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APME UPDATE – Oct. 23, 2014

 


SAVE THE DATE


Nov. 7 – Deadline for submitting entries for Great Ideas of the Quarter


Dec. 10 – Deadline for submitting applications to host NewsTrain in 2015

_______________________________



CALLING FOR ALL GREAT IDEAS

Does your newspaper or media company do something extraordinarily well?

Something that makes you proud? Something readers love? Something that drives page views?


Please share it with the Associated Press Media Editors' "Great Ideas of the Quarter," which features the best and brightest ideas from around the industry.


Your Great Idea can be for print or digital. It can be something new and innovative or a fresh take on something you do every day.


Past Great Ideas books have featured ideas on audience engagement, multimedia, niche products/sections/sites, quick- turnaround packages, holidays’ coverage, revenue generators, social media, streaming live/broadcast, video, alternative story forms, database reporting, diversity and more.


Click here for a form to submit entries and upload images to accompany your idea: http://www.apme.com/?page=GreatIdeasform


The deadline to submit entries for this quarter is Nov. 7.

Questions: Please contact Alison Gerber, editor, Chattanooga Times Free Press

At agerber@timesfreepress.com


APME DENOUNCES SCHOOL SANCTIONS AGAINST STUDENT NEWSPAPER


APME joined The Society of Professional Journalists, Student Press Law Center and 16 other organizations in urging education leaders to denounce the actions of the Neshaminy School District in Bucks County, Pa., for punishing student journalists and their adviser for resolving not to publish the school’s mascot name, a dictionary-defined racial slur.


The organizations sent a letter Oct. 13 to the National School Boards Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals, American Association of School Administrators and National Association of State Boards of Education, outlining their concern for teachers and students in the field of scholastic journalism.


In the letter, the journalism organizations also requested a meeting with the education associations’ leaders to develop a set of standards for educationally responsible governance of journalism education, and for the ethical treatment of student voices in general.


During the 2013-14 school year, student editors of the Playwickian newspaper resolved to refrain from publishing the name of the school’s athletics mascot, which they – along with many leading voices in mainstream professional journalism – regard as a racial slur.


In addition to Principal Rob McGee and members of the Neshaminy School Board introducing district policies that would force the student newspaper to use the word (a violation of the First Amendment and the Pennsylvania Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities), McGee, on Sept. 16, issued a directive suspending journalism adviser Tara Huber from her position for two days without pay. He also removed Playwickian editor Gillian McGoldrick from her position for a month and “fined” the newspaper $1,200, an approximate cost of the June edition that was published without the racial slur.


While policies purport to be based on, and legitimized by, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1988 ruling in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, the publications and social media policies in Neshaminy extend well beyond the boundaries set by the Court in that case (for example, requiring that the faculty adviser delete any material from social media accounts affiliated with the newspaper if the material “has been posted for a reasonable length of time.”)


“We want to ensure that no student must ever learn, and no teacher must ever work, in an environment of hostility toward the exchange of challenging views on social and political issues,” said Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center in Arlington, Va.

Neshaminy is a district of about 9,300 students northeast of Philadelphia.



BRING AFFORDABLE, CUSTOMIZED TRAINING TO YOUR REGION: Apply to host a NewsTrain workshop


APME’s NewsTrain is looking for four lucky cities to host a NewsTrain workshop in 2015, its 12th year of providing high-quality, low-cost training to journalists where they live. Successful applicants help shape a one- or two-day workshop to the needs of journalists in their area.


NewsTrain attendees return to their newsrooms energized, inspired and with skills they can use right away. As one attendee tweeted this year: “Thought I was crazy to drive through night to get to workshop…One presenter down: would have walked here.”


What’s required to apply?

  • Form a host committee consisting of media outlets, organizations and schools in your region. (The backbone of such a group may already exist in the form of a state APME, broadcast or press organization.)

  • Compose a cover letter on why a NewsTrain workshop should come to your town and complete the application at http://bit.ly/HostNewsTrain.

  • By Dec. 10, email the cover letter and application to Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director, at laustin.newstrain@gmail.com.

In addition to helping plan the program, the host committee secures a venue for the workshop, negotiates a discounted hotel rate, handles the catering and, most importantly, aggressively markets the workshop locally to achieve the attendance target of 100 journalists, journalism students and journalism educators. It receives $35 of each registrant’s $75 fee to cover its costs.


APME’s NewsTrain staff does the rest, including engaging top-notch trainers, organizing the program, providing online registration, delivering all training materials and marketing the workshop nationally.


For the topics NewsTrain workshops included this year, please see the slides and handouts at http://slideshare.net/newstrain. Your region’s workshop can include these topics or others your committee deems relevant.


Questions? Visit http://bit.ly/HostNewsTrain or email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director, at laustin.newstrain@gmail.com.


Please send in your application by Dec. 10! Applicants will be notified early in 2015 of their status.



FROM AP


Beat of the Week: Schmall, Chen


Best of the States: Blood



WATCHDOG REPORTING


Washington Post: The biggest backlog in the federal government

Miami Herald: Despite reforms, child deaths still undercounted in Florida

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The biggest “ticket traps” in Georgia

Indianapolis Star: Indiana lawmakers travel on taxpayer dime

Louisville Courier-Journal: Analysis: Nike schools land top basketball recruits

Boston Globe: Fidelity fought Washington and won over money market funds

Newark Star-Ledger: Cars stolen in U.S. disappearing overseas

New York Times: Mental health issues put 34,500 on no-guns list

Charlotte Observer: Police investigators secretly track cellphones

Akron Beacon Journal: Church using volunteer labor after feds said to stop

Austin American-Statesmen: Falsified work could cost milions


Read more Watchdog Reporting


EDITORS IN THE NEWS: Bahr, Mintz


INDUSTRY NEWS


Bradlee recalled as a genius, great journalist

IAPA: Press freedom deteriorating in the Americas

US journalist recovers; Ebola 'czar' gets to work

Order to remove student newspaper copies reversed

Times-Picayune to be printed in Mobile, Alabama

NBC's Snyderman faces credibility issues

Slain journalist Foley 'tried to see the good”

Two get Maine Press Association inductions

Va. newspaper announces 32 layoffs by end of '14

Tim Russert office exhibit opens at Buffalo museum

2 US journalists detained over Russia workshop

Inquirer, Daily News sites merging with Philly.com


Read more Industry News


IN MEMORIAM: Bradlee, Murphy, Wertheimer

APME UPDATE – Oct. 23, 2014

 


SAVE THE DATE


Nov. 7 – Deadline for submitting entries for Great Ideas of the Quarter


Dec. 10 – Deadline for submitting applications to host NewsTrain in 2015

_______________________________



CALLING FOR ALL GREAT IDEAS

Does your newspaper or media company do something extraordinarily well?

Something that makes you proud? Something readers love? Something that drives page views?


Please share it with the Associated Press Media Editors' "Great Ideas of the Quarter," which features the best and brightest ideas from around the industry.


Your Great Idea can be for print or digital. It can be something new and innovative or a fresh take on something you do every day.


Past Great Ideas books have featured ideas on audience engagement, multimedia, niche products/sections/sites, quick- turnaround packages, holidays’ coverage, revenue generators, social media, streaming live/broadcast, video, alternative story forms, database reporting, diversity and more.


Click here for a form to submit entries and upload images to accompany your idea: http://www.apme.com/?page=GreatIdeasform


The deadline to submit entries for this quarter is Nov. 7.

Questions: Please contact Alison Gerber, editor, Chattanooga Times Free Press

At agerber@timesfreepress.com


APME DENOUNCES SCHOOL SANCTIONS AGAINST STUDENT NEWSPAPER


APME joined The Society of Professional Journalists, Student Press Law Center and 16 other organizations in urging education leaders to denounce the actions of the Neshaminy School District in Bucks County, Pa., for punishing student journalists and their adviser for resolving not to publish the school’s mascot name, a dictionary-defined racial slur.


The organizations sent a letter Oct. 13 to the National School Boards Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals, American Association of School Administrators and National Association of State Boards of Education, outlining their concern for teachers and students in the field of scholastic journalism.


In the letter, the journalism organizations also requested a meeting with the education associations’ leaders to develop a set of standards for educationally responsible governance of journalism education, and for the ethical treatment of student voices in general.


During the 2013-14 school year, student editors of the Playwickian newspaper resolved to refrain from publishing the name of the school’s athletics mascot, which they – along with many leading voices in mainstream professional journalism – regard as a racial slur.


In addition to Principal Rob McGee and members of the Neshaminy School Board introducing district policies that would force the student newspaper to use the word (a violation of the First Amendment and the Pennsylvania Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities), McGee, on Sept. 16, issued a directive suspending journalism adviser Tara Huber from her position for two days without pay. He also removed Playwickian editor Gillian McGoldrick from her position for a month and “fined” the newspaper $1,200, an approximate cost of the June edition that was published without the racial slur.


While policies purport to be based on, and legitimized by, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1988 ruling in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, the publications and social media policies in Neshaminy extend well beyond the boundaries set by the Court in that case (for example, requiring that the faculty adviser delete any material from social media accounts affiliated with the newspaper if the material “has been posted for a reasonable length of time.”)


“We want to ensure that no student must ever learn, and no teacher must ever work, in an environment of hostility toward the exchange of challenging views on social and political issues,” said Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center in Arlington, Va.

Neshaminy is a district of about 9,300 students northeast of Philadelphia.



BRING AFFORDABLE, CUSTOMIZED TRAINING TO YOUR REGION: Apply to host a NewsTrain workshop


APME’s NewsTrain is looking for four lucky cities to host a NewsTrain workshop in 2015, its 12th year of providing high-quality, low-cost training to journalists where they live. Successful applicants help shape a one- or two-day workshop to the needs of journalists in their area.


NewsTrain attendees return to their newsrooms energized, inspired and with skills they can use right away. As one attendee tweeted this year: “Thought I was crazy to drive through night to get to workshop…One presenter down: would have walked here.”


What’s required to apply?

  • Form a host committee consisting of media outlets, organizations and schools in your region. (The backbone of such a group may already exist in the form of a state APME, broadcast or press organization.)

  • Compose a cover letter on why a NewsTrain workshop should come to your town and complete the application at http://bit.ly/HostNewsTrain.

  • By Dec. 10, email the cover letter and application to Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director, at laustin.newstrain@gmail.com.

In addition to helping plan the program, the host committee secures a venue for the workshop, negotiates a discounted hotel rate, handles the catering and, most importantly, aggressively markets the workshop locally to achieve the attendance target of 100 journalists, journalism students and journalism educators. It receives $35 of each registrant’s $75 fee to cover its costs.


APME’s NewsTrain staff does the rest, including engaging top-notch trainers, organizing the program, providing online registration, delivering all training materials and marketing the workshop nationally.


For the topics NewsTrain workshops included this year, please see the slides and handouts at http://slideshare.net/newstrain. Your region’s workshop can include these topics or others your committee deems relevant.


Questions? Visit http://bit.ly/HostNewsTrain or email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director, at laustin.newstrain@gmail.com.


Please send in your application by Dec. 10! Applicants will be notified early in 2015 of their status.



FROM AP


Beat of the Week: Schmall, Chen


Best of the States: Blood



WATCHDOG REPORTING


Washington Post: The biggest backlog in the federal government

Miami Herald: Despite reforms, child deaths still undercounted in Florida

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The biggest “ticket traps” in Georgia

Indianapolis Star: Indiana lawmakers travel on taxpayer dime

Louisville Courier-Journal: Analysis: Nike schools land top basketball recruits

Boston Globe: Fidelity fought Washington and won over money market funds

Newark Star-Ledger: Cars stolen in U.S. disappearing overseas

New York Times: Mental health issues put 34,500 on no-guns list

Charlotte Observer: Police investigators secretly track cellphones

Akron Beacon Journal: Church using volunteer labor after feds said to stop

Austin American-Statesmen: Falsified work could cost milions


Read more Watchdog Reporting


EDITORS IN THE NEWS: Bahr, Mintz


INDUSTRY NEWS


Bradlee recalled as a genius, great journalist

IAPA: Press freedom deteriorating in the Americas

US journalist recovers; Ebola 'czar' gets to work

Order to remove student newspaper copies reversed

Times-Picayune to be printed in Mobile, Alabama

NBC's Snyderman faces credibility issues

Slain journalist Foley 'tried to see the good”

Two get Maine Press Association inductions

Va. newspaper announces 32 layoffs by end of '14

Tim Russert office exhibit opens at Buffalo museum

2 US journalists detained over Russia workshop

Inquirer, Daily News sites merging with Philly.com


Read more Industry News


IN MEMORIAM: Bradlee, Murphy, Wertheimer

Associated Press Media Editors

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