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APME Update for Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011
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Sept. 19-21, 2012 - APME Conference, John Seigenthaler Center, Nashville, Tenn.


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NEWSTRAIN: Interested In Hosting a 2012 Workshop?

Would you like to have a NewsTrain workshop in your area next year?

Check the APME web page ( on what it takes to have a NewsTrain in your area. Then contact NewsTrain project director Michael Roberts with your thoughts:

NewsTrain workshops are changing to better meet specific needs in each location.

Planning now includes a local needs assessment to identify where and how training can have a significant impact. Work with Michael Roberts on training for print, online, and broadcast journalists, from frontline staff to department heads and senior managers.

Locations for 2012 will be selected soon to begin the planning process. Please consider your needs and how a NewsTrain workshop might help.


APME50: Reaching Out to All 50 States

APME50 is our new initiative, reaching out to active editors and broadcast news directors on state boards across the country.

Our goal is to connect with more editors and let them know about APME training opportunities, the AP-APME national reporting initiatives, innovative work and more.

"We'll reach out in a personal way to the newspaper and broadcast editors' boards in each state and offer a helping hand,” said APME president Bob Heisse.

Nearly every state is covered in this effort that will start in November, but a few are missing in action. We're looking for lead editors in New York, Nevada, Minnesota, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine. If you can help please contact our co-chairs.

For more information or to get involved contact APME50 co-chairs Laura Kessel at or Jon Broadbooks at


Looking for Your Ideas: 2012 APME Annual Meeting

Planning is under way for next year's annual conference Sept. 19-21 at the John Seigenthaler Center on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

Among the highlights of the program: a performance by Freedom Sings, the group that tells the story of the First Amendment through music that has been banned or censored or sounded a trumpet for social change.

Is there program content you'd like to see in Nashville? Send your ideas to us by Twitter @APMEsings2012.


Check It Out: APME’s Blog

Did you know that the Justice Department dropped its proposed changes to the FOIA?

• Have you heard about APME board member Carole Tarrant's outstanding award?

• Have you heard an update on our new APME50 program and our list of a few states yet to get involved?

You would have read about these -- and more -- by checking out the new APME Update blog at or

The blog offers daily updates on APME activities, industry news and more. It’s the latest way the Associated Press Media Editors are keeping in touch.

Enjoy this email update weekly, and then visit the blog for even more.


Watchdog Reporting

AP: Government benefits have run out for most jobless
Miami Herald: Traffic clash between two law officers infuriates cops and civilians
Albuquerque Journal: New Mexico investigations of judges hidden from view
Denver Post: Lines blurred for corporate tax breaks in poor areas of Colorado
Detroit Free Press: Top public universities unaffordable for some families
Norfolk Virginian Pilot: Norfolk report faults safety lapses in worker’s death
Sacramento Bee: Cost of California high-speed rail could double to $98.5 billion
Reno Gazette-Journal: Hospital buyer under scrutiny for alleged medicare fraud

• Read all watchdog reports at:


AP Beat of the Week: Elena Becatoros, Demetris Nellas

It was a week of confusion and chaos in the European financial crisis, and newsman Demetris Nellas gave the AP a leg up on coverage with his relentless leg work – undeterred by a nasty slip on Greek marble.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou had upended the global economy with the surprise decision to hold a risky referendum on a bailout deal that took two months to negotiate.

Rebuked by other European leaders, Papandreou met with his ministers while an anxious world waited.

In Cannes, France, leaders of the world's 20 richest economies were glued to TV coverage. In Athens, AP Chief of Bureau Elena Becatoros and Nellas kept track as the emergency meeting called by Papandreou stretched into the evening.

Outside Parliament, Nellas didn't just doorstop the Greek government; he camped out for 10 hours, talking to every lawmaker who stepped out to take a break.

At one point, he slipped on the marble steps and hit his knee, requiring a side trip to the infirmary.

The BBC reported that Papandreou was getting ready to resign, but Becatoros' sources told her to hold off.

That turned out to be the right call. Besides, Nellas and Becatoros would find the real, and bigger, news.

After a vague press statement referred to the referendum in the past tense, Nellas spotted another source – a minister he has known since graduate school in Britain more than 20 years ago. The source told him the referendum had been taken off the table.

Back at the bureau, Becatoros kept hitting redial until she reached a Papandreou aide she has known since 1999. "Do you know how many calls I've had? I'm not talking to anyone," he said. She asked whether the referendum was dead. "Yes, it's dead" he said.

Athens filed the APNewsAlert.

It was an AP exclusive for 2 hours and 5 minutes. The first official word came when the Greek finance minister told party lawmakers in a speech that "the government and therefore the country are announcing officially that we are not going ahead with the organization and holding of a referendum."


Editors in the News

The editor of Newsday is taking on a new role at the Long Island newspaper's parent company, Cablevision. Debby Krenek will become a senior vice president for digital media within Cablevision's local media branch. That gives her control over digital and mobile products produced for Newsday, News 12 and MSG Varsity, a high school sports service. She will also be editorial director of Newsday. Krenek will be replaced by Debbie Henley in the editor post. Henley is the newspaper's executive editor and also has worked for The New York Times and The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky.

Debbie Hiott has been named the new editor of the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman. The American-Statesman reports Publisher Jane Williams announced the appointment. The 41-year-old journalist had been the newspaper's interim editor since the resignation of Fred Zipp in early September. Hiott began her journalism career while still a student at what is now Texas State University. The American-Statesman hired her in 1990 as a reporting intern. In the next 20 years, she served in various suburban and city reporting roles and as metro editor, assistant managing editor and most recently as managing editor.

John Robinson, editor of the News & Record of Greensboro, N.C., since 1999, will leave the paper after nearly 27 years. The newspaper reported he will step down on Dec. 2. President and publisher Robin Saul calls Robinson a superb newsroom leader, and says he'll be missed. Robinson joined the paper in 1985 as an assistant city editor. He also served as editorial page editor before becoming the editor in 1999. During his time at the paper, the News & Record won more than 170 North Carolina Press Association awards. It was also named one of the nation's "Ten That Do It Right" by industry publication Editor & Publisher in 2002 and 2005.

North Jersey Media Group says the editor of The Record, Frank Scandale, has left after a decade leading New Jersey's second largest newspaper. Assistant managing editor Douglas Clancy will serve as interim editor during a search for a successor. The 54-year-old Scandale joined The Record in January 2001 and led the paper's award-winning coverage of 9/11. During his tenure the paper was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. It also won the New Jersey Press Association's "general excellence" award as the state's best large newspaper eight of the past 11 years.


Industry News

• Boston Catholic newspaper withdraws gay column
• What earnings reports have revealed about ads
• Mulholland joins Evening Post Publishing Co.
• Vanity Fair: Murdoch asked son to take leave
• Booth Newspapers moving toward more online news
• New York Times circulation up as it restricts Web access
• Circulation numbers for the 25 largest newspapers
• Port Angeles (Wash.) newspaper sold to Black Press Ltd.

Read more at:


And Finally … Two 'Occupy' protests in DC start newspapers

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Extra! Extra! Read all about the protests!
Two Washington demonstrations modeled after the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York and others around the country are coming out with their own newspapers. The first issue of The Occupied Washington Post was published Oct. 31, and a second newspaper, The Occupied Washington Times, will be distributed within the week, an editor said.

The newspaper published Oct. 31, The Occupied Washington Post, is an eight-page free paper created by demonstrators camping at the city's Freedom Plaza. It promises "News from Freedom Plaza and Around the Occupation World." Stories include a roundup of the past three weeks of the demonstration. Most of the content has already appeared on the group's website, The goal is to publish the paper weekly, said one of the demonstration's organizers, Kevin Zeese.

"It's just another way to spread the word," said Zeese, adding that 2,500 of the 4,000 copies had been distributed by Wednesday afternoon.

A second group of protesters camping in the city's McPherson Square is creating a separate newspaper called The Occupied Washington Times. One of the paper's editors, Sam Jewler, said they hope to begin distributing it within a week. Jewler said more than 5,000 copies of the four-page paper will be printed and distributed at Metro stops, local universities and near the McPherson Square encampment.

The issue will contain stories from about a dozen contributors, including stories on local politics, the environment and economic injustice, Jewler said. The paper will also contain personal stories from demonstrators about why they are part of the movement and a survey of the top reasons people have joined the demonstration, Jewler said.

"I think for anyone who's still confused about why we're doing what we're doing I think it will help clarify that," said Jewler, adding that the paper would also be published online.

The print edition will be paid for through donations. As of Wednesday afternoon, $1,303 had been donated through the group's website,

Calls to The Washington Post and The Washington Times seeking comment on any copyright infringement concerns they may have were not immediately returned.


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