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APME Update: Thursday, May 16, 2013
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APME Update

May 16, 2013


May 24, 2013
Deadline for APME Journalism Excellence Contest

June 1
Deadline for nominations for Board of Directors

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

APME condemns Justice Department actions

The Associated Press Media Editors Association condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the actions of the Justice Department in seizing phone records of The Associated Press.

In condemning this action, APME joins the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association and many other journalists across the country.

"In a continuing witch hunt for leaks and whistleblowers, the Obama administration has chosen to trample the First Amendment,” said APME President Brad Dennison. "Freely tossing around the word ‘transparency,’ as this administration is prone to do, does not make it so. This action clearly demonstrates that President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. have absolutely no interest in an open and transparent government.”

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Missouri newspaper wins APME grant

Papers in Ohio, Pennsylvania chosen as finalists

A Missouri newspaper’s proposed project on the issue of methamphetamine in its community has been selected as the winner of APME’s Community Journalism Public Service Initiative.

In winning the second-annual grant, the Sedalia, Mo., Democrat will receive a $1,000 grant from the Associated Press Media Editors Foundation and an expenses-paid trip to present the project at APME’s annual conference in October in Indianapolis.

Democrat Editor Dennis Rich proposed the "Meth at the Crossroads” project because of the problem posed by his newspaper’s location in west-central Missouri at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 50, a major east-west corridor, and U.S. Highway 65, a "busy north-south shipping route.” He and city/crime beat reporter Emily Jarrett will work on the project.

"While we enjoy the benefits of a broad local manufacturing base and tourism dollars because of this proximity, there is also a downside that has proven costly both in terms of lives and resources,” Rich wrote. "Our project … would provide a comprehensive look at how and why meth comes to our area, what effect it has and what resources are available to reduce trafficking, possession and abuse.

Learn more here.

Deadline extended to Friday, May 24, for 2013 APME Journalism Excellence Awards

APME extended its deadline to May 24 for 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 Digital 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 24, 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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APME accepting nominations for Board of Directors

You can help lead the news industry during one of the most exciting and challenging times in its history.

The Associated Press Media Editors is assembling a slate of directors to serve on its national board. The slate will fill four openings on the 21-member board and be voted on during the APME's national conference Oct. 28-30 in Indianapolis. There will be one position each for a small-newspaper, online, broadcast and at-large director.

To nominate yourself or a colleague for the board, please email APME elections committee chairman Chris Cobler at The deadline for nominations is June 1.

The elections committee will review and respond to all nominations.

APME is an association of editors at news organizations in the United States and Canada. It works closely with The Associated Press to foster journalism excellence and to support a national network for the training and development of editors who will run multimedia newsrooms in the 21st Century.

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NewsTrain Ambassador campaign seeks alumni and supporters

NewsTrain kicked off its 10th anniversary year with a great first event in Springfield, Ill. In all, 90 journalists and students attended workshops held this week.

Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register

Musicians Bill Lloyd, left, and Don Henry, center, finish of the song "Wake Up Little Susie" along with Ken Paulson, president and CEO of the First Amendment Center, right, during a performance of Freedom Sings, a musical program by the First Amendment Center, as a part of the APME NewsTrain at the Old State Capitol, April 29, in Springfield, Ill. The event featured pieces of music that had been banned or censored along with a discussion of how music was used for social change.

Freedom Sings (at right) performed at a 10th anniversary event at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site. Among the guests were Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln. See photos from this event by clicking here.

Announced during that reception and performance was a NewsTrain Ambassador campaign for 2013.

The campaign hopes to reach NewsTrain alumni and supporters across the United States and Canada. NewsTrain is still going strong, and this is the year that we hope people can give back.

Can you support NewsTrain with a $100 or more donation? If so you'll become a NewsTrain ambassador and you'll be recognized online, in the APME News magazine and at the APME conference in Indianapolis in October.

If not $100, can you give a smaller donation to NewsTrain? All donations are tax deductible and will go toward keeping NewsTrain strong for many more years.

Find details in this NewsTrain Ambassador flier or at You can send your donation to: APME/NewsTrain, c/o Sally Jacobsen, Associated Press, 450 W. 33rd St. New York, NY 10001.

Help us help NewsTrain.

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.

Don't miss: New York City NewsTrain, June 6-7

NewsTrain will be in New York City on June 6-7 for a two-day workshop on covering disasters and tragedies, including how to help staff cope with the emotional toll of such stories.

NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is 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 Observer-Dispatch, Utica., NY; the New York State Associated Press Association; CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; The News Journal of Wilmington (Del.); the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma; the Asian American Journalists Association.

Sessions and trainers: For more details, go to this link:

Location: The Associated Press headquarters, 450 W. 33rd St., New York, NY.

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

Diversity Scholarships Available: The Associated Press Media Editors Foundation is offering diversity scholarships to APME NewsTrain events in 2013 for print and broadcast journalists and students who are pursuing careers in journalism. For details, contact Sally Jacobsen, The Associated Press,

Questions: Contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director, Sally Jacobsen, The Associated Press,

Learn more here.


The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune

In December 2011, the Bay Area News Group reassigned an editor to work full time to implement a comprehensive Community Engagement Strategy titled "Listen. Learn. Engage. Share.” The plan calls for the creation of no less than two community media labs — one inside the San Jose Mercury News and Oakland Tribune, a mobile media lab to serve the South and East Bay, the formation of a blogger network and the offering of classes free of charge to the community.

Course offerings have included Tweeting for Sports Fanatics, How to Access Public Records and Social Networking for Beginners. The campaign has also included no less than four large-scale public forums on issues vital to the community, including a recent recall effort against Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, community reaction to the Trayvon Martin shooting, a gun violence forum examining the influx of weapons into Oakland and the East Bay, as well as a non-partisan conversation with voters who debated on why they support their selection for president in November. More programming will roll out at the Contra Costa Times later this year, including forums that align with the larger Digital First Media’s American Homecomings project that examines the lives of soldiers returning from active duty.

As part of BANG’s effort to emphasize digital engagement, these events have been live-streamed across the Web so people unable to attend could participate. The forums also were covered through Twitter and Facebook to offer audience participation online.

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WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

AP: IRS leaders knew in 2011 Tea Party groups were targets
• AP: Americans still think alike much of the time
• Akron Beacon Journal: Casino tax revenue isn’t making up for budget cuts
• Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Hospitals costs vary for same procedure
• Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Police fail to show in court; cases dismissed
• Houston Chronicle: Quirk in Texas law eroding tax base
• Los Angeles Times: VA backlog worsens as veterans age
• Minneapolis Star Tribune: Lawyers landing in trouble more often
• Mobile Press-Register: Sports programs push up cost of pay TV
• Charlotte Observer: Dozens of felons hold gun permits
• The Lakeland Fla. Ledger: Lawmakers see world at our expense
• Salt Lake Tribune: The shady patrons of Utah’s former attorney general

If your AP-member publication or newscast has a recent example of watchdog journalism, send the information to

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Brazil bureau chief Brad Brooks poked his head inside the driver’s side window of the brand new Fiat car on the dealer’s lot and was surprised to see what was missing. There were no air bags for either drivers or passengers. They’re standard equipment in the U.S. and Europe, but the salesman trying to sell Brooks his first car in Brazil breezily said that model didn’t come with those particular safety features. Nor did many of the most affordable and popular cars being sold in the world’s fourth-largest automobile market. Same thing for antilock brakes or electronic stability controls.

Car safety in Brazil became an obsession for Brooks.

Over a year, Brooks conducted more than 100 interviews -- with auto engineers inside and outside the industry, with doctors who specialized in treating traffic accidents victims, with more than a dozen people left paralyzed after car wrecks, and with the kin of people killed on Brazil’s highways.

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BEST OF THE STATES: Jeannie Nuss and Ed White

A stroke of luck and a lot of legwork went into nailing a story about a man who turned a five-day furlough from an Arkansas prison into a 43-year flight from justice.

A tip from Los Angeles court reporter Linda Deutsch that Lester Stiggers was alive and well sent Little Rock’s Jeannie Nuss and Detroit’s Ed White on a search for the man, who was convicted in Arkansas in 1971 of killing his father. Stiggers had received a furlough to visit his mother in Michigan – a common practice in those days, even for convicted murderers – and decided not to return. Michigan’s governor rejected attempts to send him back to the Arkansas prison system, which he considered abusive, so Stiggers remained a free man for the last 43 years.

How did the AP find him?

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Kerry Lester, an award-winning political reporter in Illinois, has been named Supervisory Correspondent for The Associated Press in Springfield, Ill. Lester, 30, joins the AP from the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. She will join a four-person team covering state government and politics in Illinois that includes investigative reporter John O'Connor in Springfield and political reporters Sara Burnett and Sophia Tareen in Chicago. The appointment was announced by Central Region Editor David Scott and Illinois News Editor Hugh Dellios.

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The editor of The New Mexican, of Santa Fe, N.M., says he plans to retire after more than 21 years of guiding Santa Fe's daily newspaper. The New Mexican reports ( that Rob Dean told the newsroom staff on Tuesday, May 8, that his last day on the job will be July 3. He says he intends to stay in Santa Fe but has no immediate career plans. The 59-year-old Dean says it's been a privilege to work at the independent newspaper. Owner Robin McKinney Martin says she appreciates the work Dean has done over the years for her and her father. A native of Montana, Dean came to Santa Fe in 1992 from the News-Tribune in Tacoma, Wash., where he had served as metro editor.


• Govt obtains wide AP phone records in probe
• Fla. newspaper carrier shoots suspected attacker
• Newseum reconsiders honor for 2 linked to Hamas
• Bloomberg bars reporters from client log-in data
• Bloomberg editor apologizes on information access
• News-Sun's editor promoted to publisher
• Pakistan expels NY Times reporter before elections
• News Corp 3Q beats Street on pay TV, 'Pi'

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Peter Worthington, a co-founder of the Toronto Sun, has died at age 86

Peter Worthington, the veteran newspaperman who co-founded the Toronto Sun, has died. He was 86. His wife, Yvonne Crittenden, confirmed that her husband died Sunday May 12.

A former military man, Worthington made a name for himself as a reporter at the Toronto Telegram by covering conflicts such as the Vietnam War and the Portuguese Colonial War, the paper said. Worthington, along with J. Douglas Creighton and Don Hunt, founded the Sun in 1971, along with about 60 former staff members when the Telegram shut down.

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Watergate Era: Just 'A' peak in journalism, not "The” peak

By Gene Policinski
First Amendment Center

Forty years ago this week, The Washington Post – and its self-described "young and hard-digging reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein” – took home a Pulitzer Prize for public service for coverage of the Watergate scandal.

Forty years later, Woodward and Bernstein are pursued themselves by the journalists today asking at least two questions: How would Watergate coverage been different in the digital era? And, to a lesser degree, what’s happened to the "golden glow” around the profession?

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