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APME Update for Thursday, July 19, 2012

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• Month of July, SPECIAL Registration Offer for APME Conference, Sept. 19-21, Nashville
• July 16-17, Community Journalists Symposium
• July 31,
Deadline for Submitting Great Ideas
• Aug. 12, Deadline for Booking Conference Hotel Rooms at Embassy Suites Nashville at Vanderbilt
• Aug. 31, Deadline for Donations for Silent/Live Auctions at APME Conference, Nashville
• Sept. 1, Deadline for Registering for APME Conference, Sept. 19-21, Nashville
• Sept. 13-14, NewsTrain, Toronto
Sept. 19-21, 2012 - APME Conference, John Seigenthaler Center, Nashville, Tenn.

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SUBMIT FOR 'GREAT IDEAS' BOOK BY JULY 31!

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 darkin@gatehousemedia.com.

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

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ABOUT US: APME Update is published regularly by the Associated Press Media Editors Association. APME Update is edited by Sally Jacobsen. Send submissions by e-mail or call Sally at (212) 621-7007.

To receive APME Update by e-mail notify apme@ap.org. APME is an AP-member group of newspaper, broadcast and college education leaders founded in 1933 to provide input on the services of The Associated Press and to help newsroom managers become better leaders. A business league under section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code, APME is funded through registrations and sponsorships at the annual conference, APME Supporting Memberships and in-kind support. The Associated Press Media Editors Association Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, supports educational programming. Membership in APME is open to senior print and online editors at AP-member newspapers and news directors, news managers or other senior positions at AP broadcast outlets in the United States and Canadian Press publications in Canada. It is also open to administrators, professors, instructors, leaders or advisers of journalism studies programs at recognized colleges and universities and to editors or leaders at newspapers, radio stations, websites or other news outlets at recognized universities and colleges.

Mailing address: Associated Press Media Editors Association, c/o Sally Jacobsen, The Associated Press, 450 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001. Phone: (212) 621-7007.

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APME’s NASHVILLE CONFERENCE, Sept. 19-21
Register in July and Get a FREE Conference T-Shirt

Why should you join the Associated Press Media Editors in Nashville Sept. 19-21?

Register in July and receive a FREE conference T-shirt.
Simply put, you’ll get more takeaways for your newsroom in just three days at our conference than perhaps any other type of event.

You need social media help? You’ll be at the right place when we present Social Media Friday at the John Seigenthaler Center on the campus of Vanderbilt University.

Need to refocus on watchdog reporting? Several sessions, including one from NewsTrain Phoenix by Pulitzer winner Michael Berens of The Seattle Times, are on our agenda.

Stick in a rut? Find out about innovations going in newspapers big and small, broadcast outlets and colleges.

Concerned about increasing government secrecy and wondering about the presidential race? Don’t miss out panels that update you on what’s actually happening.

Enjoy country music? Well you need some fun and you’ll be in the right place on Sept. 20, as we celebrate country music at our night out at Margaritaville in downtown Nashville.

We can go on, and we will in Nashville. Visit www.apme.com and register now for an affordable conference with takeaways that will help your newsroom.

And as a bonus … register in July and receive a Nashville conference T-shirt free. You’ll be in style in Music City.

Register in July and receive a FREE conference T-shirt.

See you in Nashville.

http://www.apme.com/?page=2012Conference

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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 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 kim.meader@arizonarepublic.com.

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.

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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 darkin@gatehousemedia.com.

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

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Toronto NewsTrain Planned for September

NewsTrain will be in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sept. 13-14 for a two-day workshop. NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by Metroland Media Group and Newspapers Canada, with representatives from Canadian Press, Ontario Community Newspapers Association, The Toronto Star, and Ryerson University serving on the planning committee.

Location & times: Toronto Star Press Centre, 1 Century Place, Woodbridge, ON, L4L 8R2. Sept. 13-14, 2012.

Registration: Registration is $50. Register on the APME web site at via this link. Deadline is Sept. 5.

Questions? Contact:

Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director, mroberts.newstrain@gmail.com.

Tina Ongkeko, Newspapers Canada, tongkeko@newspaperscanada.ca; 1-877-305-2262 ext. 325.

WORKSHOP

Planning & Coaching Content for Multiple Platforms: How staff and managers can develop clear standards and SOPs to produce a consistent – and growing – body of quality content across platforms. 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.

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. This program offers a model for developing a story online and then using print to offer more.

Smart Phones for Journalists: A program on many basic (and free) tools reporters and other mobile journalists with smart phones can use to capture and post news and images from the field. Includes gear, apps, free software, reference materials, and easy-to-use web platforms. Bring your smart phones for demos and practice.

Social Media: Creating Brands: How to use social media to engage readers, bring them to your web site, and along the way create strong news-oriented brands for individuals and your newsroom as a whole.

Social Media: Tap Into the Crowd: How reporters and editors can use social media as a reporting tool when faced with breaking news or enterprise projects. Includes how to use social media to locate sources, for "crowdsourcing,” how to use advanced search features on major social media sites , and how to curate social media content to augment your own content.

The Seven Habits of Effective FOI Filers: How to develop regular, systematic filings of FOI requests to hold governments and officials to account -- and to produce exclusive, investigative stories. Includes advice on framing effective FOI requests.

Impact Stories: In the constant stream of instant news, readers still want stories that explain the impact of the news on them. Increasingly, impact stories are the primary role of the daily newspaper. This program for reporters and editors examines the difference between a breaking news story and an impact story, how to frame an impact story, then report, write, and edit so "impact” is the primary focus, even across different types of stories.

Video 1: Effective Shooting: Shooting effectively and efficiently makes it much easier to quickly edit and post high-quality video. This session offers a model for anticipating and capturing the visuals and sound needed for good video. Includes simple standards for framing, lighting, and sound, whether using a video camera or point-and-shoot / Flip-style camera, and the use of a "shot list” for planning and coaching.

Video 2: Video Story Forms: Many newsrooms start out shooting video that resembles the basic TV news segment. But there are more video story forms that can be used to deliver different kinds of video, including video that will have a much longer shelf life on your web site. Examples of video story forms, standards for each, and how each newsroom can and should develop its own set of forms to improve planning, communication, and execution of video.

FACULTY

Mandy Jenkins is Digital Projects Editor for Digital First Media. Her new duties involve work with papers on special projects, digital strategy and breaking news strategies. Previously she was the Washington D.C. Social News Editor for the Huffington Post; Social Media Editor for the startup TBD.com; Digital Content Editor / Social Media & Projects at the Cincinnati Enquirer; Social Media Editor and Online Special Projects Editor, Cincinnati Enquirer; and an online news producer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also writes the Zombie Journalism blog on digital media.

Kathy Kieliszewski, Deputy Director of Photo and Video for the Detroit Free Press, is a four-time National Emmy Award winning video producer. Most recently, she and her staff were also awarded a National Edward R. Murrow Award, a Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and a National Headliners Awards in Online Videography for the 40-minute documentary "Living with Murder.” At the Detroit Free Press, Kathy oversees daily video production and larger video projects for the newspaper’s website freep.com. Previously she served as the newspaper's picture editor, and as editor for the paper's 13 weekly community sections. In 2004, she was named Michigan Picture Editor of the Year. Prior to that, Kieliszewski worked as a staff photographer at the Lansing State Journal and The Grand Rapids Press. She is a journalism graduate of Michigan State University.

Dean Beeby has been a frequent user of freedom-of-information laws since the early 1980s. He has a master’s degree in modern history from the University of Toronto, and joined The Canadian Press news agency in 1983, where he has worked in Toronto, Halifax and currently Ottawa as deputy bureau chief. He has been an FOI speaker, panelist and workshop leader at many venues, including the Canadian High Commission in London, the CBC, the Canadian Association of Journalists, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Newspapers Canada and the Canadian Access and Privacy Association. He was also a member of the external advisory committee for the federal Access to Information Review Task Force in 2001-2002. He has published four non-fiction books, all of which have drawn heavily on freedom-of-information requests.

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 is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a masters degree in training and human resource development from Xavier University, Cincinnati.

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WATCHDOG REPORTING: SUMMARY OF RECENT IMPACT JOURNALISM

Bergen Record: North Jersey drinking water going to waste as system leaks lose 25%
Chicago Sun-Times: City paid $18 million in disability to cops, some with other jobs
New York Times: Vast F.D.A. Effort Tracked E-Mails of Its Scientists
Portland Press Herald: Are lobstermen keeping their traps shut?
Star-Ledger: Cory Booker's endless travel schedule pulls him away from Newark
Sacramento Bee: Audit reveals secret buyouts at state parks HQ

Read about these and more by clicking here

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: Nicole Winfield

It was supposed to be a happy Memorial Day weekend reunion of students from the Immaculate Conception Academy, an all-girls high school in Wakefield, R.I., that serves as a feeder program for the Legion of Christ religious order. Instead, it became the flash point for Rome correspondent Nicole Winfield's latest expose of abuses in the disgraced, cult-like Roman Catholic order.

Winfield obtained a copy of a letter signed by 77 former students to the Vatican urging that it close the school. They said the psychological abuse they endured trying to live like teenage nuns led to multiple cases of anorexia, stress-induced migraines, depression and even suicidal thoughts.

It was a follow up to a previous Winfield story, a Beat of the Week runner-up, revealing that seven Legion priests were under investigation by the Vatican for sexually abusing children.

One of the alumnae had posted that story on the school's reunion Facebook page only to see it taken down because the school administration didn't want any "negative" posts clouding the happy reunion plans.

That sparked outrage among alumnae; the censorship smacked of one of the hallmarks of their time with the Legion: a refusal to ever discuss anything negative, since that could "bring others down."

In response, some of the women began sharing stories, first on a closed Facebook group and then on an open blog, about their psychological, emotional and spiritual abuse at the academy. It was a cathartic experience. They had never spoken to one another about their pain because it was too "negative."

Winfield had been silently monitoring the blog for a few weeks when some alumnae approached her via email about their intention to write the Vatican.

Winfield had previously revealed the abuses in the Legion's adult consecrated branch, but was stunned to learn that high schoolers were subjected to the same mind-control techniques, pressures and rules that the Legion's adult members endured.

In this case, though, the girls were speaking about actual physical, physiological, psychological and medical conditions that resulted from the abuse.

Winfield began working sources in and out of the Legion to get data on the school program and, more importantly, to find former students who would speak on the record.

She approached each one with a long email explaining who she was, what she was doing and why. She included a half-dozen links of stories she had written about the Legion. She asked each girl to tell her story and be quoted by name.

The emails poured in, thousands of heart-wrenching words.

After conducting interviews and exchanging emails with a dozen former students in Canada, Mexico and the U.S., Winfield was put in touch with a former school counselor in Mexico, Lourdes Martinez.

Martinez admitted that the girls were essentially spied on by their directors, who shared weekly reports with the same priests who heard their confessions.

Martinez also persuaded the new school administrator to respond to the allegations and defend reforms that were under way.

Winfield was upfront about the hard-hitting nature of the story and the evidence she had. She didn't want the administrator to feel she had been duped.

The Mexican-born administrator declined to be interviewed over the phone, citing her poor English, but she agreed to respond to written questions _ providing a crucial first-hand response to the allegations.

By then, the Legion had learned what was going on. It alerted its members that alumnae were writing the Vatican to demand that the school be closed _ and, from Facebook, that Winfield was being given a copy.

At that point, it became a scramble.

Winfield was to attend an unrelated workshop in New York, and she worried that the Legion would try to undercut the story by putting out a statement or leaking the letter to friendly reporters.

She wrote what she had on the plane, but held the story while she waited for the response from the school administrator. When that arrived a few hours later, middle of the night New York time, Winfield quickly incorporated it and polished the story for filing.

The Providence (R.I.) Journal put story on Page One, above the fold under a banner headline, and the
Boston Globe ran 1,100 words. The story was picked up widely in Latin America, where the Legion still has a prominent presence, and was referenced in the popular Catholic blog Vatican Insider.

A few days later, the Legion put out an official statement on its website responding to the article and defending the reforms. Winfield wrote that on the plane back to Rome and sent it once she landed.

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BEST OF THE STATES: Carla Johnson

As she helped the AP put average American faces on last week’s historic Supreme Court health care ruling, AP Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson never stopped breaking news on her unique beat in Illinois – the overlap between health care and state politics.

Two days before the Supreme Court ruled, Johnson found a key legislator to tell her that even President Barack Obama’s home state had dawdled so much that it would miss the deadline for setting up its own health care exchange if the Affordable Care Act were approved by the court.

It was the latest in a string of APNewsBreaks over the past year for Johnson, who revealed how legislation about Medicaid, charity care and other health care issues was proposed, implemented and maneuvered through Illinois’ General Assembly.

Johnson’s state health care’s scoops ran prominently on member websites and front pages for months, including a "winners and losers” medical bill analysis that many newspapers bannered on their front pages the weekend after the spring legislative session ended. It got to the point that state officials would call the AP office looking for Johnson to give her news, and a statehouse reporter for the competing Chicago Sun-Times marveled at how far out ahead she was on the Medicaid issue.

Johnson developed the sources to master her competitive beat without falling off on her many more general contributions to the national and Illinois report. For weeks, she worked with Washington to help prepare the AP’s real-people package once the Supreme Court ruled. She also covered the Bride Dead saga (with a scoop to boot), wrote an obit on the co-inventor of the remote control, prepped for NATO summit protests and finished off a video package on heart monitors in chimpanzees at Lincoln Park zoo.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS

Tribune bids farewell to Ringler

An ''amazing ride'' was how longtime Tribune Chronicle business editor Larry Ringler described his 40-year career here upon his retirement last week.

Ringler retired on the 40th anniversary of his start date, July 10, 1972. He had covered sports for 14 years before moving to the news side. In 1986, he began covering general and community news and also started writing a column.

He became the business editor in 1991.

''It was always an exciting job with something different every day,'' Ringler said.

He said he didn't mind the deadline pressures, which helped create the excitement of being a reporter.

''There was always excitement to covering stories,'' he said.

''From Warren Western Reserve High School's victory in the state's first football playoff game in 1972 in my first year at the Tribune Chronicle, to Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini's lightweight world boxing championship in 1982, GM Lordstown's ability to win new vehicles and now natural gas shale development, I've always marveled at the high level of news that occurs in the Warren area,'' Ringler said.

He added how much he's always enjoyed covering the football championships.

As a sports writer, he was nicknamed ''Raider Ringler.''

Ringler said he considers himself lucky to have been part of talented Tribune reporting teams, and to have dealt with many coaches, business leaders and union officials dedicated to their fans, customers and members.

As a business editor, he said Lordstown General Motors was always able to come through with a car.

He recalled the newsroom's transition from manual typewriters to the hot metal type, which was a mirror image that had to be read inside out.

''You had to really learn how to read them,'' he said.

Ringler said he remembers a major change at the Tribune Chronicle in 1977 when the newspaper began publishing Sunday editions. The Tribune also became a morning paper in the late 1990s.

''The computers and Internet brought about a lot of changes,'' he said.

Ringler said he had mixed emotions on leaving the job he has had for so many years, and admits he isn't quite sure what retirement will bring.

''Thanks for an amazing ride,'' he said.

The Herald introduces new lifestyles editor

The Plainview Herald announces the addition of Gail M. Williams as lifestyles editor. She replaces Nicki Bruce Logan, who retired earlier this month.

Her duties also will include news pagination as well as writing features and covering lifestyles and religious topics.

Williams, 57, comes to the Herald from the Odessa American, where she served as special projects editor since 2004 and resided in Crane. A native of Ping ree, N.D., she previously worked as a copy editor for the Dickinson Press, where she won a state-wide journalism award for best series. More recently, Williams worked as an educational software designer at Gamco in Big Spring. In Odessa, Williams was a member of The Poetry Society and Christ’s Lutheran Church.

She is married to David Williams, who will join the faculty at Kress High School as a math teacher this fall. The couple has two children, Kirsten Agas of Wichita, Kan., and Robert Williams, who attends Angelo State University.

Williams enjoys walking, reading, music and baseball.

Post-Bulletin makes promotions, new hires

Jeff Pieters, a Post-Bulletin reporter since 2001, has a new assignment: Life section editor.

Pieters, 41, has joined the local news editing desk and will be responsible for assigning and editing content for the daily Life section. The Life section is themed daily and includes health and wellness coverage on Mondays, Mealtime food features on Tuesdays, Family & Faith coverage on Wednesdays, entertainment and nightlife on Thursdays and Fridays, and a potpourri of lifestyle content in the Weekend section.

A Milwaukee-area native, Pieters is a 1992 graduate of Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind.,

To contact Pieters with story ideas and comments, call him at 285-7748 or send an email to jpieters@postbulletin.com.

Another veteran P-B reporter, Edie Grossfield, will move into the Rochester/Olmsted County beat. Grossfield has covered education and general assignment beats, and also has worked as a web editor for PostBulletin.com. She's at 285-7635 or send email to egrossfield@postbulletin.com.

Anderson starts as Journal Star's executive editor

Dennis Anderson has begun work as the Journal Star's new executive editor.

The Journal Star reports that Anderson started in Peoria after seven years as managing editor at the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World.

Anderson says he's committed to community journalism because it is where news matters to people personally and where journalists can make a difference. Anderson adds that he sees an opportunity in Peoria to develop the paper's digital offerings.

During Anderson's tenure, the Journal-World won three consecutive Associated Press Media Editors Digital Storytelling Awards from 2007-2009 and finished second in 2010 and 2012.

In 2009, Anderson was elected to the Associated Press Managing Editors board of directors.

Before joining the Journal-World, Anderson worked for 10 years at Gannett Co. Inc. newspapers.

Margaret Sullivan named NY Times public editor

The New York Times has named Margaret M. Sullivan, of The Buffalo News, as its new public editor.

The newspaper made the announcement this week.

In her 32 years in journalism, Sullivan has held many roles at the Buffalo newspaper, most recently as editor and vice president since 1999. Sullivan began her career at the newspaper in 1980 as a reporter and metro columnist. She was also assistant city editor, assistant managing editor for features and managing editor.

The Times' public editor functions as an independent voice and responds to reader comments about the newspaper's coverage and about journalism.

Sullivan replaces Arthur S. Brisbane, who had been the publisher and editor of The Kansas City Star before taking the public editor job. Brisbane's three-year term ends Sept. 1.

Iowa publisher leaving for Wisconsin post

The publisher of the Le Mars Daily Sentinel has resigned so he can take a Wisconsin position and live closer to family in Minnesota.

The Daily Sentinel reports that Tom Stangl will become editor and publisher of the Amery (Wis.) Free-Press.

His wife, Diane Stangl, has resigned her job as office manager of the Remsen Bell-Enterprise newspapers to become office manager of the Amery weekly.

Amery is in northwest Wisconsin and about an hour's drive from Minneapolis.

Tom Stangl says the move will put him and his wife nearer their daughters Madison, of Minneapolis, and Lindsay, of Brooklyn Center, Minn.

Tom Stangl has been publisher of the Daily Sentinel since March 2005. The newspaper is owned by Rust Communications, of Cape Girardeau, Mo.

His replacement has not been named.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

• AP announces coverage plans for 2012 Summer Olympics
• Iowa publisher leaving for Wisconsin post
• Chicago Tribune suspends use of Journatic content
• Mike Miller takes reins of Athens daily paper
• Blade sues city over gang territory map
• Newspaper must provide details on anonymous reader
• Davis new publisher of Record

Read about these items and more by clicking here

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IN MEMORIAM

Former Riverton Ranger editor Tyler dies at 77

A veteran reporter and editor for The Riverton Ranger has died.

Carolyn B. Tyler was 77.

Tyler worked for The Ranger for 51 years. She covered school board meetings and wrote columns as recently as late June.

Riverton Ranger Publisher Steven Peck called Tyler's death a major loss for the newspaper, Riverton, and journalism in Wyoming.

The Ranger reports that Tyler graduated from the University of Nebraska school of journalism two years after being stricken with polio at 20.

She went to work at The Ranger in 1961 and edited the paper from the mid-1960s until 1986. She received dozens of awards over the years for newswriting, feature stories, column writing and photography.

Funeral services were held at United Methodist Church in Riverton.

MediaNews Group pioneer Richard Scudder dies at 99

Richard B. Scudder, whose career as a newspaper pioneer extended from newsprint to the digital age and left its mark on The Denver Post, died last week.

Scudder, who was 99, teamed with William Dean Singleton to build MediaNews Group, the nation’s second-largest newspaper company by circulation, and guide The Denver Post through stormy times in a rapidly changing industry.

Singleton has called Scudder not only a trusted business partner, but his best friend, spiritual leader and "the conscience of the company.”

Scudder is survived by three daughters: Jean Fulmer of Maine, Carolyn Miller of Pennsylvania, and Holly Difiani of New Mexico; son Charles Scudder of Oregon; and nine grandchildren.

Scudder and Singleton forged a decades-long business partnership starting with the 1983 purchase of the Gloucester County Times in New Jersey. They combined with Media General Inc. to form Garden States Newspapers in 1985, and then launched MediaNews Group as an umbrella company.

Scudder retired as chairman of Media NewsGroup on Nov. 30, 2009. In 2010, he surrendered his holdings as part of a court-approved reorganization. MediaNews Group now operates under the management of Digital First Media.

Gregory L. Moore, editor of The Denver Post, said journalism lost a "stalwart” today.

Bill Long, the former editor at large for MediaNews Group, met Scudder 29 years ago when he interviewed for and won a job at the Gloucester County Times. He enjoyed lunch with Scudder about a year and a half ago. Then, as he did from the beginning, he felt he was in the presence of a friend, not a boss.

In 1987 Singleton and Scudder bought The Denver Post for $95 million — giving the growing chain 56 publications across the nation. It expanded further to its current count of 61 daily newspapers and about 100 non-daily publications in 13 states.

After the purchase of The Denver Post, Scudder told USA Today that, "I am the anonymous member of this crowd, and I like it that way.”

While Singleton largely has been the face of MediaNews Group and The Denver Post, Scudder had a behind-the-scenes hand in the operations. He used to make regular appearances in the newspaper’s newsroom, where he liked to rub elbows with reporters and editors and chat about the stories of the day.

In a column he wrote for The Denver Post in 1992, Scudder defined the excellence he hoped to reflect in his newspapers: "To us, it means that a newspaper must achieve absolute integrity. It must subordinate its narrow interests to those of its community. It must have compassion. It must be objective and fair,and it must have the determination and ability to genuinely serve its area. It must have judgment. It must listen.”

Despite the decades of difference in their ages — Singleton is 60 — Scudder considered them kindred spirits with roots in the day-to-day fundamentals of newsgathering.

Scudder did part ways with Singleton on one matter: George W. Bush. While his younger partner has been a longtime friend and supporter of Bush, Scudder heaped withering criticism on the president. The disagreement flared in 2004, when both The Denver Post and the Salt Lake Tribune endorsed Bush for re-election.

Asked how they could get along despite the political difference, Scudder told Editor & Publisher magazine: "We just don’t talk about it.”

Nan Chalat Noaker , the editor of The Park Record, in Park City, Utah, said she was fascinated by the odd, productive relationship between Scudder and Singleton.

Nancy Conway, editor of the Salt Lake Tribune, said this fascinating relationship prompted her to write a book, interviewing Scudder and Singleton dozens of times.

During those interviews, the third-generation newspaper man from Newark shared stories about his longtime passion for journalism. He enjoyed telling stories about his service in World War II, during which he was part of an intelligence operation that used an American radio station to give false information to German forces.

Noaker said Scudder always was fully engaged in training sessions and personal conversations.

Long regarded as an innovator in the business, Scudder was inducted in 1995 into The Paper Industry Hall of Fame. The honor recognized his work as co-inventor in the 1950s of a newspaper de-inking process that he tested first in a wash basin of his office, later in a food blender and eventually in labs at Syracuse University.

Ultimately, the process gave birth to a new industry — newspaper recycling. By cleansing the ink from the fibers, newspapers could use discarded product to manufacture fresh newsprint.

At the time, his $17 million investment in Garden State Paper Co. was known as "Scudder’s Folly.” Eventually, it was hailed as visionary.

Tony Tierno, retired vice president of operations of Media News Group, called Scudder "the father of recycled newsprint.”

Scudder invented other things as well, Conway says. One time he used a lawnmower engine to construct a ski lift for his children on a hill behind his New Jersey home.

Scudder kept a home in New Jersey but also spent time at his Colorado ranch near Edwards.

Scudder fought a legal battle from 1996 to 2001 to block residential development on open space managed by the Colorado Land Board, which leases public land for the benefit of school boards.

Scudder, who had leased the property adjacent to his ranch from the state for decades, argued that site was undervalued by the board at $1.8 million and offered $3 million.

The Colorado Supreme Court dismissed Scudder’s case in 2001, saying he did not have standing to bring the suit. State legislators stepped in, authorizing the Colorado Department of Natural Resources to condemn the land, citing its unique value to the public, which put it out of reach of developers.

Born May 13, 1913, in Newark, N.J., Scudder earned an economics degree from Princeton University in 1935 and then worked as a reporter first at the Boston Herald and then at the Newark Evening News, which had been founded by his grandfather in 1882. He would work at the Newark newspaper for 30 years, ending that run as publisher in 1972.

He served in the Army from 1941-45, rising in rank from private to major. He was decorated with a Bronze Star.

Scudder married Elizabeth "Libby” Shibley Scudder after the couple met at an officer’s club dance in 1944.

"I cut in on her when she was dancing with someone else, and we went on waltzing,” Scudder recalled shortly after his wife’s death in 2004.

From 1969-1971 he worked as a civilian aide to the secretary of the Army.

Scudder started the Newark Broadcasting Corp. with his brother, Edward W. Scudder Jr., in 1952 and sold the company in 1978.

David J. Butler, the vice president of news for Media NewsGroup and editor of San Jose Mercury News, said Scudder always pressed editors to called him "Dick,” not "Mr. Scudder.”

Scudder was one of kind, who swam laps in the pool during editors retreats well into his 90s and loved to hear about his newspapers and employees doing good work, Butler said.

AP intern Armando Montano celebrated at service
Hundreds of friends and colleagues gathered last week for a memorial celebration for Armando Montano, a news intern for The Associated Press who died at age 22 in Mexico City.

The service was held at Colorado College, where Montano's parents, Diane Alters and Mario Montano, both teach. It was by turns tearful and full of laughter as those gathered recounted how Montano — who was known as "Mando"— had great passion for journalism, family, friends and life.

Among the tributes were those from Montano's colleagues in Colorado, Mexico and elsewhere around the world. In honor of his life, the song "Gracias a la Vida" by the late Argentine artist Mercedes Sosa was performed, as well as a video and a slide show montage compiled by his friends and family.

Montano's body was found June 30 in the elevator shaft of an apartment building near his home in Mexico City's Condesa neighborhood. The circumstances of his death are still being investigated by Mexican authorities.

He was not on assignment at the time of his death.

Montano arrived in Mexico City in early June after graduating from Grinnell College with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a concentration in Latin American studies.

In Mexico, Montano profiled the saga of nine African elephants that were flown to a Mexican animal reserve. He captured the flurry of excitement surrounding a Mexico City concert by Justin Bieber that drew an estimated 200,000 fans. And he helped cover the fatal shootings of three federal policemen at the Mexico City airport.

He had planned to attend a master's degree program in journalism at the University of Barcelona in the fall.

Montano covered January's Iowa presidential caucuses as a news intern for The New York Times. In 2010, he covered policy and finance for The Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington, D.C. He was a multimedia and reporting intern at The Colorado Independent, an online news service, and a reporting and investigative intern at The Seattle Times.

At the Scarlet & Black, Grinnell College's student newspaper, he worked as an editor and writer.

Montano received an Ellen Masin Persina Scholarship from the National Press Club in 2008. He was a Newhouse Scholar with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in 2008 and a Chips Quinn Scholar from the Freedom Forum for Diversity in 2011. He belonged to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

Two scholarships have been set up in honor of Montano:

A fund has been set up to award annual Armando Montaño Scholarships to help deserving students at the New York Times Student Journalism Institute move forward with their educational or professional ambitions. Montano was a member of the 2010 Class of the Institute.

Those wishing to make a contribution can send checks to:

Armando Montaño Scholarship Fund
The New York Times Student Journalism Institute
PO Box 2690
Times Square Station
New York, NY 10108

— At Grinnell College, efforts are under way to establish a program in Montano's name to enhance the professionalism of the Scarlet & Black student newspaper.

Those wishing to help can contribute to:

Mando Montaño's Scarlet & Black Fund
Grinnell College
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Former Bristol Herald Courier publisher dies

William "Bill" Hall, a former publisher of the Bristol Herald Courier, has died at the age of 71.

His family told the newspaper that Hall died in an accident at his home in Crockett. The death was confirmed by Highland Funeral Service.

Hall was president and publisher of the paper from 1998 until he retired in 2003. He had served as president and publisher of numerous papers during his career.

Hall started his writing sports stories for the Southwest Virginia Enterprise in Wytheville while in high school before becoming sports editor there. He moved to Radford in the early 1960s and joined the Radford News Journal as a news reporter. He was later named publisher there in 1980 after working as general manager at the Montgomery News Messenger.

Pulitzer-winning columnist William Raspberry dies

William Raspberry, who became the second black columnist to win a Pulitzer Prize for his widely read syndicated commentaries in The Washington Post, died. He was 76.

Raspberry had prostate cancer and died at his home in Washington, his wife, Sondra Raspberry, told The Post. A Post spokeswoman confirmed his death.

Raspberry, who grew up in segregated Mississippi, wrote an opinion column for the Post for nearly 40 years. More than 200 newspapers carried his column in syndication before he retired in 2005.

He won the Pulitzer for commentary in 1994. His columns often dealt with urban violence, the legacies of civil rights leaders and female genital mutilation in Africa.

Raspberry started at The Post in 1962 as a teletype operator and began working as a reporter within months. In 1965, he covered the riots in the Watts section of Los Angeles, and he began writing a column on local matters a year later.

At the time, the only nationally syndicated black columnist in the mainstream media was Carl Rowan. Raspberry's column moved to The Post's op-ed page in 1970.

"Bill Raspberry inspired a rising generation of African-American columnists and commentators who followed in his path, including me," said Clarence Page, a Pulitzer-winning columnist with the Chicago Tribune.

Although he considered himself a liberal, Raspberry's moderate, nuanced positions on issues including civil rights and gun control garnered criticism from both the right and the left. He was especially concerned with the problems of ordinary people. He told Editor & Publisher magazine in 1994 that reporters could "care about the people they report on and still retain the capacity to tell the story straight."

He taught journalism for more than 10 years at Duke University. A collection of his columns, "Looking Back at Us," was published in 1991.

The son of two teachers, Raspberry was born in 1935 in the northeastern Mississippi town of Okolona. He attended Indiana Central College, now the University of Indianapolis, and joined The Post after a stint as a public information officer with the Army.

Founder, former editor of Dunn Daily Record dies

Hoover Adams, the founder and former editor of the Dunn Daily Record, has died. He was 92.

Bart Adams said his father, who was a veteran of World War II, died at Liberty Commons nursing home in Benson.

While Adams was a staunch supporter of Republican Sen. Jesse Helms, he was known to befriend both Republicans and Democrats. His relationship with Helms dated to the 1940s, when both were reporters.

Adams also was known for securing audiences with world leaders. He wrote a letter to former President Herbert Hoover seeking a five-minute meeting and getting a 45-minute interview.

Adams is survived by wife, Mellicent, three children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for this week.

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AND FINALLY … British Newspaper Demands It Simply Stop Raining

RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Just. Stop. Raining.

That was the unusual plea published in an editorial in The Times of London last week, a measure of Britons' growing frustration with months of miserable weather.

"Let us make our position crystal clear: We are against this weather," The venerable newspaper wrote in an unsigned opinion piece. "It must stop raining, and soon."

The U.K. is slogging through some of the wettest conditions in recent history. Nearly every day seems to bring showers, sprinkles, drizzles, or downpours. Last weekend alone, England's Environment Agency registered some 75 flood alerts and warnings across the country, including the west England county of Shropshire, where fire and rescue officials received an anguished phone call from a woman who found herself waist-deep in water overnight.

Area manager Martin Timmis said he was seeing flash floods almost every week as storms dumped more water on the already-saturated ground of a country not unused to wet weather.

"What's unprecedented is that this is becoming a regular occurrence," he said in a telephone interview. "The rain comes down and it's got nowhere to go."

The soggy scenario has been repeated around the U.K., with summer music festivals washed out, sporting events soaked, and spirits dampened by the non-stop precipitation. Earlier this month the MFEST music festival in the English city of Leeds — where The Human League, Texas, Bob Geldof and Cher Lloyd were all booked to perform — was canceled due to the foul weather.

This week the Hit Factory Live, scheduled to feature pop princess Kylie Minogue, was canceled after London's Hyde Park was turned into a mucky quagmire.

Last week torrential downpours forced organizers to turn fans away from qualifying rounds of the British Grand Prix in Silverstone. Rain also delayed play and forced the roof to close at last weekend’s Wimbledon tennis final, which saw Andy Murray lose out to Roger Federer as disappointed fans camped out in the mud outside Centre Court.

Britain's Meteorological Office says the jet stream, the narrow band of fast-moving wind which flows west to east across the Atlantic, may be in part to blame for the run of foul weather. In a blog post the weather service explained that the jet stream generally resides north of Britain during the summer months, guiding unsettled weather systems away from the country. This year, however, the jet stream has been stubbornly stuck to the country's south, "guiding those systems straight to us" and leading to the wettest June on record.

In its editorial, The Times lamented that the country was full of discounted swimwear, unsold garden furniture, and unused barbecues. It even said that the country's potato harvest has been affected — pushing up the price of chips — or fries, to Americans.

"When the proverbial cheapness of chips comes under threat, The Times says enough is enough," the editorial said.

"The British climate is supposed to be unpredictable," it continued. "At the moment, it is anything but. If sustained sunshine is too much to ask for, most of us would settle for a little bit of fickle."

Met Office spokeswoman Sarah Holland was apologetic, saying in an email that while the weather was disappointing, "unfortunately there is nothing we can do about it."

Holland said that "some more pleasant conditions" were forecast over the next month, when the Olympic Games get underway, although there was little sign of that in London on last weekend, where the skies were a threatening whitish grey.

Holland added that the next day "will be a much brighter and sunnier day than today," but then she added, "with only light showers at times."

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