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APME Update: Thursday, April 11, 2013
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APME Update

April 11, 2013


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

April 30, 2013
APME Online Auction ends

May 1, 2013
Early bird conference registration ends

May 15, 2013
Deadline for APME Journalism Excellence Contest

June 6-7, 2013
NewsTrain workshop, NYC

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

NewsTrain workshop, Colorado Springs

NewsTrain workshop, Seattle

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

There's Still Time to Sign Up for Springfield NewsTrain, April 29-30

NewsTrain’s first stop of the year is in Springfield, Ill., April 29-30, for a workshop 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; Rockford Register Star, Peoria 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.

Schedule: The workshop starts at 10 a.m. CT, on Monday, April 29.

Here’s the full schedule.

Location: Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL.

Registration: Cost is $75 for the workshop and food service. Registration available at this link.

Diversity Scholarships Available: 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. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.

Hotels: The President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and the Hilton Springfield are the two hotels at the conference site in downtown Springfield.

Call the Abraham Lincoln Hotel at 217-544-8800 or book at

Call the Hilton Springfield at 217-789-1530 or book at

Here are all hotels in the capital city:

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

Special Event: In conjunction with the 10th anniversary year of NewsTrain, those attending the workshop are invited to a free reception and performance of Freedom Sings, a musical program from the First Amendment Center, on the evening of April 29. The event will be held at the Old State Capitol and is sponsored by the Associated Press Media Editors Foundation, the Illinois Press Association & Foundation, and the Old State Capitol Foundation.

Learn more here

Bid in APME's Spring Online Auction

New Jersey getaway, framed Michael Jordan print, signed cartoon poster, books, AP Stylebook Online and much more - all in APME’s online auction.

The spring auction is helps APME in its mission to train and support newsroom leaders through training, the annual conference, awards, webinars and myriad other practical tools.

Go to to start bidding.

Auction ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 30.

Contact Laura Sellers at for more information.

2013 APME Journalism Excellence Awards – Deadline May 15

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

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.

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 Citizens' Voice Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Larry Holeva, managing editor

One month after the Susquehanna River surged to a record level and devastated communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania, The Citizens' Voice produced a full-color special section to aid flood victims. Our news and photo staffs teamed to produce a 32-page section that consisted of a moment-by-moment narrative and images of the record flooding. Our advertising staff secured sponsors for each of the 32 pages and proceeds went directly to the Red Cross Flood relief effort. We then joined forces with WNEP-TV, the local ABC affiliate, and other Times-Shamrock Newspapers throughout Pennsylvania and raised more than $325,000 for the disas-ter relief effort. This effort allowed the newspaper to showcase some of its award-winning work for a good cause.

WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

Albuquerque Sunday Journal: Tab for police misconduct suits hit $12 million in 2013
Arizona Republic: State colleges in Arizona skimp on overdue repairs
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Super liens in Georgia can be a risk to taxpayers
Boston Globe: Arrests down for drunken driving in Boston
Denver Post: Slow response to parolees who ditch their ankle bracelets
Detroit Free Press: State’s a no-show at fraud hearings
Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle: Inventory holes at local arsenal
Newark Star Ledger: Keeping political donors secret in New Jersey

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: Michael Tarm

It was during a routine source check that a retired organized crime investigator told Michael Tarm, AP’s federal courts reporter in Chicago, that the Drug Enforcement Administration had noticed that more and more trafficking suspects in the U.S. appeared to have direct links to Mexican cartels.

That wouldn’t exactly be a NewsAlert. After all, as the nation's top supplier of illegal drugs, cartels have been infiltrating the U.S. drug pipeline for years. But Tarm quickly realized there was more now: These suspects weren't merely middlemen or hired thugs. They seemed to belong to the cartels' inner circles.

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BEST OF THE STATES: Gillian Flaccus, Damian Dovarganes

Smart thinking gave the AP the edge when Orange County Correspondent Gillian Flaccus and photographer Damian Dovarganes covered the rescue of two teenagers who disappeared during an Easter hike on a popular trail.

One hiker was found four days after the disappearance, but it took another day to find the second, who was delirious and dehydrated when she was plucked off a steep slope and hauled up into a helicopter. The only images of the rescue came from video shot from news helicopters, but no still photos immediately emerged.

After a police news conference, Flaccus was chatting up the rescuers who could provide the firsthand accounts critical to her story when she came upon the first rescuer on the scene and the paramedic who dropped down from the helicopter and pulled the hiker to safety. She got quotes and called them in — and then she and Dovarganes noticed some of the rescuers gathered around a cellphone. What were they looking at? Photos of the rescue in progress.

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The Farmington (N.M.) Daily Times has a new city editor. The newspaper announced ( Sunday, April 7, that former Longmont (Colo.) Times-Call reporter Magdalena Wegrzyn has been named to the position and will help produce local editorials.

Wegrzyn worked at the Times-Call for four years as a reporter covering features and news. Officials say the 24-year-old will work with reporters and will also write stories. Chris Roberts, the paper's managing editor, says Wegrzyn's digital knowledge will help The Daily Times deliver the news in novel ways. Digital First Media is the parent company of The Daily Times and Longmont Times-Call.

The Monitor in McAllen, Texas, has announced Carlos Sanchez will take over as the newspaper's new editor following the retirement of Steve Fagan in May.

Monitor Publisher Stephan Wingert announced the change last week..

The 52-year-old Sanchez is serving as the managing editor of the Baton Rouge, La., bureau of The Times-Picayune. The El Paso native previously served as executive editor of the Waco Tribune-Herald for nearly decade and worked at several other Texas newspapers.

The 68-year-old Fagan became editor of The Monitor in 2001 and worked more than 40 years in newspapers across the country.

AIM Media bought the McAllen newspaper and several others in Texas from Freedom Communications Inc. in June 2012.


• Newspaper revenue fell 2 pct to $38.6B in 2012
• Cleveland newspaper to be delivered 3 days a week
• Lawmakers’ effort to halt newspaper notices stalls
• Ogden Newspapers to acquire Nashua, NH, Telegraph
• New editor-publisher named in Greenville
• Juneau Empire publisher resigns
• Parents talk about U.S. journalist kidnapped in Syria

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Ebert, nation's best-known film critic, dies at 70

Roger Ebert had the most-watched thumb in Hollywood.

With a twist of his wrist, the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic rendered decisions that influenced a nation of moviegoers and could sometimes make or break a film.

The heavy-set writer in the horn-rimmed glasses teamed up on television with Gene Siskel to create a format for criticism that proved enormously appealing in its simplicity: uncomplicated reviews that were both intelligent and accessible and didn't talk down to ordinary movie fans.

Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, died Thursday at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, two days after announcing on his blog that he was undergoing radiation treatment for a recurrence of cancer. He was 70.

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Andrew Chancellor: Journalist and PR exec dies

Andrew Chancellor, a writer and editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette who later enjoyed a second career in public relations, died Friday, April 5, at Presbyterian SeniorCare in Oakmont. He was 93.

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Jack E Wilkinson, UPI reporter and editor, dead at 84

Jack Edward Wilkinson, a reporter and editor for United Press International who covered Jimmy Carter before he was president, and Jack Nicklaus before he was a golfing legend, died Wednesday, April 3, from respiratory complications. He was 84.

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NC journalist Roy Parker Jr. dies at 83

Roy Parker Jr., a journalist whose career covered newspapers across North Carolina, has died. He was 83.

Scott Parker said his father died Wednesday, April 3, of congestive heart failure at his Fayetteville home.

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The Atlantic: Give AP’s Ed Kennedy the Posthumous Pulitzer He Deserves

Next week a man may get honored for a story that destroyed his career, but elated a nation: the story of the German surrender in World War II

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