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APME Update

Nov. 21, 2012


Nov. 30, 2012
Applications due for Journalism Fellowship on the Economics of Aging and Work

Applications due for NewsTrain host sites

5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10
APME Holiday Online Auction ends

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

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

Three newspaper projects garner APME quarterly awards

Great Ideas and Innovation celebrated

Newspaper projects from Arizona, Michigan and Oklahoma have been selected for the Associated Press Media Editors' quarterly idea and innovation awards.

Judges selected "Traditions,” the Arizona Republic's multimedia project on the state's large number of American Indians, as the winner of its "Great Idea of the Quarter.” They also chose the Detroit Free Press' "Project Prom” and The Oklahoman's "What's It Like” as winners of the "Innovation of the Quarter.”

In the description about "Traditions,” Republic Editor Nicole Carroll wrote that the project was the "first-ever comprehensive collection of demographic, historic and traditional information about Arizona’s large and diverse community of American Indians, combined with award-winning reporting and photography.”

"Because of the team’s creativity and sensitivity, they were able to gain access to historic traditions that few people have been able to witness, including coming-of-age ceremonies and other sacred events that have roots extending into the past for centuries.”

One of the judges wrote about the project that can be found at "This is what we do best, and it was creative to pursue it so thoroughly.”

As for the innovation winners, judges selected The Detroit Free Press and The Oklahoman as co-winners.

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Shop for holiday gifts at APME's online auction

APME’s online holiday auction is now open for bids on great gifts: a shore getaway, runway-to-real life shopping trip and framed photos of Johnny Carter and June Carter Cash and from Myanmar and Superstorm Sandy.

Don’t miss books on Lincoln (See the movie, buy the book!) and those from AP writers: "Black Men Built the Capitol,” "Minka: My Farmhouse in Japan,” "Tough As Nails: The Life and Films of Richard Brooks,” "Two Hot dogs with Everything” and "The Seven Keys of Balabad.” And more!


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

APME will hold its 80th annual conference 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.

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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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

• Arizona Republic: Insiders benefiting in Arizona charter school deals
• Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia’s rural students less prepared for college
• Dallas Morning News: Agency funded projects of Gov. Perry financial supporter
• Indianapolis Sunday Star: Ratepayers pay for costly coal deal
• Miami Herald: Why some in Florida spent hours in line to vote
• Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Advair boomed amid health risks
• Reno Gazette-Journal: ATF-U.S. Attorney rift leaves guns in wrong hands
• Columbus Dispatch: Caught speeding in a construction zone? Going to court pays off
• Oklahoman: For-profit colleges raise concerns in Oklahoma City

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: 11-21-2012

Jerusalem’s Amy Teibel wasn’t just ahead on breaking news. She was ahead before it broke.

While others focused on the idea that a relatively minor flareup between Israel and Hamas was winding down, Teibel wrote about the likelihood -- confirmed by defense sources -- that Israel was planning to resume its policy of assassinating senior Hamas figures. Not only that, but she identified a possible target: Hamas military wing commander Ahmed Jabari.

That proved prescient.

The very next day, Jabari was killed in a car explosion in Gaza, triggering the latest cross-border war between Israel and Hamas war and leading to Beat of the Week honors for exclusive text and video coverage by Teibel, Gaza reporter Ibrahim Barzak and APTN cameramen Tamer Ziara and Ami Bentov.

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BEST OF THE STATES: Michael Kunzelman

Two and a half years after the explosion of the BP-leased rig Deepwater Horizon, the question lingered: Would anyone ever be held criminally responsible? New Orleans reporter Michael Kunzelman, working with Pete Yost in Washington, answered that question with a convincing scoop: BP would plead guilty to charges of contempt of Congress for lying about the rate of oil flow from its busted well, and two well supervisors would be charged with manslaughter in the deaths of 11 rig workers.

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Starting Jan. 1, there will be a change in the editor's chair at The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer.

According to a story on the paper's website (, Executive Editor Mike Arnholt announced he is retiring on Dec. 31. Publisher Charles Broadwell has named Managing Editor Michael Adams to replace Arnholt. Arnholt started at The Observer in 1976 as a part-time copy editor. He became managing editor in 1990 and executive editor in 2009. Broadwell praised Arnholt's leadership and said he will be missed at the paper. Adams began his newspaper career at The Washington Daily News. It won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service when he was managing editor in 1990. He joined the Observer in 1992 and held a series of editing jobs before becoming managing editor in 2009.


• MU journalist explores using drones for reporting
• Newspaper wins open meeting ruling
• 2 journalism groups merge in New England
• Winston-Salem Journal gets new publisher
• Newspaper does not have to produce commenters' IDs
• Christian named interim publisher of O-A News
• Fake reporter calling prep female athletes
• What earnings reports have revealed about ads
• New publisher named for Tallahassee Democrat
• Observer-News-Enterprise names new publisher
• Interior secretary apologizes for reporter threat
• Buffett's firm will close suburban DC newspaper
• Homeless newspaper loses Brentwood lawsuit

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Retired Victoria Advocate editor Rech dies at 83

James "Jim" Rech, a former editor of the Victoria (Texas) Advocate newspaper, has died. His daughter Tami Wilson says Rech died Nov. 19 at a Victoria hospital following a lengthy heart-related illness. He was 83.

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Former Daily Messenger editor Matson dies at 53

Bob Matson, the former editor of the Canandaigua Daily Messenger in New York's Finger Lakes, has died. He was 53. The newspaper reports ( he died Nov. 13 at home in Canandaigua of an apparent heart attack.

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AND FINALLY … WHAT WERE WE THINKING?: When newspaper mistakes happen in large type

By Matt DeRienzo
(Matt DeRienzo is group editor of Journal Register Co.’s newspapers in Connecticut, including The Register Citizen, New Haven Register and The Middletown Press. Email him at

Newspapers make mistakes every day. How we set the record straight -- or fail to do so -- can be critical to public dialogue about an issue and our credibility as journalists. There’s a place for corrections in each day’s Register Citizen. But what responsibility do we have, what should we do, if the mistake was more prominent than small type on the op-ed page can rectify?

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Great Ideas

Observer-Dispatch, Utica, N.Y.
Kris Worrell, editor

WhoWe Are is a yearlong series by the Observer-Dispatch that explores the people and cultures of the region around Utica, N.Y. It includes a page on their website and monthly profiles of different ethnic groups, as well as periodic trend pieces and profiles of interesting people in their community.

As a newcomer to the area, the executive editor was struck by how diverse the Mohawk Valley is. More than 40 languages are spoken in their public schools, and they have an active refugee center that brings in thousands of people from around the world. In addition to the newer immigrants, the cities and towns in their region were built by generations of people who came from somewhere else to call this place home. The paper wanted to show how those different groups define who they are as a community.


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