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Aug. 5, 2013
Deadline for McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership

Aug. 15, 2013
Submit best work to ‘Great Ideas’ book

Sept. 27-28
NewsTrain workshop, Colorado Springs

Oct. 3-4
NewsTrain workshop, Seattle

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

SIGN UP NOW: APME Conference – Content is King – Oct. 28-30, Indianapolis

It’s time to sign up for the Associated Press Media Editors 80th annual conference in Indianapolis, Oct. 28-30, 2013.

The theme is Content is King. Learn more here.

A sampling of the sessions:

Monday, Oct. 28, First Amendment

New organizations were jolted earlier this year when word broke that the Justice Department had snooped around Associated Press telephone records. More recently, leaked information about the National Security Agency's phone-surveillance program has raised questions about whether newsgathering itself might one day be criminalized. Gene Policinski, executive director of the First Amendment Center, will moderate a discussion of these and other First Amendment hot buttons.

Tuesday, Oct. 29, Audience and content

Did the Boston bombings change how audiences connect with fast-evolving news stories? Or was it simply another wake-up call from a restless audience sounding the alarm on slumbering newsrooms? A special lunch presentation with Kelly McBride of The Poynter Institute on "The New Ethics of Journalism.” Kelly, senior faculty for Poynter, will be the lunchtime speaker on the challenges and realities facing journalism. Kelly’s energy and expertise on journalism ethics make her a sought-after speaker and prominent author on a subject dear to many conference attendees.

Tuesday, Oct. 29, Audience and content

Metered content is fast becoming the media standard. But do editors truly understand the evolving habits and expectations of readers? Dare we mention native advertising and what it could mean locally? Greg Swanson, partner and CEO of ITZ Publishing, will lead a panel discussion on metered content that’s guaranteed to provoke and perhaps create cranial discomfort. Greg, an Oregon-based consultant, has an extensive background on research and product development. He has an unapologetic view that many media organizations haven’t gone far enough to tap into varied digital content.

Wednesday, Oct. 30, Change management

We’re saving one of the best for (almost) last. Butch Ward, senior faculty at The Poynter Institute and a longtime friend of APME, brings his wit and wisdom to Indy with a session on change management for conference participants. Butch will examine the impact of change on media organizations and how editors can adapt and benefit from this brave, evolving world. Butch also will be available for one-on-one coaching sessions for participants who sign up for this unique opportunity.

Hotels: The event will have two host hotels at two price points in the same complex, including the J.W. Marriott, $169 per night, and the SpringHill Suites, $139 per night. Special hotel rates are available until Sept. 26.

The conference will be held just across the street at the Indiana State 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 accepts nominations for 12th 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, news organizations or related journalistic organizations or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of Robert G. McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, former managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, 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 news content and in recruiting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce. Announcement of the winners will be made at the annual APME conference Oct. 28-30 in Indianapolis. The recognized honorees each receive $2,500 and a leadership trophy.

Deadline: Material must be received by close of business Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.

Send material to:

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


THE NEXT INDUSTRY SENSATION? APME's 2013 'Great Ideas' book seeks your best work

Let the world see your new organization’s best stuff by submitting it for the Associated Press Media Editor’s 2013 "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 media organization to show off your work in the U.S. and Canada and help fellow journalists by providing ideas that might work in their markets.

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

The "Great Ideas” website, located here, allows you to submit entries and upload images that accompanies your idea.

Last year, more than 100 ideas were featured in the book and presented throughout the APME conference in Nashville.

"Let’s top that this year,” said David Arkin, co-chairman of the APME Awards/Innovator Committee. "But we need your help.”

While all of the ideas submitted are published in the book, several are highlighted at the annual conference, which will be this year in Indianapolis.

Joe Hight, co-chair of the committee, said it takes only a few minutes to input the ideas into the form. Hight, editor of The Gazette in Colorado Springs, added it’s important that news organizations help each other with ideas which could generate more readers and audience.

"News organizations are becoming increasingly innovative during these times. It’s great to see such resiliency,” he said. "You never know when your idea will become an industry sensation.”

Anyone wanting to submit an idea can do so by Aug. 15. There is no cost to submit ideas.

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

Register now for Colorado Springs NewsTrain Sept. 27-28

NewsTrain will be in Colorado Springs, CO, on Sept. 27-28 for a two-day workshop. NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by the Colorado Press Association and the Colorado Springs Gazette. Other members of the planning committee include the Greeley Tribune, the Grand Junction Sentinel, Fort Collins Coloradoan. Evergreen Newspapers, The Associated Press Denver Bureau, the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Society of Professional Journalists, the Steamboat Pilot & Today (Steamboat Springs), and Adams State College.

Location: University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colorado, Springs, CO.

Registration: Cost is $75 for the workshop and food service. Register at this link: Colorado Springs 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. Click here to find out more.

Questions: Contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director, Samantha Johnston, Colorado Press Association,


Reporting with Data: A primer in how to start working with data and databases as a regular part of good beat work and as a source of strong watchdog / enterprise packages.

Diving Deeper with Data: How (and where) to assemble bodies of the latest data on a community, a topic, or an issue.

Five Stages of a Story: A five-step process for developing and delivering high quality stories.

How to Shoot Video: A how-to session on skills and techniques for capturing "usable" video footage, primarily with a focus on short news / feature video that is posted quickly.

Video Storytelling Skills: Video can be used to tell a variety of stories, short or long, on your web site. This session explains the choices and skills, including the concepts of "lo-fi” and "hi-fi” video and how both fill needs on newspaper websites on over smartphone apps.

Social Media Best Practices 2.0: This session offers tactics and tips to improve your comfort on social media, establish your brand, encourage audience engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working over time.

Social Media as Reporting Tool: How reporters and editors can use social media as a reporting tool when faced with breaking news or enterprise projects.

Colorado FOI Update: An overview on the latest developments in Colorado FOI and sunshine laws, with advice on framing effective FOI letters and how to deal with events or confrontations that appear to violate Colorado FOI law.

Learn more here.

Sign up now for Seattle NewsTrain Oct. 3-4

NewsTrain will be in Seattle, WA, Oct. 3-4, 2013, for a two-day workshop at the Seattle Public Library. NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by the Seattle Times,Spokane Spokesman-Review, Tacoma News Tribune, Puget Sound Business Journal, KUOW public radio, The Seattle Globalist, EO Media Group,, The Associated Press,University of Washington and Washington State University journalism programs.

Location: The Seattle Public Library, Central Branch, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA.

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

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. The scholarships will cover the registration cost of NewsTrain and may cover some of the recipient's accommodations and travel expenses. NewsTrain host committees will review applications and choose the recipients. The Seattle NewsTrain will be held October 3rd-4th., and Pacific Northwest candidates will have the best chance. In all, up to 10 scholarships will be awarded for the Seattle event. Interested journalism students and young journalists of color who need assistance attending NewsTrain in Seattle should send a resume and application letter by July 1st to Jessica Partnow at

Questions: Contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director, or Jim Simon, Seattle Times,


Finding the Best Stories in Data: Given a fairly structured data set, how do journalists find "actionable intelligence” or the best storylines.

Mining for Data: Data and documents help reporters covering government, business, public safety or most any beat shift the balance of power. How? This session explains how to grow a data-and-document mindset, using the example of one specific town in Washington state.

Digital Storytelling: How to approach the development and presentation of breaking news and enterprise packages with both print and online platforms in mind.

Data Visualization: Many new tools have created a surge in data visualization, the presentation of data in visual and interactive forms online.

Planning & Coaching Content Across Platforms: How to frame clear standards and workflows for new digital media in a rapidly changing media environment.

Continuous Coverage: Once your set of online tools is in place, how to plan and manage continuous news coverage across digital and print platforms, and create content specifically for the web and print.

Social Media Reporting Tools: Social media platforms contain powerful reporting tools that can be valuable when reporters are faced with big breaking news stories or enterprise projects.

Maximize Your Social Media: So you're a journalist on social media, but not so sure you're taking the right approach?

Smartphones for Journalists: A guide to the best apps, web sites, and other tools for reporters working in the field.

Enterprise off a Beat: A program aimed at reporters and editors on how to spot and develop enterprise stories off a busy beat.

Learn more here.

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, six members have made this commitment to APME. Renew your membership for a year or a lifetime by clicking here.


GREAT IDEAS from 2012

Winnipeg (Manitoba) Free Press
Julie Carl, deputy editor

Every year, the paper rushes to review all of the shows in the Fringe Festival. This year, 88 reviews had to be turned around within the first days of the festival. We run the reviews in special pull-out sections. This year, we added mobile access through QR codes we placed on the venues, with the help Wendy Sawatzky, who is responsible for QR codes and mobiles at festivals. Readers could use the QR codes to access reviews of shows playing that locale, five-star and four-star reviews or readers’ reviews. Hundreds of readers used the new system.


WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

AP: Documents show MIAs in limbo because of military ‘dysfunction’
AP: Secret move keeps bin Laden records in the shadows
Boston Globe: Deadlock by design hobbles election agency
Denver Post: Defense attorneys fear blood-test backlog during state lab suspension
Florida Today: Violence prompts congregations to upgrade security in sacred places
Los Angeles Times: The science behind the anguish of a hunger strike
Miami Herald: Visa fraud prosecutions increase across U.S.
Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register: Shrinking the safety margin at Alabama’s largest nuclear plant
Cincinnati Enquirer: Small businesses likely to get little help from tax cut
The Tennessean: The return of heroin

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: Todd Pitman, Raul Gallego, Gemunu Amarasinghe

Of all the attacks on Muslims in Myanmar this year, it may have been the most shocking: More than two dozen students from an Islamic boarding school in Meikhtila were reported killed. Details were sketchy. What happened and how?

It was a story demanding to be told, but a challenge to report. The survivors had left town and dispersed, too afraid to talk. The local community and authorities in Meikhtila were hostile. Police tailed our reporting team.

Through persistence and trust-building, and with a little subterfuge to lose their watchers, Bangkok bureau chief Todd Pitman, videojournalist Raul Gallego and Yangon photographer Gemunu Amarasinghe pieced together the chilling, untold story of a horrific massacre and how it has been ignored by Myanmar's government ever since -- with no prosecutions of the killers.

Read more at:

BEST OF THE STATES: Julie Jacobson

Rumors had swirled about the firefighter who was the lone survivor of the hotshot team that lost 19 members in the Arizona wildfire. When Brendan McDonough quietly showed up at the memorial for his brethren, it was Las Vegas-based AP photographer Julie Jacobson who came away with the defining pictures of him hugging family members and staring into space, a vacant expression on his face.

Read more at:


US puts protection of journalists on UN agenda

The United States is turning the U.N. Security Council's spotlight on the protection of journalists in conflicts later this month.

Acting U.S. Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, the council president for July, told reporters that since members last considered the issue in 2006, "worldwide violence against journalists has worsened and there has been a particular increase in murders and imprisonment arising from conflict situations."

She said U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson will brief the council on July 17 on the protection of journalists along with Richard Engel of NBC, Somali journalist Mustafa Haji Abdinur from Radio Simba and Agence France Presse, Iraqi journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad from the Guardian, and Associated Press Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll, who is vice chair of the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists.


• Newseum in DC makes changes as funding falls short
• New York Times: In secret, court broadens powers of NSA
• New York Times: Privacy Group to ask Supreme Court to stop NSA’s phone spying
• NJ's largest newspaper is selling its building
• Orange County Register to launch daily Irvine newspaper

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Longtime Peoria newspaper publisher dies at 68

The longtime publisher of the Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star has died at age 68.

Family members tell the newspaper ( ) that John T. McConnell died from complications of pneumonia.

Known as "Mac," McConnell spent more than 25 years as the paper's publisher and was president for nearly two decades. He retired in 2006.

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AND, FINALLY ... Author chronicles Detroit as epicenter of economic crisis

By Bob Cunningham
Toledo Blade Staff Writer

Frozen corpses in abandoned buildings, corrupted leaders in city hall, ill-equipped fire and police departments, skyrocketing jobless rates, federal bailouts of the auto industry— welcome to Detroit, 21st Century.

If you’re not hooked on the mean-street opening pages of Charlie LeDuff’s Detroit: An American Autopsy, maybe you were asleep for the past decade or so, because America had an economic trauma in 2008 and Motown was at the heart of it.

Toledo, another hardscrabble town, always has looked up to Detroit in big-brother admiration. And that’s what makes Detroit a worthwhile read as the Motor City has been headline news at just about every turn and will continue to be with bankruptcy on the horizon.

LeDuff, a former reporter for the New York Times and Detroit News and current TV reporter for Fox 2 News in Detroit, wrote the book as part investigation and part memoir, with former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s downfall sharing the same pages as LeDuff’s drug-dealing brother and runaway sister.

LeDuff’s prose didn’t fail his hometown: "Once the nation’s richest big city, Detroit is now its poorest. It’s the country’s illiteracy and dropout capital, where children must leave their books at school and bring toilet paper from home. It is the unemployment capital, where half the adult population does not work at a consistent job. There are firemen with no boots, cops with no cars, teachers with no pencils, city council members with telephones tapped by the FBI, and too many grandmothers with no tears left to give. But Detroit can no longer be ignored, because what happened here is happening out there.”

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