

Myra Worley -- the wife of longtime Tulsa World executive editor Joe Worley -- has died at age 67. The newspaper reported Sunday that Myra Worley died last week of cardiac arrest at a Tulsa hospital where she had been taken after suffering flu-like symptoms.

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AND FINALLY ... Reporter faces life's toughest deadline with book

Associated Press

All the time-stamped rigors of daily journalism are behind her, but the pace of Susan Spencer-Wendel's life has only been hastened. She is dying. And dealt a diagnosis she knows she can't beat, the race is on to finish.

Her greatest story. Her toughest assignment. Her final deadline.

Spencer-Wendel's job as a court reporter at The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post made her a local fixture, reporting on everything from the 2000 recount to Rush Limbaugh's legal woes. But what was once a constant rush to be first with her courthouse scoops has become a dash to live her remaining days joyfully, complete a long goodbye to those she loves, and record it all in a book that has drummed huge interest and multimillion-dollar book and movie deals. The clock ticks forward as her body is betrayed by Lou Gehrig's disease and yet so much is left to do. Her life has been full of happiness and she sees no reason her last days should be much different.

"Life is full of chapters," she says, knowing full well this is her last.

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