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APME Update: Thursday, March 28, 2013
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APME Update

March 28, 2013


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

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.

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

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.

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

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 for the APME Conference

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

Washington Post: Striking racial divide in deaths by firearms
Arizona Daily Star: High-tech firms pose unfamiliar fire threats
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Tornado warnings vital but flawed
The Record: New Jersey and New York: A contrast in pollution cleanups
Miami Herald: Firm stakes claims on Florida homes, often with fake documentation
Maine Sunday Telegram: Under more scrutiny, drugmakers cut payouts to doctors
Reno Gazette-Journal: Poor students less likely to go to best schools
Tampa Tribune: Despite more jobs, use of food stamps rises

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: Matthew Barakat

Falling asleep on the couch during the NCAA basketball tournament isn’t usually the road to great breaking news coverage. But sports fan and Northern Virginia Correspondent Matthew Barakat awoke from his evening nap to a fast break on the shooting deaths of three Marines at a base in Quantico, Va, working through the night and winning Beat of the Week.

The basketball game had been such a blowout that Barakat dozed off in front of the TV, and he just happened to get up at 1 a.m. Then, ever the reporter, instead of going right to bed he scrolled through his Twitter feed and saw a tweet from a local news site, Potomac Local, that there had been a shooting at Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Read more at:

BEST OF THE STATES: Michael Biesecker, Tamara Lush

You know you’re really onto something when state authorities tell you they’re going to launch an investigation into what you are about to tell the world, but will wait to announce their probe until your story has run.

Such was the enviable position that reporters Michael Biesecker of North Carolina and Tamara Lush of Florida found themselves in last week after several days of delving into the Byzantine world of Internet cafe ownership, the cafes’ ties to charities and the reach of the industry into various state legislatures.

Read more at:


• SC Press Association names new leaders
• Newspapers seek release of shale settlement
• NYC judge OKs sale Journal Register Co. assets

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Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Lewis dies at 85

Anthony Lewis, a former New York Times reporter and columnist whose work won two Pulitzer Prizes and transformed American legal journalism, died on Monday, March 25, at his home in Cambridge, Mass. He was 85.

The cause was complications of renal and heart failure, said his wife, Margaret H. Marshall, a retired chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Mr. Lewis brought passionate engagement to his two great themes: justice and the role of the press in a democracy. His column, called "At Home Abroad” or "Abroad at Home” depending on where he was writing from, appeared on the Op-Ed page of The Times from 1969 to 2001. His voice was liberal, learned, conversational and direct.

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Polster, 71, led Times Record

Sandor M. "Sandy" Polster, former managing editor of The Times Record, of Brunswick, Me., died Thursday, March 21. He was 71.

Polster was an Ohio native whose subsequent life and journalism career in New York City largely shaped -- or as he himself often joked, "justified" -- his brusque personality. Often terse and abrasive, he is remembered for bringing volume and ambition wherever he went.

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AND FINALLY ... Media throw Pvt. Manning to the wolves

By Edward Wasserman
Knight professor of journalism ethics
Washington and Lee University

In media mythology, the years from the mid-1960s to the mid-’70s were the classical age, a heroic time of moral clarity.

Mainstream journalism marinated in adversarialism. Little Southern newspapers infuriated their readers by staring down segregation. Foreign correspondents forced upon an unwilling public the realities of a brutal war. Network news ignored official disdain and showed the bottomless suffering the war inflicted on the innocents it was supposed to save.

With the Pentagon Papers, newspapers defied secrecy rules to expose government lies. With Watergate, reporters forced out a corrupt president.

True, that is a bit of myth-spinning; the media never were quite that gutsy.

But myths illuminate. They remind us of values and aspirations.

And over the past decade or so, it’s as if that classical formula of defiance and struggle has been turned upside down. Instead of halting war, the news media helped lead the charge into battle, stoking jingoism and spreading half-truths. Instead of unmasking civilian suffering, the media have kept the thousands of innocent Iraqi and Afghan war dead off-screen, pandering to the idea that the only victims worth compassion wear U.S. uniforms.

But looming above those breathtaking role reversals is the media’s disgraceful abandonment of the boldest news source of his generation: Pvt. Bradley Manning, a soldier who in 2010 defied secrecy restrictions to feed the most influential media in the world with leaks they gratefully published. These exposed corruption and duplicity, identified torturers, energized the "Arab spring,” and embarrassed officialdom worldwide.

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