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APME is heading to Music City for a sold-out show!

The great news is the conference is sold out!

The better news is that you can still benefit from many of the sessions through and, both in words, photos and videos.

Help us spread the word by following and sharing us on Facebook and helping us hit 1,000 Likes: We are at 938 Likes now, so this is a very attainable goal, with your help.

There are a few seats left for the Friday-only Social Media Day for just $35, including a box lunch. If you want to attend, send Sally Jacobsen a note.

And, you can attend the Awards Luncheon Thursday for just $35. Just let Sally Jacobsen know.

Don’t miss the Foundation Auction Wednesday night that includes:

Annette McGruder's ruana
Nashville conference Hatch Show Prints are on sale now! go to the auction page to reserve yours today!

• A hand-painted silk charmeuse ruana (cape-like scarf) by Annette McGruder

• An AP Nashville classic portrait – Johnny Cash kissing June Carter

• A Branson getaway

• A tour of a major AP bureau and lunch

• A case of Maker’s Mark bourbon

• Four T-shirt quilts, including one of 'Dave Barry for President' shirts, signed by the writer

• A New Jersey Shore getaway

• Signed books by great authors

• A Runway to Real Life Shopping Trip and, oh, so much more!

You can preview some of the items at HERE and even purchase conference T-shirts and our first-ever Hatch Show Prints. The auctions are a great cause and always a lot of fun.

If you're staying in town Friday night, APME has secured some tickets to the Grand Ole Opry. For $50, you get admission, back-stage tour and transportation to and from the event. If you are interested, email Sally Jacobsen.

Thanks for your support, and can't wait to see you in Nashville.


Members can vote now in the APME Board of Directors election

Voting ends 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 20

Twenty candidates are vying for a seat on the APME Board of Directors. Seven will be elected at-large, one will win the small-newspaper post, one will become an online director and two will be elected to represent broadcast.

Candidates are:

At-Large Candidates
Newspapers, Broadcast stations and associated media with 35,000 or more circulation

Michael A. Anastasi, Vice President and Executive Editor, Los Angeles News Group
Dennis Anderson, Executive Editor, Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star
David Arkin, Vice President of Content & Audience, GateHouse Media
Mark Baldwin, In transition to new post. Formerly editor of The Republic of Columbus, Ind.
Richard L. Berke, Assistant Managing Editor for News, The New York Times
Kimberly Christ, Senior Features Editor, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, Ark.
Chris Clonts, Managing Editor, St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press
Alan English, Vice President of Audience, The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle
Gary Graham, Editor, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.
Monica R. Richardson, Managing Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
George Rodrigue, Vice President and Managing Editor, The Dallas Morning News
Laura Sellers, Digital Development Director, East Oregonian Publishing Co.
Jim Simon, Assistant Managing Editor, Seattle Times

Small-Newspaper Candidates
Newspapers and associated media with 35,000 or less circulation

Chris Cobler, Editor, Victoria (Texas) Advocate
D. Reed Eckhardt, Executive Editor, (Cheyenne) Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Online Candidates

John Boogert, Deputy Editor/Interactive, The Wichita Eagle/
Angie Muhs, Executive Editor/Interactive, Portland (Maine) Press Herald

Broadcast Candidates

Mark Casey, VP/News Director KPNX-TV, Phoenix
Eric Ludgood, News Director at WGCL/CBS, Atlanta News
Elbert Tucker, Director of News, WBNS-10TV, Columbus, Ohio

APME members can vote at

If you have questions, contact Carol Hanner, elections chair.


NewsTrian: Workshop in Chapel Hill, N.C., Oct. 19

NewsTrain will be in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Oct. 19 for a one-day workshop.

NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, North Carolina Press Association, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Representatives from Winston-Salem Journal, The Associated Press South Region, Durham Herald-Sun, Rocky Mount Telegram, Spring Hope Enterprise, Fayetteville Observer, Hickory Daily Record, The News of Orange, Sanford Herald, The (Goldsboro) News-Argus and Tabor-Loris Tribune served on the planning committee.

Location & times: 8 am-5 pm Oct. 19, at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Carroll Hall, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Registration: Registration is $50. Register on the APME web site via this link: Chapel Hill NewsTrain. Deadline is Oct. 12.

Questions? Contact: Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director, Beth Grace, North Carolina Press Association,


How to Shoot Great Short Video: Demand for short, timely video is high on all news web sites. This program covers how to shoot three of the most common types of short video with a smart phone or simple point-and-shoot camera. The focus here is on 30-60 second video that requires no or very minimal editing and can be posted quickly, when shooting interviews, man-on-the-street reactions, and breaking news scenes. Skills include framing, light conditions, sequences of shots, and more.

Beat Mapping: How to use a technique called "beat mapping” to improve coverage in daily and enterprise work. Beat mapping is used by reporters and editors to outline new areas of coverage, to merge two or more old beats, and to refocus existing beats on topics and issues that mean the most to readers. The process also helps communicate clear expectations between reporters and editors in managing work across print and digital platforms.

Social Media: Growing Your News Brand: How to use social media effectively in sharing news, driving web traffic, and projecting a strong news brand. Includes use of Facebook, Twitter, company and individual accounts, and how to develop an internal social media policy to help guide the growing use of social media.

Social Media: Reporting Tools: Social media sites provide powerful tools for reporters. How to use the main social media sites as reporting tools when covering breaking news, searching for people or companies, and other tasks. Includes copyright and fair use issues related to content obtained on social media sites.

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.


Chad Graham leads the mobile, social media and search engine optimization strategy in the Republic Media newsroom. Republic Media, which includes, 12 News/ KPNX-TV and The Arizona Republic, has one of the largest converged print, TV and digital newsrooms in the U.S. and is the second largest property in Gannett Co., Inc. Its seven social engagement producers work to enhance real-time conversation and collaboration between journalists, readers and viewers across six platforms: print, desktop, TV, social, mobile and tablet. Graham previously served as a business reporter and columnist for The Republic. He has been an editor for the Advocate magazine and a reporter for the Des Moines Register, Hollywood Reporter and The Associated Press. He got his start on Capitol Hill as a press assistant to Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

Val Hoeppner is director of education for the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute, based in the organization’s Nashville offices in the John Seigenthaler Center. She oversees multimedia instruction for the Chips Quinn Scholars program, the American Indian Journalism Institute, the Diversity Institute Multimedia Scholars Program and other Freedom Forum academic initiatives. Hoeppner is an adjunct professor of journalism at Belmont University, Nashville. She is an Associated Press Photo Managers board member. Hoeppner is a member of the Native American Journalists Association and serves on the multimedia committee for UNITY, Journalists of Color. Hoeppner came to the Freedom Forum from The Indianapolis Star where she was the multimedia director and previously the deputy director of photography. Hoeppner spent 10 years as the photo editor and a staff photographer at the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D. Hoeppner has a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.

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 taught feature writing at the University of Cincinnati and regularly presented programs at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University. 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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BEAT OF THE WEEK: David Caruso, Dave Porter

The private, nonprofit foundation responsible for building and operating the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center had been telling the public that it expected to spend $60 million a year running the site. But it never really said why it needed so much, providing little information about what went into that total figure.

Newsmen David Caruso in New York City and Dave Porter in Newark, N.J., who covers the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, teamed up to find out the details about the anticipated expenses and how the foundation planned to pay for them.

Initially, foundation officials promised complete cooperation, offering to have Caruso and Porter come in and interview several officials in charge of funding the most expensive memorial ever built -- who could talk about everything from the cost of maintaining the two giant fountains to the cost of educational programs at the museum.

But in the end, they gave almost nothing. Promised budget documents were never produced. Interviews were never granted. In the end, Caruso and Porter got an 18-minute interview with the foundation’s director, who offered only one detail: Security would consume at least one-fifth of the total budget, at least $12 million per year. Later, a spokesman added that running the two fountains -- keeping the water heated to run even in cold winter months -- would cost at least $4.5 million to $5 million a year.

The foundation also acknowledged that the museum’s failure to open on schedule this year had damaged its business model, since it was counting on admissions fees to generate cash. Caruso scoured several years of filings with the IRS, as well as audited financial reports filed annually with New York State, to see how much the foundation had raised and spent. He found that in recent years it had been taking in about $20 million in donations and another $4 million from merchandising -- not nearly enough to support a $60 million annual budget.

The story, the first substantive breakdown of the millions budgeted to maintain the memorial, was featured on several front pages and atop Yahoo News, where it was the most popular story for two days.

Interactive producers Nick Harbaugh and Francois Duckett produced an interactive featuring illustrations from the site with an overview of the tallest buildings in the world. New York photographer Mark Lennihan added a time-lapse and before-and-after images of the trade center site.



Sacramento reporter Judy Lin was examining data cataloging the $100,000-plus pensions in the California teachers’ retirement system when she noticed something unexpected – huge lump-sum payments awarded to some retirees.

The payments had been authorized under a 10-year-old law, intended as a way to recruit and retain classroom teachers. But upon further digging, she discovered that most of the money actually went to highly paid administrators, who already were receiving six-figure pensions.

That meant that administrators who were taking home $100,000 a year in pension payments bagged an additional lump-sum payment averaging $147,000 between 2002 and 2010. In the most dramatic example, one man was awarded a lump-sum payment of $421,000 when he retired in July 2009 as a school district superintendent and continues to draw a $200,000 annual pension.

On top of all that, Lin discovered no actuarial accounting had been conducted to determine whether the system, instituted a decade ago, was costing the state additional money.

A spokesman for the group that had pushed for the law was surprised when Lin filled him in on what she’d uncovered. "That wasn’t our target audience, I assure you,” he told her.

Lin discovered the payments in part by using skills she picked up during a recent AP Excel training workshop in Phoenix.

Her story moved right after the Legislature voted on pension changes that had been pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown since the start of the year, giving California customers a fresh and timely angle on one of the biggest policy issues of the year. It landed on at least six front pages in the state and was tweeted numerous times, and also prompted an editorial – complete with full credit to the AP exclusive – in the Union-Tribune of San Diego.



Cox Media Group Ohio has named veteran southwest Ohio journalist Kevin Aldridge to serve as editor of its newspapers in Butler and Warren Counties.

The 38-year-old Middletown native will be editor of the dailies The Hamilton JournalNews and The Middletown Journal, and of weeklies including the Pulse-Journal, Western Star, Fairfield Echo, and Oxford Press. The Journal reports ( ) that Jana Collier praised Aldridge's roots in the northern Cincinnati region and record of in-depth and investigative community journalism. She is editor-in-chief of Cox Media Group Ohio. Aldridge is a former Cincinnati Enquirer reporter, city editor of the Middletown and Hamilton newspapers, and most recently was an editor for the southwest Ohio papers' "Ideas & Voices" pages. He replaces Rich Gillette, who will be a metro editor at the Dayton Daily News...

The newspapers in Rockford and Freeport, Ill., have a new executive editor.

Mark Baldwin took the job starting Aug. 10 at the Rockford Register Star and The Journal-Standard in Freeport. The Rockford newspaper reports ( ) that Baldwin is a native of the Chicago suburbs who most recently worked as editor of The Republic newspaper in Columbus, Ind. Baldwin also has been executive editor of the Wausau Daily Herald in Wisconsin. The 55-year-old Baldwin takes over for Doug Gass. Gass has taken a new job as manager of content delivery for GateHouse Media Inc. Baldwin is a member of the APME Board of Directors.



Illinois prisons mum on who gets tours
Salem, Ore., paper to be printed by Oregonian
• Dupré leaving Meridian (Miss.) Star
• 3 Southern New Jersey papers to combine into 1 daily
• The Advocate gears up for New Orleans edition
• Plain Dealer publisher to retire in 2013 from fast changing industry

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Former AP reporter Morganti dies in Mississippi

Leroy Edward Morganti, a former newsman for The Associated Press and administrator at Delta State University, has died. He was 73.

Morganti died Sept. 6 at St. Dominic's Hospital in Jackson, Miss., according to the Cleveland Funeral Home. The cause of death was not released.

Morganti, a native of Rosedale, spent the early years of his professional life as a reporter for various Mississippi newspapers and The Associated Press. He covered civil rights, among other topics, said former Jackson, Miss., AP News Editor Ron Harrist.

"Leroy was not only an excellent reporter, he was the kind of person you immediately liked," Harrist said. "During the time we worked together you always knew Leroy would get the job done and get it done right. And when all was said and done, he left you with a big smile."

Morganti joined Delta State in 1971 as director of public information and retired in 2002 as vice president for executive affairs and chief of staff. He also earned a doctorate while at Delta State. He lived at the Benoit Outing Club, a fishing and recreation club with individual cabins on the grounds.

Morganti was press secretary to Gov. Cliff Finch from 1976-80, and returned to Delta State after Finch's term ended.

After retiring from Delta State, he wrote stories and columns for various newspapers.

"He was the kind of guy that once he met you, you were his friend for life," said Bill Rose, who worked with Morganti at the Delta Democrat Times in Greenville in the 1960s and now is an adjunct journalism professor at the University of Mississippi.

Delta State dedicated the Leroy E. Morganti Atrium on April 28, 2011, a date they named "Leroy Day."

Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal publisher Otis Brumby dies

Otis A. Brumby Jr. championed open government and railed against public waste and corruption during the 45 years he served as publisher of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal, a position that earned him the respect of mayors, governors and U.S. senators.

Brumby, 72, died Aug. 8 at his home in Cobb County, where he succeeded his father as the newspaper's publisher in 1967. The Marietta Daily Journal reported ( Brumby had been battling prostate cancer for nearly two years.

"I can think of no single person who's had bigger impact on Cobb County and this state than Otis," said former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, a longtime friend of Brumby. "He excelled as a community leader and in education reform. And I think that a giant oak has fallen that will be very difficult to replace."

Born in Atlanta in 1940, Brumby had deep and prominent roots in Cobb County. His father and great-grandfather had both served as mayors of Cobb County. Brumby's father, Otis Sr., started the weekly Cobb County Times in 1916 and in 1951 purchased the Marietta Daily Journal.

After earning his law degree at the University of Georgia, Brumby came to work for his father at the Marietta newspaper in 1965 as assistant to the publisher. He took over as publisher two years later and soon launched a major expansion with the Neighbor Newspaper group, which eventually published 27 free weekly newspapers throughout metro Atlanta's suburbs.

At the Marietta Daily Journal, Brumby kept the focus on local stories — road widenings, church news and business openings — while ensuring the newspaper fulfilled its function as a government watchdog. While advocating leaner government and lower taxes on his editorial pages, Brumby also pushed to strengthen Georgia laws that ensure state and local governments are transparent to the public and the press.

"His legacy in journalism was his consistent, unrelenting effort to ensure government transparency and open meetings and records," said U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. "There's not a journalist or publisher or editorial writer in this state that did more than Otis to ensure the public's business was done in the open."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose Georgia constituents were also readers of Brumby's newspaper, said the publisher was "integral to the growth of Cobb" as the county boomed from rural farmland to bustling suburbs during his decades leading the Marietta Daily Journal.

"Otis was consistently one of the strongest voices for more efficient government, for smaller government and for creating new jobs," Gingrich said.

Brumby is survived by his wife, Martha Lee, their five grown children and 10 grandchildren. A memorial service was scheduled Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Marietta.

NJ Government official, ex-reporter Bill Heine dies

Bill Heine, a former newspaper reporter who went on to a long career in New Jersey state and county government, has died. He was 54.

The Asbury Park Press (, where Heine once worked as a beat reporter and a desk editor, reports that he died Sunday at his Howell Township home. The cause of death was not disclosed.

After working several years in the newspaper industry, Heine served as a spokesman for state government before he became Monmouth County's public information officer in March 2005. He was still serving in that post at the time of his death.

Longtime Detroit newsman Ben Burns dies at age 72

Longtime newsman and Michigan journalism icon Ben Burns died at his suburban Detroit home following an illness. He was 72.

Burns wife, Beverly, confirmed his death Aug. 7, friend Nancy Nall Derringer said.

The former editor and head of journalism at Wayne State University had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

Burns was a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame and served as executive editor at The Detroit News from 1983 to 1986. He also worked for the Lansing State Journal and the Miami Herald, and was editor and publisher of the Macomb Daily and the Daily Tribune of Royal Oak.

He also was founding editor and partner of

Burns joined Wayne State's faculty in 1991.

"People like Ben Burns paved the way for people like me to pursue higher education," said Rasheda Williams, a Wayne State graduate and student in what eventually became the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity.

"He was a quiet man, but behind the scenes he was doing some amazing things. We all looked up to him," Williams said.

Burns earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University, according to his biography on the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity website.

He also was a graduate of the Executive Business Program at the University of Michigan. He later was selected as a fellow of the American Society of Newspaper Editors Institute for Excellence.

Burns was a 2001 Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame inductee. A year earlier, the newsman also was inducted into the Memphis (Michigan) High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He starred in basketball at the school in the late 1950s.

"Ben was not just a tall man — having been an all-state center on his high school team, but he also was a very tall man in thought and deed," said friend and retired Associated Press newsman Hank Ackerman. "He continuously practiced his profession, writing and editing stories about events in Detroit and in the small city where he lived."

In addition to his wife, Burns also is survived by four children and six grandchildren.


AND FINALLY … IN ALL CANDOR: 'Hard coffee' is here to stay

By Clayta Richards
Staff writer
Crossville (Tenn.) Chronicle

Here at the newspaper, we drink "hard coffee." The best way to describe its thickness is, basically, as a compromise between motor oil and Vegemite.

When I tried that comparison out on my co-workers, someone with ties to an Australian ancestry said there are few things as wonderful as a fresh, hot-buttered roll with a topping of Vegemite. It is amazing what we can love if we grew up on it. I grew up drinking coffee and I don't feel right until I've had at least two cups in the morning. When I am a guest in a home where they don't "do coffee," I'm a mess. The best way to describe the feeling is that I have a knife going through the middle of my head and possibly sticking out my left ear canal. My eyes are only able to open halfway, and getting them open causes a screeching sound, much like fingernails on a chalkboard. I've learned to inquire ahead of time and, if it's a coffee-less household, I carry my small coffeemaker and supplies. It's just necessary for their survival, . . . and the preservation of the friendship. "What do you mean you don't have coffee at breakfast?!?" Anyway . . . , you get the idea.

Hard coffee is the only thing left from the old days of newspapering. Gone are the days when the print was laid up, letter by letter (I only know of this through the movies), linotype, and paste-up on the big tables, where you could see the newspaper taking shape. Gone too are the grayish curls of cigarette smoke circling all the way to the fluorescent lights above and the ashtrays overflowing with cigarette butts. Some improvements are for the best, and surely, we do all enjoy the cleaner indoor air in our work environments, and the ashtrays have become enclosed cans outside the building.

Recently, one of my coworkers, who has been around the news biz for many years, commented that all the fun had gone out of putting a newspaper together. Back then, the atmosphere sizzled with busy-ness, people yelled at each other across the room, readers dropped off hand-written copy for typesetters (who clacked away on their typewriters), under-their-breath sighs were directed at the advertising department when everything had to be moved around the page because of a late ad, not that anyone was complaining about the added revenue. There was no Adobe Photoshop, so photographs had to be developed and sized in a darkroom. The tickertape was clacking, and when there was a competing newspaper in town, reporters would scurry out the door, with lightning speed, to see if they could beat the other paper's reporters to the latest scene of disaster.

My friend blamed it on the computerization of the process, and how the focus has changed from communicating with people to producing everything on desktop screens and sending all that digitally to the camera room and press room. It's very quiet.

Automation is here to stay — it has made the life of newspaper workers easier and producing a newspaper more efficient and probably more economical, but lost in the progress has been some of the fun. The days of throwing a shoe across the newsroom to take out a compositor, who has just relegated your feature story, gained through blood, sweat, and tears, to the bottom of page nine sans the photo, are gone.

Today, as we arrive at our quiet offices and the aroma from a fresh pot of brewing coffee wafts through the door, coffee drinkers give a sigh of relief. "Hard coffee" is still with us, and they haven't figured out how to digitize that, yet.


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