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Dec. 5, 2013

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• Sept. 15-17, 2014, ASNE-APME Conference, Chicago


NEW TODAY FROM APME

KEEPING THE PRESSURE ON THE WHITE HOUSE

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APME was part of a large group of media organizations that recently sent a letter of protest to the White House about diminished access to President Obama by photojournalists. The groups also protested the administration’s frequent releases of "official” photographs in lieu of allowing independent photojournalists to make their own images.

APME is now asking you to help us keep the pressure on the White House to open access to presidential events that were routinely open to the media under past administrations going back decades. Here are two key ways you can do that:

⦁ Avoid using "official” photographs provided by the White House. Many media organizations have unwittingly helped facilitate the White House’s unacceptable closure of routine events involving the president by publishing the official photographs, sometimes taking them directly from the White House Flickr feed.

⦁ Consider writing editorials to expose the White House’s practice of excluding photojournalists and to pressure the Obama administration to change its policies.

And if you write editorials, please understand that this is not an attack on the president’s personal photographer, Pete Souza, who is a respected photojournalist. This is a protest not against Souza but against the policies of his employer, who happens to be the federal government – more specifically, a president whose pledge of transparency in government is undermined by such policies of exclusion.

It’s important to note that the AP distributes official White House handout photos only when "we feel the news value is compelling and the photo was taken in a place logically off limits to journalists, like the private residence,” said Santiago Lyon, AP vice president and director of photography.

Such instances are handled on a case-by-case basis and authorized by senior AP news managers, he said, adding that use of such photos by the AP is unusual.

"We reject most White House handouts, because they are photos of events and in locations that we believe should have been covered by independent journalists,” Lyon said.

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Applications Open: The AP-NORC Journalism Fellowship on Resilience and Recovery


Stories about natural and manmade disasters have become, sadly, an all-too-familiar element of the news. While there is ample coverage of them while the disaster is unfolding—Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, mass shootings, and the Gulf oil spill are just a few examples—in most cases coverage fades when the immediate disaster is past.

With funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, which has a long-standing commitment to support work on the issue of resilience, the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research will sponsor a 9-month Fellowship in which a journalist will receive special training and a significant opportunity to do high-impact journalism on issues related to economic, psychological, and social resilience.

The Fellowship is designed to provide time to explore community resilience in all its forms. The daily workflow of most newsrooms often prevents reporters from taking the time they need to acquire the skills and background needed to synthesize and interpret the scope of the story, how it ties one community to another, and what might be learned so that policy makers can take action.

In addition, there is a wealth of cutting edge information about resilience and recovery that is being collected and analyzed at research institutions around the world on resilience and its definition and measurement that is never delivered into the public domain. Journalists too often lack the time and the tools to uncover these sources for stories that illuminate what is known about resilience.

The AP-NORC Journalism Fellowship on Resilience and Recovery will train a person in the skills needed to do research-based enterprise journalism about community resilience in all its forms. The Fellowship will have an impact that will reach far beyond the fellowship term. The journalist will return to the newsroom with new skills and background to continue to report on resilience and recovery issues, and share that knowledge with colleagues. It is anticipated that over time other journalists will receive the same training, leading to a cadre of experts skilled in the use of research to tell some of the most important stories of the day.


For more information and application material, go to: www.apnorc.org.

Don’t Forget APME in Your End-of-the-Year Giving: Holiday Mug, Ambassadorships, Lifetime Membership

APME wants to mug you.

Give $80 this holiday season to support APME in its 80th year, and we'll send you one of these stylish mugs.

Tax-deductible donations to the APME Foundation assist newsroom leaders by providing training and ideas, protecting First Amendment rights, safeguarding Freedom of Information and fostering innovation and watchdog journalism.

Another way to help: Become a NewsTrain Ambassador with a donation of $100 or more. The low-cost, high-impact NewsTrain traveling short-course program is 10 years old and remains wildly popular. NewsTrain will make four stops in 2014.

And consider joining APME or renewing your membership heading into a momentous year that includes an unprecedented joint conference with the American Society of News Editors Sept. 15-17 in Chicago. Memberships are $150 a year, with $50 student memberships available. Also offered are $75 for associate members and retirees.

Or, for $800, you can become a lifetime member in recognition of the 80th anniversary.

Members receive discounts on APME Journalism Excellence Contest fees and annual conference registration, which more than pays for your membership.

Do it all at www.apme.com.


NewsTrain LogoInvite NewsTrain to your community in 2014

NewsTrain is a national touring workshop sponsored by APME that serves journalists in their own cities. Programs are designed to provide training in the skills, knowledge, and information needed in a rapidly changing media setting, at an affordable cost. NewsTrain's core audience includes frontline editors, department heads, and senior editors – people who edit and manage print and digital news platforms. Reporters, copy editors, visual journalists, online producers, and college journalism educators are also welcome and find NewsTrain programs valuable.

Here's how:

In order to hold a NewsTrain workshop in your city, a few basic requirements need to be considered.

Host Committee: Each workshop is developed by NewsTrain staff and a local host committee. The host committee consists of 6-10 representatives from local or regional news organizations, regional AP bureaus, state press groups, journalism association chapters, and college journalism schools.

Attendance: Our target for attendance is 85 to 100 people. Host committees are responsible for promoting the workshop and recruiting participants.

Costs: Registration is $75 per person. Host committees are responsible for providing the venue and food service. Host committees receive $35 from each $75 registration fee to cover or help offset venue and food costs. NewsTrain covers all other costs.

Planning: The host committee works with NewsTrain staff to plan the workshop, manage registrations, and run the workshop. Host committees work closely with the NewsTrain Project Director through all phases.

Once your area has been selected to host a NewsTrain workshop, the host committee will receive a packet of planning tools and begin working with the NewsTrain Project Director. Planning begins six months before the workshop.

To download an application: http://www.apme.com/?page=hosting

For more details or to request a NewsTrain workshop in your area, contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director, mroberts.newstrain@gmail.com.


FROM AP

Beat of the Week: Jones

Best of the States: Caruso

WATCHDOG REPORTING

Anchorage Daily News: Targeting Barrow bootleg
Chicago Tribune: 95 percent of Illinois tollway drivers are speeding
Houston Chronicle: Synthetic pot opens new drug war front
Los Angeles Times: Misconduct didn’t stop sheriff hires
The Virginian-Pilot: Service members fight Pentagon for money
Portland (Me.) Press Herald: Mideast unrest powers influx of newcomers
San Antonio Express-News: GI sex-assault victims fact battle for disability benefits
Charlotte Observer: Department can’t justify contracts
Appleton (Wis.) Post-Crescent: Some schools leave out the details
Newark Star-Ledger: Criminals get out of jail on a payment plan

Read more Watchdog Reporting

INDUSTRY NEWS

Arias fades from view as case veiled in secrecy
Minnesota sex offender facilities ban local newspapers
Laramie, Wyo., sues newspaper over mayor's records
Maine newspaper seeks contempt order in records dispute
Developer buys Washington Post building for $159 million
GateHouse Media emerges from bankruptcy protection
Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Mass., up for sale
Katie Couric to anchor Yahoo's video news coverage
CBS: Lara Logan, producer ordered to take leave

Read about these Industry & Business stories

Editors in the News: McNiff, Steiger

And Finally ...: AP: ‘Trust me’ doesn’t cut it for many in the U.S.


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