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APME Update for Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012
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APME Update

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012


Feb. 1 & 2, 2013
Board of Directors meeting, NYC

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

What's in your newsroom?

Each week, we will feature a photo from among our newsrooms, broadcast outlets and journalism educators. Send a shot of your crew, your favorite newsroom art, etc., to APME Update. Tell us a little about the shot and we'll feature one a week in APME Update and on our Facebook page.

This was Tuesday, Oct. 30 at The Press of Atlantic City as Hurricane Sandy passed through. These reporters and editors were working on laptops from a business office conference room in a different building from our newsroom/plant, which was without electricity. They published a 24-page edition from these laptops. The paper was printed off-site for what we believe was the first time in our history. At the same time, on Monday and Tuesday received the equivalent of more than half the page views we receive on the whole site in a good month.

Submitted by Neill Borowski, Executive Editor and Content Director, The Press of Atlantic City

APME's 2013 conference will be held Oct. 28-30 in Indianapolis

Organization celebrates its 80th anniversary

APME is pleased to announce that the 80th APME Conference will be in Indianapolis Monday, Oct. 28, through Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. For this special anniversary gathering, we will return to Indiana, home of the very first conference in 1933.

"We are ecstatic to be going home to Indiana for our 80th anniversary," said APME President Brad Dennison. "Indianapolis is both a great city and a great convention city. We'll make sure that attendees get a real taste of it while they're in town."

The conference will have two official hotels in one complex, the J.W. Marriott and the SpringHill Suites in the downtown area. The conference venue will be the Indiana State Museum, just a short walk across the street. After-hours activities will include receptions at the Indiana Roof Ballroom on Monday evening and the NCAA Hall of Champions on Tuesday evening.

Watch APME Update for more information in the months to come.

APME offers $800 lifetime membership

In recognition of its 80th anniversary in 2013, the Associated Press Media Editors is offering an $800 lifetime membership. APME is also offering other incentives to start or renew your membership.

To join or renew, go to

NewsTrain seeks 2013 host sites

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.

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Donate sports and entertainment tickets, photos and other goodies for APME's Holiday Auction

We’re seeking donors – editors and friends of APME who can donate items for the holiday online auction. We're looking for anything newspaper- or Web-related such as award-winning photos, umbrellas, signed comics and autographed books. Sports tickets and trips are big-ticket items that bring in the cash. A round of golf at a great course or a weekend stay at a resort hotel would be wonderful donations.

The online auction will begin soon and run through Dec. 10 in order to ship the winning items in time for the holiday.

As always, auction proceeds will go to support APME and its important activities.

Please send a description and photo of your auction item to or download the pledge form.

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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Deadline approaching for Journalism Fellowship on the Economics of Aging and Work

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 journalism

• Chicago Tribune: Truancy and absenteeism crippling education for thousands
• Denver Post:
Many children dead from abuse could have been saved
• Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Court computer backlog causes city to lose millions
• Indianapolis Star:
State paid double for assessed value of land
• Columbus Dispatch:
Deregulation of natural gas cost consumers millions more
• Portland Oregonian:
Southern Oregon steeped in marijuana culture
• Los Angeles Times:
State culling rolls of parole violators to ease prison crowding
• Sacramento Bee:
Student loans, defaults rising fast
• The Tennessean:
Pharmacists in Tennessee often got off easy

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: Dennis Waszak

Superstorm Sandy was more than a natural disaster to Dennis Waszak. It was a personal disaster.

Waszak, the AP beat writer for the pro football New York Jets, had moved into his new home in the borough of Staten Island just five weeks before Sandy ripped it apart as Waszak, his wife, Daria, and their three small children took shelter inside.

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AP has a well-earned reputation of being the gold standard for election calls, and that held true again this time around – an extremely close year with numerous tight races across the board, including high-profile Senate contests and narrow margins in many battleground states in the fight for the presidency.

The result? AP director of race calls David Pace and his team of 37 callers and 11 election analysts called a total of 4,653 races on election night and the next day, with a remarkable accuracy rate of 99.9 percent.

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Catherine Lucey, the City Hall bureau chief for the Philadelphia Daily News, has been named Iowa state government and politics reporter for The Associated Press. Lucey joins the AP after spending 10 years at the Daily News, where she began as a police reporter but spent most of her time covering city government and politics. Lucey also covered races for U.S. Senate and president. Before working at the Daily News, Lucey worked as a reporter in the AP's Philadelphia bureau. As the AP's state government and politics reporter, Lucey will join a team that includes politics reporter Thomas Beaumont, Iowa City Correspondent Ryan J. Foley and other staffers in the Des Moines bureau. Lucey will head Iowa state government reporting and will join reporters from across the region and the AP's Washington staff in covering the extended campaign that precedes the state's first-in-the-nation presidential caucus vote.

She will fill a position held for decades by politics reporter Mike Glover, who retired in May.

Lucey, 33, was born in Dublin, Ireland, and grew up in Philadelphia and Ann Arbor, Mich. She's a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Amy Westfeldt has been appointed Overnight Editor at The Associated Press. It is a managerial role based in the AP’s Nerve Center, the 24-7 news coordination hub. She has 20 years of experience with the AP as a reporter and editor and most recently served as Top Stories Desk Editor. She most notably led all-formats coverage of the 9/11 tenth anniversary, helped drive the Dominique Strauss-Kahn story and has also been the acting New York City News Editor.

Martin Baron, the editor of The Boston Globe, will become the executive editor of The Washington Post in January. Baron succeeds Marcus Brauchli, who will step down as executive editor, effective Dec. 31. Brauchli will take on a new role as vice president of The Washington Post Co., to review and evaluate new media opportunities. Under Baron, the Globe’s six Pulitzers have included public service, explanatory journalism, national reporting, and criticism. Most notably, the Globe received in 2003 the Pulitzer’s highest honor, the public service award, for a Globe Spotlight Team investigation into the cover-up of clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Prior to the Globe, Baron served as executive editor of The Miami Herald. A native of Tampa and a Lehigh University graduate, Baron has also held high-level jobs at The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.

Sara Ganim, The Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News crime reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, has accepted a position as a correspondent with CNN. Ganim, who grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., will be based in CNN’s Atlanta headquarters. A 2008 Penn State graduate, Ganim in March 2011 broke what became one of the top stories of the year — the sexual abuse allegations against former Penn State assistant football coach and founder of the charity The Second Mile, Jerry Sandusky. Ganim’s stories detailed missed opportunities to investigate Sandusky going back as far as 1995. Sandusky was found guilty in October of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Larry Holeva, managing editor of The Citizens' Voice in Wilkes-Barre and the Standard Speaker in Hazleton, Pa., has been promoted to executive editor of the two newspapers and The Times-Tribune in Scranton. Holeva will succeed Lawrence K. Beaupre, managing editor of The Times-Tribune and executive editor of regional media conglomerate Times-Shamrock Communications, on Jan. 1. Beaupre, who died Nov. 11, had announced his retirement in August. Holeva, 47, was assistant managing editor of The Times-Tribune before his appointment as managing editor of The Citizens' Voice in December 2004. He added the Standard Speaker to his responsibilities in May 2007. Holeva, who studied journalism at Penn State University, worked as a reporter at the Scrantonian-Tribune before joining The Scranton Times in 1987. He worked as a reporter and editor in news and sports before his appointment as assistant managing editor of The Scranton Times and The Tribune in 2000.

Tampa Tribune executive editor Duke Maas says he's leaving the newspaper. Maas made the announcement via an email to employees. Maas says he and publisher William Barker mutually agreed to the move. The 59-year-old Maas was named executive editor in May. He had served as managing editor at the Tribune since 2005. He first came to the newspaper in 2000 as sports editor. The Tribune ( ) reports Maas says it is time for "a fresh perspective for all involved." Media General Inc. sold the newspaper and its website,, to Tampa Media Group. It's a local company owned by Los Angeles-based Revolution Capital Group. Maas began his newspaper career at age 14 as a copy boy for the Toledo Blade in Ohio.

Troy Turner has started a new position in New York City as News Channels Editor for Digital First Media’s Thunderdome. He previously served as Editor of The Daily Times in Farmington, NM. He had been the editor since 2006 and also previously served in the same role from 1999 to 2000. Prior to that, he worked in the New York Times Co.; he was the executive editor of The Anniston Star, in Anniston, Ala.; and in various newspapers throughout Colorado, Alabama and New Mexico. Turner is a former APME director. Thunderdome is an initiative by Digital First Media to provide international and national news content to its local newspapers throughout the country.


• WVU students produce content for state newspapers
• Halifax sells Santa Rosa newspaper
• What earnings reports have revealed about ads
• With lifer just out of prison, book release moved
• Federal prosecutor demoted for online comments
• Newspaper seeks buyer for stake in Rockies
• The Victoria Advocate sells Matagorda Advocate

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Lawrence K. Beaupre, managing editor of The Times-Tribune, past APME president dies

Lawrence Beaupre, managing editor of The (Scranton) Times-Tribune, who announced plans to retire last summer after a half-century in print journalism, has died, according to the newspaper. He was 68. Beaupre, a past president of APME, who had been managing editor of the northeastern Pennsylvania paper and executive editor of Times-Shamrock Communications since 2000, had told the staff in August that he planned to step down. He said he would keep working through March to help his successor and then planned to work as a consultant for another year or so.

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Former UPI Executive Wayne Sargent of Carmel Dies

Wayne C. Sargent, a former senior vice president of United Press International and past member of The Monterey County (Calif.) Herald's readers advisory committee, died after a sudden illness.

Mr. Sargent, 87, had moved to Carmel in 1986 after retiring as editor of the San Bernardino Sun. He also had been president and publisher of the Nashville (Tenn.) Banner after spending 24 years with UPI, which was the Associated Press' primary competition for decades.

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Lifelong Mo. journalist Robert Blosser dies at 97

Robert D. Blosser, a Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame member whose journalism career spanned more than half a century, has died at the age of 97.

The Jefferson City News Tribune ( ) reports that Blosser, retired president of the News Tribune Co., died at a hospital in Jefferson City.

AND FINALLY … Obama win: Washington man buys another 10,000 newspapers


It's four more years and 10,000 more papers for Birch Bay, Wash., resident Thomas Baldwin.When Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, Baldwin bought 10,000 copies of The Bellingham Herald's election wrap-up edition. And now that Obama has won his bid for re-election, Baldwin has put in another order for 10,000 of The Herald’s election papers.

The 71-year-old Baldwin tells The Herald ( ) "it's an important event in history" and an inspiration for young people that "they can reach out and grab any dream." He's still got the 2008 papers safely tucked away and thinks he might sell the two editions as a package, perhaps online.

Baldwin concedes that his wife "thinks I'm nuts."

He's not worried, saying that "at the very least, I could probably heat my home pretty cheap."

Great Ideas

The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
Alan Miller, managing editor

When construction crews were about to tear into one of the most convoluted and congested interchanges in Columbus, we put together a map showing how traffic would be affected. Hover over key spots, and you get a description — and a video of a highway expert driving the route and explaining the changes.We also created a landing page for ongoing coverage. And we held a contest to let readers name the page: "Crawlumbus”was the winner. Readers loved it.


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