Print Page | Contact Us | Your Cart | Sign In | Register
APME Update, Dec. 9, 2015
Share |

APME UPDATE – Dec. 9, 2015

  

SAVE THE DATE 

Jan. 21 – NewsTrain in Lexington, Ky.

April 9 – NewsTrain in Lincoln, Nebraska

April 22-23 – NewsTrain in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Date TBA – NewsTrain in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Sept. 12-15 00 ASNE-APME Conference, Philadelphia

____________________________________


AP Analysis: Markets fall short of initiative goals

As part of Michelle Obama's healthy eating initiative, a group of major food retailers promised in 2011 to open or expand 1,500 grocery or convenience stores in and around neighborhoods with no supermarkets by 2016. By their own count, they're far short. An analysis of federal food stamp data by The Associated Press also reveals that the nation's largest chains — not just the handful involved in the first lady's group — have since built new supermarkets in only a fraction of the neighborhoods where they're needed most. The Partnership for a Healthier America, which also promotes good nutrition and exercise in its anti-obesity mission, considers improving access to fresh food a key part of the solution. But the AP's research demonstrates that major grocers overwhelmingly avoid America's food deserts instead of trying to turn a profit in high-poverty areas.

Among the AP's findings:

— The nation's top 75 food retailers opened almost 10,300 stores in new locations from 2011 to the first quarter of 2015, 2,434 of which were grocery stores. Take away convenience stores and "dollar stores," which generally don't sell fresh fruits, vegetables or meat, and barely more than 250 of the new supermarkets were in so-called food deserts, or neighborhoods without stores that offer fresh produce and meats.

— As the largest supermarket chains have been slow to build in food deserts, dollar stores have multiplied rapidly. Three chains — Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree — made up two-thirds of new stores in food deserts. And the dollar store sector is consolidating: Dollar Tree merged with Family Dollar this year, creating the largest dollar-store chain in the nation and, in the process, less competition and less incentive to diversify what these stores offer.

— Excluding dollar stores and 7-Elevens, just 1.4 million of the more than 18 million people the USDA says lived in food deserts as of 2010 got a new supermarket in the past four years.

 

______________________________________________

 

WATCHDOG REPORTING

AP:  FBI can’t access NSA phone records in California terrorism case

AP Exclusive: Texas birth certificate rules often unenforced

Washington Post: How D.C. spent $200 million on a streetcar you can’t ride

Chicago Tribune: EPA tosses aside safety data on Dow pesticides

Arizona Daily Star: Tucson Police no longer using cellphone tracker

Columbus Dispatch: Lt. Gov.’s top aide made campaign calls on state time

Spokesman-Review: Records unveil layers of secrecy at Spokane City Hall

Miami Herald: Bitter pill: How Florida rations care for frail kids

Chicago Tribune: Chicago’s flawed system for investigating police shootings

Boston Globe: Schools fail to keep track of asbestos

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Clean water costly in Minnesota’s farm country

New York Times: Meal plan costs go up as students pay for more than food

Austin American-Statesman: Troopers search Hispanics more but find less

Houston Chronicle: Insurer cutbacks squeeze patients out of high-end care

Read more

 

OPEN RECORDS, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Journalism group wants records released in Georgia data breach

Paper appeals judge's order to remove 'snitch' transcripts

'Eyes of the attorney general' on Meigs

Student reporter hit with big bill after FOIA request

West Tenn. clerk refuses to release documents

Court rejects attorney fees in private college police case

APNewsBreak: Inmate punished for role in Iowa prison scandal

Wisconsin DOJ responding to open records requests faster

Read more

 

EDITORS IN THE NEWS: Cooper, Cornwell

 

INDUSTRY NEWS

Social media, the new megaphone for violent perpetrators

Thai printer of Int'l NY Times blocks stories for third time

Paper: Reporter's case should give US pause in Iran dealings

Brother of Iran-held reporter delivers petition for release

Bill Cornwell retiring after 24 years as The Facts publisher

Washington Post: Iran-held reporter is in 'immediate danger'

Postal service warns Oregon newspaper about pot ads

Int'l NY Times' Thai printer refuses to run front-page story

Swift Communications buys Park City newspaper in Utah

 Read more

 

 

Associated Press Media Editors

APME is a professional network, a resource for helping editors and broadcasters improve their news coverage and newsroom operations.

Quick Links

Home About News Events

Connect