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Register for APME Conference, Sept. 19-21, Nashville
• 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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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 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.

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Jam with APME in Nashville

A highlight of September's conference will come Thursday night, when journalists and guests gather at Margaritaville, in the heart of Nashville's honky-tonk district. There, we'll enjoy music performed by a band whose members have written songs for Ray Charles, Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Tanya Tucker, and Hootie and the Blowfish. They’ve performed with Ringo Starr, Cheap Trick and Poco. This line-up of talented singer-songwriters, including Bill Lloyd, Jonell Mosser and Don Henry, will play their own songs along with rock and country classics.

It’s another reason why you should join the Associated Press Media Editors Sept. 19-21 at the John Seigenthaler Center on the campus of Vanderbilt University.

Come to APME in Music City and go home with takeaways for your newsroom.

What does it take to win a Pulitzer? Hear from five Pulitzer prize winners in the very first session.

You need social media help? You’ll be at the right place when we present Social Media Friday on the closing day.

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, and vote to choose the Innovator of the Year.

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

Ever see a performance by Freedom Sings? It’s special. You’ll see one in Nashville.

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

Register now!

See you in Nashville.


Want a sneak peek at the APME Foundation Auction?

The pre-conference APME Online Auction kicks off. We are featuring 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 conference T-shirts, books, as well as an APME memberships and conference registrations.

An autographed photo of Kris Kristofferson performing at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Sunday, June 13, 2010 in Manchester, Tenn., is one of 25 Nashville music great photos offered at the APME Foundation Auction. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
We are still need more great auction packages and prizes for the conference.

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.

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

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.

To bid and see a preview, click here.


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,

Tina Ongkeko, Newspapers Canada,; 1-877-305-2262 ext. 325.


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.


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; 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 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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Sometimes, a great photograph is the result of the photographer being somewhere that nobody else is, finding an event or a moment that nobody else has found – or even thought to look for.

And sometimes, a great photograph comes when everybody else is there, too, packed in shoulder to shoulder, looking for exactly the same thing.

In such a case, it’s a matter of out-thinking, out-planning, and out-performing the rest of them. Which is exactly what AP photographer Greg Bull did to capture what has become, quite simply, the defining image of the London Olympics so far: U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas soaring high, high above the balance beam, back arched, legs stretched out taut beneath her, and right arm pointed skyward, as if that’s where she was heading herself.

Actually, Douglas was headed to glory: a gold medal in the women’s all-around, the first African-American to earn that honor. Bull was headed to front pages around the world _ and to this Beat of the Week prize.

Some words are overused in our business. "Iconic” is one of them. So is "dominant.” But around the industry, they’ve been using those words, and more, to describe Bull’s photo, which appeared on the front pages of The New York Times, the Washington Post and countless others – easily on a quarter of all U.S. papers, for starters.

_ ”I don’t know if I’ve seen a more beautiful picture than this one of Gabby Douglas, at least in a long, long time,” tweeted Tim Carmody of The Verge, a technology publication.

_ "I'm just not certain how sports photography gets any better than this,” wrote Erik Malinowski on Deadspin. "Gabby Douglas gave a historic performance today in the women's gymnastics all-around, and this is a photo worthy of that accomplishment. "

_ "I was going to write something about local pride, but this photo goes beyond that,” a reader in Virginia, where Douglas is from, wrote on a newspaper website. "This is universal pride_ that our human species is capable of something so clearly astounding (and) graceful. Great photo.”

So how did Bull do it?

The answer is that he choreographed his moves with a skill worthy of the Olympic all-around gymnastics championship. On the night in question, only six pool photographers were allowed to circulate in the field of play. The remaining 152 photographers, including Bull, were left to compete for space around the perimeter. These positions are limited, due to space allocated to television platforms, judges’ tables and closed-off team areas.

So Bull had to jockey for his position, finding a way to place himself precisely in the spot where he could perfectly frame his shot. He was tightly packed in with at least 50 other photographers vying for a similar photo.

But he had been planning. He had seen Douglas’ beam routine several times already, and knew there was one moment when she just launched herself high above the beam. And there was more. The previous night, Bull says, he realized that if he crouched just a bit and moved a certain way, he could get the balance beam to hide all the TV cameras in the background, making for a pure and uncluttered shot.

At the moment Douglas jumped, Bull took his shot. In fact, he feared that he’d cropped the gymnast’s arm out of the frame. It wasn’t until a few hours later, when he had time to look, that he realized his fears were unfounded; He had, indeed, captured exactly the image he was looking for.

Bull is one of 65 photographers and 20 photo editors who traveled to London from bureaus across five continents to cover the games. They’ve used state-of-the-art technology, such as underwater robotic cameras and overhead remotes for swimming, but more importantly have also used their many years of experience and deep knowledge of the sports they cover, as well as patience, planning and gut instinct.


BEST OF THE STATES: Corey Williams

Detroit has become such a broken city, with block after block of crumbling buildings and grown-over empty lots, that members of the local media can be a bit jaded when events that would horrify most people happen in their back yards. But the AP’s Corey Williams knew that dead bodies being dumped in lots along with old soda bottles and worn-out sofas was big news – and he took the story further than any of his local colleagues.

When the bodies of two suburban teens showed up in an overgrown field in Detroit, stripped and shot, Williams was the only reporter covering the immediate news to ask a broader question: How many abandoned bodies had been found in Detroit? The answer: at least a dozen. Williams’ subsequent reporting, rich with you-are-there details, resulted in an exclusive story that connected all the dots during a 12-month period and remains the only one of its kind produced by local or national media.

Williams developed the story less than a week after the discovery of the teens’ bodies, found after they didn’t return home from a visit to an uncle downtown. It included insightful comments from a frustrated Detroit police officer who detailed the department’s challenges. Scared residents told Williams about their frustrations, while urban planners called the abandoned bodies the expected result when a city’s reputation and infrastructure remain in a constant state of disrepair.

Said interim news editor David Aguilar, "The story forced readers to face a gruesome trend, without pandering to pure salaciousness.” And, he noted, policymakers also will be forced to confront it.



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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.
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