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APME Update for Friday, Oct. 19, 2012
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APME Update

Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

Feb. 1 & 2
Board of Directors meeting, NYC

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From the office of Teresa Schmedding, assistant managing editor/content systems for The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, Ill.

NewsTrain seeks 2013 host sites

Be a driving force to bring regional news leader training to your area

APME's popular NewsTrain program is seeking host sites for 2013.

Our national traveling workshop will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary next year and needs enthusiastic hosts with venues that can hold 100+ attendees.

Applications are now being accepted to host a NewsTrain workshop in 2013. Deadline to apply is Nov. 30, 2012.

To become a host site for a NewsTrain workshop, consider several factors.

Host committee: Workshops are developed with NewsTrain staff and a local host committee. The host committee is usually comprised of representatives from regional newspapers, broadcast outlets, and university journalism programs.

Workshop content: What are the needs among members of the host committee that NewsTrain could help support with targeted training.

Potential audience: Who would attend and whether your workshop can attract 100-150 people.

Location: NewsTrain workshops require conference or lecture rooms capable of holding 150, with a second room for concurrent sessions, and space for food and registration tables. Good LCD projection, sound, and internet access are also required.

Costs: Host committees are responsible for providing a location, food, and some support services. APME NewsTrain covers all other costs. The host committee receives $35 of every registration to help cover costs.

The key to a successful NewsTrain workshop is a good host committee. Working with NewsTrain staff, it is the committee that will shape the workshop programs, drive attendance, and help present a lively two-day event.

An application form is available to help you consider and pitch your location for a NewsTrain workshop in 2013. And if there are questions or concerns, contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Program Director, Completed forms should be sent to Michael Roberts by Nov. 30.

More information and an application can be found at

APME offers $800 lifetime membership

In recognition of its 80th anniversary in 2013, the Associated Press Media Editors is offering an $800 lifetime membership. Read more at

Basically, contact Sally Jacobsen for lifetime memberships and help APME solidify it's future outreach. The year-to-year benifits in conference attendance and contest entry fees more than pay for this offer.

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APME to celebrate NewsTrain's 10th anniversary

The Associated Press Media Editors is launching a special fundraising campaign in support of NewsTrain’s 10th anniversary year in 2013.

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New journalism fellowship on the Economics of Aging and Work offered

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, in partnership with APME, is offering a new one-year journalism fellowship that will focus on the economics of aging and work. This fellowship is a 12-month residential fellowship located at the headquarters of the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago. Mid-career journalists working for AP or an APME news organization are eligible to apply.

More information about the fellowship including the online application process is available at Applications are due Nov. 30.

WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalismAP: Partners at pharmacy linked to contaminated steroid under scrutiny
AP: Men buying sex now likely to end up identified on Internet or in newspaper
Arizona Republic: Investigation finds criminal misconduct by National Guard
Boston Globe: Housing chiefs, barely supervised, stray badly
Dallas Morning News: Cases of improper teacher-student relationships climbs
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Who should pay for the Erie Canal?
Buffalo News: DWI ignition interlock law widely eluded
Cincinnati Enquirer: The insidious rise of rudeness
Commercial Appeal: The rich reap savings from tax break intended for farmers

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As a member of Congress, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan wasn’t subject to the Freedom of Information Act. But that didn’t stop Washington’s Jack Gillum when Ryan was chosen as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate. Gillum, the data journalism expert on Washington’s investigative reporting team, went to every federal agency – whose files are covered under FOIA – for copies of letters or emails that might identify Ryan’s favored causes, names of any constituents who sought favors and more.

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John Raese, a Republican Senate candidate in West Virginia, was giving his standard reasons during a recent debate for why the Environmental Protection Agency should be banished when he added that the agency was terrorizing businesses like the award-winning golf course he built several years ago. "Right now, the EPA and the Army Corps are my new partner because they're up there every day,” he said. "Fines. Looking at me, for what? I don't know.” Morgantown Correspondent Vicki Smith didn’t know either – and she was the only reporter in the state to go find out.

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The former managing editor of the Arizona Daily Star has been named executive editor at The Repository in northeast Ohio. Therese D. Hayt started work this week at the newspaper in Canton. The 56-year-old Hayt, who is on the board of directors of APME, has been in journalism for three decades. In addition to the newspaper in Tucson, Ariz., she previously worked at Sports Illustrated, the San Diego Union, Newsday and the Orlando Sentinel. She succeeds Don Detore, who resigned to pursue other interests. The Repository ( is a Gatehouse Media publication with a circulation of about 54,000 on weekdays and 68,000 on Sundays.


Former Logan (Ohio) Daily News editor Mark Hartman dies

Mark Hartman, a well-known community member and former editor of The Logan (Ohio) Daily News has died. He was 49.

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AND FINALLY … Heard any good newspaper stories lately?

The Courier
Findlay, Ohio

David Waltermire is a regular listener to The Courier, of Findlay, Ohio. Instead of reading the newspaper every day, the Findlay man, who is visually impaired, relies on a service that provides daily delivery of the newspaper in audio form. The free service is available to blind or visually impaired people all over Ohio, who can listen to regional and state newspaper content being read through the Ohio Telephone Reader.

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Great Ideas

Columbia Missourian

We’ve launched a community outreach team, dedicated to making our journalistic processes and products as collaborative and participatory as possible.We solicit community stories for our From Readers section, we attend community events even if we’re not writing stories about them, we use social media to crowdsource and have conversations, we amplify community voices besides our own, we make the news as interactive as we can—and most importantly, we keep the focus of the newsroom on the audience.

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