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APME Update, Oct. 30, 2014
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APME UPDATE – Oct. 30, 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


Feb. 27 – Deadline for APME Journalism Excellence Awards

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APME Journalism Excellence Awards: Deadline Friday, Feb. 27


APME announced that the deadline for the 2014 APME Journalism Excellence Awards will be Friday, Feb. 27.


The awards honor superior journalism and innovation among newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites in the United States and Canada. They seek to promote excellence by recognizing work that is innovative, well-written and incisively reported and has outstanding multimedia.


A special award honors innovation by colleges and universities, and a new category recognizes news organizations that build strong ties to their communities.


All awards will be presented for journalism published or launched between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014. A news organization can enter as many categories as it wants, but is limited to entering a specific body of work in no more than two categories.


New this year is the Community Engagement Award. It will be given to news organizations that best demonstrate the ability to provide effective dialogue with their communities and/or seek partnerships that sustain the dialogue and encourage more community dialogue.


Other categories include: 45th Annual Public Service Awards, 45th Annual First Amendment Awards and Citations, Innovator of the Year Award for newspapers, Innovator of the Year Award for college students, Innovator of the Year for radio and TV, Best Mobile Platform, Digital Storytelling Awards and International Perspective Awards.


CALLING FOR ALL GREAT IDEAS


Does your newspaper or media company do something special?


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 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


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.



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WATCHDOG REPORTING


Toledo Blade: $1.1 million in loans went to solar execs’ other firms

Los Angeles Times: Family members beat odds getting firefighting jobs

Denver Post: Links to babies’ deaths sought

Hartford Courant: Number of reported campus sexual assaults grows

Delaware News Journal: “Phantoms” bloat voter rolls in Delaware

Washington Post: Dozens of affordable housing loans languish in default

Idaho Statesman: Idaho’s mental health system in fragments

New York Times: Law lets IRS seize accounts on suspicion only

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Cancer drugs okayed with no proof they extend life


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INDUSTRY NEWS


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Video: Islamic State hostage 'reports' for captors

Facebook's advertising revenue soars in 3Q

Buffett's newspaper unit selling marketing firm

Sun-Times owners to launch mobile news app

Idaho newspaper's front window shot

News outlets sue for lethal injection information

Hartford Courant celebrates 250th anniversary

US journalist says body was 'at war' with Ebola

News outlets seek access in football hazing case

Gag order issued in case of publisher's death

Binoche explores risks, passion of war photography

Cuomo's office tightly controls public records

Frank Mankiewicz, aide to Robert Kennedy, dies

Iowa Senate candidate cancels on newspaper editors

Marietta firm proposes purchase of Georgia newspapers


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