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APME Update for Thursday, July 12, 2012

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Your media organization has until July 31 to submit its work for APME’s 2012 "Great Ideas” book.

What's a great idea? It can be a new concept for print, broadcast or digital, or a major improvement to something we do every day. This is a chance for your media organization to show off your work in the U.S. and Canada and help fellow managers 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, but other ideas will be accepted as well.

It’s easy to submit and takes only a few minutes for you to do it.

Our "Great Ideas" form allows you to 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

Work already submitted to the monthly "Great Ideas" and "Innovator" awards will be considered for the book.


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Winners of the 2012 APME Journalism Excellence Awards

The Seattle Times’ investigation of the state of Washington’s practice of steering people to methadone to reduce its Medicaid costs won a Public Service award from the Associated Press Media Editors association.

In a three-part series, the newspaper’s "Methadone and the Politics of Pain” exposed how more than 2,000 people in the state between 2003 and 2011 fatally overdosed on methadone, a cheap and unpredictable painkiller that was routinely prescribed for people in state-subsidized health care. After the series was published in December, state Medicaid officials sent out an emergency advisory warning of the risk of methadone. The state also told doctors to prescribe methadone only as a last resort.

The judges in the 2012 APME Journalism Excellence Awards described the series, winner in the large newspaper category, as a "tremendous, groundbreaking work.”

"It opened eyes and prompted swift action,” they said. "This is public service journalism at its best.”

In the 40,000- to 150,000-circulation category, the Harrisburg, Pa., Patriot-News was honored for its coverage of the Penn State sex-abuse scandal involving former football coach Jerry Sandusky. "The Patriot-News was far out front in reporting one of the most explosive stories of 2011, and they did it at great peril to the newspaper’s reputation in the state,’’ the judges said.

The Virgin Islands Daily News won the small-circulation category for "License to Steal,” a two-month investigation that exposed a con man who set up a credit union to steal from unsuspecting customers – and the lax oversight of such institutions by the Virgin Islands government.

The judges said the work "represents public service journalism of the highest order. The paper stepped in to protect the islands’ most marginalized, vulnerable residents when their government failed them.”

APME is an association of editors at newspapers, broadcast outlets and journalism educators and student leaders in the United States and Canada. APME works closely with The Associated Press to foster journalism excellence.

The awards will be presented at the group’s annual conference Sept. 19-21 in Nashville, Tenn.

Judges for the Public Service awards were: Alan Miller, managing editor, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch and APME Journalism Studies chair; APME President Bob Heisse, executive editor, The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill.; APME Foundation President Hollis R. Towns, executive editor, Asbury Park Press, Neptune, N.J.; AP Managing Editor Kristin Gazlay; and former APME presidents Bobbie Jo Buel, editor, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson; David Ledford, executive editor, The News Journal, Wilmington, Del.; and Otis Sanford, Helen and Jabie Hardin Chair of Excellence in Economics/Managerial Journalism at the University of Memphis.

Judges did not participate in discussions or vote on their own newspapers’ entries.

The APME board added two contests this year, one recognizing innovation in radio and television and the other for innovations by college students.

Three finalists were selected for APME’s sixth annual Innovator of the Year Award: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for its "Empty Cradles” series about the death of children before their first birthday; the Arizona Republic, Phoenix, for the convergence of print, broadcast and online in its website, AZCentral; and The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, for innovations throughout its website.

The judges said the Journal Sentinel project "tackles a social issue and not only tells the story but, as an information source, is part of the solution. The project gets readers involved.” They described AZCentral as "comprehensive convergence in a successful model,’’ and said The Oklahoman "takes new and developing technologies and weaves them throughout news coverage on the Web.”

Judges were: Joe Hight, director of information and development, The Oklahoman; APME Vice President Brad Dennnison, vice president/News & Interactive Division, GateHouse Media; and J.B. Bittner, CNHI deputy national editor, Stillwater (Okla.) News Press.

The papers will present their groundbreaking work at the APME conference, and attendees will select the winner, who will receive $1,000 from GateHouse Media.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune were the winners of the Gannett Foundation Award for Digital Innovation in Watchdog Journalism, administered by APME.

The Journal Sentinel was honored for "Both Sides of the Law,” an investigation into the system that allows Milwaukee police officers to stay on the job despite violating laws and ordinances they were sworn to uphold.

The Herald-Tribune won for its "Unfit for Duty” reports on Florida’s law enforcement officers, their personal and professional conduct, and the system that was not up to the task of monitoring them.

The award recognized papers that creatively used digital tools in the role of being a community’s watchdog. Each winning paper will receive $2,500 from the Gannett Foundation and will be recognized at the APME conference.

Judges were: Heisse; Carol Hanner, managing editor, Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal; and Gary Graham, editor, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.

Cox Media Group in Ohio was honored in the new category of Innovator of the Year for Radio and Television for its convergence of print, online and broadcast operations in Dayton. It launched an all-platform breaking news team to take best advantage of newsroom resources and provide breaking news to listeners, readers, viewers and users. The judges said the entry reflected "forward-thinking to meet the increasing demands of instant coverage.”

Judges were: Elbert Tucker, director of news, WBNS-10TV, Columbus, Ohio; Jack Lail, multimedia editor, Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville, Tenn.; and Kevin Roach, AP director, U.S. Broadcast News.

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and its collaboration with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison won the Innovator of the Year for College Students, the second new category announced this year. "This is a smart and innovative way for a journalism school to lead investigative reporting,” the judges said.

Judges were: Chris Cobler, editor, Victoria (Texas) Advocate; Jim Simon, assistant managing editor, The Seattle Times; and Hanner.

The association also chose the winners for the following awards (in order of circulation category _ over 150,000, 40,000-150,000 and under 40,000):


• The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for its investigation, "Both Sides of the Law,” of the Milwaukee Police Department. The judges said it uncovered a level of abuse, corruption and out-right criminal activity in the Police Department that was breathtaking in its scope.

• The Knoxville News Sentinel for reporting on an out-of-control judge in the Baumgartner case, which prompted immediate and sweeping government reform.

The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press for its investigation of the sloppy handling of warrants by the Vermont judiciary, which revealed negligence at every level of the legal system.

Judges: Teri Hayt, chair of APME’s First Amendment Committee and managing editor, Arizona Daily Star; Martin Reynolds, senior editor-community engagement, Bay Area News Group, Oakland, Calif.; Alan English, vice president of audience, Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle; and Karen Kaiser, AP associate general counsel.


• Over 150,000: The Wall Street Journal for "China’s Succession Scandal,” which the judges said offered a rare glimpse of the secretive inner workings of the Chinese Communist Party elite. The series of stories led to the ouster of an up-and-coming party leader and cracked open the door for the Chinese as well as the rest of the world.

• Under 149,000: The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn., for "A Healing Trip,” about Memphis-area soldiers who stormed France’s Utah Beach on D-day on a return visit. The judges said it was a well-woven story that found new life in an otherwise traditional angle.

Judges: Aminda Marques Gonzalez, executive editor, The Miami Herald; Bill Church, executive editor, Salem (Ore.) Statesman-Journal; and John Daniszewski, AP senior managing editor/international news.


USA Today for its 14-month investigation, "Ghost Factories: Poison in the Ground,” which revealed the locations of more than 230 long-forgotten factories and the amount of toxic lead left behind.

The Roanoke (Va.) Times for "Picking Up the Pieces,” a look at how the town of Martinsville is recovering after manufacturing jobs went to China.

The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press for breaking news coverage during the Occupy Burlington encampment.

Judges: Laura Sellers-Earl, digital development director, East Oregonian Publishing Co., Astoria, Ore.; Carole Tarrant, editor, The Roanoke Times; Tucker; and Jan Touney, executive editor, Quad-City Times, Davenport, Iowa.


The judges listed honorable mentions in other categories:


Over 150,000:

The New York Times for its investigation of abuse of disabled people in state care.

TheAtlanta Journal Constitution for its investigation into schools that were cheating on standardized tests.

40,000 to 150,000:

Sarasota Herald-Tribune for "Unfit for Duty” about Florida’s rogue law enforcement officers.

Asbury Park Press for its report on a cluster of suicides by teens and young adults in the Manasquan, N.J., area.

Under 40,000:

Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World for "Unraveling a Rape Case” about using DNA evidence to find a rape suspect.

Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader for "Fighting DUI” about the cost of cracking down on DUIs.


The Center for Innovation in Media at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., for reforming and reshaping its student media. The converged newsroom is a model for journalism schools and professional news organizations, the judges said.

The University of Oklahoma for its commitment for transparency, which offers its users a simple, elegant presentation of corrections and open-records requests.


Over 150,000

The Chicago Tribune for "Fugitives from Justice,’” which exposed systemic communication failures between the state and the federal government in finding fugitives.


Over 150,000:

The Wall Street Journal for its Sept. 11 anniversary coverage.

40,000 to 150,000:

The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., for its package, "Loving Ingrid,’’ about a woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Under 40,000:

Lawrence Journal-World for "Unraveling a Rape Case” about using DNA evidence to find a rape suspect.


Over 150,000:

The Seattle Times for "The Price of Protection,” its investigation of the state of Washington’s reimbursement for civil commitment cases for sex offenders.

40,000 to 150,000:

The Oklahoman for its investigation of the state’s child welfare system.


Winners of the 2012 AP Staff Awards

Coverage of the catastrophic Joplin, Mo., tornado and the investigation into secret intelligence operations set up by the New York City Police Department won awards for deadline and enterprise reporting from the Associated Press Media Editors association for journalism excellence by AP staffers.

"The coverage of the Joplin carnage provided a riveting, detailed window onto what amounted to a post-apocalyptic wasteland,” the APME judges said in awarding the Deadline Reporting prize to the AP team that covered the tornado. "For all the challenges they faced, the AP team may as well have been in a war zone – no amount of planning could have anticipated the technical and physical hardships in the storm's aftermath. This is deadline reporting at its absolute finest."

In honoring the AP team of Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley for its NYPD coverage, the judges for Enterprise Reporting said, "This is a case of classic boots-on-the-ground reporting coupled with impressive document mining. The consistently excellent writing made the AP series read like an engrossing suspense novel.” The series won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

APME is an association of editors at newspapers, broadcast outlets and journalism educators and student leaders in the United States and Canada. It works closely with the AP to foster journalism excellence.

Photographer Petros Giannakouris, based in Athens, Greece, received the News Photos award for his series of photos on the Greek financial crisis.

"The photographs cover the financial crisis completely – not just the violence, but also the effects on the lives of average citizens,” the judges said in awarding the prize. "All aspects of the crisis are represented distinctly. The photos are wonderfully composed.”

Tim Sullivan, AP’s regional Asia writer based in New Delhi, won the Feature Writing award for two stories from India about the inflated dreams of car dealers in what was once a sleepy backwater town and the wrecked dreams of those living on a single plot of land slated for redevelopment in New Delhi.

"His stories were a masterful example of using intimate, deeply personal stories to illuminate the very complex narrative of how rapid development is reshaping India,’’ the judges said. "He’s a terrific observer, capturing both the microscopic details of daily life and vivid descriptions of the characters in his stories.”

Chief Asia Photographer David Guttenfelder, based in Tokyo, won the Feature Photos award for a series of photos of daily life in North Korea.

"These photos provide a rare look inside a closed society, and what separates these from the others is the distinct style conveyed by this photographer’s eye,” the judges said. "The photos show joy amid a meager existence in North Korea. He presents a wonderful variety of images.”

Interactive producers Jake O’Connell and Phil Holm were cited for Best Use of Multimedia for leading the Interactive Department in its work on the AP’s "Aging Nukes” series about the nation’s commercial nuclear reactors.

The judges described the work as "an incredibly rich data visualization effort, coupled with infographics and videos” and said they were impressed with the level of commitment of time and resources devoted to the nearly two-year project.

Photographer Jae C. Hong, based in Los Angeles, won for Best Use of Video for his work covering a skinhead. "The entry tells the fascinating story about a skinhead who has reversed course, even going to the painful extreme of having his extensive tattoos removed,” the judges said.

The Vermont staff of reporters John Curran, Wilson Ring, David Gram and Lisa Rathke, and photographer Toby Talbot won the Charles Rowe Award for Distinguished State Reporting for their coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. "The digital-first approach and resiliency made this entry one of the most inspiring in a talented field,” the judges said. Curran, Montpelier correspondent, died less than two weeks after Irene hit.

Jack Gillum, of the Washington investigative team, was awarded the John L. Dougherty Award for exemplary work by an AP staff member who is 30 years old or younger. In honoring him, the judges said "considerable skills in computer data analysis combined with impressive reporting skills are a powerful combination.”

Honorable Mentions

The judges also awarded the following honorable mentions:

Deadline Reporting: AP staff for coverage of the fall of Tripoli, Libya, and staff coverage of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

News Photos: Marish Swarup, based in New Delhi, for his photo of a Tibetan exile’s self-immolation in India to protest the visit of the Chinese president.

Enterprise Reporting: Chris Wills and John O’Connor, of Springfield, Ill., for "Deadbeat Illinois” about the state’s problems paying its bills. Also cited was Erika Kinetz, based in Mumbai, India, for "Killed by Debt” about microfinance lenders apparently encouraging the most impoverished Indians to kill themselves to have their debts forgiven.

Feature Writing: Allen Breed, national writer, Raleigh, N.C., for "Saving Ali" about an aging couple's race to adopt an infant given up by an overwhelmed teenage mother, even though the 61-year-old would-be adoptive father is terminally ill, and the adoption must be completed while he is still alive for the child to qualify for his veterans benefits.

Feature Photos: Oded Balilty, based in Tel Aviv, for his series on an ultra-Orthodox wedding in Israel.

Best Use of Multimedia: AP staff for "Video Animation: Body of Work”, a compilation of five projects, and staff coverage of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.


We're seeking great items for APME's next online auction, September Foundation auction

The Associated Press Media Editors Foundation needs your help to make our auctions successful.

The silent and live auctions will be held at the opening night reception at the annual conference in Nashville. We'll party at the Frist Center for Visual Arts on Wednesday, Sept. 19. As always, auction proceeds will go to support the APME Foundation and valuable programs, such as NewsTrain.

In August, we will feature some of the great items on the slate in September and allow folks to place an opening bid. We'll also have some online-only items, such as tickets to activities in Nashville, as well as an APME memberships conference registrations. This is a great way to give tickets to events or travel either before or after the conference

Right now we need donors – editors and friends of APME who can contribute items for the online, silent and live auctions. We're looking for anything newspaper or Web-related such as award-winning photos, umbrellas, signed comics and autographed books. Jewelry, art, wine and other libations are always popular sellers. Sports tickets and trips are big-ticket items that bring in the cash. A round of golf at a great course or a weekend stay at a resort hotel would be wonderful donations.

You can indicate the auction to which you wish to donate – maybe you will choose both – on the pledge form. We’ll need donations for the online auction by July 15, and for the silent and live auctions at the conference by Aug. 31.

Follow this link to the pledge form, which should be sent to Kim Meader of the Arizona Republic, NM19, 200 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 or e-mail

Once you've made a pledge, we will coordinate with you about where to mail the donation.

Your donation is tax-deductible and much appreciated by APME and its foundation.

Please be creative and generous.

Thank you, Hollis Towns, APME Foundation president.


Deadline approaching to get your Great Ideas in this year's book!

Your media organization has until July 31 to submit its work for APME’s 2012 "Great Ideas” book.

What's a great idea? It can be a new concept for print, broadcast or digital, or a major improvement to something we do every day. This is a chance for your media organization to show off your work in the U.S. and Canada and help fellow managers 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, but other ideas will be accepted as well.

It’s easy to submit and takes only a few minutes for you to do it.

Our "Great Ideas" form allows you to 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

Work already submitted to the monthly "Great Ideas" and "Innovator" awards will be considered for the book.


Gary Pruitt Officially Becomes AP's CEO

Gary Pruitt has officially joined The Associated Press as its new president and CEO. He succeeds Tom Curley, who will remain at AP through a transitional period ending in mid-August. Here is a letter Pruitt sent to AP’s global staff.

Hello, AP colleagues:

I’m excited to join you today as AP’s new president. There is no media organization with more purpose and commitment, and I look forward to helping further that mission.

In the past I have called the work of AP noble. But it’s more than that. It is critically important in today’s world where news seemingly moves at the speed of light and has the power to bring down governments and rattle markets. That kind of power must be used judiciously. The recent ruling on health care by the U.S. Supreme Court is a case in point. In the rush to try and be first some of our competitors were flat wrong about the fate of a law that will affect millions of Americans. AP got it right. In fact, we were also among the very first to get it out there – but accuracy and fairness should always trump speed. In Syria, where AP has shot more video than any other news organization, our user-generated video is comprehensively vetted before it goes out. Customers know they can trust our work. That makes upholding AP’s news values not only the right thing to do but an essential element of our success. You have my word that I will support our mission to speak truth to and about power, hold governments accountable and show all sides of the story.

Assuring that we can continue this vital mission is my priority. Like most media organizations, AP faces some serious business and financial challenges. I will quickly turn my attention to them. On the revenue side many of our traditional clients are confronting increasing competition and declining profits, which has had a ripple effect on our own revenue. To deal with that we need to broaden our thinking about products, customers and business models. At the same time we will have to be vigilant about costs. Our pension plans are AP’s single largest financial obligation over the next several years, and I am committed to fully funding them. With the advantages of a broad geographic base, content in every format and an immensely talented staff, I am confident we can meet these challenges.

Over the next few months I’ll start visiting bureaus and customers to get a deeper picture of our global reach and opportunity. In two weeks I’ll be in London to see AP in action covering the Olympics and to meet with the many key customers who will be there as well. In the fall I’ll visit Asia, and staff and customers there. I hope that eventually I meet every one of you in AP’s wide world.

Under Tom Curley, AP has transformed from a traditional wire service agency to a multimedia digital news organization. The hard work of all of you over the past years has brought the company to a pivotal point where we are ready to offer our members and customers capabilities that would have been hard to imagine a decade ago. I think I speak for all of us in thanking Tom for what he has done to position us for the future.

I’m thrilled to take over the leadership of AP as it moves forward in this new age. I have a lot to learn, I know, and will be calling on you for your insight and expertise. In turn I promise to be honest and open and keep you informed along the way. Together we can build on AP’s long legacy and guarantee our vital role as the first choice for trusted news.

Gary Pruitt



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BEAT OF THE WEEK: John Heilprin

It's not often that the science world gets a true eureka moment. And it's even rarer for a journalist to be ahead in reporting it.

But Geneva Correspondent John Heilprin, with an assist from science writer Seth Borenstein in Washington, got a two-day jump on news that scientists finally had evidence of a subatomic particle called the Higgs boson, the "God particle" believed to give all matter in the universe size and shape.

For a year and a half, Heilprin had been courting sources at the European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN, site of the world’s largest atom smasher, beneath the Swiss-French border. And when speculation began building that big news was brewing on the Higgs, he and Borenstein talked coverage and began a draft.

Then Heilprin went to an ambassador's reception where he was amazed to find the head of CERN. Heilprin got the British scientist talking over drinks, and the man essentially spilled the beans and handed over his cell number.

Heilprin learned that senior physicists, including two who had given him private tours of CERN, planned to announced that after decades of research they had found a subatomic footprint and a shadow of the "God particle." Short of seeing it for themselves, that's about as close as they could get to claiming an actual discovery.

"I have to give credit to the Pimm's punch," an excessively humble Heilprin said.

The APNewsbreak became a top Google search term, led Yahoo's home page and generated 4,000 comments on Huffington Post. It reached 60,000 page views on AP Mobile.

The scoop was confirmed two days later when the highly technical findings were announced by two independent teams involving more than 5,000 researchers.

Heilprin’s interest came naturally. His father was a Harvard-trained physicist and University of Maryland professor, and Heilprin spent many long nights at their vacation cabin in the woods of New Hampshire listening to his dad exchange ideas with fellow physicists.

After transferring to Geneva, Heilprin was excited to learn that his beat included CERN. He took coverage of the hunt for the "God particle” as his own way to honor both his father and the late Geneva bureau chief Alexander Higgins, who laid the groundwork before his death in August 2010.

"I only wished that my father was around to see it _ and help explain it," Heilprin said.

Explain it, he did, thanks to those long-ago talks with his dad and his dogged pursuit of one of the biggest stories in the obscure world of physics.



Springfield, Ill., Political Writer John O’Connor has worked the state’s prisons as a big part of his beat for years. His Gramling-winning series on the Illinois Department of Corrections pushing convicts out the door early created huge headaches for Gov. Pat Quinn, but also prompted numerous prison sources to view O’Connor as the go-to reporter in the state. He developed sources among rank-and-file guards, union officials and even Department of Corrections officials who might not like his stories but respect his work.

As the Illinois budget shrank, prison overcrowding again became a serious problem. But the governor was not about to re-experience the political embarrassment he suffered after O’Connor’s series and so, until recently, did not allow a resumption of early releases to relieve crowding.

When O’Connor saw a member story about a violent incident at one of the prisons, he started looking around. He produced a AP Newsbreak about prison officials finding 21 hidden weapons at a maximum-security prison that inspired enough tips to indicate a disturbing pattern, if not an outright spike in violent incidents.

Over the course of two weeks, O’Connor compiled the details he needed, at a time when his partner in the two-man Springfield bureau was on vacation and he also was providing daily coverage of state government. Being the political reporter he is, he included in his story context of the broader debate about Quinn’s plans to shut down a super-maximum security prison, which keeps the most violent inmates away from other prisoners.

The story was produced as part of the state’s "Closer Look” fixture, which moves weekly for Monday AMs and features explainers, analyses and enterprise related to state government.

"Closer Look” routinely gets great play, but the play on O’Connor’s prison piece was spectacular. Five Illinois papers put it on their front page, and four of those bannered it, including the state capital paper and the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald, one of the Chicago Tribune’s big competitors for suburban readers. O’Connor also participated in an Illinois public-affairs radio show to discuss his findings.



Digital News Executive Callaway Named Editor-In-Chief Of USA Today

USA Today announced that David Callaway has been named editor-in-chief of USA Today.

Callaway will assume his new position effective later this month. Callaway is currently the editor-in-chief of MarketWatch, a financial news website owned by Dow Jones.

In his new role, Callaway will further the digital transformation of the USA Today newsroom. He will oversee the overall content strategy of the news organization with an emphasis on providing high-quality and engaging content across all platforms. The announcement was made by Larry Kramer, president and publisher of USA Today.

Callaway has been the editor-in-chief at MarketWatch, and its predecessor CBS MarketWatch since 2003. Prior to being editor-in-chief, he was executive editor and managing editor, dating back to 1999. Callaway managed the day-to-day coverage for a world-wide news gathering operation with 11 bureaus across the globe. Previously, he was a securities industry reporter at Bloomberg where he led a team of financial reporters throughout Europe covering the banking, investment banking and asset management business. Prior to that, he was a columnist at the Boston Herald where he co-wrote a daily financial column on comings and goings in the Boston business district.

Under his guidance, MarketWatch was named "Best in Business" for large financial websites three times by the Society of American Business Editors & Writers, and won the Editor and Publisher's EPPY Award for "Best Internet Business Service" three times as well. He personally won two Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards for his weekly commentary column, which he wrote for 12 years. Larry Kramer was the founder, Chairman and CEO of MarketWatch from 1997-2005, when it was sold to Dow Jones.

Callaway is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of

Journalism, with both a bachelors and a masters degree in journalism.

Leary named editor of San Antonio Express-News

Mike Leary, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist with the Philadelphia Inquirer, has been named editor of the San Antonio Express-News.

Leary's appointment was announced by the Express-News. He starts Aug. 6.

Leary replaces Robert Rivard, who resigned last September.

The Philadelphia Inquirer this year won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, with stories on violence in city schools that led to safety reforms.

Leary is deputy managing editor of news and investigations at the Inquirer, where he began his journalism career in 1972. Leary in 2000 joined the Baltimore Sun, serving as assistant managing editor and then national editor. He returned to the Inquirer in 2007.

The president and publisher of the Express-News, John McKeon, praised Leary's dedication to quality investigative journalism.



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Former AP correspondent Watson Sims dies in US

Watson Sims, who won a Silver Star for helping rescue Gen. Douglas MacArthur during World War II and went on to become a foreign correspondent and World Services editor for The Associated Press, has died. He was 90.

Sims died at a hospice care center in Asheville, said his son, Win Word-Sims. He had been in declining health and died of pneumonia.

Sims worked for the AP for 25 years, leaving in 1971 to be editor of the Battle Creek Enquirer in Michigan. He also was editor of The New Brunswick Home News in New Jersey.

He later directed media studies for The George H. Gallup International Institute in the United States and Eastern Europe.

Sims was proudest, however, of his work as a committee chair for the American Society of Newspaper Editors, where he helped American journalists working in the Soviet bloc countries, Word-Sims said last week.

In 2008, Sims talked with an AP archivist about World War II and his journalism career. It's peppered with mentions of the Hindenburg, the Dalai Lama and the Rosenbergs.

It's his description of World War II, when he was a radioman in the U.S. Navy, that's breathtaking in its nonchalant explanation of the actions that got him a Silver Star and Bronze Star.

He was on PT 32, one of four PT boats whose crews evacuated MacArthur from Corregidor in the Philippines to Mindanao and eventually to Australia.

But the USS Permit, a submarine, rescued them and took them to Australia, he said.

When they evacuated the general, MacArthur told the squadron leader: "You have delivered me from the jaws of the death, and I am awarding a Silver Star to you and every one of your men."

The Bronze Star was later added, Sims said.

In 1943, he was reassigned to the Torpedo Boat Training Center in Rhode Island, where he became editor of the paper, which was the start of his journalism career. He began working for the AP in 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was a night editor.

He left AP for a year for a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University, then returned to a career that took him through New York and overseas. As bureau chief in India, he planned the coverage of Dalai Lama's release in 1959, including a tale of the competition with what was then United Press to get out the first photos.

He returned to AP in New York in 1961 to be World Services editor, which he described as being responsible for the world operations overseas for the AP. He left the AP in 1971.

Newly retired Athens, Tenn., newspaper executive dies

Richard Edwards, longtime managing editor of The Daily Post-Athenian, has died after 34 years as a leader in community journalism. He was 57.

Edwards, who died of cancer Wednesday at Life Care Center of Athens, began working at the paper shortly after his 1977 graduation from the University of Tennessee. He became sports editor in 1981 and was promoted to managing editor in 1987, a position he held until retirement in June.

West Michigan journalist Andy Angelo dies at 55

Andy Angelo, an award-winning and beloved journalist at The Grand Rapids Press who was hailed as a professional mentor during a 25-year career at the West Michigan newspaper, has died. He was 55.

Angelo passed away with his wife, Mary, and grandchildren at his side, said Paul Keep, executive editor of print for MLive Media Group. Keep told The Associated Press that Angelo died at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital after a short illness.

Angelo retired early this year but delayed his departure to help the copy desk's transition to MLive Media Group.

Angelo, who oversaw daily production of The Grand Rapids Press and other newspapers, including the Kalamazoo Gazette and The Muskegon Chronicle, earned the prestigious American Copy Editors Society's Robinson Prize in 2010.

Angelo was born into a journalistic family on the east side of Michigan, but "earned his stripes — and the respect of colleagues — on the west side of the state," Keep said.

Keep said the newsroom was proud of Angelo earning the Robinson Prize near the end of his career.

Angelo also worked as a reporter and editor for the AP and newspapers in Michigan. He joined The Grand Rapids Press after a stint in Rockford, Ill.

Angelo oversaw the consolidation of the regional copy desk in Grand Rapids, where he first began as an assistant metro editor and was later promoted to metro editor. He moved to the copy desk in 1997, and led a redesign with new printing presses and deadlines.

Angelo also volunteered in the community. He served on the Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities board and the Circle Theatre Board of Directors. He also was a freelance book editor and edited "Gathered at the River," a history of Grand Rapids churches published in 1993 by The Grand Rapids Area Council for the Humanities.


AND FINALLY … Gettysburg battle coverage in 140 characters

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — This year's re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg is to feature breaking news coverage of one of the pivotal fights — 140 characters at a time.

Four tweeters recruited from two local newspapers planned to deliver minute-by-minute coverage of Saturday's re-enactment of the fighting at Devil's Den as part of the 149th-anniversary event at the battlefield.

"We thought it would enhance people's understanding of what happened there," organizer Marc Charisse, editor of the Hanover Evening Sun, told The Philadelphia Inquirer. He said one reporter would file from the Confederate side and another from the Union lines, while York Daily Record editor James McClure gave a "big picture" overview of the battle and he himself provided color commentary.

The annual event, which has attracted thousands to Gettysburg for decades, isn't fought on the actual 1863 battlefield but on a farm about 7 miles away, and often not on the actual battle dates of July 1-3. And then there's the play-by-play from an announcer. Still, Twitter adds a new dimension of social media and instant communication for about 2,000 re-enactors, who take great pains to achieve authenticity in their portrayal of 19th century warfare.

But some historians say they don't mind adding social media to the mix, especially if it helps bring one of the nation's most famous battles to life for a new generation. After all, war correspondents of the day filed dispatches using that newfangled device called the telegraph and using the shorthand of dots and dashes necessary for Morse code.

Michael Birkner, a history professor at Gettysburg College, compared tweeting to the 1950s CBS television program "You Are There," which portrayed current reporters talking to historical figures to bring history to life.

Anthony Waskie, a Temple University German professor and Civil War aficionado who is playing Union Gen. George G. Meade in this year's re-enactment, called it a "natural progression into new electronic media." And he said he thinks the general would be all for embracing technology, since he was an engineer very interested in new innovations.

In fact, Charisse said, Meade introduced a new way to gather and deliver battle data at Gettysburg.

"The first thing he did when he arrived was ride his own line under a full moon with his cartographer, who had an easel on his saddle and produced maps of the Union positions," he said. "Then he distributed them to his corps commanders.

"When I told that story to a friend, he said, 'Oh, Meade, he won because he had the first mobile app,'" Charisse said.


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