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APME Update: Saturday, March 23, 2013
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APME Update

March 23, 2013


March 25, 2013
NewsTrain Diversity Scholarship deadlines

April 1,, 2013
Deadline for Community Journalism Public Service Initiative

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

April 30, 2013
APME Online Auction ends

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 May 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.

Enter here

The APME Online Auction is Open! Bid today!

The Associated Press Managing Editors' online auction is back with exciting, fun and helpful items to help APME in its mission to train and support newsroom leaders through training, the annual conference, awards, webinars and myriad other practical tools.

Up for grabs! A beautiful framed Michael Jordan print, registrations for the Springfield, Ill., NewsTrain, a signed and framed Luckovich limited-edition cartoon poster, plus books, mounted photos, a front page reprint, AP Stylebook Online licenses and much more.

There's even a five-night stay on the Jersey shore!

Go to to start bidding.

Auction ends at 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 30. NewsTrain registrations end 5 p.m. EDT, Sunday, March 31.

Contact Laura Sellers at for more information.

Community Journalism Grant Application Deadline Extended to April 1

Community news organizations companies have until April 1 to submit applications for the second year of the Associated Press Media Editors’ 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.

Here are more details:

The Grant: A $1,000 grant will be given to a small-media company for a public service project that addresses a long-standing community issue. If results are shown, a representative also would receive an expenses-paid trip (up to $1,000) to the APME conference in October in Indianapolis.

Eligibility: The media company must have a website and serve a metropolitan area (MSA) of 100,000 or fewer people. Preference will be given to Associated Press members.

Expectations: The project can use print and/or digital platforms and include social media and/or a mobile strategy. It should be considered entrepreneurial and should have the potential to be used elsewhere, including by a larger media company. Even though the project can be an ongoing series and continue after the APME conference, there will an expectation that a part of the project will be published before Sept. 1. The Innovator/Great Ideas/Awards Committee will contact the grant recipient in late August to determine progress on the initiative.

To apply: Go to to submit your proposal of 500 words or less, including examples of how you would tackle the project. The form will also prompt you to give your company’s newsroom staffing, website page views per month and your newspaper’s circulation or audience size.

For more information, contact Joe Hight at or David Arkin at

NEWSTRAIN'S 2013 SCHEDULE: Springfield, New York City, Colorado Springs, Seattle

NewsTrain’s 2013 schedule of two-day workshops is now set, with four workshops planned this year. Locations include Springfield, Ill.; New York City; Colorado Springs; and Seattle. Details and contacts for each workshop below, with more details to come on agendas and speakers. Watch for updates, registrations, and information about diversity scholarships.

Springfield NewsTrain, April 29-30, 2013. Hosted by the State Journal-Register; Rockford Register Star, Peoria Journal Star; Quad City Times (Iowa); Illinois Press Association; the Associated Press and the AP editors board in Illinois. 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. Contact Bob Heisse, State-Journal Register,, 217-788-1505. Complete agenda and registrations here:

New York City NewsTrain, June 6-7, 2013. Hosted by The Associated Press in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic; New York Daily News; Asbury Park Press, Neptune, N.J; The Press of Atlantic City; New Jersey Press Association; The Record of Woodland Park, N.J.; New Jersey APME; Digital First Media/Journal Register Co. in Conn.; The Philadelphia Inquirer; the Philadelphia Daily News; the Albany (NY) Times Union; the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle; 1010 WINS, CBS Radio New York; the New York State Associated Press Association; The News Journal of Wilmington (Del.); the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma; and the Asian American Journalists Association. Contact Sally Jacobsen, The Associated Press,

Colorado Springs NewsTrain, September, 2013. Hosted by the Colorado Press Association and the Colorado Springs Gazette. Members of the planning committee include the Greeley Tribune, the Grand Junction Sentinel, Fort Collins Coloradoan. Evergreen Newspapers, The Associated Press Denver Bureau, the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Society of Professional Journalists, the Steamboat Pilot & Today (Steamboat Springs), and Adams State College. Contact Samantha Johnston, Colorado Press Association,

Seattle NewsTrain, October, 2013. Hosted by the Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman-Review, Tacoma News Tribune, Puget Sound Business Journal, KUOW public radio, University of Washington journalism program. Contact Jim Simon, Seattle Times,

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.

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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.


By the APME Sounding Board committee

When it comes to Associated Press coverage of the new health care reform law, editors are most interested in stories detailing the nuts-and-bolts of how the new law will work and what it will mean for individuals and families.

A survey of 65 editors showed a big appetite for explanatory coverage of the Obama Admistration’s landmark health reform law. Previous AP stories about the law and ongoing revisions were used by 95 percent of the news organizations represented in the survey.

More than 80 percent of those surveyed were seeking stories that explains how the provisions of the law, such as creation of insurance exchanges or mandatory coverage requirements, will affect individuals and their families , as well as how it will impact employers.

"People are desperate about what this means to them and how much it will cost,” wrote one editor.

Commented another editor, "We need a heads up on what details we should be examining.”

"For instance, how does the law define preventive care? Or is that an angle that even matters under this law? A lot of health plans now cover preventive care for things like a mammogram every year or a colonoscopy every five years. Will that change? Will the cost of an emergency or urgent-care visit change? How much do they cost in Washington vs. Alabama? "

Q-and-A’s were a particularly useful and valuable format for presenting the complexities of the new law, according to 83 percent of the editors surveyed. Nearly two-thirds of the editors were also interested in cost comparisons among states and localities.

By contrast, less than 40 percent of those surveyed were interested in AP providing broad takeouts or narratives about the law itself. And less than 30 percent wanted personal or anecdotal stories from AP about how health care reform is faring.

What editors want from coverage is clarity about the details.

More than half of the respondents were interested in partnering with AP on coverage of health care reform. Most editors wanted several days notice of upcoming major AP packages on health care reform: 41 percent wanted at least five days notice, 35 percent wanted three days.

About two-thirds of the respondents would be interested in partnering with AP on health care reform coverage.

When it comes to AP localizing health reform coverage for members, editors mentioned a variety of approaches including access to databases, comparisons of how different states are handling exchanges, stories on the impact on rural hospitals and a look at how state legislatures are responding to the new law.

The desire for more coverage was nearly universal. One editor commented that the impact of the law is so far reaching and touches so many issues – politics, technology, soaring health care costs, the Baby Boomer bubble -- that AP "…really can’t overcover.”

(Editors interested in partnering with AP on health care topics, should contact Kristin Gazlay, AP managing Editor for state news, business news and global training at

WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

AP: Affordable Care Act confronts two Americas
Arizona Republic: Arizona Legislature short on ethics rules
Portland Press Herald: Prison captain rehired despite pepper spraying incident
Columbus Dispatch: Ohio doctors accepting fees from drug companies listed
San Jose Mercury News: Woman fired after protesting sexual remarks on Twitter
Press Enterprise: Hard times for a California whistle-blower
Spokesman-Review: Washington State’s new online insurance exchange

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: Alberto Arce

In one of the most dangerous countries in the world, where violence is so casual and indiscriminate that it no longer shocks, Honduras newsman Alberto Arce sometimes has to remind himself that it’s not normal.

So he recognized that something was out of the ordinary when he saw a picture in a Tegucigalpa newspaper of a man being tortured. The photograph came from the federal police, and the accompanying story said the man was in police custody. Really? Lying down, hands bound, mouth duct-taped?

"I said this has to be a mistake. There is no way they are going to torture someone and send out a picture," said Arce, who has been living in Honduras for a year and in that time has produced an exceptional and exceptionally courageous run of coverage.

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BEST OF THE STATES: Andrew Welsh-Huggins and Larry Neumeister

It's a problem that anyone covering a high-profile trial has wrestled with: How do you report the verdicts quickly and accurately when you can’t text, email or call from the courtroom? That was the situation facing Ohio newsman Andrew Welsh-Huggins as he and the East Desk started to put together a plan for how the AP was going to be able to quickly report the verdicts from the highly watched Steubenville, Ohio, high school football player rape trial.

The solution showed a thorough understanding of how technology can work for us if we show a little ingenuity.

Read more at:


The head of The Baltimore Sun's digital media division has been appointed to the newspaper's top editing job.

Baltimore Sun Media Group publisher Timothy E. Ryan announced the promotion of 46-year-old Trif Alatzas on March 20. As executive editor, he leads The Sun's newsroom as well as newsgathering operations at community newspapers and magazines.

He succeeds Mary J. Corey, who died last month of breast cancer at 49.

Alatzas, a Baltimore native, began his journalism career in 1987 as a reporting intern at the Evening Sun. A graduate of Loyola University Maryland, he worked at the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y., and The News Journal in Wilmington, Del.

Alatzas joined The Sun as an assistant business editor in 2002. He later led the business and sports departments.

In 2010, he was named head of digital media, overseeing web and mobile operations.

Sedalia (Mo.) Democrat Editor Bob Satnan has submitted his resignation as editor of the Democrat to take a position as communication director of the Sedalia 200 School District. Approved by the Board of Education during a closed session March 18, the new job will also see Satnan teach high school journalism and two personal finance courses.

"I’ve worked in newsrooms since my junior year of college in 1984 so this change is exciting and frightening,” Satnan said. "But more than that, it’s an opportunity to use my core skills of news reporting while branching out into new areas.”

Satnan has been editor of the Democrat since January 2009. He previously worked at newspapers in Arizona and Illinois. In addition to overseeing the Democrat’s win for 2012 Daily Newspaper of the Year by the Kansas City Press Club, Satnan has also been the recipient of multiple Missouri State Teachers Association and other media awards.

Nine outstanding journalists will be honored during the 42nd annual induction ceremony of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame Thursday, April 18 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Honorees are James Coburn, veteran reporter of the Edmond Sun; Joe Hancock, publisher of the Hobart Democrat-Chief; Joe Hight, editor of the Colorado Springs Gazette and member of the APME board; John Klein, sports columnist for the Tulsa World; Mike McCarville of the national political The McCarville Report: Mary Mélon, president and publisher of The Journal Record; Tom Muchmore, publisher of The Ponca City News; Jerry Laizure, photographer for The Norman Transcript who died late last year; and Oliver C. Murray, pioneer photojournalist for WKY/KFOR-TV.


• AP: Affordable Care Act confronts two Americas
• Judge: Aggregator of AP news can't have free ride
• Reuters editor says he did not conspire in hack
• Vt. newspaper to sell Barre building
• UK: Senior editor at The Sun charged over payoffs
• In open records battle, judge agrees cheaper, digital copies better
• DC's Examiner to cease 6-day-a-week print paper
• Conn. man who helped get WWII photo published dies
• Newspapers worried about new UK media regulations
• Pulitzer winner Coll named Columbia j-school dean
• The New York Times Announces New Berlin Bureau Chief and Europe Editor
• New publisher named for western NY news operation
• Arizona lawmakers go after newspaper notices
• WSJ denies bribery in China

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Robert Clark, former editor of Courier-Journal & Times, APME president, dies at 91

Robert Phillips (Bob) Clark, former executive editor of the Courier-Journal & Times and a past president of the Associated Press Managing Editors (APME), died February 28 at Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, Ohio. He was 91.

In 1949, he began a 30-year career with the Louisville, Ky., newspapers, joining the Courier-Journal as a reporter and science writer. He spent a year covering politics in the Courier-Journal's Washington bureau in 1958. He became managing editor of The Louisville Times in 1962, then executive editor of the Courier-Journal & Times in 1971. The Louisville newspapers won three Pulitzer Prizes during his tenure as managing editor and executive editor.

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