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APME Update for Thursday, May 3, 2012

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• May 4, Final Deadline for APME Journalism Excellence Awards
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NewsTrain, Miami
• June 1,
Deadline for Nominations for McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership
• June 7,
Webinar: The Twitter Beat
• July 16-17, Community Journalists Symposium
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We are now accepting submissions for APME's 2012 "Great Ideas" book.

What's a great idea? It can be a new concept for print or online, or a major improvement to something we do every day. This is a chance for your newspaper to show off great work and to help fellow editors by providing ideas that might work in their markets. APME is again focusing on watchdog stories – big and small – because of the difference they can make in the community.

Our "Great Ideas" website allows you to quickly submit entries and upload images that accompanies the Great Idea.

If you have questions, contact David Arkin, GateHouse Media vice president of content & audience, at


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2012 APME JOURNALISM EXCELLENCE AWARDS: Final Deadline Friday, May 4!

Did you know that APME members can send in an entry for our contest for only $50?

The rate is reduced this year for members, so round up your best work and submit it. The APME contests have expanded to include innovation awards for radio, television and colleges.

Did your public service work raise the bar? Did your First Amendment work shine? It’s easy to enter online.

Just remember, contest deadline is May 4.

More details:

The 2012 APME Journalism Excellence Awards 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 and that effectively challenges the status quo.

This year, innovation-award categories have been added for radio, television and college students. In addition, the online convergence category has been retooled. The new digital storytelling award recognizes print-online combinations that draw on data visualization, social media, video and/or blogs in presenting a story.

Categories include:

• Sixth Annual Innovator of the Year Award. The winner will be awarded $1,000.
• (New) Innovator of the year awards for Television and Radio
• (New) Innovator of the year award for college students
• Third Annual Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism. The winner in each of two circulation categories will be awarded $2,500.
• 42st Annual Public Service Awards
• 42st Annual First Amendment Award and Citations
• 11th Annual International Perspective Awards
• Digital Storytelling and Reporting Awards (previously Online Convergence Awards)

The deadline for entry is Friday, May 4.

All awards are presented for journalism published or launched between July 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012.

Entry fees are $50 for APME members and $100 for non-APME members.

For more information: Please go to:


Nominations open for McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership – Deadline June 1!

The Associated Press Media Editors, in partnership with the American Society of News Editors, is accepting nominations for the 11th annual Robert G. McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership.

Two awards are given annually: one for newspapers with a circulation up to 75,000; one for newspapers with more than 75,000 circulation.

The awards go to individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, former managing editor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, graduate of Kent State University and relentless diversity champion. McGruder died of cancer in April 2002.

This year, the awards are being sponsored by the Free Press, The Plain Dealer, Kent State University and the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute.

Jurors will be looking for nominees who have made a significant contribution during a given year or over a number of years toward furthering diversity in newspaper content and in recruiting, developing and retaining journalists of color.

Announcement of the winners will be made at the annual APME conference Sept. 19-21 in Nashville, Tenn. The recognized honorees each receive $2,500 and a leadership trophy.

Who is eligible? Individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists from U.S. daily newspapers are eligible. A nominee's newspaper must participate in the American Society of News Editors' annual employment census.

The awards recognize achievement for the past 12 months or contributions over a number of years.

What are the criteria? The Diversity Leadership Awards honor an individual, a newsroom or a team of journalists for significant leadership in diversity through:

Recruitment: by providing opportunities for journalists of color to learn about news careers and to enter the newspaper industry in internships and full-time jobs.

Development: by offering opportunities for journalists of color to grow in their current roles and to receive mentoring and training to advance to positions of greater authority, responsibility or expertise.

Retention: by ensuring that journalists of color want to remain in the news industry by providing an inclusive work environment that offers opportunities to contribute and advance.

Content: by reflecting a diverse community accurately and in a way that demonstrates community and industry leadership. The definition of diversity in content includes ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religious background, political bent and physical ability.

Nominations can be made by individuals, newspapers, professional organizations, schools of journalism and others.

Rules for entries: Send a letter (no more than three pages) outlining specific information about the achievements and how they benefited the community, the industry and journalists of color. The letter should include the name of the person making the nomination and his/her signature and telephone number.

You may supplement an entry with electronic clips, but please send no more than four. Send copies no larger than 11 by 17 inches.

Send material by email to:

Sally Jacobsen,
The Associated Press
450 West 33rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10001

Deadline: Material must be received by close of business on Friday, June 1.

Past winners of the McGruder awards:

Gregory Moore, editor of The Denver Post, and Sherrie Marshall, editor of The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph

Randy Lovely, editor and vice president of The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, and Bill Church, executive editor of the Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore.

Troy Turner, editor of The Daily Times in Farmington, N.M.; and Karen Magnuson, editor of The Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle

John Bodette, executive editor of the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times; and Charles Pittman, senior vice president for publishing at Schurz Communications

Wanda Lloyd, executive editor, Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser; and Joe Grimm, recruiting and development editor, Detroit Free Press

Sharon Rosenhause, managing editor, Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and the Pacific Daily News on Guam

Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and The Honolulu (Hawaii) Advertiser

Bennie Ivory, executive editor and vice president for news at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky.; and Susan Ihne, then executive editor, St. Cloud (Minn.) Times

Charlotte Hall, then vice president/planning, Newsday, Long Island, N.Y.; and the Greeley (Colo.) Tribune

Don Flores, executive vice president and editor, El Paso (Texas) Times; and Jim Strauss, publisher, Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune


We want your Great Ideas!

We are now accepting submissions for APME's 2012 "Great Ideas" book.

What's a great idea? It can be a new concept for print or online, or a major improvement to something we do every day. This is a chance for your newspaper to show off great work and to help fellow editors by providing ideas that might work in their markets. APME is again focusing on watchdog stories – big and small – because of the difference they can make in the community.

Our "Great Ideas" website at allows you to quickly submit entries and upload images that accompanies the Great Idea.

If you have questions, contact David Arkin, GateHouse Media vice president of content & audience, at


Miami NewsTrain, May 18-19, 2012

NewsTrain will be in Miami on May 18-19 for a two-day workshop. NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, the Associated Press Florida and Caribbean, The Palm Beach Post, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, University of Miami School of Communication, CBS 4 News, WLRN-91.3 FM (South Florida NPR).

Location & times: University of Miami School of Communication, May 18-19.

Registration: Deadline is May 11. Cost is $50. Register here.

Accommodations: Miami NewsTrain will be held at the University of Miami School of Communication. A block of discounted rooms is available at the Coral Gables Holiday Inn, located next to the campus. Rates are $89 per night. To book contact the hotel by email at or by phone, 305-667-5611, ext. 7808, and ask for Miguel Hernandez. Request the APME NewsTrain or University rate.

Questions: Contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director,


Storytelling 2012: Tom Brokaw once said, "It’s all storytelling, you know. That’s what journalism is all about.” It was true back then, and it’s true today. What’s different is that we have more ways than ever to tell our stories. But regardless of the form, we have to embrace our roles as storytellers. Here’s where you learn how – how to see the potential in everyday happenings; how to ask the right questions to hone your ideas; how to understand the basics of a great narrative; how to tell a wonderful story over five days or in five graphs; and how to find inspiration in the world around you.

Reporting for Narrative: You can’t write a great narrative without the right raw materials, without the details that are going to power that story. This kind of work requires a deeper level of reporting than other story forms. It all begins with understanding what you’re looking for. To succeed, you need to learn how to focus your idea as tightly as possible. You need to pay extra attention when you’re gathering information – to capture, for instance, not just what someone says but how they say it. You need to understand what "facts” are important. This session will teach you, whether you’re a reporter or editor, how to get what you need.

Narrative Writing: And now for the hard part – taking all those facts and creating a story. You won’t be writing with your hands; you’ll be writing with your head and your heart. And before you write, you’ll need to understand not just where the story begins but where it will end. You must know how to develop characters, how to weave in background, how to speed up and slow down the action, how to create compelling scenes, how to use dialogue and internal monologues, and how to leave the reader feeling satisfied. Come hear how to pull it all together.

Interactive Storytelling 2.0: As newsrooms get better at the variety of online tools available for storytelling, it’s time to reset the term "multimedia storytelling” and talk about what approaches and techniques really engage readers. Today the concept of interactive storytelling is much more than adding a video to a story. Telling a story online can and should involve interactive features, alternative story forms, data visualization, video and photos – all in pursuit of a strong narrative storyline. How the best storytellers approach multimedia storytelling today and the skills and tools you can use to do the same.

Building a Mobile Strategy: Many newsrooms are launching or expanding their efforts in mobile content. This session explores some of the different technical solutions such as responsive design, web APPs and native APPs (iPhone, droid, etc), and how each approach aligns with goals, content plans, and staffing.

Planning & Coaching Content Across Platforms: How to frame clear standards and workflows for new digital media in a rapidly changing media environment. The focus is on building a strong set of online tools for covering your community and how to enable everyone on staff – reporters, editors, online producers, visual journalists -- to use the tools effectively.

Beat Mapping: How to use a technique called "beat mapping” to improve coverage in daily and enterprise work. Beat mapping is used by reporters and editors to outline new areas of coverage, to merge two or more old beats, and to refocus existing beats on topics and issues that mean the most to readers. The process also helps communicate clear expectations between reporters and editors in managing work across print and digital platforms.

Social Media Reporting Tools: Social media offers reporters unprecedented tools for building better networks of sources, gaining access to a more diverse and varied set of sources, and spotting trends and issues before they become news. How to use the tools provided by LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media platforms to get ahead of the news and find the best sources.

The Data Mindset: How to see data and treat it as a source to be interviewed, like people. When to create data, to adapt someone else’s or to analyze existing public data. Tips to make data the inspiration and foundation of great news and enterprise stories.


Maria Carrillo is managing editor at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., where she remains committed to craft even in a Twitter world. Her exceptional writers have been nationally recognized, including being Pulitzer and ASNE finalists. Carrillo has worked at The Pilot for 14 years, directing many of the paper’s projects and previously overseeing its narrative team. That work has spawned five books so far. Carrillo has been a visiting faculty member for The Poynter Institute and the Nieman program, a lecturer for the National Writers Workshops and the American Press Institute, and twice been a Pulitzer juror.

Luis Clemens is National Public Radio's senior editor for diversity. Luis works across the newsroom to build a broad foundation of diverse experts and sources in order to enhance NPR's news coverage. In this position, Clemens is also part of NPR's Diversity team and is active partner in training initiatives at NPR and across public radio - helping to strengthen local coverage by expanding the range of content, sources, ideas and expertise. Before joining NPR in 2010, Clemens was a frequent guest on NPR's programs, often interviewed about Latino voters. Clemens began his career in journalism at the local Telemundo and NBC television stations in Miami. In 1993, he began working at CNN as an assignment editor. Three years later he was promoted to Buenos Aires bureau chief. Following CNN, he went on to be a spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme in Zimbabwe. Before re-starting a career in journalism and coming to NPR, Clemens owned and operated two laundromats in Xalapa, Mexico.

Miranda Mulligan is the digital design director for The Boston Globe / She is a designer and educator with over 10 years of experience in print and web design, photography and information graphics reporting. She has also worked for The Virginian-Pilot, interned with The Sun-Sentinel and The Philadelphia Inquirer and volunteers with Online News Association, Virginia Press Association, the National Press Photographers Association and the Society for News Design.

Paul Overberg is a database editor at USA TODAY and a member of its data team. He helps to shape its demographic trend coverage, but also analyzes data on subjects from war casualties to highway traffic. He also helps to produce data maps, graphics and interactive applications. He had earlier been a science and environmental reporter and editor at Gannett News Service in Washington and a reporter and editor at The Courier-News in Bridgewater, N.J.

Michael Roberts is a newsroom trainer and consultant and Project Director for NewsTrain. Previously, Michael was Deputy Managing Editor Staff Development at The Arizona Republic (2003-2010), responsible for all newsroom training, served as writing coach, and edited major projects. Outside his own newsrooms, Roberts helped create and launch NewsTrain, designed and taught the American Press Institute’s first online seminar for copy editors, and has presented programs for the Poynter Institute, American Press Institute, the Maynard Institute, Freedom Forum, and various National Writers Workshops. Before the Republic, Roberts was Features Editor, AME/Features-Business, and then for 10 years the Training Editor/Writing Coach at The Cincinnati Enquirer. He also worked as a writer and editor at the Midland (MI) Daily News, the Detroit Free Press, and as a senior editor at two magazines. He taught feature writing at the University of Cincinnati and regularly presented programs at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University. Email:


The Twitter Beat: Tweet Credibility of Government Agencies

Wednesday, June 7, at 2 pm Eastern Time

Sign up today for the final webinar in the seriers on social media credibility topics presented jointly by APME and Poynter’s NewsU.

This one-hour webinar will help your news organization learn how to verify information from government sources that increasingly share information with journalists – and directly with the public – via Twitter feeds.

How do journalists get to the real sources to make sure information is conformed, accurate and clear? How does a newsroom decide what to report?

This webinar will help you navigate the landscape of social media credibility within government agencies. Learn:

  • The social media strategy of government agencies
  • Your readers’/followers’ expectations
  • How to develop source relationships with agency tweeters
  • How to engage your newsroom in discussions on whom to trust on Twitter, and how to enhance the credibility of your own Twitter streams
  • Questions and issues to address in your newsroom's social-media guidelines

Managing Editor of the Seattle Times, Suki Dardarian, discusses the results of the APME Social Media Credibility Project about the credibility of government Twitter feeds.

APME members may register for $9.95 by using a code. Watch for an email from Sally Jacobsen at AP, then go to this URL to sign up:



AP: Debate rages over severity of child-porn sentences
Newark Star Ledger: Politicians owed healthy payouts for sick time
Oregonian: About 10% of those paid a public pension also collect state pay check
Columbus Dispatch: Ohio cities on hook for power plant’s costs
Philadelphia Inquirer: N.J. privatizing government functions, maybe even lottery
Miami Herald: Charter schools get second helping of free money from the state
Lexington Herald-Leader: State continues to withhold child-abuse records
New York Times: Health care spending rate slows in U.S.

Read about these and more by clicking here


BEAT OF THE WEEK: Fresno’s Gosia Wozniacka

Several hundred miles of farmland in California's Central Valley, one dairy cow found to have had mad cow disease – the first in the United States in six years – but no name or location for the slaughterhouse rendering plant where the discovery was made.

Not exactly a needle-in-a-haystack stuff – more like a cow-in-a-herd. But it added up to a national media scramble, and AP Fresno reporter Gosia Wozniacka used her local knowledge to get the scoop.

Wozniacka, who owns a small farm in Oregon and has covered agriculture, immigration and the census in the Central Valley since early last year, knew that dairies tended to be in the southern part of the region. She called a Fresno rendering facility, which she knew had recently been sued. The lawyer denied his clients were involved but suggested Wozniacka try another plant in the area – Baker Commodities in Hanford, Calif.

Wozniacka left a voice mail at the company and began making other calls. A while later, she retrieved a voice mail from Baker executive vice president Dennis Luckey confirming that the plant had received the carcass of the diseased cow. Wozniacka immediately alerted the San Francisco bureau to begin preparing an APNewsAlert, NewsBreak and NewsNow, and then called Luckey back.

After he verified his voice mail, the urgent series moved – at least an hour ahead of any competition. Wozniacka drew out details about the cow and the sampling criteria that caused this animal to tested, which other news organizations did not have. "We randomly pick a number of samples throughout the year, and this just happened to be one that we randomly sampled," Luckey told her.

After Wozniacka filed additional notes, Fresno colleague Tracie Cone picked up the reporting and writing. As the afternoon slipped away, Wozniacka raced more than a half-hour to the transfer station where the diseased cow had been selected for testing. A guard blocked the driveway, but she took photos of the factory-like facility across a surrounding wheat field, then sent them to San Francisco for transmission. She called in color and quotes from a neighbor.


BEST OF THE STATES: Texas’ Juan Carlos Llorca and Jim Vertuno

For years, authorities in El Paso have insisted that the raging drug war just across theRio Grande in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, has not spilled over the border. In fact, they point to statistics showing El Paso is one of the safest cities in the United States.

So the University of Texas’ cancellation of a June boxing match between WBC world middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andy Lee at El Paso’s Sun Bowl sparked an outcry. UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa cited a "higher than normal” security risk for the cancellation -- and came under intense fire for it.

Reporters Juan Carlos Llorca in El Paso and Jim Vertuno in Austin set out to answer two important questions: What prompted the cancellation? And would UT reverse its decision?

Llorca worked his law enforcement sources for two days before learning about an event risk report by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations. It said that leaders of the rival Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels planned to attend the fight but found no specific security threats. Moreover, the report cited a purported tie between Chavez, a popular Mexican fighter, and Sinaloa boss Joaquin "El Chapo” Guzman: Chavez reportedly has a relationship with the widow of a son of Guzman.

Llorca quickly confirmed the report with two other sources to break the news that UT had received federal intelligence about the drug leaders’ plans:

Only two hours after Llorca’s APNewsBreak, Vertuno learned that UT had reversed its decision: The fight was back on, if police could ensure a safe environment, among other conditions. Vertuno’s own APNewsBreak solidified AP’s domination of a story that roiled this Texas border city.



The Augusta Chronicle has promoted executive editor Alan English to a new position as vice president of audience, the newspaper announced. John Gogick, director of content and digital operations for the paper, will succeed English as executive editor.

English will oversee expansions of the Chronicle's digital products and services as well as ongoing development of the newspaper. Gogick, who has worked at the newspaper for 17 years in a variety of roles, helped English with the creation of the paper's iPhone and iPad apps, and a new website design. He also increased the Chronicle's involvement in blogging and social media.

"He has proven to be an effective manager at finding solutions to delivering more digitally while caring for the news experience readers expect in print," newspaper president Dana Atkins said about Gogick.

Gogick will report to English, who was executive editor for three years.

"Ensuring the future of The Augusta Chronicle in all its forms, as well as exploring new ventures, is my mission," English said.



• Newspaper in dispute with state over child records
• What earnings reports have revealed about ads
• Romney, Secret Service, GOP: Obama mocks them all at correspondents’ dinner
• American University launches history project on investigative news
• Old Tennessee newspapers now online at state archives

Read about these items and more by clicking here



Former Salem, Ore., editor McMillan dies at 80

A former editor who oversaw the 1980 merger of the Oregon Statesman and the Capital Journal has died at the age of 80.

The Statesman Journal reports ( ) that John Hartshorn McMillan died at his Salem home.

McMillan was executive editor of the Statesman and the Journal in Salem during the 1970s and oversaw their merger into the Statesman Journal.

In 1985, he became publisher of the Gannett Co. paper in Utica, N.Y.

He and his wife returned to Salem in 1991. They chaired a task force to identify community priorities in Marion and Polk counties, an effort that led to the creation of Marion-Polk Food Share. He also taught writing at Willamette University's Atkinson School of Management.


And Finally ... Review: 'The Columnist' is revealing but staid

AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — It's obvious why playwright David Auburn was so fascinated by the story of journalist Joseph Alsop. Just look at some of the elements: enormous political influence, a key role in the Vietnam War, Soviet blackmail and a secret life.

It is also quite clear why John Lithgow would want to play the role — it offers imperious rants, droll humor, private sobs, regret and lines like this: "Politics is human intercourse at its most sublimely ridiculous and intensely vital."

Auburn and Lithgow have teamed up to offer a revealing if staid look at Alsop, a fixture in Washington's elite circles during the 1950s and 1960s who wrote an influential syndicated newspaper column. In many ways, he was the predecessor of today's personality-driven public commentators like Rush Limbaugh and Keith Olbermann.

The portrait that emerges — Manhattan Theatre Club's "The Columnist" opened Thursday at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre — should send a chill down the spine of any pundit who begins to think he or she is bigger than the story. Director Daniel Sullivan has tried to make each scene stand on its own, but the result is a play that may be more fun to perform than watch.

Auburn draws a portrait of a self-important WASP in decline, losing his clout and growing increasingly disconnected from reality as he doggedly defends the Vietnam War even as the facts show its horrible costs.

"Yes, you're damn right I 'subscribe' to the domino theory. I named the damned theory," Alsop screams into a phone to a newspaper editor in one scene.

After a fact-finding visit to Saigon, he announces: "I saw the endlessly resourceful military of a great and benevolent power in a twilight struggle for freedom against an inhuman enemy."

But Alsop gets steadily undercut by a new breed of journalist — represented in the play by David Halberstam (Stephen Kunken) — who get their material by knocking on doors and speaking to those on the ground, not being ferried about by the government in heavily orchestrated visits like Alsop.

Lithgow clearly relishes playing the part and emerges as a bow tie-wearing, slightly prissy and officious snob. But tenderness comes out during moments with his daughter, and he bristles with indignation and fear whenever he is questioned or maligned. The rest of the cast have less to do but make their limited roles count.

The play, broken up in a series of chronological imagined scenes, also shows Alsop juggling home life with his stepdaughter (Grace Gummer), wife (Margaret Colin) and brother (Boyd Gaines), with whom he collaborated on a widely admired column from the 1940s to 1958. The action ends in 1968, long before Alsop's death in 1989 at age 78.

Make no mistake. Alsop is not worried about giving his readers entertainment or satisfying their interests. "We tell them what they need to know," he says flatly at one point.

Auburn has teased out a spy thriller as a framing device: The play begins in 1954 in a hotel room in Moscow, where Alsop has bedded a local tourist guide. It's a trap and the KGB now has compromising photos that could destroy the columnist. How he escaped destruction must wait until the final scene.

In the meantime, we see Alsop fighting with other journalists, winning and dining the influential, mourning the death of his hero John F. Kennedy ("I feel like my life has been broken in half") and trying, as a closeted homosexual, to keep his wife happy. His brother, the more populist-minded Stewart, is largely dominated by the older Joe in the play, even though Stewart meets with critics of his brother and pleads for them to help cover up the scandal.

"I wish I had your certainty," Stewart tells his brother in one scene.

John Lee Beatty's sets switch Lazy Susan-style from upper-crust interiors with wood-paneled bookcases and elegant sofas, to park benches, and even a minimalist Saigon bar. His best set is toward the end at a cemetery that features a stone wall lit beautifully by Kenneth Posner.

"The Columnist" joins two other plays this season to tackle journalists, "The Wood" about tabloid columnist Mike McAlary and "CQ/CX" about the Jayson Blair scandal at The New York Times. The new musical "Newsies" even celebrates turn-of-the-century newspaper sellers. Who says interest in journalism is in decline?


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