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Dec. 6, 2012


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

12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14
APPM Holiday Online Auction ends

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 you in APME Update and on our Facebook page.

Knoxville News Sentinel: Editors looking at page proofs late Tuesday night (early Wednesday morning, Nov. 7) after a long election evening. Photo by Adam Brimer/News Sentinel staff

Become a Lifetime Member of APME

For the first time and in recognition of its 80th anniversary in 2013, APME is offering lifetime memberships for a limited time. You can join this elite group of news industry leaders for just $800 — already, four members have made this commitment to APME. Renew your membership for a year or a lifetime by clicking here.

Welcome NewsTrain to your area: Apply for a 2013 host site

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.

More information and an application can be found at

Shop, shop, shop for holiday gifts at APME/APPM's online auction

APME/APPM’s online holiday auction is now open for bids on great gifts: a shore getaway, runway-to-real life shopping trip, photo reprints from APPM and framed photos of Johnny Cash 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!

The majority of the items end 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, so hurry to bid!


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 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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WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

• Dallas Morning News: Parkland hospital making progress on 449 safety issues
• Chicago Tribune: Some 25 percent of freshman at university are nonresidents
• Arizona Daily Star: Tucson school district has about 13,000 empty seats
• Boston Globe: DNA tests again show some fishy business in the fish business
• The Record: New Jersey property taxes kept in check for second year
• Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel: Florida lags in horse doping regulations
• The Tennessean: Department of Children’s Service withholds details on 31 deaths

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The police banner outside the burned-out building in Bangladesh said it was too dangerous to enter. But AP stringer Julhas Alam was determined to see with his own eyes any evidence that clothing for major Western brands was made in the factory gutted by a fire that killed 112 people. Alam arrived at the scene to find large crowds -- onlookers, survivors, relatives of the missing, and a clutch of reporters, photographers and TV crews. There was no chance he would be let in, so he decided to wait. Maybe the reporters would get tired and leave, and then he could persuade police to let him enter.

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BEST OF THE STATES: Angela Delli Santi

Angela Delli Santi broke the news, and it was big: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie finally had decided to seek re-election, and had made it official with the filing of election papers. The scoop took the entire New Jersey statehouse press corps by surprise. Delli Santi won it the old-fashioned way, through source development and maintaining long-term relationships with people close to the governor.

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Dan Steever, president and publisher of the Colorado Springs Gazette, has announced the appointment of Joe Hight as The Gazette’s editor. Hight has been in journalism for more than 30 years and most recently served as director of information and development of The Oklahoman and its website,, in Oklahoma City, Okla. He served previously as a managing editor of that newspaper. He is a member of the board of directors of The Associated Press Media Editors (APME). Ryan McKibben,CEO of Clarity Media Group, who is chairman of the Gazette, called Hight a "perfect fit” as The Gazette’s editor. He has experience "in virtually every facet of journalism, from the ground up as a reporter to managing editor, McKibben said. "We have every expectation that Hight can reinvigorate all aspects of the newspaper, and his more recent concentration with Internet development ensures that The Gazette will be a well-positioned news organization going into the future.”

Carl West, editor of The State Journal newspaper in Frankfort, Ky., since 1979, has announced his retirement effective Jan. 31. West's journalism career has spanned nearly half a century and earned him a spot in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. According to The State Journal (, Publisher Ann Dix Maenza has named Dan Liebman to become the newspaper's editor, beginning in mid-January. Liebman is former editor of The Blood-Horse magazine in Lexington. West worked for The Kentucky Post in the 1960s and later covered the Watergate scandal for Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C. He'll keep his office at the Frankfort paper, and he plans to write about topics that interest him. Liebman, 53, a Frankfort native, said he's excited for the chance to edit his hometown newspaper. He started his journalism career at The State Journal, and later was director of research, executive editor and editor-in-chief in his 17 years at The Blood-Horse.


• News Corp.'s new media co. to be named Fox Group
• News Corp Int'l news chief to step down
• Link to newspapers around the globe
• Gazette newspaper acquired by Anschutz
• UK judge issues damning press verdict
• Vermont paper aware of reporter's sex offense

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Funeral set for Calhoun Times newspaper publisher

The Rome (Ga.) News-Tribune reports John Willis, 63, a newspaper publisher who won numerous Associated Press and Georgia Press Association awards, died last week at his house in Rome.

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Award-winning Washington photographer dies at 63

Award-winning Seattle Times photographer Jim Bates has died of cancer. The 63-year-old Bates was a lifelong Seattle-area resident and worked for The Times for more than 20 years.

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Great Ideas

Detroit Free Press
Nancy Andrews, managing editor for digital media

It was a simple idea that used nearly every tool we have: social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, the print edition, the online edition, interactive voting, video, photos and—probably most important—face-to-face engagement with our younger audience.

Krista Jahnke and Alexandra Bahou asked our high school audience to make a prom dress out of newspapers. This callout became a mega-assignment for some teens as they put days of work into their dresses. In the end more than 3,200 votes were cast (after teens lobbied for their dresses on Facebook) and a winner was selected.

The idea exceeded our fondest expectations.

A local expo of interior and fashion design requested our winner to participate and display the dress. It was so successful that we’re already planning for next year —and we’ve attracted interest from a popular shopping mall to participate.


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